Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

One of my goals this week was to make a Cheesecake.  I had tons of cream cheese to use up as well as I haven't made one since before I moved back from France.  Needless to say, it was important that I make one this week while I was off.  I took the recipe from Good Housekeeping's cookbook which I will post later.  It was interesting because the recipe was for a make your own cheesecake.  To me it was much more difficult to follow it as I didn't know which combinations would work the best.  Mine had chocolate peppermint pieces in it as I thought it might be an interesting addition. 

 As you can see, I just had to try a slice before it went in the freezer.  I wouldn't want to serve it to guests and it taste bad, now would I? It tasted good but I am not sure I liked my crust and might have to change the brand of graham cracker crumbs that I use for next time.  That and there was too much butter in the crust (not that I tasted it) because it leaked in the oven and on my counter. Good things to know for next time!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

All bran buds bran muffins!

I've decided that I need to eat better and with that I decided to make bran muffins to increase my fibre while also using up my all bran cereal which I keep for company and is expiring soon. I looked all over and found this recipe from the All Bran Site. Yummy! Hope they taste as good as they smell!!

All Bran Muffins

1 1/3 cups or 325 mlAll-purpose flour 
1/2 cup or 125 mlSugar 
1 tbsp or 15 mlBaking powder 
1/4 tsp or 1 mlSalt 
1 1/2 cups or 375 mlAll-Bran Original* cereal 
All-Bran Buds* cereal 
1 cup or 250 mlMilk 
1/3 cup or 75 mlvegetable oil 


1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine cereal and milk . Let stand about 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add egg and oil. Beat well. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion batter evenly into twelve greased 2 1/2-inch muffin pan cups coated with cooking spray.

4. Bake in oven at 200°C (400°F) for about 20 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. Serve warm.

Do you have a great recipie for bran muffins? What do you add to them to add flavour?