Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I was feeling out of sorts the other day and realised I hadn’t baked a cake for ages, no wonder! I turned my trusty Joy the Baker cook book and endevoured to find a recipe that would use ingredients that I already had. I spotted her cream cheese pound cake recipe and remembered I had some cream cheese to use up. I only had half the amount needed though, sensible people might just make half the recipe, but then you’d only have half as much cake, so I made up the rest of the required cream cheese with peanut butter. My man loves peanut butter. It was just the right level of peanutty and definitely delicious.

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Cheesecake Brownies

Having blogged Banana Cheesecake Brownies the other week, I was shocked to discover that I hadn’t blogged standard cheesecake brownies! These are the brownies I’ve pulled out the bag for over 6 years and always go down a storm. This week has been the last week that I’ve been on my current training rotation at work, everyone has been really lovely and I wanted to do some baking to take in to say thanks. My colleagues really loved these and I even received this review from a colleague:

“Today I tried Holly’s Cheesecake Brownies. At first sight they looked like your common brownie with maybe an extra menacingly delicious look about them. Waiting for my tea to cool I picked up my piece and began my inspection. They were soft and slightly sticky to touch but firm and heavy. Seeing as it was already in my hand, conveniently next to my mouth and my tea taking too long to cool I decided to have a generous nibble. This unfortunately was a dire mistake. As if a creature from a horror movie I felt a feeling inside me which I did not like, I could feel myself turning into a crazed wild animal ready to ravage its prey. Luckily my prey was only a simple brownie and I left the tea and began to devour my chocolatey treat. The texture was smooth, and easy to devour, the taste strong and brilliant. I tried my best to take my time and appreciate the heavenly combo of brownie and cheesecake. As if twins separated from birth the union of flavours seemed to go together as if it was always meant to be. My last bite and I savoured the moment for as long as possible but sadly all things come to an end and my brownie high quickly ended  like being woken from a grand dream.

Taste scale of 1 to 5 – 5

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Rhubarb & Cream Cheese Breakfast Tart

I stumbled across this lovely recipe and blog via Pinterest and loved the idea of a decadent rhubarb breakfast, so seasonal and delicious. The cream cheese was a very welcome and tasty addition to the whole thing. I’m sad that it wasn’t a photogenic tart, it was pouring with rain that morning and there was no natural light. The photo doesn’t do it justice but it really was lovely, especially drizzled with honey.

Rhubarb & Cream Cheese Breakfast Tart

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Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

I live with a man whose very existence is dependent on the existence of cheesecake. He loves the stuff. I, despite being a lover of baking and all things cake, have never made a cheesecake. That was until I saw these on FoodLikeCake’s blog, three layers of chocolate! What’s not to love?!

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

I’m not a huge cheesecake fan but these are definitely changing my mind. They were incredibly yummy and I’ve heard from the expert himself that they were exceedingly good cheesecakes. I admit to halving the recipe as they were just for one person and I didn’t want them to go to waste. I imagine they would probably freeze ok though, cheesecake usually does. Half the recipe made 12 squares.

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