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...]

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake

SO HAND IN HAND THEY PASSED, THE LOVELIEST PAIR THAT EVER SINCE IN LOVE’S EMBRACES MET . . . . .” John Milton

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Chocolate and Strawberries.

One of the most perfect pairings in the world of sweets.  And if you want to be in love this Valentine’s Day, this cake will take you there!

Imagine fudge that is flecked with strawberries.  This cake is dense and rich and worthy as a decadent dessert for a special occasion.  It’s your favorite chocolate cake, mixed with smooth chocolate ganache.  But the star ingredient are beautiful, sweet strawberries! [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...]

Iced Berries in Warm White Chocolate Cream

SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION.”  Leonardo DaVinci

Iced Berries in Warm White Chocolate Cream | From My Sweet Heart

Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best.  And there are some things in their natural form that just can’t be improved upon.  Like biting into a peach on a hot summer day and feeling the juice trickle down your chin onto your favorite white tee shirt!  Well this dessert is both sublime and simple. From the joyous clink of the frozen berries, like ice cubes, into your glass…..to the sweet, rich cream which warms and bathes them back to their soft, sweet state.

But I have a confession.  I’ve made this before . . . . . [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Slab Pie

“FOOD IS NOT ABOUT IMPRESSING PEOPLE.  IT’S ABOUT MAKING THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE.”  Ina Garten

Chocolate Strawberry Slab Pie | From My Sweet Heart

It’s always great when a fussy dessert turns out really well.  But I am even happier when I am able to casually throw a few ingredients together and the result is just as satisfying.  This month, Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking and the fabulous leader of The Chocolate Party challenged us to pair chocolate with strawberries!  It’s such a winning combination in my book.  Strawberries always remind me of spring and summer, and strawberry picking at my favorite farm.  And so I wanted to make a rustic dessert, and one that tastes like home. [Read more...]

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie

PIE IS A SYMBOL OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN MOM AND HER WAY WITH DESSERTS.”  Pascale le Draoulec

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Well if this mom has a way with desserts, her kids would never know.  They don’t eat them much!  I don’t know what to say other than I can’t believe they’re mine.  But my kids just aren’t sweet eaters.  Birthday cakes?  Unless it’s plain vanilla, no icing, with a slight sprinkling of powdered sugar…..maybe.  Ice cream?  Now we’re talking!  So when the “fabulous 14”, the fun loving, creative and talented women who brought you Crêpe Week, Beer Week and Soup Week decided on Sweets Week, my head went straight to this recipe. 

It has been a really fun week of Sweets for Your Sweetie Pies.  The true sweetie pies in my life are my boys (now young men).  So I decided on this incredible Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie.  Every luscious layer of this ice cream pie blends together to have you feeling like you are enjoying your favorite smoothiePureed strawberries, bananas and blueberries are combined with vanilla frozen yogurt and stacked on a sweet granola pie crust.  Your spoon may not be fast enough and you’ll be wishing you had a straw!  And I’ve put together a Pie Package for one lucky winner. . . . . [Read more...]

Pink Prosecco Soup

“DO YOU HAVE A KINDER, MORE ADAPTABLE FRIEND IN THE FOOD WORLD THAN SOUP?”  Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

Pink Prosecco Soup | From My Sweet Heart

Well today is the culmination of a week long celebration of SOUP!  Fourteen amazing women have come together, again with a theme.  This month, we are sharing our best and favorite recipes for soup!  And Miss Manners, could not have posed a better question.  Soup is one of the most adaptable foods I can think of.  Each recipe you will find here today is fabulous as is.  But like all soup, you can change it up depending on the season, your personal tastes, or what you have available in your cupboards.  I helped to wrap up the week with, what else?  This luscious dessert soupStrawberries lend the sweetness. While yogurt makes it creamyProsecco gives it a fizzy tang.  And top it off with a little cracked, black pepper for a hint of heat and spice.  Ready for more??? [Read more...]

Pie Fries with Strawberry Ketchup

“LEFTOVERS IN THEIR LESS VISIBLE FORM ARE CALLED MEMORIES.  STORED IN THE REFRIGERATOR OF THE MIND AND THE CUPBOARD OF THE HEART.”  Thomas Fuller

Pie Fries with Strawberry Ketchup | From My Sweet Heart

I often find that most food tastes better as leftovers, when it’s had time to sit and let the ingredients and flavors meld.  But what I am really finding, as I bake, is that an ingredient for one recipe often drives the idea for another.  I simply don’t want to waste, an often costly ingredient, and I want to use it up to the extent that I can.  And so this morning I was making a pâte sucrée for some Pineapple Coconut Tarts.  And I decided to turn the scraps into these delicious little cookies to be dipped in the leftover strawberry jam that I made from my Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream. 

Honestly, these were so surprisingly good, I’d consider making sweet pastry crust just for the purpose of making a big batch of these cookies!  Or if you need a quick and easy dessert, you could even buy the pie crust dough, roll it, cut it and toss a little sprinkling sugar before baking for about 15 minutes.  Serve with your favorite jam for dipping.  I’ll never throw out those scraps again!

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

YES!  Peanut butter and Jelly in ice cream!  Because…..it’s the Improv Cooking Challenge!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

I took a short break and some much needed time to catch my breath; and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to participate in this month’s challenge.  But I just love this group.  And I couldn’t resist!  And so I admit…..I kept it simple for myself this time.  What I came up with is SIMPLY DELICIOUS and almost addictive!  Thanks so much to Kristen from the Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for being the wonderful hostess for such a great group of food fanatics!  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone did with our two key ingredients this month….peanut butter and jelly!  These ingredients were likely suspects for an ice cream because not only do I like my ice cream sweet…..but oddly, I prefer it salty, too!  My PB & J’s are always made with my favorite, strawberry jam, and it’s so easy to make from scratch.  Come try this!  It’s rich, creamy, sweet and salty.  And it couldn’t be easier….. [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers

COFFEE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING.  CHOCOLATE MAKES IT WORTHWHILE.”  Author Unknown

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers | From My Sweet Heart

The cycle of a lazy Sunday morning.  I am too comfortable in my bed and my eyes remain closed as I contemplate how to spend this beautiful day.  Everything about this morning feels good.  And soft.  The soft, cool breeze wafting through my window stirs me to wrap my favorite soft, cotton blanket around me, my feet, still poking out.  The soft, tinkling of the wind chimes relax me to sink even deeper into my soft, pillowy feather bed.  I can sense that my soft and sweet, affectionate cat, Sinclair, has come to enjoy the morning, too.  His soft little face gently nudges my head.  Nudging, but I won’t open my eyes.  Nudging, and my nose begins to itch.  Nudging, I roll over.  Nudging, he finds me on the other side.  Nudging, nudging, nudging!  Sinclair!!! 

So Sinclair is out and I am up!  A warm cup of coffee, light with cream begs to wash down…..something.  The coffee keeps me focused just enough to layer mascarpone, strawberries, strawberry jam and bits of milk chocolate on cold flat pastry.  But I am patient….I know that it’s just a matter of time until the dough warms and puffs and flakes and browns in the oven.  Wait!  Let me sprinkle it with sugar and toss some almonds on top for good measure!  And it’s just as I had hoped!  Maybe even more!  Warm and crusty, sweet and gooey. Chocolate and strawberries mingling and oozing.  It’s pure, blissful, comforting.  And it’s gone before my coffee has time to wash over it.  A few more sips.  And I am tucked back in bed.  The perfect lazy morning until….. [Read more...]