I’m not one of those crazies that claim they aren’t a fan of cheesecake. Who are they kidding?! Cheesecake is awesome! I get it…it can be really intense, and rich, and thick, and freaking amazing. But hey, if you can’t handle it go eat a salad. I will eat the heck out of this Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake. If you are one of those unfortunate few that can’t take the heat that cheesecake has to offer, have no fear. This big ‘ole hunk of deliciousness is more brownie than cheesecake. It’s smack you in the face, grab a glass of milk kind of brownie dessert.
Classic red velvet cupcakes smothered in decadent and rich Nutella buttercream frosting with a sprinkle of chopped milk chocolate and drizzle of dark chocolate. Chocolate and red velvet are the perfect match in these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Quick, what do you always think of when someone says Red Velvet? Cream cheese frosting, right? BORING…Let’s break this mundane cycle people. I’m here to show you that red velvet’s partner in crime doesn’t always have to be cream cheese. I mean, just look at how insane these are! And just to make sure you get the idea, I used three kinds of chocolate in this cupcake. Three!
First is the creamy and smooth Nutella buttercream frosting which is absolute perfection. Then I topped them with a little chopped milk chocolate. I used Cadbury. The mother of all milk chocolate. (Thank you Great Britain…) And then to shake things up a bit, I drizzled some melted dark chocolate on top. Seriously, these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes will make you wonder why you always settled for boring old cream cheese frosting.
What on Earth is a Bougatsa? I came across this funny sounding Greek dessert while hunting some inspiration for my next post. Low and behold was this absolutely gorgeous rustic masterpiece on Phoodie. At first glance, my thoughts were…”Well, this looks like it’s going to take some effort. Let me think of every excuse imaginable so I don’t have to get off Pinterest…” I checked out the ingredients and method and was shocked to see how simple it was!
Scroll down for the Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa recipe!
Raise your hand if your’e a lazy baker. Anyone? I can’t be the only one, right? It sounds silly but sometimes I feel mixing brownie batter can be a little too labor intensive. Even the one bowl kind without melting chocolate. After reading that back to myself, I just realized I’m a lame-o. It’s time to amp things up with these Miniature Banoffee Brownies. But not too much amping people. I’m lazy remember?
Luscious layers of buttery phyllo dough nestled between gorgeous layers of cinnamon pear, pistachios, and pecans. Baklava was never meant to be boring. It was meant to be epic like this Pear and Fig Baklava!
I hope everyone is ready for a fabulous New Year’s Eve! I’m going to live vicariously through all the cool kids tonight. First of all, I’ve never been able to stay up past midnight. Don’t think that’s because I’m a parent, or old, or have two early to bed kids. I’ve been that way since my 20’s. It’s so sad! I blame it on my old soul. Secondly, I do have two little kids who can’t seem to keep it together past 9. In our house 9 P.M. is the witching hour of tantrums, whiny little voices, and utter melt downs. So every New Years Eve it’s hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and the good old fashioned New Year’s countdown from my quiet little television.
You know what I love about muffins? Muffins are extra large cupcakes that can be eaten for breakfast. AND they come with no judgement. If its eaten between the hours of 6 and 11 in the morning, extra large, and void of frosting…no one cares. No one gives dirty looks. It’s breakfast. Chocolate chips and all. I once saw a red velvet smore’s muffin at a local coffee shop. That my friends is my kind of breakfast. #breakfastgoals
These muffins bake up super fluffy and soft with just the right amount of crunch from the Oreos. Not to mention, they are insanely easy and quick to make, so don’t you worry. You’ll be stuffing your face in no time. It’s okay though. It’s breakfast remember? First meal of the day, so make it count!
Today the weather in Dubai has finally hit the perfect temperature! It has been so beautiful lately and taking a walk doesn’t render you useless for the rest of the day. I usually feel like I need a 3 hour nap after a stroll due to the heat. Not anymore! Oh, and the breeze doesn’t feel like a hot blow dryer. We don’t get those gorgeous red and orange Fall leaves, but we get perfect beach weather. I think that’s a good trade.