Tagged: dessert

why i love home

pecan pie, cookies,
birthday cake, texas sheetcake,
& costco muffins…

unusual playground view

amish peach pie

our peach pie gave the
bearded amish ladies a
run for their money.

leading fence

While I was way too excited and it smelled way too good to take the time to snap a picture, we made a spectacular peach pie today. I used a butter crust and baked it alone in the oven while a cute boy I know cooked the peaches on the stove (basically following this peach pie recipe). It came out very soupy, but that’s all the better since we had ice cream and homemade whipped cream. Delicious.

coconut chocolate cheesecake

choppy waves at sea,
grab hold of the mast, don’t let
yourself overboard!

coconut chocolate cheesecake!


coconut chocolate cheesecake!Some cute boy and I decided it was necessary to make a cheesecake! Of course we couldn’t make an average cheesecake… we had to experiment! And I impulsively add coconut to everything I bake. So coconut chocolate it was.

After reading somewhere online that people have made crusts solely out of coconut and butter, I substituted half of the graham cracker crumbs of my recipe for coconut flakes. That was a good choice. Totally successful. I’m pretty sure I could use this crust for pretty much anything… or just eat it plain. (which i did, since i had extra.)

We used my dad’s super awesome cheesecake recipe for the basics, then split it in half for the layers. One half was the chocolate layer, and we mixed that up and stuck it in the fridge to firm up before adding the top layer. The top layer had extra vanilla and some – just enough – coconut. Then we topped it with a thin chocolate ganache and let it chill.

coconut chocolate cheesecake! Then it was eating time! We topped it with homemade whipped cream, since there was whipping cream left over from the ganache, and toasted coconut. (a tip: toasting coconut is definitely easiest to do in a frying pan, not in the oven!) And I took terrible pictures, since I just wanted to eat the stuff. Can you blame me?

And I feel super awesome, because how many college kids do you know who can bake successful cheesecakes in their dorm kitchens? Not many. And I’d say it’s a very worthwhile and completely awesome use of time and procrastinatory skills.