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What’s for Dessert: Ferrero Rocher Nutella Cheesecake

A combination of Nutella, cheesecake, and Ferrero Rocher chocolate. How can you go wrong with that? For a work dessert party, I recently made this Ferrero Rocher and Nutella Cheesecake. It was a crowd pleaser for sure.

It’s decadent and full of flavor. You can’t go wrong with this one!

This cheesecake didn’t involve pre-baking the crust, and like all my other cheesecake recipes, isn’t difficult to make… but this one had an additional step than most, with the ganache topping… but more on that later.

Here’s how I made this cheesecake:

I started off by lining the bottom of my springform pan with parchment paperTo do that, remove the ring and cover the bottom part (the base) with parchment paper. Fold the excess paper back under the base and put the ring back in its position with the other hand. 

For the crust/base of the cheesecake, I used:

  • 2 + 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup of Rice Krispies Cereal, slightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of Nutella

I combined the graham cracker crumbs, Rice Krispies cereal, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.

In another bowl, I combined the butter and Nutella and microwaved for about 30 to 45 seconds before mixing until both ingredients were well combined. I then poured over the dry ingredients. With a glove on my hand, I mix until everything was evenly combined and then pressed the mixture firmly at the bottom of the pan. Set the springform pan aside on a baking tray.

The next step is the cheesecake filling, for which I used my standard Nutella cheesecake filling:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • [about] 1/2 cup of Nutella [or your choice of chocolate-hazelnut spread]

In your food processor, add your cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, Nutella and vanilla extract. Do not over beat the mixture, just beat it until your mixture is smooth.

On top of your crust, pour your cheesecake batter.

Place the cheesecake in the center of the middle oven rack [in the preheated 300 degree oven]. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until the center is almost set.

Let your cheesecake cool completely before adding the ganache topping. That means at least a few hours, if not overnight. Do not take it out of the springform pan yet.

For my Nutella and hazelnut ganache topping, you need:

  • 1 + 1/2 cup of  semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of Nutella
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup of roasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
To make the Nutella and hazelnut ganache:
  1. combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips, Nutella, whipping cream and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, and then stir the mixture to combine. Repeat the process one more time, if needed. At this point, the ganache should be completely smooth, silky and combined.
  2. Take about 1 cup of that ganache into a small bowl and place it in the refrigerator for about two hours … until it has the consistency of thick frosting. You can mix it from time to time to check for consistency. This step, of leaving about a cup of ganache separate before adding the hazelnuts to the mixture is super important because trust me piping thick ganache with chopped hazelnuts is nearly impossible!
  3. Anyways, once you have set some of the ganache aside, add the chopped hazelnuts to the rest of the ganache and stir until well incorporated; pour over the cheesecake and spread it evenly all the way to the edge. Put your cheesecake back in the fridge until the ganache is set. Once the ganache has set on top of the cheesecake, remove the cheesecake from the springform pan.
The last step is the presentation: once the Nutella ganache that you set aside earlier has thickened, use it to decorate the top of your cheesecake and add Ferrero Rocher chocolates on top.

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What’s for Dessert: Candy Bars Cars

For Arham’s early birthday party I made these cute cars using M&Ms and Milky Way mini sized chocolate bars.

They were adorable and everyone loved them! Not to mention, they went perfectly with the theme of the party!

What I essentially did was very simple:

  1. I took my M&Ms and organized them so I had four of the same color to make one “car”.
  2. I unwrapped Milky Way chocolate bars, and using a toothpick (or fork), add a very small amount of cake frosting to act as the “glue” where the four tires would go.
  3. Attach the M&Ms onto the Milky Way chocolate bars.
  4. Let the “cars” set before enjoying!

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What’s for Dinner: Steak

On Saturday, I made steak. On my stove top, and without a cast iron.

Here’s how I made my steak:

  1. I took my t-bone cuts of steak and marinated with olive oil, Montreal Steak seasoning and a combination of garlic and ginger paste. I would suggest about one tablespoon of the steak seasoning for each pound of meat you are working with … I was working with five pounds of meat, and used around five tablespoons of the seasoning.
  2. Don’t poke holes in the meat. Let your steak marinate for about an hour.
  3. Then, in my skillet, I warmed up a thin layer of olive oil. On low to medium heat.
  4. Once the meat is in the skillet, I would recommend you not fuss with it or try to turn over too many times. Just let it sit and create a nice sizzling crust and cook halfway through before you flip them over.

 

 

 

Don’t press them down, don’t continuously flip them, etc.

 

End result? Perfectly delicious homemade steak. At a fraction of the cost.

 

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What’s for Dinner: Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t love chicken wings?

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Click here to see how I make my boneless chicken wings… and of course, the same recipe can be used for bone-in wings as well.

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Sliders

These Pizza Sliders were also on the menu for our Thanksgiving get-together last month.

They were easy to make, and delicious. While you can prep ahead, they are best when served and eaten right away… so keep that in mind.

Here’s what I used:

For the sliders: 

  • 1 package of (12) dinner rolls
  • Marinara sauce
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice, meat and/or vegetable

For the herb-season butter topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

How I made my Pizza Sliders:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Slice the dinner rolls, without separating them individually, horizontally to make a top and bottom bun. Tip: Make sure the bottom halves are the thicker of the top and bottom and halves since they will be holding all the toppings.
  3. Put the bottom half of the dinner rolls, carefully, into your baking dish. Spread pizza sauce all over.
  4. Add cheese slices, covering all of your marinara sauce. If you want to add any additional toppings like vegetable or meat, add now as well.
  5. Add the top half of the dinner rolls.
  6.  Combine the ingredients for the herb butter topping in a bowl. Use a brush to spread the herb butter topping all over the sliders. Top and all of the sides!
  7. Cover your baking tray with with aluminum foil and bake for about 15 minutes. Until the cheese is all melted and gooey and the top is golden brown.

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What’s for Dinner: Peri Peri Chicken Wings

While we don’t have a halal Nandos/Galitos local to us, Peri Peri chicken is a favorite for everyone in my house.

The Nandos sauce that you can buy at your local grocery store is a great way to get the flavor for a semi-homemade version of your Peri Peri chicken. I’ve made this with chicken pieces before, and this time around I made it with chicken wings.

Tip: marinating makes a big difference and you should definitely marinate ahead of time.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Take your chicken wings and with a fork mark your wings so that your marinade will seep through to the inside of your wings.
  2. Season your chicken wings with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder and the Nandos sauce of your choice (I use medium, but they have various heat levels).
  3. In your grill machine, grill your chicken wings and brush additional nandos sauce on top several times, both before you flip the chicken and after.
  4. Brush additional nandos sauce as you are removing the chicken from the grill machine, right before serving.

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What’s for Dessert: Strawberry and Banana Trifle

Very similar to the Strawberry Trifle I make, this version also has bananas in it! This was one of the desserts I

made for our Thanksgiving family get-together this year, and everyone loved it. The other dessert was my Oreo Cheesecake.

What I love about trifles like this is how easy it is to put-together and its always a crowd pleaser.

Here’s how I make my Strawberry and Banana Trifle:

What you need:

  • Pound cake, diced
  • Strawberries, sliced or diced
  • Bananas, sliced or diced
  • Cool whip, softened
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups of cold milk

How I made it:

  1. Make your vanilla pudding — basically blend your vanilla pudding mix with the three cups of cold milk for about a minute or two. Let it set for just  a few minutes and you will have your pudding.
  2. Fold into your softened cool whip.
  3. Now it’s basically just assembling your layers.
  4. Layer the bottom of your trifle platter with the pudding/cool whip mixture. Add a layer of cake, followed by strawberries and bananas. Continue the layers.
  5. Add a top layer of cool whip/pudding. Decorate the top of your trifle however which way you want with the strawberries and bananas.

 

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What’s for Dessert: Oreo Cheesecake

Going through my list of recipes, it’s no surprise that I love (a good) cheesecake.

One of the desserts I made for Thanksgiving was this Oreo Cheesecake. Or perhaps you want to call it a Cookies and Cream Cheesecake. Either way, it was delicious and a crowd pleaser!

What I used:

  • 5 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • Oreo cookies
  • 2 [8 ounce] packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream
Here’s how I made this cheesecake:
  1. Preheat your oven 350 degrees. Tip: adjust your oven rack to a level lower than the usual middle position it is usually in (to make sure the cheesecake doesn’t brown too much from the top).
  2. Spray the base of your springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Finely crush about 20 Oreo cookies (using a food processor).
  4. Mix your melted butter and Oreo cookie crumbs well, before pressing them into the bottom of your springform pan [to form your base/crust].
  5. Bake [in your preheated oven] for about 9 minutes. Let your base cool while you assemble your cheesecake filling.
  6. Blend your cream cheese and condensed milk together until it is smooth.
  7. Next, add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Do not over beat the mixture, just until it is all incorporated.
  8. Crumble 12 Oreos with your hands and gently fold them into your mixture. Again, do not overmix.
  9. Pour your batter over your [cooled] crust.
  10. Bake in your [preheated] oven for about 50-55 minutes.
  11. Let your cheesecake set for an hour, before decorating it.
  12. Decorate as you prefer: here’s how I decorated mine: I spread a layer of whipped cream on top, and piped the whip cream around the edges of the cheesecake and a big dollop in the center. In the middle, of the piping I sprinkled crumbed Oreos. I also put a Oreo cookie [whole] on top of the middle piping.
  13. Refrigerate for several hours at the very least, but overnight is ideal.

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