Miss you to pieces…and a fantastic no-bake cheese dessert recipe

Alright, I haven’t been posting for a while, I have no one to blame but myself  and it’s only because I decided to do nothing and devote more time for sitting.

But first, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m kitting I’m kitting…

I get 4,000 reminders from the Mr and daughters that go something like this: “hey mom/babe i haven’t heard your shooting gun pew pew for a while, what happened? and don’t give me excuses i/we don’t wanna hear it!”. So why did you ask.
See, my camera makes fast and repeat shooting sounds kinda like run-and-gun…too funny.

Now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m also aware of the fact that by not posting every week can/may/has an effect on my blog and my beloved followers (hi honey), not to mention a limited amount of eyeballs.

What!?

…but that doesn’t stop me from coming back and posting about the things I love to do that fuel my soul.

And now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauceYou see, now and then life throws at you a couple of balls to juggle like there is no tomorrow for example: we got another dog, a puppy, I don’t even know why. That’s a lot of show right there. Being away from home for a long time isn’t easy on my family (although I get to do whatever I want and end the nights really…really late).  I recently traveled overseas to plan my daughter’s Bat-Mitzva this summer. Apparently it’s like planning a wedding minus the groom. And I’m only scratching the surface here. The book I want to write that is long over-due and that my family “reminds” me about it every day…I’m about to explode. My head is full with so much to write that sometimes its hard to get it all out. Don’t get me wrong I love my head it’s wonderful and full of awesomeness but…wait let me breath…nonetheless, I will and shall make it happen.

And now, I am delighted to introduce a fantastic dessert that has just the right ingredients to make anyone happy. It’s summer, it’s hot, we wear less and excercise more but this dessert only completes our summer picture perfect. It’s surprisingly provocative and infused with acidity, sweetness, creaminess and texture that create a sultry dessert – it’s a party in your mouth.

No-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

So easy to make I call it SmartDessert because first, you can enjoy this elegant sweetness under any weather even if you’re having a turbulence in your living room. Second, it’s three easy recipes in one, where I’ll post about separately, that you can enjoy completely on their own. Smart he?

My favorite part is the blueberry sauce. O.M.G – It is to die for. I mixed a couple of liquids and made a heavenly blueberry reduction. The Mr was speechless! so was I. But you know how kids are…they always have something to say…errr.

Finally, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

Shall we?

Ingredients:

Cheese batter

8 oz. cold Mascarpone cheese
1 cup very cold heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
pinch of kosher salt

Blueberry sauce:

2 c. fresh blueberries
1/2 c. Kahlua liqure
1/4 aged balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp pure honey

*1 tbsp honey butter, room temperature – click for the recipe

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Yields 6 cups. Grease 6 glass ice-cream cups with honey butter. refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl combine cheese, vanill, sugar and salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy. In another bowl beat the whipping cream until thick and fluffy. Fold the cream into the cheese mixture. Scoop into the chilled ice-cream cups. Refrigerate 4 hours.

In the meantime, combine kahlua and balsamic in a non-stick medium pan on medium heat. When starts to boil lower heat to low and cook until liquid reduced by a third. Add blueberries and honey, mix and continue to cook a few more minutes stirring occasionally, until sauce is honey-like consistency. Keep in mind not to overcook the blueberries. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature**.

Take the cups out of the refrigerator, arrange on a serving tray and top with blueberry sauce. Serve.  It is A.mazing every.single.time.

**I store the Blueberry sauce in a glass container in the refrigerator, it becomes hard when chilled. I stick it in the microwave on high for a few seconds to melt, just before re-use.

This sauce also makes an amazing jam on a fresh country toasted bread.

Best easiest Oreo Mini CheeseCakes

Landed after a long tiring business trip, he drove back home from the airport. It was late. He felt smelly and exhausted.
He couldn’t wait to see his wife and daughters. He longed to be laying in his soft bed again, have his favorite food, have her arms massaging his tight neck. He longed to be treated to his favorite dessert.
Recharged by the cool shower he had a scrumtious meal, while his handsome nose sensed the strong aroma of Vanilla roaming in the air on the first floor. He looked at her and his eyes moved around the room.  He spotted something. He spotted little mini cheesecakes orderly arranged on a tray, at the far end of the room. He knew what would happened next. Those cheesecakes she made, not plenty, waited just for him. Still, they felt hot and he decided to wait. Slowly, he fell into light sleep.
But I just saw them, he later said rubbing his eyes, where did they all go?

best mini cheesecakes

I’m sorry but I could not stop eating these bad boys! Phew.

Is there anything better than mini cheesecakes? well yeah if I really put my mind into it but that’s another post. Think about it – mini desserts – few bites – easy on the calories and the guilt trip, right? Wrong!

Why are they so addictive you are asking? o.k. I’ll tell you: they are little cuties, fabulous, scrumptious, mouth filling, surprising and delicious…with mini chocolate chips…in mini cups…in mini-mum effort.

best mini cheesecakes ever

I’m sure there are many mini’s out there and you don’t have to take my word for it, but these are my mini perfects, a delight to eat, easy to make, requires almost no time and so cute I want to hug them. Not only that but they are much more fun when served up-side-down.

Oh, allow me to enlighten you with one tip that will make you feel naturally and legally high: shamelessly pour my chocolate ganache over a mini cheesecake. Talk to me later.

best mini cheesecakes ever

best mini cheesecakes ever

best Oreo mini cheesecakes ever

ingredients:

(making between 15-20)

1 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 c. low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla paste
pinch of kosher salt
Oreo cookies
mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
baking cupcakes liners

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Preheat oven to 375. Place one Oreo cookie in each mini baking cup. Arrange cups on a large baking sheet. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, yogurt, salt and vanilla paste. Beat until smooth. Add sugar and combine. Add one egg at a time and beat on higher speed until batter is smooth and fluffy.
Slowly pour the batter over the Oreo cookies filling up 3/4 of each baking cup. Sprinkle each baking cup with mini chocolate chip. Bake 25-35 minutes or until set and golden brown. Let cool in the cup liners then remove paper and serve these cool little mini cheesecakes on a pretty serving dish. A.Delight!