Chocolate Cheesecake with Hazelnut Crust and Frangelico

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The only thing better than cheesecake, is chocolate cheesecake. Especially if the crust has chunky pieces of hazelnuts and the cheesecake is flavoured with “Frangelico” (Italian hazelnut liqueur). This is divine! Serve it with fresh strawberries, cover it with chocolate glaze and you have a dessert with a really WOW factor. It’s really easy to make and boy, it really has the looks! Not to mention you can prepare it up to two days in advance. Continue reading

Nutella Chocolate Cake

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I saw a very funny post on Facebook once that read “I cannot make everyone happy! I’m not a Nutella Jar!”. And it’s true. I can’t think of many people (except maybe one) who don’t even smile at the thought of eating Nutella, whether it’s on bread, on a waffle or on a spoon. I remember, when I was younger and had a far better metabolism, I spent nights in front of the TV, just me and my Nutella jar. As a food blogger and sworn “cuisinovia”, I had to make a Nutella Cake. If not to devour it, to honour this amazing, one of a kind, invention, mimicked by a lot but copied by none. Continue reading

Pear Hazelnut Cake

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When I first tried to make this cake, I put the pears on top of the batter and baked for 90 minutes. It was delicious and the cake looked very attractive, but since the pears were on top, and the cake has risen substantially, there wasn’t a piece of pear in every bite. That wasn’t good enough! So I decided to lay the pears in the middle of the cake. That worked best! A final sprinkling of ground hazelnuts is all this cake needs. Continue reading