Last weekend I thought I'd experiment with making a cheesecake for the first time. After much debating I figured that it would be fitting that an Oreo cheesecake should take my cheesecake making virginity, and alas I wasn't disappointed. It turned out and tasted great, so I thought I'd share how I did it so more people can enjoy it!


What you'll need:
(For an 8 inch pan, adjust as necessary)

-240g Original Philadelphia/other cream cheese
-Regular sized canister of whipped cream
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-3 tbsp melted butter
-3 tbsp icing sugar
-20 or so original Oreo cookies
-An 8 inch spring-form pan


Directions: 
1. Place around 14 Oreo cookies into a sandwich bag and seal. Crush the cookies into tiny pieces until they reach the texture of sand, with no bigger pieces left. You can use any blunt object for crushing, for example a meat tenderiser or the bottom of a steal pot.

2. Pour out the crushed cookies into a mixing bowl and add the melted butter. Mix them together with a fork until they reach a single wet sand like consistency.

3. Pour the mixture into the bottom of your spring form pan. Spread and even out the mixture until it covers the whole bottom of the pan. This will be your cheesecake base. You can then place this in the fridge so the base hardens slightly as you work on the rest of the ingredients.

4. Add the Philadelphia into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract and icing sugar and mix together the mixture with a fork or whisk. Start to add in squirts of whipped cream and mix in. Keep adding in whipped cream until the mixture reaches a thick, creamy consistency. I wasn't actually sure of how much whipped cream to add so I kept adding a bit and then tasting the mixture with a separate teaspoon until the cheese taste became dull, so feel free to do the same!

5. Crush a couple more Oreos and add the pieces into the creamy mixture, mix in fully and evenly.

6. Now pour the mixture into the pan on top of the Oreo base. Even out and flatten the mixture with a silicone spatula or spoon on top of the base.

7. Place the cheesecake into the fridge to set. I recommend leaving it over night, but 5+ hours could do the trick.

8. Once your cheesecake is set all there is left to do is decorate! I copped out slightly by just breaking up Oreo cookies into pieces and placing on top of the cheesecake at random, but feel to be more inventive.


And there you have it! Let me know if you decide to make this cheesecake, I would love to know how it goes.

Amani x

Oreo Cheesecake Recipe (no bake)

16 Sep 2015

Thanks so much to the lovely Amanda from amanda-speroni.blogspot.ca who has nominated me to post eight photos that represent happiness to me!

I actually it founding surprisingly hard to narrow these photos down to only eight. But here are some of the things that make me happy, in picture form!:


Books
Here I would ideally have a picture of my bookcase. But sadly I don't have any current pictures of my books, and all my books are in storage for the summer so I can't take any new pictures! Reading books makes me happy, and I especially love looking at all the books I've collected over the years. But as I can't share them with you at this moment, here instead is a shelf of very old books in a bookshop on Charing Cross road (I also really like old books!).



Music
Music is an important part of my life and I love going to see my favourite bands when they tour, it's always something to really look forward to. Here's a picture of me after a recent Hozier gig. Hozier also happens to be one of my favourites artists at the moment!



Baking
Yep, I really like cake. A lot. And I especially like making cake. I find it a great creative outlet, and one that's particularly rewarding (and not only because I get to eat cake as a result!)



My Mum
Okay, my mum will probably kill me for uploading this picture of her because she absolutely hates it! But it always seems impossible for us to get a good picture together. But my mum is definitely the closest person to me and this picture is from a really fun day out we had recently!



Hampstead Heath
Hampstead is the area in London where I'm from, and Hampstead Heath is a large stretch of heathland that takes up a large part of it. I love both Hampstead and London, and the Heath is a really peaceful (and beautiful) place to go for a walk when needing some headspace. There's also a big hill in it from which you can get a great view of the city. 




Christmas
Christmas is definitely one of my favourites times of the year. I love the food and getting to spend time with family. This is last year's Christmas table set up. I was particularly excited about it because it was the first time I had set up the family Christmas table myself - and the first time I had bought Christmas decorations of my choosing and decorated the house with them!



Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is my favourite place in the world (that I've visited so far). It's also the happiest place I've visited. I actually arrived there for the first time in one of the worst emotional states I've ever been in, but as soon as the coach pulled up I was so bedazzled by the city that my troubles were completely eclipsed.



Me - being happy
I feel like it's really hard to get a genuinely happy looking selfie, but here you have it! This was taken in Brighton - somewhere I really love - and in a moment when I was laughing at a joke and truly happy!



I hope you enjoyed this post. For this tag I am just going to nominate anyone who's reading this, who hasn't done this tag yet. Please let me know if decide to do so, I would love to see what makes you happy!

Amani x

Eight Photos Of Happiness

12 Sep 2015

 
Flowers outside, Cupcakes bought for me, Sprinklers on a hot day, Selfie en route to Summer in the City

Summer in the City; YouTube convention

Summer in the City, Birthday cake batter flavoured chocolate, Sunset 

Sunset, Hampstead Heath stroll

Hampstead Heath, Open fence, Falling rose petals 

 
 Yellow cars, Hostel stay in Nottingham


Amani x

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