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Caramel Cream Cheese Torte with Chocolate Ganache

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How was everybody’s Easter weekend?  Hope it was wonderful.  Ours was great.  Busy.  Crazy busy.  But great.

Caramel Cream Cheese Torte

Starting with Friday, we had a service at our church, and a potluck, followed by a small group gathering for me and the boys that evening while hubby went to a wedding rehearsal.  Saturday was weekly breakfast at my mom’s, the actual wedding (his aunt’s – congrats guys!), and a wonderful walk with a friend.  Sunday – Church and Easter dinner.  Monday – Another Easter dinner and movie night with my guy!  It really was great.  I probably ate myself into a food coma a few times, but it was wonderful.  Lots of family and friends involved.

Nannie and Jude

{My grandmother holding Jude at Easter dinner.  My boys make her face light up – it’s so wonderful.}

We got some wonderful pictures of the boys too.  Cael did his first egg hunt on Sunday, and it was so fun to watch him!

Cael's Egg Hunt

Cael in his digs for the Sunday service.

Cael

As I said, lots of food was involved this weekend.  Both being made and consumed.  My job for the Sunday dinner, was dessert and corn.  Corn’s pretty easy, so I’ll spare those details.  But I thought you might want to know about the dessert.  I’ve been on a shortbread kick lately.  And I’m almost always on a chocolate kick.  Throw some caramel and cream cheese in there, and VOILA!  A great (calorie-free… ahem*) dessert!

Caramel Cream Cheese Torte with Chocolate Ganache

Shortbread Base

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

Mix it all together until it’s nice and crumbly and pat into a 9-inch pie plate.  Bake for about 15 minutes at 350F.  The edges should be turning a lovely light brown colour.  Like the perfect marshmallow over a campfire…  (Can you tell I’m really wanting summer to get on with it?)  Let it cool!

Light brown-edged base

Chocolate Ganache

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

2/3 cup cream (either 10% or 18% work)

1 tbsp margarine

Now, you can do this on a double boiler if that’s your cup of tea.  But mine tends to be the microwave.  Mostly because growing up we didn’t have a double boiler…  So!  Heat until the margarine is melted and it’s getting smooth.  Make sure not to burn the chocolate.  Just do it in intervals and stir in,between.  Let this cool.

Caramel Cream Cheese Layer

1 pkg cream cheese

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup caramel sauce (like Smuker’s or similar)

Beat the cream cheese until smooth, in the same bowl you made the ganache if you want…  a little extra chocolate never hurt anyone.  Like this:

Chocolate remains

Caramel Cream Cheese

Add sugar and sauce.  Spread over cooled shortbread layer.  Top with cooled ganache.  Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.  2 hours is better.  I only found this out because I was finishing it only minutes before going to dinner.  Thank goodness people take awhile to eat their main meal, and for room in an already stuffed fridge!

Hope you all enjoy!  It really was divine.  Lots of compliments at our dinner, anyhow.

A piece

Here’s a Jude moment to make your day better – doesn’t he have a great smile?  Infectious even!?

Happy baby!

Part of the Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training, and Work it Wednesday at High Heels and Grills

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30 Day Challenge. And Easter. Wait – a cake too.

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So, I came across a challenge on Tyler’s blog (which initially came from Elle’s blog).  It’s called the 30 Day Challenge (pretty self-explanatory, no?).  I’m going to attempt to do it.  I don’t promise to do all 30 days consecutively, but I will try my best to do all 30.  This way, you can get to know me better, and it’ll change things up a bit too.  Hope you enjoy.  And I’d love to hear from you – your thoughts, comments, and questions.

My next post will begin the challenge.  🙂

But for now, I’ll (finally) share my Easter with you.  And my brother’s birthday cake.

First – the cake.  I had asked my brother what kind of cake he wanted (mostly wondering what I should decorate…), but all he said was chocolate.  He wasn’t very much help.  I already knew that.  Anyhow.  I thought about it for awhile, and came up with something quite easy, but that fit.  He has been set on watching all 9 seasons of X Files with my husband.  So – the X Files logo it was.

Sides first, then the top.

Then to the logo, the edges…  The blowing of the candles.

Now to Easter.  First off, our Easter is a little bit different from a lot of people.  We grew up without the Easter bunny.  Instead, we focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

This is the reason we celebrate Easter.  Jesus has risen.  And we aren’t just saying this.  We really believe that it’s true.  Christ, our Saviour, reigns.

We also have a family dinner.  Which means lots of food.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that there is no end to food when it comes to my family.  It is central to all of our gatherings.  I love it.  Mostly because, well, truth be told, I love food.  I didn’t have a hand at much this year, as we were in the process of moving into our new house.  But feast your eyes on what I feasted on.

As you can tell, I share my passion for baking with others in my family.  I think it’s genetic.  🙂

Cael loved sitting with Papa at dessert time…  Cookies for him.

I also made a cake on Good Friday for a bunch of people that came over to decorate Easter eggs.  It was a really quick decorating job, but I thought it turned out pretty good.

My hubby got a hold of it after it had been cut into though…

Ohmy…

So – I hope that you have a great weekend.  I’ll get started on that 30 day challenge soon.  Thanks for reading.  And sorry my Easter post was so late.  Better late than never??

What’re your Easter traditions?