Fall dessert : spiced pistachio cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

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As much as I usually cook and bake from scratch, sometimes I do appreciate shortcuts :). This is one lovely, fast and not totally from scratch recipe, that will turn the ordinary spiced cake mix in to a gastronomical event at your place :). It’s all about this amazing and super simple white chocolate & cream cheese frosting combined with the crunch of pistachios. It’s such a great taste mix, and makes for a perfect fall dessert. So, here is what you need :

Spiced cake mix
1 1/2 cup of crushed pistachios

1 cup soft cream cheese
1/2 cup melted white chocolate chips

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Follow the instructions on the box, and in the end add pistachios. Leave some on the side for decoration. Wait for the cupcakes to cool down a bit before frosting them.

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So the white chocolate cream cheese frosting is so easy it’s funny. Using the electric mixer combine together soft cream cheese ( make sure to take it out of a refrigerator 30 minutes before you start ) and melted white chocolate chips. That’s it, no need for extra sugar or butter. This frosting will stay intact on your cupcakes after frosting, yet won’t get tough. Honestly, it’s my favourite :).

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Sprinkle with extra pistachios. I hope you’ll like them ! Actually I know you will 🙂

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Cookie dough Oreo bars

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I’ll be very honest with you here. It’s not a healthy dessert! So if you’re struggling with diabetes, just stop reading now, and go check out one of my healthy desserts. However, if you’re looking for a ridiculously decadent dessert that’ll knock your guests socks off, look no further !

These cookie dough Oreo bars are one of these addictive, gooey, chocolaty and crunchy desserts, that your guests, family, even your neighbour, will love. I’ve made them last weekend and suddenly I’ve became the-best-daughter-in-law-ever! And if I wouldn’t be already married to my husband, he would have literally proposed to me. With his mouth full of this cookie dough Oreo bar. Yes, they are that good.

 

So now you’re probably thinking that if these cookie dough Oreo bars are so crazy delicious then they must be fairly complicated. No. They really aren’t. And there is no baking involved :). Here is what you need :

1/2 cup soft butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup Oreo baking crumbs
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 can of sweetend condensed milk

For the Oreo crust:
1 1/4 cup Oreo baking crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter

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Start by preparing the Oreo crust. Just mix the Oreo crumbs with melted butter, and press them firmly to the bottom of your baking dish. Then using your electric mixer, mix the brown sugar with soft butter,then add slowly the flour, and Oreo baking crumbs. Then slowly pour the condensed milk, and in the end chocolate chips. Now pour your sticky mixture on top of the Oreo crust, and let it refrigerate a couple of hours. Cut using sharp knife.

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You can even freeze them once they’re cut in to bars, with sheets of parchment paper in between. They are even better cold!

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Enjoy them with cold milk or hot coffee :). I know you’ll love them :)!

Ricotta cheesecake& summer party inspirations

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Even though Pinterest is full of back-to-school ideas,fall craft and recipes, it’s still summer here where I live! And I’m trying to hold on to these last days of summer as much as possible! I’m turning my eyes away from the yellow leaves that start to appear, and I try to enjoy the days outside in the sun.

If you too fell like the seasons change is coming too fast, try this amazing no bake ricotta cheesecake :). It’s all fluffy and delicate thanks to the whipped ricotta, and sweet and fresh thanks to strawberries and milk chocolate. You just need to visit Domestic Superhero blog, where I share it today with everyone in my guest post :). If you still don’t know that blog, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it!

And as for enjoying the last days of summer, I think that I’ll make a good-bye summer party! If you’d like to make one too, here are some of my all time favourite summer recipes that could be served:

Salads to start with :
Kale summer salad:
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My watermelon summer salad :
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Gourmet burgers :
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Perfect summer cake :
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And a summer cocktail that could be served in it’s non-alcoholic version, or with a dash of rum:
Watermelon cocktail :
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And of course this no bake strawberry ricotta cheesecake 🙂

What do you think, does this look like a fun the-end-of-summer-party menu? I surly can’t wait to make it all over again 🙂 !

No bake s’mores raspberry cheesecake

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As you can see we got slightly s’mores obsessed. This cheesecake inspired by our favourite campfire dessert is as delisus as it can get! Just imagine, a graham crumle crust with this creamy, fluffy and melting-in-your-mouth chocolate ricotta filling, topped with mini marshmallows and sweet raspberries ! It’s really pure perfection. And it a no bake dessert, so it ideal for these hot and lazy summer afternoons :).

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Graham cracker crust

1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup chocolate chips for topping
1 cup fresh raspberries

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Make a basic graham craver crust. Clic here if you want to see how Martha is doing it. But don’t bake your graham cracker crust ! Just leave it a side.

Whip your cream, add ricotta, mix on high speed for around 30 seconds, then add 1 cup of melted chocolate chips and mix again on high speed until well blended. Pour your chocolate ricotta cheese filling on the graham cracker crust.

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Now you can melt the rest of chocolate chips, and drizzle it on top. Add some mini marshmallows. Kids will love them, so add some more :). Make sure to put your hands on the fresh and sweet raspberries. It will make all the the difference !

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Enjoy this super easy and divine no bake s’mores raspberry cheesecake with people you love! (or like me hide in the kitchen to have another serving)…

The best Bundt lemon cake

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Back when I was little we used to make this cake a lot me and my mom, especially in the end of winter and for Easter. It’s moist, wonderfully lemony and it has this perfect balance of sweet and sour. Yesterday we had a rainy day, so I’ve decided to make this gorgeous lemon cake, and it did rise ours spirits ! It takes a little bit more effort than what I usually put in to baking, but still it doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes of preparation!


Cake :
2 1/4 flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt

1 3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup soft butter
Lemon zest ( from 2 lemons)

3 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup buttermilk ( or milk with 1 teaspoon of vinegar )

Icing:
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix sugar with butter and zest. When well mixed together slowly add eggs, followed by lemon juice and buttermilk. When the mixture is well blended add the dry ingredients. Pour the batter in to a baking dish and bake for around 45 minutes on 350F.

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To make the icing simply mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice. But before you start icing make sure that your cake cooled down completely.

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Serve with herbal tea and pretend that it’s four o clock :). You’ll love it, I’m sure !

Raspberries & white chocolate muffins

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It’s one of these perfect combinations, sweet, creamy and sour all at once. White chocolate and raspberries muffins, pure perfection :). I won’t lie to you that it’s healthy, but it may be considered as full of vitamin C and antioxidants, thanks to raspberries :). And I say that it’s a perfect snack on a sunny afternoon when you are playing in the park, or when you need a bit of sweetness after running errands all day :).

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs
2 tablespoons sour cream ( or buttermilk )
1/4 cup soft butter

1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup frozen raspberries

Mix all dry ingredients, then add eggs, sour cream and butter, mix well together.

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Add chocolate and fruits, but don’t mix too much or your batter will get all pink. Unless you wish to have pink muffins, then go ahead 🙂

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Bake around 25 minutes on 350F.

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Enjoy !

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Almond & pear upside down cake

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So I had to many pears and a little sugar craving.. But since the weather got sunny and I decided to eat a tiny bit less sweets, I’ve made this cake with basically no sugar at all :). I’ve baked it with a bit of maple syrup instead. But don’t you worry, you can add sugar if you wish, just replace maple syrup with 3/4 cups of sugar.


2 cups flour
1/2 cup almond powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup soft butter
3 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup

3 pears
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

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Cut pears in to slices, add couple drops of lemon juice and a half a teaspoon of sugar, then set aside. Mix all dry ingredients, then add butter with eggs and syrup, and mix all together. Place fruits on the bottom of your baking dish and pour the batter evenly on top. Bake a around 40 min on 350F. Serve with vanilla ice cream and maple sirup 🙂 . Enjoy !