Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

A smooth and creamy strawberry cheesecake filling, is sandwiched between a shortbread cookie crust and sinful chocolate ganache.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake


For me summer is all about no bake desserts. I usually go crazy with no bake desserts during the summer, but it seems like I just haven't had time to indulge this year. We've been going non stop since the middle of July, with no signs of stopping. I did manage to make this cheesecake and photograph it, before heading camping with the family. I wrapped this baby up and stuck it in the freezer. Since we were scheduled to visit Hubby's family in the U.S shortly after our camping trip, I brought the cheesecake along, hoping it wouldn't be a total disaster once thawed. You know what? It was fantastic! Even better than that first piece I had, after the photo shoot.

The reason I like no bake cheesecakes so much, is because they are so easy. This one was as easy as simmering frozen strawberries (which I still had in my freezer from LAST summer!), with some sugar, until nice and thick. Once my homemade jam like strawberries were cooled, I mixed them in with some softened cream cheese and luscious freshly whipped cream. For the crust I used a combination of shortbread cookies, macadamia nuts (which I found in the freezer) and toasted coconut. A silky chocolate ganache tops it off, adding a wonderful sweet indulgent extra, to this fantastic cheesecake. My mother in law and sister in law LOVED the cheesecake, as much as I did.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake


No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

crust:
12 shortbread cookies (I used store brand cookies)
1/2 C macadamia nuts, toasted and cooled (almonds would also work)
1/3 C toasted coconut
2 Tbs sugar
1/4 C butter, melted

filling:
2 C strawberries (fresh or frozen)
2/3 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2- 8oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 C 35% heavy cream
3 Tbs powdered sugar
1 C semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 C 35% heavy cream
2 Tbs butter
chocolate covered strawberries to garnish

Place a mixing bowl and mixer attachment(s) in the freezer, for at least 1 hr.

For the crust, place the shortbread cookies and toasted macadamia nuts, in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pour into a bowl and add the toasted coconut and 2 Tbs of sugar. Drizzle with the melted butter and mix until the mixture resembles wet sand. Press into an 8-inch springform pan. Refrigerate while you work on the filling.

For the filling, place the strawberries in a sauce pot with 2/3 C sugar and the vanilla. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, breaking up berries; until they become nice and thick. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until nice and smooth. Beat in the cooled strawberry mixture; until well combined. Set aside.

Using the cold bowl and mixer attachment(s), beat 1C of 35% heavy cream, until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the 3 Tbs of sugar, beating until cream comes to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Pour onto chilled crust, smoothing it out evenly and refrigerate until set; about 4 hrs, to overnight.

Once cheesecake is set, start your ganache. Place the chopped chocolate into a small mixing bowl. Heat the remaining 1 C cream, in a sauce pot, over medium heat; just until bubbles start to form around the edges of the cream and pot. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit 2 minutes. Gently stir the chocolate mixture, until it becomes smooth. Stir in the remaining 2 Tbs of butter and let ganache cool slightly; about 5 minutes. Pour ganache over the cheesecake and return the the fridge to set; about 1-2 hrs.

Garnish with chocolate dipped strawberries. Run a knife, which has been dipped in scalding hot water and wiped off, around the edge of the cheesecake, before removing the outer shell of the springform pan.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #75


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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What's for Eats? August 17th, 2014



Holy heck, what a busy summer we've had. I have to admit, that I haven't meal planned in almost 4 weeks, due to being away. First we went camping, then after a few days at home, we headed to the U.S. to visit Hubby's family. Once again we returned home, only to pack up again and head to camp with my parents. It ended up being cold and rainy, so we headed back to my parents house, for the remainder of our stay. We did have a gorgeous day on Friday, so Hubby, my dad and the kiddos headed out on the 4 wheelers and came home with just about 9 litres of wild blueberries. What a treat!! I've put 7 litres in the freezer (portioned out into 3 C bags) and kept 2 litres to do some baking.

School is starting in just over 2 weeks, so we've been slowly getting ready for that. We have our back to school wardrobes bought, washed and ready and now only have to worry about school supplies. Though the kids have had a blast this summer, they are excited about going back to school! This week we will hang out with friends and relax, before trying to get back into a routine.

What's for Eats? Week of August 17,2014


Here is what I have planned this week (in no particular order)


  • Homemade Shake N Bake Chicken Legs (new recipe), with buttered noodles and broccoli
  • Cheese Enchiladas with Bean Salad
  • leftovers
  • french toast, bacon and cantaloupe
  • Grilled Pork Chops with stuffed zucchini (new recipe) and sweet corn
  • leftovers
  • Chicken Meatballs and Vegetable Soup with homemade French Bread