Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (1 / 50)

I made a few new year’s resolutions this year. The first was to take more photographs, so I’m attempting a 365 Day Project, which lives on Flickr because quite frankly a picture is supposed to say a thousand words, and I don’t want to write 365 blog posts.

The second resolution was to be more pro-active about cleaning and keeping our house tidy, something which I have always been pretty slack about. If you see me cleaning, it either means I needed to get to the sink and couldn’t, or we have people coming over. So this year will be the year to change that, hopefully.

The third resolution was to cook 50 new recipes this year and write blog posts about them, complete with photograph (which also will help to improve my photography you see). This is the first of those 50 recipes – Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake. Yum!

One of my favourite things about summer is definitely the fruit. Mangoes, cherries, lychees, grapes, and melons… in summer I could just live on fruit alone! I’ve just come back from three weeks overseas, and since getting back I have been to the store almost daily to buy more cherries. So it makes sense that my first recipe features this amazing and delicious fruit.

Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Serves 12 (depending on how large you like your cheesecake slices)
Preparation time –  15 minutes
Cooking time – 50 minutes
Adapted from – http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21373/double+choc+cherry+cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 250g packet Arnott’s Choc Ripple biscuits, halved
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 2 x 250g packets cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted, cooled
  • 350g fresh cherries, pitted and halved (or 415g canned, drained)

Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 20cm (base) round springform pan. Process biscuits until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add butter. Process until just combined. Press mixture over base and side of prepared pan. Refrigerate while making filling.

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition, until combined. Gradually beat in chocolate until combined. Fold in half the cherries. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Place pan on a baking tray. Put the baking tray and pan into the oven, and carefully fill the baking tray with hot water. The water bath will prevent the cheesecake from cracking.

Bake for 50 minutes or until just set. Cool in oven with door slightly ajar. Cover. Refrigerate until chilled. Top with remaining cherries and serve.

Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

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Welcome back

So I kind of forgot I had this blog. Over the past year I have started a few new blogs, mostly for photography projects. Only one of these was a success, the rest kind of fizzled and died along with my artistic inspiration. What can I say, I’ve never been the artistic or creative type.

Much of my life has changed since my last post last year, but much as stayed the same as well. I’m still with the same guy and the same dog, I still work in the same job. I still do the same things, which is pretty much nothing at all. The only thing that’s changed is that we are getting married in December, and as a result my life and my priorities have been revolving around this one day. A big day yes, an expensive day most definitely, but it’s still just one day.

Some of the changes have been odd and rather unlike me. I’m suddenly looking for solutions to make my nails longer and stronger, and my teeth whiter. I’ve become much better versed in wedding etiquette and look down in scorn at those who fail to RSVP. I keep multiple spreadsheets for various wedding things, like a guest list, a song list, a giant to do list, and yet I continue to forget things (actually that is very like me).

So much of my time these days is dedicated to wedding planning and preparation, all this work just for one day. Hopefully people will notice and comment on my efforts! I’m beginning to wonder what I will do to get through the work day once my wedding day has passed. I might actually have to do work!

RSPCA Cupcake Day Trial Run

This year, on Monday 15th August, I’ll be bringing a ton of cupcakes to work to sell for gold coin donations to the RSPCA. Last year I brought in a fair few cupcakes and raised about $100, and this year I’m hoping to top that. So it’s time to think about what I want to make and how I want them to look… because I want them to be fabulous! The only drag is that even if they look fabulous, people will still want to get away with just giving me $1 for one, and I’ll shoot them a dirty look and think that they’re cheap… but anyway. It’s for a good cause : )

I had a fair bit of white chocolate clay leftover from the Harry Potter cake I made the other week, so I decided to have a go at making some animal figurines to use for RSPCA Cupcake Day. I experimented with a few different poses for dogs and cats, added some ducks, a mouse and a rabbit.

Animal cupcakes

Animal cupcakes

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Harry Potter Quidditch cake

The final Harry Potter film comes out this week, and so my friends and I decided to have a Harry Potter marathon on Saturday. For the marathon I wanted to make a Harry Potter themed cake, and came up with a few different ideas – the castle, a magical creature, etc. I decided to go with a Quidditch pitch, because I was still really keen to try out the grass piping tip (Wilton #233).

Harry Potter Quidditch cake

Harry Potter Quidditch cake

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Squee!

I’m bored at work today. The only thing I’ve got going on at the moment is trying to fix a problem in one of the many testing environments… but I have no idea what’s wrong. And I have no visibility of the error or the server, so it’s making it really hard to figure out what the problem is. But anyway.

I just did a Google search for “loch ness cake”, and my page is listed! Squee, it’s like I’m famous! This is almost as squee-worthy as the time I put my puppy Chloe on Wikipedia. Chloe is a “Jug”, which is what you get when you breed a Jack Russell Terrier with a Pug. She’s a short, stocky tank of a puppy that’s full of affection and energy. She’s both independent and needy, very food-driven and intelligent so she’s a joy to train. She’s just awesome! Sadly someone decided that a Jug isn’t a common enough cross-breed to be on the hybrid dog breeds page, and so both my addition to the page and her beautiful picture were removed.

Chloe the Super Jug

Chloe the Super Jug, from Wikipedia