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#WhippedCream @UpsideDownPear

All I have to say about this is OMG YOU GUYS. YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RIGHT NOW *cough* sorry for yelling. I’m just over the moon with this super easy whipped cream, and I’ve been putting it on everything. We’ve made french toast, pancakes, milkshakes, berries. You get the idea. I mean I didn’t actually make the berries, but I put this all over it.

#WhippedCream @UpsideDownPear#WhippedCream @UpsideDownPear

I really could just take a spoon to this it’s so good. If you’ve never made your own whipped cream, you need to start. It’s life changing. You’ll thank me. I thanked myself. One word of advice, don’t do this by hand. It’s way to tiring. I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer with the whisk attachment, but you should be able to use a hand mixer as well. My fist attempt was with a hand whisk, and while I think I gained some muscle in one arm, it didn’t thicken at all.

#WhippedCream @UpsideDownPear

Now that spring is finally popping it’s head up, I think my new dessert will just be this whipped cream on top of fresh berries. It was a perfect light, sweet, and fresh way to end the evening. I look forward to many more evenings enjoying this whipped cream, and I hope you enjoy it as well.

#WhippedCream @UpsideDownPear

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Matcha Cheesecake @UpsideDownPear

While St. Patrick’s Day is no longer here, we’re still sort of continuing the celebration with this matcha cheesecake. You heard right…a green tea flavored cheesecake. This brought me right back to my study abroad days. It was all sorts of perfectness. You need to make this to experience the creaminess and decadence that’s all wrapped up in this cheesecake.

Matcha Cheesecake @UpsideDownPearMatcha Cheesecake @UpsideDownPear

The matcha powder actually helps to tone down the sweetness, so if it’s not really your cup of tea (pun intended) you can leave the powder on the top off and you’ll taste more of the cream cheese flavor. If you like that green tea flavor, by all means then sprinkle it on top! It really helps to bring out the flavor. Just be sure that the green tea you are using is a powder and not leaves! This is important as I don’t believe anyone would really care to eat leaves in their cheesecake. I don’t really know what brand I used as it was in Japanese at my local Asian grocery store, but if you search “matcha” on Amazon, any of the ones that say powder should work just fine.

Matcha Cheesecake @UpsideDownPear

I used a 6x3 inch springform pan for this, which is perfect for two people. You’ll love this if there are either not many people in your house or you just don’t want/need the leftovers. I mean, who are we kidding? We’d all love the leftovers, but we don’t really NEED them (they’re just a bonus). This makes about 1/3 of the amount as a regular 9 inch recipe. I think I’m going a bit cheesecake crazy…there’s all these other ideas for amazing flavors just floating around in my head. Now that I know cheesecake isn’t as scary as I thought it was, I’m feeling like I can take on anything.

Matcha Cheesecake @UpsideDownPear

The hardest part is actually being careful to not overbake the cheesecake as this will cause it to crack. It’s very easy to do, so it’s best to stay on the safe side and undercook rather than overcook. Another thing that will lead to cracks is the cooling process. If it cools too fast, it’ll crack. The easiest way to safely cool it is to let it sit in the oven (which will be turned off) with the door ajar, and then wait. And this may test your patience (it certainly did mine) but you’ll need to wait about 3 hours before doing anything with it. Cheesecake is definitely not a bake and serve type of dessert. It needs some time to settle before it can be eaten. I also recommend chilling it in the refrigerator for at least one more hour after it’s cooled in the oven just to make sure everything is set and cooled.

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Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

So I was really craving a pastry the other day, but I didn’t want to go out and buy one. I mean…they’re expensive. Like $3 for one! I decided to try making them on my own….and by making them I mean buying premade pastry dough and adding some jam on top.

Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

I didn’t really follow any recipe, but I saw images (most likely on Pinterest) of pastries being baked with blueberries in the center. So, I thought to myself, I’ll just bake some pastry dough with some jam in the center, and then ta dah a danish. You know what? It actually worked! And it worked well!! These are super easy, look super fancy, and are fun to eat.

Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

These would be fun to make for a family breakfast or a party of some sort. Not to mention that they only take 20 minutes to make. I will say to make sure that you use a thick jam. I tried to use a fruit spread, and let’s just say that the filling melted before the dough had risen. It was a bit of a mess. I used a strawberry jam for these, and they turned out perfect. The jam melts, evens outs, and fills the shell perfectly. It’s simple and fun. I know you’ll love these as much as I do. I can’t wait to make more in different flavors!

Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

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No Bake Cookies @UpideDownPear

With all this cold and snow, I decided I needed some chocolate. But I also was feeling a bit lazy, so I thought the perfect thing to make would be these no bake cookies! I love no bakes for a whole bunch of reasons, and so should you! Not only is everything made in one pot (can you say less dishes!) but they come together in less than 30 minutes and on top of everything they’re just incredibly addicting.

No Bake Cookies @UpideDownPear

I actually used almond butter instead of peanut butter, and I didn’t taste a difference. The almond butter gives it a bit of creaminess, but instead of noticing an almond flavor gets a bit buried under the cocoa powder. So feel free to sub the almond butter for peanut butter if that’s what you have. My almond butter was also natural and didn’t cause the cookies to be runny (in fact they’re still a bit crumbly) so just use whatever is currently in your pantry. I’d say that these are like breakfast cookies since they contain oats, but I’d be kidding myself. Although with just one cup of sugar in the whole batch, it’s almost like it’s a healthy/cheating cookie. Am I right?!? Anyone?

No Bake Cookies @UpideDownPear

I’m fairly positive that you have all you need to make these in your kitchen right now. So grab a pot and let’s get set! Nothing’s better than taking a break with a cup of coffee or tea and a few of these.

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Chocolate Covered Strawerries

Still looking for that last minute Valentine’s gift?? You know it’s coming up this Saturday. More than expensive gifts, something homemade is always a winner. And something homemade with chocolate and strawberries is guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day. Not to mention that making your own chocolate covered strawberries is waaaay cheaper than buying them (which should put you in a good mood as well)!

Chocolate Covered Strawerries

Personally, I love Driscoll’s strawberries. They always seem to have the best tasting berries. You can pick any pack of berries that appeal to you, but the size of Driscoll’s are pretty perfect for dipping. The part that takes the longest is melting the chocolate. Once the chocolate’s good to go, you dip, roll, and wait for the chocolate to hard. It’s that easy!

Chocolate Covered Strawerries

I don’t have any particular plans for this Valentine’s Day. We usually just spend a quite night home…maybe get some dinner. This year though, I think we might just stay home, catch a movie, and snack on these strawberries and this popcorn. If you’ve got any plans or ideas for us, I’d love to hear it!

Chocolate Covered Strawerries

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