Mini Strawberry Swirl Cheesecakes

THE ONLY WAY CHEESE IS DESSERT IS WHEN IT IS FOLLOWED BY THE WORD CAKE.”  Michele Gorman

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake | From My Sweet Heart

If it were up to me, every meal of the day would be followed by dessert!

Now having said that, sometimes you just want a smaller bite.  These little strawberry cheesecake cupcakes are just that.  Fresh strawberry puree is swirled into sweet, vanilla cheesecake batter and baked on top of a chocolate cookie crust flavored with a slight hint of cinnamon.

I love cheesecake desserts in just about any form.  Take these little cheesecakes out of their papers and plate them with some extra puree and a little whipped cream for a more elegant dessert.  Pack one in your lunch bag for an extra special pick me up in the middle of the day.  But they are a perfect size with a cup of tea or coffee for those mornings when you just have to have dessert for breakfast! [Read more...]

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Strawberries

“PURITY AND SIMPLICITY ARE THE TWO WINGS WITH WHICH MAN SOARS ABOVE THE EARTH AND ALL TEMPORARY NATURE.”  Thomas Kempis

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Strawberries | From My Sweet Heart

I am a purist at heart.  And I firmly believe that vanilla is under rated. 

Would I turn away a piece of oreo snickers triple chocolate mousse turtle pecan double caramel chocolate chip pumpkin dulce de leche mocha fudge ripple cheesecake with raspberries and extra whipped cream?

Probably not!

But a sweet and creamy vanilla cheesecake with a thin layer of vanilla cookie crust topped with fresh strawberries and brushed with a light and sweet strawberry glaze appeals to me even more! [Read more...]

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake

ARRANGE  WHATEVER PIECES COME YOUR WAY.”  Virginia Woolf

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake | From My Sweet Heart

It’s been a little while since I last participated in the Improv Cooking Challenge, founded by Kristen at The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  But I’m glad to be back!  Every month Kristen challenges us with two ingredients that we can use in any way we wish.  What pieces came our way this month?  Cinnamon and sugar!  This is such a classic combination and of course Snickerdoodles came to mind.  There’s nothing better than that soft, sweet, vanilla sugar cookie rolled and covered in cinnamon.  Unless it’s cheesecake! [Read more...]

Ricotta Cheesecake with Blackberries

“WHO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE LOVE STAY?  TELL LOVE YOU ARE GOING TO THE JUNIOR’S DELI ON FLATBUSH AVENUE IN BROOKLYN TO PICK UP A CHEESECAKE, AND IF LOVE STAYS, IT CAN HAVE HALF.”  Tom Robbins

Ricotta Cheesecake with Blackberries | From My Sweet Heart

Ahhhhh!  If only love were so easy to bribe!  But would we really want it then?  For me, there were two reasons for wanting to make this cheesecake.  First, I saw a picture of it naked, in it’s purest form in an issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  And that was good enough for me.  It looked rustic, and simple and beautiful.  But….for some reason, last year, I developed a mad passion for blackberries.  And I wanted to add them to this delicious, creamy and crustless cheesecake.  I am in love with this cheesecake!  And I know it will last!  At least until the last bittersweet bite has consumed me….. [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake covered with Leaves of Chocolate

“I CELEBRATE MYSELF, AND SING MYSELF.  AND WHAT I ASSUME, YOU SHALL ASSUME.  FOR EVERY ATOM BELONGING TO ME AS GOOD BELONGS TO YOU.”  Walt Whitman

Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake with Chocolate Leaves | From My Sweet Heart

HaPpY BiRtHdAy To Me!!!

I LOVE my birthdayIt always feels like such a special day to me, because even though I know that I’m not the only one in the world celebrating a birthday today, I TREAT myself as if I am the only one celebrating a birthday today!  Every year I make myself a different kind of cake.  I have yet to make anything pumpkin this season, so I thought today would be a fitting day for some pumpkin cheesecake!  I added a splash (or two!) of bourbon, cuz I am in celebration mode after all!  And I used a pecan shortbread crust.  But my favorite thing about this cake are the chocolate and white chocolate leaves!  Actually, it was the hike in the woods to pick the leaves that I enjoyed the most!   This upcoming year, I am going to take the time to find something special in every day.  And celebrate more for no reason at all!!!  There are so many good things in life to embrace……this cake is just one of them!  This year for my birthday, I treated myself to ……… [Read more...]