So today, I bring you two things that are close to my heart: no-bake cheesecakes packed with delightful naughtiness and great storage! A little random, I know, but bear with me!
Firstly, cheesecakes: when eating them, I have no preference over baked or non-baked varieties, but when making them, well, that’s a whole different ball game! Baking cheesecakes often makes me feel like I am playing roulette, whereas when no baking is involved, the cheesecakes are pretty much fool-proof. Another great thing about no-bake cheesecakes is that although they look impressive, they are so easy that anyone, even those not familiar with baking, can successfully make one!
But before I go into detail about this cheesecake, I want to talk about the other thing that brings me immense pleasure: great storage! We are currently planning the complete overhaul and renovation of our kitchen, and I can’t wait! Understanding the importance of maximising space, I was really excited to be asked to write a feature post regarding kitchen storage, in collaboration with Homify. If you’ve never had the fortune to stumble across them previously, they provide an amazing amalgamation of inspiration and ideas for home improvement – you’ll spend hours just drooling enviously at the photos, believe me!
Anyone who enjoys baking or cooking, whether in a professional capacity or just pottering around making food for your family, knows how important the kitchen (especially its layout) is. I sometimes get a little frustrated by the lack of surface and storage space we have. Mind you, I am honest enough to confess that I could live in a mansion and still wouldn’t find room for all my baking paraphernalia when in the throes of creating (I can’t be the only one who can’t make a simple batch of cupcakes without using 20 bowls and leaving the kitchen looking like a bomb has exploded, can I?).
Although I can’t wait to get right down to the nitty-gritty of planning our new kitchen, thinking about what we need, especially when the room is at the heart of our family, is not easy. I am most certainly an amateur hobbyist when it comes to all things culinary, but I am lucky enough to share my kitchen space with a trained chef (yes, he does cook for us, and yes, he makes the most divine meals).
So we want to make sure that we do everything possible to get it all right. Other than ripping everything out, we have decided little else for our new kitchen, but I do know that our biggest priority will be storage. I hate it when you have to stuff everything in a small space so that every time you open a door, hundreds of plastic containers you might need somewhere off in the distant future, fall out. Every, single, time. Or having to push through a ton of rarely used kitchen appliances just to find a mixing bowl. Frustrating, or what?
So, for the sake of my sanity, maximising space and finding kitchen storage that is practical and works, is incredibly important for me. This is the first time we have ever planned and designed our own kitchen, and so it is terribly exciting and scary at the same time – we don’t want to get it wrong! This is why I love Homify’s feature about kitchen storage solutions – the suggestions are so clever and innovative, utilising space in the most unlikely of places. Mind-boggling! I want to use them all, seriously! My personal favourite is this amazing sleek design for making the most of even the narrowest space – beyond cool!
Do you know what? I think I am enamoured of interior design as much as I am baking; I just love the endless possibilities. Then again, coming up with this indescribably good cheesecake takes some beating! Decadent and naughty, absolutely, but if you save it for the weekend, it’s allowed!
This cheesecake has a chocolate shortbread base (crust) which is completely homemade – although crunching up a ton of Oreos or digestives makes for a delicious bottom for your cheesecake, and is absolutely the easier option, making a base from scratch is really not that hard. The filling is packed with cream cheese, whipped cream, peanut butter and smashed Snickers bars and topping the delicious creation is a rich dark chocolate ganache sprinkled with even more Snickers bar pieces! Drooling yet?
— Disclaimer: This is a paid featured post in collaboration with Homify—