Thursday, December 20, 2012

Improv Challenge Review for December

It has been such a long time but I am back in the groove and participating in the Improv Challenge again, which is graciously hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.

The challenge this month was chocolate and marshmallows.

I knew instantly that I would have a s'mores theme to my recipe but I wanted it to be a little different.

I started out by making my own marshmallows.

They weren't photo worthy, but they were easy (when you follow Anna's instructions here).

From there I went on to make s'mores cheesecake...yes it is as good as it sounds.

Start by making your crust:

1 1/2 C crushed graham crackers (I used cinnamon but the choice is yours)
3 Tbsp Earth Balance melted

Combine the two in a bowl and then press into the bottom of a spring form pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10  minutes.

Once your crust is out of the oven place a layer of marshmallow on top.

For the filling:

16 oz cream cheese (regular or vegan)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 ener-G egg replacers
3/4 C chocolate (I used semi-sweet squares chopped)

You will want your cream cheese to be at room temperature before you start working with it, it makes mixing much easier.

In a bowl combine your cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla (a stand mixer gets this job done quickly).  Once they are incorporated add your egg replacers.

With a spatula fold in your chocolate and then pour the mixture on your crust/marshmallow.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes (or until the center of the cake is set).

Allow the cheesecake to cool and then refrigerate for 3-4 hours (it just tastes better this way).

Be sure to check out the other great tasty submissions, I think you will be impressed with how creative some bloggers can be.

Happy Thursday to you all.


  1. Oh my gosh this looks SO good! Well done you! xx

  2. That may be my favorite S'mores creation of all time. You just cannot go wrong with cheesecake and chocolate.

  3. Oh man!!!! I love s'mores and I really love cheesecake. I think you just created my dream dessert. Wow! Bookmarking this one for sure

  4. Two of my favorite desserts combined into one ... great challenge idea!

  5. Oh I am sure that cheesecake is so delicious! And can I just say THANK YOU for the biscotti!!!!!! I was right, it WAS as good as it looked on your blog, no, actually better. Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Rachel! Alright, I had some catching up to do! I hadn't actually added you to my blog list so I kept forgetting to keep up. That biscotti looks awesome!!! The brownie and peppermint. I've never seen anything quite like it. I'm making that today. I'm so excited. YOu've been a posting machine. I love it. And I love cheesecake, no doubt this is very good. Merry Christmas!

    Shauna xoxox

  7. I just love your pictures! That cheesecake looks awesome. I'm a vegan mama blogger in the uk and was wondering if you'd like to do an ad swap? The details are here:

    Cherry x

  8. So glad you're back with us!!! Homemade marshmallows? Wow. And your cheesecake looks fantastic...and I'm certain it tastes as wonderful as it looks!

  9. That looks truly incredible, and perfect for the holidays. I am impressed, girl! :)

  10. You made your own marshmallows/!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? How AWESOME! Merry Christmas to you and yours! :D