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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

The Best Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies Recipe

  Gluten-free baking is tricky in my experience. The recipes don’t always taste great, and the texture can be really hard to get right. I don’t have to be 100% gluten-free all the time, but I can’t eat a lot of gluten or I get sick. So I try to make everything gluten-free, but I don’t stress over minute amounts. We’ve made this particular recipe a couple of times, and it came out well every time. I’m pleased to be able to share it with you today. While you’re here, check out my homemade hot fudge recipe. These brownies are … Read more

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Who doesn’t love hot fudge? Is there anyone out there? I for one adore hot fudge, and I worked really hard on this recipe to get it just right. This recipe is simple to prepare and ready in less than 15 minutes. You’re going to love it! Print Recipe Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Course Condiment, Dessert, Gluten-free Servings Ingredients 1 cup butter1/3 cup cocoa powder unsweetened2 cups sugar12 oz evaporated milk1 teaspoon vanilla2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips Course Condiment, Dessert, Gluten-free Servings Ingredients 1 cup butter1/3 cup cocoa powder unsweetened2 cups sugar12 oz evaporated milk1 teaspoon vanilla2 cups semi-sweet chocolate … Read more

S’mores Cheesecake with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

On Wednesday, while Grace was taking a nap (she’s been quite sick), Allie and I made a s’mores cheesecake to bring some of our favorite flavors together. I had a new cheesecake recipe to try out, and we haven’t had a campfire in a while to get our s’mores fix, so it seemed like a good combination. Was it ever a good combination! That is the understatement of the year. Every bite of this rich cheesecake was loaded with the sticky goodness of marshmallows and the rich sweetness of my homemade hot fudge, and it was – dare I say … Read more

Easy Homemade Chocolate Ganache

Easy Chocolate Ganache Recipe

I put chocolate ganache on pretty much every dessert I made. Do you know what it is? It’s a rich, creamy chocolate layer that I use to top cheesecake (hides the cracks), cakes (it’s tastier than frosting), cookies (because, why not?), and my fingers. Ganache is amazingly easy, too, so I whip it together every time I put baked goods in the oven. In less than the time it takes the thing in the oven to be done, I have made a small batch of ganache that will add some amazing to the deliciousness soon to come.   Print Recipe … Read more

Gluten-Free Cheesecake That Everyone Will Love

gluten-free cheesecake

Joe and I dated over cheesecake. It’s the one dessert he really enjoys, and I often ordered a slice when we went out to dinner and shared it with him. Now that we’re married, I make him order his own. Today is our wedding anniversary, so I wanted to share our new favorite cheesecake recipe. I love cheesecake, but I am not very good at making it. In fact, the cheesecake above was the first one I ever made that didn’t crack on top. I don’t know why this particular one didn’t crack when all the others I’ve ever made … Read more