Weekend Baking: Raw Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Good morning and Happy Mother's Day! Today is going to be a busy day for me as I'm celebrating with my mom, grandmother, and aunts. Lots of flowers and gifts to be given, and food to be eaten! For an easy and raw weekend recipe, I made mini strawberry cheesecakes! These are so simple, can be made a day in advance, and are really light on the wallet. strawberrycheesecake3

You will need: (for 8 mini cheesecakes)

1 cup of crushed graham crackers

1/4 cup of melted butter

1 package of softened cream cheese

1/2 cup of mascarpone

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of sliced strawberries & 8 small whole strawberries (for garnish)

To start, mix the crushed graham crackers with the melted butter. Divide evenly into mini mason jars or a muffin tin, and press the mixture down. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes so the crust can harden.

In the meantime, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone, and sugar until light and fluffy. Once the crusts have cooled and hardened, divide the cheese mixture and place a spoonful on top of the crusts. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours so the cheesecakes can solidify.

When you're ready to serve them, top with the sliced strawberries and whole strawberries! These are refreshing but still like a comforting dessert. They're cute as individual cheesecakes, and I think they will impress any guests you have. They take any stress away from baking, and will become one of your favourite warm weather desserts! strawberrycheesecake1

PS. There is a vegan version of this recipe coming soon as well!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Mini S'mores Pies

Today's delicious dessert is miniature s'mores pies! They're super easy, and definitely cute! You'll probably have everything on hand already which makes these little pies very inexpensive. IMG_3970

You will need:

3 tablespoons of melted butter

3/4 cup of crushed graham crackers

4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate

1 tablespoon of sugar

1/3 cup of cream

Mini marshmallows (the more the better!)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the melted butter with the graham crackers thoroughly. The graham cracker crumbs must be fully coated.

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Separate the graham cracker mixture into muffin tins. Press them into each tin so you can form the crusts of the pies. Bake for about 5-6 minutes.

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On a double boiler, melt the chocolate.IMG_3944IMG_3947

Once the chocolate is melted, add the cream and sugar.

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Mix thoroughly. Once the graham cracker crusts are out of the oven, divide the chocolate mixture into each crust evenly.

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Pop on as many mini marshmallows as you can on each pie, and put back into the oven. IMG_3952

Set your oven on broil to brown up the marshmallows. Keep an eye on them as this shouldn't take more than a minute! After you've taken them out of the oven, let them cool for a minimum of 30 minutes before you try to take them out; they need to harden up!

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They're crisp on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside, making them the perfect combination for a delightful dessert. You can serve these individually with whip cream or ice cream, which will make them extra special!

Check out day one, day two, and day three of my twelve days of baking!

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