A week in stuff

In hopes of not losing touch with my life and forgetting what I've done (in pictures), I'm going to try to upload some pictures of stuff that goes on, on a weekly basis.

Also to keep this thing alive. Been trying to get my baking spark back, but time is always a constraint! Funny how I thought I had so much time to do things with this break, but time is actually running out... At a really fast pace...

Lunch at Equinox with Mommy

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Walking around the CQ; Havelock area

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So daddy came back with two blocks of chocolate cream cheese one day as they were on sale and expiring soon... I tried to bake something with them - it was a little hard and I was honestly quite afraid to as I had never even tried chocolate cream cheese for myself before.

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Chocolate cheesecake with salted caramel & bananas on top

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And the next day, I made cinnamon rolls!!

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Initially, I added waaaaaay too little flour to the dough (I misconverted the cups-to-grams thing as I didn't convert it for bread flour), and essentially messed the whole thing up. So, I had to start again from scratch. Going to try baking these (or at least, a variation of it) again, sometime this week! Will share the recipe once I've worked the kinks out. Really happy with how these turned out, though! Especially for a first attempt.

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Cinnamon Rolls

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Solo lunch trip to The Bravery after collecting my passport one morning, makes me wonder why I don't do this more often

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Went for a walk with mommy at Hort Park one morning, walked to Gillman Barracks where we had breakfast at the Red Baron (a new cafe!!) 

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Post-lunch surprises with the best friends at Rise and Grind Co - another new cafe! 

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Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset This recipe has been a personal favourite of mine for years now.

But over the years, the cookies have evolved from a melty mess to cookies that stood up straight in the oven, withstanding the 190-degree oven temperature. While I am still trying to find out how to achieve that perfect round cookie shape that is just right, I think I have found a way to salvage their shape. And if anything, these cookies taste just as good as ever.

Cheesecake is one of my favourite things of all time. There's something simply magical about cream cheese that I can't quite explain - that beautiful balance between tangy and sweet; the texture that can be whipped and transformed into something as bewitching as a cheesecake. Or these cheesecake cookies. Oreo cheesecake cookies.

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I practically grew up on Oreos. Cookies and cream was (and still is, one of) my favourite ice cream flavour and for six consecutive years, I had island creamery's Cookies-and-Cream flavoured cake for my birthday cake. Loaded with Oreos, it was the best thing ever. Give me a tub and I could single-handedly finish the whole thing. Sorry not sorry.

These cookies are loaded with Oreos as well; the batter to cookie ratio may be a little imbalanced but who could complain about more Oreos?

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Oreo Cheesecake Cookies Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients:

  • 113g butter, room temperature
  • 90g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 200g white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 125g all-purpose flour
  • 12 oreos (add more or less if you wish!)

Steps:

  1. Take your butter and cream cheese out of the fridge to soften! Preheat your oven to 190 degrees celsius.
  2. Using a paddle attachment, cream butter and cream cheese on medium speed until well-combined.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla extract, mix again until well-combined.
  4. On low speed, add the flour and mix until the flour is just incorporated.
  5. Mix in the Oreos using a spoon/spatula. Try not to eat the dough! This cookie dough is especially tempting given that there are no eggs in the batter, but try, ok? (read: eat limited tablespoonfuls.)
  6. I used a tablespoon to scoop balls of dough onto my baking sheet, before baking in the oven for about 12-15 minutes (I put mine in for 14). Basically, until your cookies brown a little around the edges.
  7. Cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Enjoy!

[note: my cookies did not seem to be flattening, so at about the 10th minute I used a small fork to press them down, giving the cookies a nice fork-shaped imprint on the top of each cookie!]

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