As much as it helped me, it almost damaged me too. But the blog made up for whatever it had done. It kept me going. It kept assuring me that whatever it may have been, there is life ahead planned, waiting to be executed as per His Master Plan. It helped me pull out of the throngs of the past and thrust me into the present and the future. Or maybe I helped myself. Does that happen? No, He helped me help myself out of my cocoon, I must say. Whatever said and done, this blog has definitely made me a better person, much stronger than what I used to be and better sensitive that what I used to be.
“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” (Surah Ar-Raad:11)
This is always a reminder… if He wills, He will protect us with angels and He will ensure our safety. Alhamdulillah, despite being a very haphazard slave, He has been very kind to me. That is how He is, Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem (The Most Beneficient, The Most Compassionate). All I want is to try is to become a better human being with at least some improvement in my dilly-dallying level of faith, InShaAllah…
So, what do I have with me today? I am not a fan of cherry, but after becoming a food blogger, any ingredient catches my interest, even something like Asario seeds which I wouldn’t have even looked at otherwise. 😀 HD loves cherries and whenever he finds it on the aisles, he picks up a big box and comes and along with the girls, go on to make a mess of the table with all the spots and spills. Hehe… I guess when he is with them, he becomes less than their age! (I hope he doesn’t read this even in the future! 😉 ) So on one such occassion, I “stole” some of his cherries and converted it into this cheesecake shots, served in glasses, in limited portions… and what a dessert it was! At times I always tend to forget that the little one is growing up to be someone who will demand her own portion, and most of the time my part of the dessert goes to her and the remaining what she wants to it, she will dig out of HD’s and Rasha’s dessert bowl. 😀
Black forest cake is a universally accepted and liked cake, and it is just a humble attempt to convert it into a cheesecake served in a glass. Cream cheese with some chocolate, layered with cherry compote and topped off with some whipped cream and you have some melting goodness! Dig in a spoon and get it in your mouth and sink into the lavish flavors of this dessert – as I type this, I am salivating as well! Hehe… Before I make a mess out of myself, let me quickly hope onto the recipe! 🙂
Before that: This is how I started off on this very day in the previous years: I was wondering why I celebrated the blog anniversary on January 18, when my first post was on January 17… Hmm… I guess from this year onwards, I declare January 17 as the official blog birthday and InShaAllah, from now on, the birthday gets celebrated on this day! 😉
2013: A little step…
Black Forest Cheesecake Shots
- For compote and sauce:
- 1 cup fresh cherries pitted
- 50 ml water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cornflour
- For rest:
- 2 sachets non-diary whipped powder I used DreamWhip
- 125 ml cold milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 gm Philadelphia cheese
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- For decoration:
- 1 sachet non-diary whipped powder I used DreamWhip
- 60 ml cold milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cherries for topping
- First we make the compote and the sauce. Add the cherries, water and sugar into a saucepan and cook on low flame till the cherries are all smashed up.
- Drain the smashed cherries and reserve. Allow the liquid to cool slightly.
- Mix in the cornflour and cook on low flame till slightly thickened. Allow to cool completely.
- In a clean bowl, add the whipped powder, milk and vanilla and beat till it becomes stiff. Tip in the cheese and cocoa powder and beat till combined.
- Keep four bowl ready. Spread little of the cheese mixture, top with some of the smashed cherries, top with some more cheese mixture and drizzle with some sauce.
- Do this for all cups. Allow to set for an hour.
- Beat the powder, milk and vanilla till stiff. Put into a piping bag and decorate on top of the prepared bowls.
- Drizzle some more sauce and top with a cherry to finish off.
I added a bit of sugar while beating the cheese mixture and regretted it! The sauce and the cherry had already made the whole dessert nice and sweet! So if you need more sugar, add it while beating the cheese and cocoa in.