Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

These Orange Cheesecake Brownies are incredible. The brownie layer is dense and fudgy while the cream cheesecake layer is creamy and citrusy. You won’t be able to keep your hands off them.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do you guys play video games? My husband loves them. He can play the same game for eight hours in one day if it’s got a good story. I’ve seen him build massive sumarines, fight tigers, and make friends with a post-nuclear apocalypse monster. Some of the stories are fairly compelling. I watch him playing and I think, I would read that novel. I don’t think that’s actually a thing.

Apart from a few Nintendo games as a child, I’ve never had the coordination or interest to play most video games. The only thing I ever liked was The Sims mostly because it involved ticking things off your task list and involved no hand-eye coordination. I’m extremely nerdy. I don’t know, I guess I’d rather be reading. Or baking. Especially brownies.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, these Orange Cheesecake Brownies are gonna blow your mind. My co-workers couldn’t stop talking about them. The brownie layer is crazy fudgy. It’s basically pure goo barely held together by a bit of flour. The orange cheesecake layer is creamy with a distinct citrus hit. The orange flavor really comes through and compliments the chocolat so beautifully.

Layered baked goods can sometimes seem complicated, and yes, we’re mixing up two different concoctions, but you’re just putting one on top of the other and baking. The only thing a little bit tricky about this is deciding when it’s baked. You want to take it out of the oven when the center still has a bit of a wobble. And you do need to let this chill before slicing into it. It’s totally worth it, though. The texture will be heavenly.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whatever you like to do to unwind, make sure there are Orange Cheesecake Brownies involved. They make everything better.

Recipe adapted from Olive Magazine.

If you want more brownie action, try these S’mores Brownies.

Almond Pastry Puff | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Almond Pastry Puff

This Almond Pastry Puff comes together easily with just five ingredients. Filled with a sweet, creamy almond paste, this pastry is truly indulgent. Elegant yet simple, you can make it any day of the week.

Almond Pastry Puff | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

As an aspiring food blogger, intermittent fasting is a real barrier to my budding business. At the moment, there are two days a week where I don’t allow myself to eat more than about 500 calories. The best way to do this is to take your mind off of eating as much as possible. Keep busy with non-food tasks and information. While I’m at work, it’s quite easy to keep busy and just skip lunch. When I get home, everything changes.

My at-home work has food in the title. I post about food. I write about food. My social media feeds are almost nothing but food. Food blogging is possibly my dream job because nearly every aspect of it points back to food. All I can think about right now, as I struggle through these last few hours of the day before I can go to bed and dream about food, is how desperately I wish I was eating this Almond Pastry Puff.

Almond Pastry Puff | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, it’s so good. I’m such a dummy, though. Until I saw people posting it on Instagram earlier in the month, I had no idea this was a take on the galette des rois. If you don’t know what that is, don’t sweat it. I didn’t know what it was, either, obviously. Not being churchy anymore, I’m not up on my liturgical calendar and their corresponding desserts. Epiphany is long since gone. Don’t let that stop you from making this gorgeous little pastry.

This recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients. I’m so lazy, though. I managed to make an already simple recipe even easier. I used already ground almonds and puff pastry sheets rather than a block. You can easily throw this together on a week night. If you’re having people over for dinner on a random Tuesday, make this for dessert. People will think you’re a wizard.

Almond Pastry Puff | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Flaky puff pastry is always heavenly. When it’s filled with a sweet almond paste, it’s practically irresistible. I was really surprised by how much I liked this. I’m not really a nut person. I wanted to cry when this was gone. I wanted it to go on and on forever.

Almond Pastry Puff | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Eating is awesome, friends. Let’s do a lot of it. Let’s make absolutely magical food in our very own kitchens and high five ourselves for making something so damn good. Start with this Almond Pastry Puff. It’s gonna be awesome.

If you love this Almond Pastry Puff, you might also love my Bakewell Tart.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche

This Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche is tender and buttery. With a hint of citrus and plenty of bittersweet chocolate, you won’t want to stop eating it. Bake some up soon. You’ll love it.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I try to keep it light here at Awesome on 20. People come for cheese and chocolate and other assorted carbs. And yet there’s so much more to life than just what we eat. Granted, we can’t actually have one without the other, but somehow I just can’t find it in me to be totally lighthearted at the moment.

It seems every day the world grows a bit heavier. There’s some new terror to contend with. And while I am immensely privileged that none of this affects me directly, I still feel the weight of it. I’m thousands of miles away from wildfires and bombs, and I feel powerless in the face of such devastation and cruelty. I notice it in the kids at my school as well. They’re scared, and I don’t know how to realistically reassure them.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I know we can give. I know we can vote. I know we can be more conscientious about how we spend our money. But beyond that, the one thing I’ve always clung to is compassion. We’ve got to hold onto each other more fiercely than ever. And not just the people who are close to us, but to every single other. We are all precious and worthy of love.

So even though the world seems to be falling apart at the moment, maybe it is still okay to get in the kitchen and bake. I can’t think of anything more cozy and comforting than this loaf of Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche. It fills your home with the scent of citrus and fresh baked bread. Could there be a more heavenly combination? This bread is buttery and light. Eat it warm so the chocolate is slightly melted. It’s pure heaven.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is another recipe from the incomparable Paul Hollywood. The first time I tried it, I had no idea if it was going to turn out. This was my first brioche loaf. It was more than fine. I couldn’t stop eating it.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can mix up the dough the night before and let it rise in the fridge overnight. I actually think it’s much easier to do it this way. There’s also no complicated shaping. Just divide the dough up into eight balls and place them strategically in your loaf pan.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I also happen to know that if you bake this and then have to go out of town for a few days and leave it in your fridge, it will go a bit stale. Don’t worry. Make it into French toast. It’s unbelievable.

The world is very uncertain. Find what you know to be true. Make something beautiful and share it with others. Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche is a good place to start.

If you want to try your hand at more yeasted bread, try this pillow soft Potato Bread.

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 19 of 2019

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Aweome on $20 a Day

I’m so excited to share the top 19 recipes of 2019. You know how much I love a list, so I always look forward to this. Let’s see what you’ve been cooking up this year.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

19. Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – I hope my Thanksgiving tradition is finally starting to find it’s way into other people’s homes.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

18. Spaghetti Quesadilla – I haven’t eaten this in forever, and that’s making me sad because this is my favorite way to use up leftover spaghetti bolognese.

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

17. Frito Chili Cheese Wrap – Another delicious thing I’m sad I haven’t eaten lately. Someone send me some Fritos from America so I can remedy this.

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

16. Chili with Gnocchi – It’s the perfect time of year for this big pot of goodness.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

15. Buttery Nipple Milkshake – Perfect for when you can’t decide if you want a cocktail or dessert.

14. Spam Mac & Cheese – I was surprised to see this one on the list. I was also surprised by how much I still liked this when I made it recently.

13. Mint Brownies – Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the pop of minty green in these fudgy brownies.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

12. Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta – This recipe makes a huge batch of pasta, so perfect for feeding a crowd.

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

11. Chicken Parmesan – I still remember when my husband said this was the best chicken he’d ever had.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

10. Passion Fruit Green Tea – Takes me back to Taiwan every time.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

9. Brown Elephant Cocktail – If you’ve never tried Amarula, you definitely need to change that in 2020.

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

8. White Cheddar Fondue – You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of melty cheese.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

7. Amaretto Sour – I love that this doesn’t need a store-bought sour mix.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

6. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi – The best five-minute side dish ever.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

5. Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail – Another one of my holiday traditions conquering the world.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

4. Whipped Ricotta – I love how you guys are as crazy about cheese as I am.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

3. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels – Party food extraordinaire.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

2. Peanut Butter Fudge – Always a favorite.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – Another classic recipe that reminds me of my mom.

This list is making me so hungry for 2020. Let me know what kind of recipes and posts you’d like to see more of in the comments. And don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram or use #awesomeon20.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

This Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake is the softest, fluffiest cake I’ve ever made. Take some help from a boxed cake mix, but make it extra. Then add some rich chocolate frosting and simple decorations for a pretty little dessert people won’t be able to get enough of.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re nearly there, kids. I finished work, I’ve probably forgotten to buy a bunch of stuff, and I still don’t know if I’m supposed to be cooking or baking anything for Christmas. But I’ve got something to wear for 70’s-themed Christmas day at my sister-in-law’s house, and hopefully a secret plan to not drink too much. I was off my Christmas game this year, but right now, my Christmas lights are on, She & Him is singing to me, and I’m starting to feel it.

Most importantly, I’ve gotten to spend lots of time this past week walking hand in hand with my love. When we’re together, all is well. Any challenge can be faced. Finding the right person to be on your team is so big. I don’t want to ever forget how grateful I am to be loved by someone so wonderful.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Right. Enough of that nonsense. Let’s talk about cake. That’s why you’re here. People kind of freak out when I serve this Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake. It’s so incredibly soft and fluffy. The cinnamon flavor is subtle, just enough to make it a little bit more interesting than regular chocolate cake. I’ve known people to sneak a second piece because they can’t get enough.

The good news is, this cake is s simple to make, you could easily fit it in before Christmas if you’re still looking for a great dessert. We’re taking it easy on the measuring front by starting with a cake mix. But we’re gonna ignore the instructions on the box (for the most part) and go rogue by adding mayo. Don’t worry, it doesn’t make your cake taste like a ham sandwich. Instead it gives it an incredible moisture and lightness that make this cake stand out.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m no cake decorator, so I kept things simple. I made a rich chocolate frosting and covered the whole cake in it. My one tip is to use an offset spatula to spread your frosting to keep your knuckles out of the way. I found a packet of cute speculaas biscuits at my grocery store to cover up my ragged border at the bottom of my cake. Then I placed a star cookie cutter on the top of the cake, sprinkled in some gold sprinkles, gave the sprinkles a gentle press with a tooth pick so they wouldn’t rolls away, and took the cookie cutter away. Voila. That’s it.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

No matter what your plans this week, I hope you get to spend time with your favorite people. And if you get a chance, make this Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake, and share it with them. Everyone will love it.

This recipe first appeared on Awesome on 20 in 2013.

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