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Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour # 39

Seriously, I am running out of ideas what to include in this challenge but knowing myself.. I don’t accept excuses, I like to challenge myself to learn something new , soon I will be fifty-five.., life is getting shorter ( is it?) but more meaningful, getting more beautiful and interesting. I thought life at fifty and beyond will be boring but not for me! at least not to my interest :-)

Searching for more recipes to twist, I came across “cookedbyjulie.com” her cinnamon roll cheesecake looks so appetising …

I got interested and tried. The direction was tedious for me, because I didn’t have enough time to do it as a I still have to go back to work. Nevertheless, it turned out ok, not so bad my best friend like it hahaha why I called her best friend for nothing? just kidding!

If you like to watch the video and find out the recipe here’s the add:


Flavour no. 39 Cinnamon roll Cheesecake

Flavour no. 39
Cinnamon roll Cheesecake


mini version

mini version

mini cinnamon roll cheesecake

mini cinnamon roll cheesecake

Ladies, wondering how many kilo did I put on my weight?  Well…. 2 kilo!, I’m sure when I’m done with this challenge, I can’t fit in into my jeans but it’s alright we’re beautybeyondfifty , everything goes!  Enjoy while we can ;-)



Home baked Cheesecake Challenge: Flavour no. 38

What cheesecake will you try this time? My friend started to mention..cherry,raspberry,mango, chocolate etc. ..done!

I already tried 37 flavours and did some Filipino and Arabic twist also like kanafah,baklava,Ube,bibingka,sweet potato…then suddenly she said ..”Chestnut “…hmmm, it taste like sweet potato, isn’t it?

Well, try.. and let us know!

Alright,why not? Where will I get Chestnut?

Suddenly , I remember my trip to Luzern, Switzerland, at the end of the Chapel bridge there’s a small stall called ..Heissi Marroni, I was new to the place and it was raining and cold,I wonder about the name, agh… I can’t resist the urge :-) this little stall are great to sidle up in cold days,like a blast of warmth,to reinvigorate frozen bone and what could be a big bonus? having heissi maronni, yes! ..roasted chestnut …nice!

As expected I didn’t find any chestnut at the supermarket here in Jeddah, so I went to sweet shop and bingo!


Honey chestnut

Flavour no. 38 – Chestnut Cheesecake


Flavour no. 39 Chestnut Cheesecake

Flavour no. 38 Chestnut Cheesecake



12 pcs. Digestive biscuits (crushed)

1/3 cup roasted coconut flakes

3 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp sugar


2 (300g) Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup chopped honey walnuts


orange marmalade

honey walnuts



Pre heat oven Gas mark # 3

Combine biscuits,coconut flakes,sugar and butter. Mix it together and press onto the springform pan (any size will do).

Set aside.

Cream the cheese, add sugar, eggs (one at a time ) beat at medium speed, combine yoghurt .whipping cream and vanilla. Add to the cheese mixture, mix thoroughly until smooth. Divide the batter into two part. Pour first part onto the prepared crust. Add the walnuts and top it with the remaining batter.

Bake for 1 hr (water bath), turn off the heat and open slightly the oven door, leave it for another 30 minutes, remove and let it cool for another 2 hours . Chill for 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Serving Suggestions:

with honey walnut and marshmallow

with honey walnut and marshmallow

i tried to roast the marshmallow with flame torch

i tried to roast the marshmallow with flame torch and this is what i got :-)

Happy birthday to me! hahaha free candle on top!

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Ladies, this is so sweet!  If your watching your weight , you can reduce the sugar to 3 tablespoon.

good luck!









Introducing my Nomadic Chef Kevin…way to go kevs! soon your dream will come true…small steps to success..simplicity and Honesty…good luck my son, God bless.

Originally posted on Nostalgia Knows:

I believe i have lost my sense in cooking. On how I should be cooking,

Ive spent the last two years trying to make something out of this passion. Something I keep on forgetting is that I cook because I enjoy cooking for others. The last two years was spent on trying to come up with some recipe that hasnt been heard of before. I didnt try to appeal to anyone really, more for myself but the constant battles with the number one critic is making it hard to find any satisfaction. Ive gained more satisfaction from serving homemade pizza to my friends than trying to serve something that didnt make any sense. 

I constantly try to make myself believe that i will be the crazy one. I shall have that random click that will make the norm boring. This is all good but i think i was going to…

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Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour no. 37

I have a friend whom I see only once a year, she has 4 children and I thought of welcoming them with my cheesecake challenge. I already did chocolate cheesecake so what flavour would the adult and children love to taste?

Well, my sons when they were young they love Oreo cookies and I also like it.. I guess it’s one of the world’s favourite cookies, don’t you think? no rolling of eyes please! I know, chocolate, orange, peanut butter lick it all hahaha…

here we go…OREO cheesecake :-) for Flavour no. 37 yay!

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12 Oreo cookies, crushed

3 tbsp butter


3 pkg (300g) Philadelphia cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

1 egg plus 4 egg yolk

1 tsp citroen essence (optional)

1/2 cup crushed Oreo cookies


Pre heat oven Gas mark #3

Mix butter and Oreo cookies, press onto the spring-form pan. Set aside

Mix cream cheese and sugar,beat at medium speed ( I always make sure that the cheese is at room temperature for easy mixing) Add citroen essence,yoghurt and whipping cream. Add one egg then one egg yolk at a time. Mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture into two. Pour the first mixture onto the prepared pan, add the crushed Oreo cookies on top, Pour the remaining half of the mixture. Wrap the bottom of the pan with aluminium foil, place unto a bigger pan with hot water, bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, leave the oven door slightly open for another 30 minutes before removing it.Let it cool for another 30 minutes. Chill for 4 hours or overnight before topping.

Fresh from the oven..no crack! :-)

no crack!

no crack!

see the layers of Oreo cookies

layers of Oreo cookies

My chef kevin said, be brave in transferring the cheesecake from the pan to the plate, so every time I do it, I remember him and it’s like a chant..be brave.be brave :-)

a little bit of the crust left but otherwise the cake is in one piece!

a bit of the crust left but otherwise the cake is in one piece!

2014-08-17 at 11-55-10I didn’t have the chance to cut it and take a photo, after topping it,I put it in the box to my friends’ hand.

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I also did a mini version like a mini mouse…trying to be creative somehow :-)

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An Oreo cheesecake resembling a lava cake :-)

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Ladies, I must say this is really a sweet overload!



Wordless Wednesday

my morning wish :-)

my morning wish :-)


Home baked Cheesecake Challenge: Flavour # 36

organic brown sugar

organic brown sugar

One of my clinic staff brought an organic brown sugar from Indonesia, she said it’s from coconut. I think it is called “Organic Coconut Palm sugar. the moment she handed it to me, I thought about hmmm… Cheesecake.. of course! when sugar melts and heavy cream was added, the outcome was a deep flavoured caramel.

Flavour no. 36 Caramel Cheesecake

mini caramel cheesecake with pine nuts

mini caramel cheesecake with pine nuts

I did two version, one with pine nuts and another one with almond nuts. Both are deliciously tasty :-)

Caramel Cheesecake with almond nuts

Caramel Cheesecake with almond nuts



12 pcs Digestive biscuits (crushed)

1/3 cup almond meal

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/3 cup melted butter


2 pks (300 g each) Philadelphia cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

4 egg yolk

1 tsp citrus essence flavor

1/2 whipping cream

1/2 cup sour cream


Pre heat oven gas mark # 3

Mix biscuits,sugar,almond meal with melted butter, press unto the baking pan. Bake for 10 min, set aside

Beat Cream Cheese in medium speed. Add sugar and citrus essence flavour. Add one egg yolk at a time while continuously mixing, Combine whipping cream and mix it throughly with cheese batter mixture. Pour unto the prepared pan. Cover the bottom with aluminium foil. Place the pan into another bigger pan with 3 cups of hot water. Bake for 1 hour.Open the oven door slightly , Pour the sour cream mix with 1 tbsp of sugar, leave it for another 30 minutes. Turn off the heat. Leave for another 30 minutes to cool down. Remove and place it in the rack to cool down for another one hour. Chill for another 4 hours before topping with caramel and nuts.

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Serving suggestions:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Creating a silhouette of holding the sun before darkness…




A silhouette of camels sun gazing …


Creating a silhouette of my friend dancing at sundown…


You’re the only one!

for my one and only

for my one and only

I made this for you on your special day,

Red tulip for your red lips, i know you like red lips :-)

If I am on your side, I’ll bake you strawberry cheesecake

Take you to shopping and chowking, I know you’ll ask for it :-)

It’s been 55 years, I said all the things I love and wish for you…

At 87th I can’t think no more, only thank God for all the blessings

and may He give you more strength and years of healthy living…

I thank you for the endless love and care you’re giving to papa,

You are the best among the best!

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH…Happy Birthday ma!




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