Monday, July 30, 2012

Peanut Butter Cheesecake!

Want a slice of delicious Peanut Butter Cheesecake?

Peanut Butter Cheesecake!

Crust: Peanut Butter Oreos
Filling: Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Topping: Peanut Buter Ganache and Reese's PB cups!

Want to make this?
Here's how!

For The Crust

  • 4 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies (I used regular Oreos & Peanut Butter Oreos)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

For The Filling

  • 2 lbs cream cheese, softened
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (I used JIFF!)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 Reese's Peanut Butter cups, broken into small pieces (Miniture size PB cups cut into 1/4's **NOT THE TEENY TINY ones)

For The Topping

  • 16oz Reese's peanut butter baking chips
  • 1 cup heavy (or whipping) cream
  • The tiny Reese's cups


**  Please Note. Plan ahead--cheesecake needs to chill for at least 4 hours. (I let it sit overnight)

   To Make The Crust

1) Heat oven to 275 degrees F

2) Combine crushed Oreo cookies that have been crushed or ground up with a food processor. Then mix with the melted butter.

3) Pat the crust onto the bottom and the sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
4) Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes.

(While this is baking, chop up your PB cups to get them ready! )

5) Once crust is done with it's quick bake, set aside to cool a little and get ready to make the filling!

 To Make The Filling

1) In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, brown sugar, and cream together until smooth.

2) Beat cream cheese into bowl with electric mixer until smooth.

3) Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

4) Mix in vanilla

5) Fold in Reese's PB cups with rubber spatula.

6) Pour filling into prepared crust.

7) Place springform pan into a larger baking pan.

8) Pour hot water into the larger pan so that the water comes up to about 1 inch up the sides of the springform pan. 

9) Bake for 1-1/2 hours, sometimes it needs an extra 15mins! Just check starting around 1-1/2 hours.
You want the center to be a little bit jiggly, firmer around the rest, and lightly brown on top.

10) Remove cheesecake from oven and from its' "water bath", and place springform pan ontop of wire cooling rack. Place a dish plate over the top to help it cool at a slower rate. This will help to prevent any unsightly cracks!

(I let mine sit out on my counter for a good two hours before placing it into the fridge.)

11) After it has sat out for a few hours on the counter, remove the springfoam pan. Place cheesecake in fridge for atleast 5 hours. I left mine in there over night.

Once your cheesecake is cool, get ready for the toppings!

 For The Topping:

1) Put peanut butter baking chips into a small bowl.

2) Bring heavy cream to a boil on the stove. As SOON as it comes to a boil, pour over baking chips and stir, stir, STIR!!!

3) You have just made your very own peanut butter ganache! Yummy!

You can let it sit for a few minutes, but don't let it sit too long or it will start to solidify.

4) Spread ganache all over the top and cover with peanut butter cups!

You can eat it now, or let it sit back in the fridge for a little bit. (30mins)

And There you go! A beautiful, delicious cheesecake!!

Tips for cutting, use a hot knife. I ran mine under the hot tap water. Make a cut, the wipe blade clean, and repeat! This makes clean cuts.

Happy eating!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cheesecakes and New Rifle

Hey guys! I am having a great weekend with a little more time off this time around. Last weekend the hubs and I were in a wedding for a family member and it was beautiful!

We had a great time in the limo!

This weekend I only needed to work this morning, so I got to enjoy the afternoon at the gun range with my hubs. He just built a new 308 rifle and man, it has some kick! It's completely worth it because it's pretty darn accurate! After that I headed home and enjoyed a well deserved nap. LOL

We have been watching The Glades on Netflix. It was really slow at first, but it's getting better now as the show has progressed. We finished Breakout Kings too. The first few episodes were pretty bad, but just skip the first 2 or 3 episodes and you will be fine. It's a great show after that.

What are you watching on Netflix???

I haven't baked in a long while and I'm feeling up for some cheesecake. I have been wanting to try a peanut butter cheesecake, because come on...who doesn't love smooth creamy peanut butter? And what better way then indulging in a decadent cheesecake at the end of the day? Mmmm. I will post pictures after it's all  done up and decorated.

These are a mini-version.. YUMMY! (got this photo from google)

How are you guys doing?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Back for a Few

Hey guys. I apologize it's been so long. I am on turbo mode. I am working two jobs now! I work all the time, but it is paying off! I got my paychecks on Friday and I can say that this will be worth it. I plan on working my butt off for a year, maybe two to rack up some moolah and be debt-free ASAP! I'm tired of being a slave to loan and credit card payments. Nope! I'm ending that as soon as possible. I DETERMINE TO be DEBT FREE this time NEXT year!

Now, I am very tired. So, so tired. I'm not used to this yet, but I'll get into a routine.

I hope you all have been well. I miss blogging and reading your blogs! I will do my best to get back into it. Blogging and hearing from you helps keep me motivated!

Well, got to run. I need to get my clothes ready for my jobs and get some shut-eye!