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HOMESICK: Peanut Buttery Cheesecake Hearts

HOMESICK: Peanut Buttery Cheesecake Hearts

To be prepared & enjoyed when you’re feeling homesick…
It sucks to feel homesick.  But it seems like it’s just one of those emotions we all feel, sooner or later, at some point in our lives.  I think I first met “it” while living in Spain, when one night I looked up at the sky and realised I couldn’t see the Southern Cross constellation.  I’d always taken comfort knowing that no matter who we were, we all lived under the same sky.  But suddenly I realised we didn’t!  
That’s when it dawned on me just how far away my family, friends & life were in Auckland (New Zealand & Spain are antipodes, which means if you drilled a hole through the globe from New Zealand, you’d come out the other side in Spain).  I met “it” again when I moved to Wellington for work, despite being in the same country; and “it” has come to visit me once or twice since I moved to Taipei too.
I feel like it’s very human to feel this now and again, but instead of dreading “it” and fighting it off like a disease – I reckon it’s easier to let it come & do its thing.  It never seems to last too long anyway!  And while you’re waiting for the wave to pass, why not indulge in this beautifully rich peanut buttery dessert? 😉  
Peanut butter always brings back warm, comforting memories of kindy and primary school, when my best friend’s mum used to make us peanut butter & banana sammies.  The salty and crunchy texture of the peanut butter mixed with the soft sweetness of the banana was such a treat after a “hard” (!) day of play… 
Not only that though – peanuts help produce serotonin in our bodies, which are often called “happy chemicals” because it lifts our mood (in the same way that you often get a high after doing exercise – caused also by serotonin).  Peanuts also help to protect our hearts because of its wealth of heart-friendly monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.  I reckon this is one of the yummiest and therapeutic things to eat when you’re feeling a little homesick 🙂  
“Where we love is home.  Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”  (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Homesick in Heaven)
“You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.”  (Maya Angelou)
“Home is where the heart is.  Paradise is where you are humbled into silence at the sound of the song your heart is singing.  But true happiness is knowing no distinction between the two.”  (Joey Gutierrez)
“Home”  (Michael Bublé)
  • Crunchy peanut butter (1.5 cups)
  • Cream cheese (1.5 cups)
  • Icing sugar (3/4 cup)
  • Vanilla essence (1 tsp)
  • Reeses peanut butter chips (1/3 cup)
  • Chocolate digestives (approx 8 biscuits)
  • Icecream (to accompany, preferably vanilla but up to you!)
  • Maple syrup or chocolate syrup (for decoration)
  • Individual silicone cupcake moulds (Mine were heart-shaped, hence the heart-shaped moulds in the picture above!)
  • In a bowl, mix the peanut butter, cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla essence together using a spoon. 
  • Add the Reeses peanut butter chips and fold into the mixture. 
  • Spoon the mixture into individual silicone cupcake moulds until each one one is 3/4 full. 
  • Fill the rest of the cupcake moulds with crushed up chocolate digestives (just crumble them using your hands – it’s more fun that way hehe).
  • Put the cupcake moulds into the freezer for 1 hour. 
    • When ready to serve, carefully remove the dessert from its cupcake moulds (you will undoubtedly lose a bit of the digestive crumbs but that’s no biggie – just sprinkle them back on top!) and put on a bowl together with a scoop of your favourite ice-cream.  I tend to think vanilla ice-cream is best because the cheesecake heart itself is very rich and flavorsome. 
    • You can squeeze some maple syrup or chocolate syrup on the top for an artistic touch 🙂
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