Magical Place

store with vicorian shabby chic items


I think this place is completely magical.

When it sucks me in (just like it did today) the world stops spinning and time comes to a halt. As it often happens, I manage to come to life about an hour later, finding an ecstatic smile on my face and a bag full of lovely stuff in my hand…

How does this all happen?

I admit, I’d like to figure out the mechanism of it all. For these purely scientific purposes, I think I’ll need to visit this fascinating place again soon.

With love,
Petra, The Scientist

Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

chocolate cheesecake recipe

This is for all the cheesecake fans out there!

I have something delicious for you… this cheesecake is sinfully chocolaty, it’s also refreshingly tangy and it has the most wonderful thick texture that will remind you of a chocolate mousse.

Heaven on earth, indeed!

When I think about it, you will not even commit that much sin because low-fat cream cheese is used here and the crust doesn’t use any melted butter.

So yeah… I can see nothing that could stop us from making this delicious cheesecake right now… 

chocolate cheesecake squares ingredients

Here’s all that we need.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

1. To make your cheesecake, first preheat the oven to 325 F (165 C).

2. Line a 10 (or 12)-cup rectangular or square baking pan with parchment or wax paper. Then spray it with cooking spray (or brush it with some vegetable oil).


chocolate cheesecake recipe

3. Process the cookies in a food processor until finely ground (I am using butter cookies here).

4. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

5. Blend the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add the cocoa, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla extract and the eggs and whisk until smooth again.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

6. Pour the mixture into the pan.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

7. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

Chocolate chips would work well too.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

8. Bake until just set, 35 to 40 minutes. Then turn off the oven and with the oven door slightly ajar, let the cheesecake sit inside for an hour.

9. Let cool completely in the pan. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

10. Cut into squares.


chocolate cheesecake recipe

Serve as is… or with whipped cream… or with fresh fruit… or with hot fruit sauce… or with anything that makes you happy.

Enjoy, dear friends!


(This recipe was inspired by Chocolate Cheesecake from Martha Stewart. This dessert should be stored in the fridge.) 


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