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White Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake
Caramel Sauce: 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 3/4 teaspoons lemon juice 1 pint heavy cream 4 tablespoons unsalted butter Before I get into making the sauce, let me note that this isn't the easiest way for most home cooks to go about making caramel sauce. Melting almost pure sugar in a pan is pesky and it can burn quite easily. If you're not feeling up to attempting this part of the recipe, feel free to buy your favorite caramel sauce and warm it gently to glaze the cheesecake. In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat (I'm using non-stick for this), combine the sugar and lemon juice. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is mostly melted then set aside the spoon and swirl the pan over the heat to keep the color even throughout. Continue to cook and swirl until it sugar turns a medium amber color. Watch it carefully, the sugar will quickly darken and should it become dark brown or black it will taste bitter and unpleasant. When the sauce turns the right color slowly whisk in the cream. If the caramel hardens with the addition of the cream, do not worry. Just continue to add the cream and bring the mixture back to a a boil over medium heat. Continue to stir until the sugar has remelted. Allow to boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat and stir in the butter. Pour into a heat safe container and chill until ready to use. Crust: 10 ounces graham crackers, crushed into crumbs 7 tablespoons unsalted butter Cheesecake Filling: 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream 8 ounces good quality white chocolate, chopped 5 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch salt boiling water Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and press into the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the side of a 10 inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes and then allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Reduce the heat to 325°F and prepare the cheesecake batter. Place the chopped white chocolate into a heat safe bowl and set aside. Bring the 1/2 cup of cream to a simmer over medium heat in a small sauce pan. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate, jiggle the bowl to submerge it and allow to stand for one minute. Stir the chocolate gently until melted completely. In your mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth and lump free. Add the sugar and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. On medium speed, slowly add the white chocolate ganache. Once combined you can add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed until each egg is incorporated. Once you've added all the eggs, mix in the vanilla and salt and pour into your prepared pan. Set the pan onto a couple large sheets of aluminum foil and smooth them up the sides of the pan to waterproof. Set the cheesecake into a large roasting pan and then place in the oven. Pour the boiling water into the roasting pan, filling to about one inch (no higher than the lowest edge of aluminum foil). Allow to make at 325°F for one hour then reduce heat and bake at 300°F for an additional 60-90 minutes until the center is just set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool chill for at least 4 hours before serving. To glaze, gently warm the 1 cup of the caramel sauce on the stove or in the microwave until slightly runny and then pour onto the cheesecake. Smooth the caramel over the cake and you're ready to serve. Enjoy.
Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls with Lemon cheese glaze
Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze AUTHOR: ALYSSA PREP TIME:  40 MINS COOK TIME:  30 MINS TOTAL TIME:  1 HOUR 10 MINS SERVES: 9-12   Delicious strawberry cinnamon rolls made with Lucky Leaf Pie filling and a quick and easy dough recipe! These will be in the oven in no time at all! INGREDIENTS Dough Ingredients:3¼ cups flour 2 tsp instant yeast ¼ cup white sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 egg ¼ cup water ¾ cup milk ⅓ cup butter, softened Filling Ingredients: 21 ounce can Lucky Leaf Strawberry Pie Filling 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon sugar Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting: 4 ounce cream cheese, softened 3 Tablespoons butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar ¼ cup half and half 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 Tablespoon lemon zest (one lemon) 1 teaspoon vanilla INSTRUCTIONS To make the dough: In a small saucepan over medium low heat add the milk and butter. Stir until the butter has melted and remove from heat. Let stand until luke warm temperature.In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2¼ cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add to the stand mixer with dough hook attached. (You can also make this by hand, just knead until smooth once all of the ingredients are added.) Add the egg and water and mix until just starting to combine. Slowly add in the milk mixture and 1 cup of flour until the dough starts to form and become smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large 9x15 square. About ¼-1/2 inch thick. Spread strawberry pie filling evenly on top of the dough. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top of the strawberry filling. Roll up the 15 inch side into a log and pinch the seams. Cut into 9-12 slices depending on how thick you want your cinnamon rolls. Place in a greased 9x13 inch pan and cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes or until just golden brown on the tops.To make the glaze: Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the half and half, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest until combined. Frost over warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy!
Energy-Boosting Breakfast Toast!
Check out these 21 great ideas for some energy-boosting slices of goodness for your morning meal. You could almost have a different combination every day for a month! 1. Sliced Avocado + Crumbled Feta + Pomegranates + Olive Oil 2. Raspberries + Blackberries + Basil + Light Cream Cheese 3. Ribboned Cantaloupe + Chopped Walnuts + Agave + Goat Cheese 4. Sliced Banana + Almond Butter + Chia Seeds 5. Thinly Sliced Celery + Raisins + Peanut Butter 6. Refried Beans + Salsa + Cilantro + Fried Egg 7. Goat Cheese + Sliced Strawberries + Shelled Edamame + Balsamic Vinegar + Sea Salt (Before adding them to the toast, in a bowl pour balsamic vinegar over sliced strawberries and macerate them. This way the bread won’t get soggy.) 8. Sliced Pineapple + Cottage Cheese + Chopped Cashews 9. Sauteed Kale + One-Egg Omelet + Grated Cheddar Cheese 10. Sliced Dried Figs + Ricotta Cheese + Sesame Seeds 11. Sliced Mango + Sliced Fresh Mozzarella + Lime Juice & Zest 12. Mashed Avocado + Shelled Edamame + Sprouts + Lemon Juice 13. Sliced Pear + Ricotta Cheese + Honey 14. Hummus + Chopped Walnuts + Pomegranates 15. Mashed Chickpeas + Tomato Slice + Fried Egg 16. Chopped Mejdool Dates + Sliced Feta + Sliced Almonds 17. Sliced Plums + Sunflower Seed Butter + Flaxseed 18. Sliced Apple + Honey + Blue Cheese 19. Marinara Sauce + Poached Egg + Parmesan + Basil 20. Kimchi + Sliced Hard-Boiled Egg + Black Sesame Seeds 21. Smoked Salmon + Ribboned Cucumber + Light Cream Cheese + Scallions
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