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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

How to make the best homemade chocolate orange cheesecake from scratch - This DIY recipe is simple and easy but does take a bit of time. Top with chocolate ganache to hide any cracks and add a layer of richness and decadence. Original recipe uses graham cracker crumbs for the crust. You can leave out the orange extract for a real, classic New York style cake.

I love cheesecake. Joe would say cheesecake is his favorite dessert. Our favorite cheesecake is served at a diner not far from our home.  It’s amazing. I think we might have a new favorite now. I’ve never before tried to make a cheesecake, and I found the April Daring Bakers Challenge a bit daunting. Jenny from JennyBakes.com proposed that we all make the same cheesecake, but she challenged participants to make their cheesecakes show stoppers. I tried. How’s that fellow to the right? He’s a show stopper, all right. I jest. The cheesecake was a little ugly, but I doctored … Read more

Toasted S’mores Bars

Toasted S'mores Bars

Toasted, gooey marshmallows on top of melted chocolate on top of graham cracker-laced cookies – what’s not to love? This is an old recipe that I published in 2011, long before the Ziegmont family was hit by the backyard campfire, hot dogs and s’mores for dinner, eating outside with the bugs bug. Back then, since we weren’t having real s’mores like ever, we made s’mores bars instead. S’mores bars have everything we loved about the original. Everything, that is, except for the campfire, which we now realize we love. So if you and yours don’t love campfires as much as we do, … Read more

Toasted S’mores Bars

Toasted S'mores Bars

A few weeks ago, I was Stumbling (that means, pressing the Stumble! button on my toolbar and perusing sites from StumbleUpon, in case you didn’t know already), and I landed on this recipe. Actually, I landed on a photo of the recipe. A photo of toasted, gooey marshmallows on top of melted chocolate on top of graham cracker-laced cookies. It was so tempting that I went upstairs with Grace and made the bars. Right then! She’s always up for baking with Momma. They were every bit as good as I imagined. Once they cooled off, they were not quite so … Read more