caramel macadamia cheesecake

I have big and exciting news!! I actually baked a cheesecake. a delicious, decadent, amazing cheesecake. I even made homemade caramel, graham cracker crust, and toasted macadamia nuts. I feel empowered and ready to take on 2014!! after I eat more cheesecake… :)

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

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a couple years ago, my parents lived in London when my dad taught there for a semester. they had the time of their lives and mom came back with tons of new recipes and favorite foods. their absolute favorite restaurant while living there was called Ottolenghi. they would walk by and see all of the beautiful desserts in the window. it was okay to stop and eat some, because they were walking everywhere and burning tons of calories!! she came back with a gorgeous cookbook called “Ottolenghi the Cookbook”, and this is her favorite recipe from the book.

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

there are a lot of steps to this AMAZING delicacy, but they’re all worth it. and each step is easy on its own. YOU CAN DO IT. have faith. if I can do it, you can do it.

delicious cheesecake recipe and adorable dogs!

true confession time:  we attempted to make this cheesecake while up in Kirksville for Christmas. we made the caramel and the toasted macadamia’s and even baked the cheesecake itself. scout and harper were on hand to make sure everything smelled just right. then…while transferring the cake from the tin to the counter…somehow it slid onto the floor. DISASTER. the cheesecake was crushed, as well as my heart! scout and harper thought santa hadn’t forgotten them, afterall! we didn’t have time to make another one, so I just brought the caramel and the macadamias back home to St. Louis to start over. no harm, no foul. :)

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

scout was really hoping for this one to drop on the floor as well. she wasn’t so lucky.

scout from "the cookie rookie" oversees a food blog shoot. she is my favorite :)

she may  not have gotten to actually sample this one, but she did agree to supervise the photoshoot. shes my right hand girl, every time.

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

totally delicious, amazing, sinful, HOMEMADE cheesecake. from the ground up. I’m only a tiny bit proud!

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

I can’t really believe how easy this was. as with so many recipes I’m learning along the way, I just don’t know why I was so scared to try before. I wasted years of my life being too nervous that I’d fail to even try. failing is part of the process, but most recipes are not as hard as they look.

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

sigh. I’m in food love.

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

pat and our parents went in together to get me a new camera for Christmas. Lissy (the amazing photographer from our wedding and my friend from high school) came over this week to give me some pointers. I’m so excited to start taking better pictures and really learn the camera. so much fun!

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

I hope you feel empowered like me to try new recipes. deliciousness is right in our grasp!! 2014 is going to be a great year for food. no weddings to try to lose weight for…so I’m ready to go! ;)

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

what recipes have you been scared to make but finally conquered?? I would love to hear about them. thanks for stopping by!

caramel macadamia cheesecake. shockingly easy DECADENT dessert. this is my new favorite.

adapted from “Ottolenghi the Cookbook” from the Ottolenghi restaurant in London.

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