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Gluten Free Death by Chocolate Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

This Gluten Free Death by Chocolate Cheesecake with Brownie Crust is an easy and delicious way to satisfy even the most fervent chocoholics! It starts with a gluten free brownie crust, then creamy baked chocolate cheesecake, smothered in a rich chocolate ganache, and topped with your favourite chocolates! So get ready to drool and find out how to make a chocolate cheesecake from scratch that will really impress!

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“What’s your favourite dessert?” is always a question that stumps me! There’s so many  to choose from, how can I be expected to pick just one delicious dessert?! But, if I was forced, baked cheesecake would be a strong contender for my number 1 dessert! It’s creamy, and rich, and the flavour possibilities are endless – from the cheesecake, to the crust, to the cheesecake toppings, the world is your oyster in the land of baked cheesecakes. We all know that chocolate makes all desserts infinitely better, so I guess what I am trying to say is that this Gluten Free Death by Chocolate Cheesecake is really, really good idea.

Gluten Free Death by Chocolate Cheesecake with Brownie Crust - slice of cheesecake on white plate with a blue spoon in the background

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The Cupid’s Cup – a Pisco Sour Variation

The Cupid’s Cup is a delicious variation of the Pisco Sour. This simple pisco drink is a little sour and a little bitter, the perfect balance that you’ll fall head over heels in love with! Move over Pisco Sour, the Cupid’s Cup is here to stay!

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The Cupid's Cup - a Pisco Sour Variation - two orange coloured cocktails in coupe glasses, white foam on top 

Have you tried pisco before?  If you haven’t, you need to mix up this pisco sour recipe variation ASAP so you can fall in love with it. If you have, no doubt you’re already in love with pisco, so you should also definitely mix up this cocktail as soon as you can! Pisco is a grape brandy and can only be made in either Peru or Chile (both strongly claim it belongs to them, and most pisco lovers have a preference. It can become quite a heated topic so I shall leave it at that!). Pisco has a smooth taste with hints of grape and apple, it also has a light herbal earthiness to it that I would liken to tequila – however Pisco is definitely unique and any comparison to another spirit will certainly fail.

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Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolata Calda alla Nocciola)

This Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate, or Cioccolata Calda alla Nocciola,  is a seriously indulgent thick hot chocolate recipe made with real chocolate, hazelnut liqueur and Nutella. It’s quick and easy to make, and it is the best homemade (or otherwise) hot chocolate you will ever taste – whip up a batch of this thick, rich, and dangerously delicious Italian Hot Chocolate today, and whisk yourself off to Europe in the comfort of your own home!

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Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate - mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and nutella sauce

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Oh boy, have I got an amazing treat for you today! This Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate is honestly one of the most delicious drinks I have ever had in my life. It is a seriously thick hot chocolate recipe, that is so indulgent you’ll feel like you’re drinking melted chocolate, but so much better! I actually developed the recipe for this thick Italian Hot Chocolate last spring, and while the recipe was amazing and definitely worth sharing, the photos did not do it justice and I really needed to show you how damn good this Italian Hot Chocolate really was. But then summer came and it was too warm, and then life happened and, well, you know how it goes!

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The Scarlett Heart – a Valentine’s Day Cocktail

The Scarlett Heart is a sweet and delicious easy Valentine’s Day Cocktail that is full of amazing flavours, it is a little bit different, and goes down a treat. It’s the perfect easy romantic cocktail to share with your significant other, or with friends for an anti-valentine’s day celebration. 

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A Valentine's Day cocktail on a rocks glass in front, another in background with pink flowers and fairy lights

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 Are you a Valentine’s Day lover, or would you prefer to kick it to the curb this year? Whatever your feelings about this particular holiday, you’ll definitely want to be buying flowers and chocolate for The Scarlett Heart – it’s a Valentine’s Day Cocktail we’ll want to whisper sweet nothings too! The name of this Valentine’s Day Cocktail draws inspiration from the classic book and movie, Gone with the Wind. But, confession time – I’ve never actually seen the movie or read the book, but I have passed the Margaret Mitchell House many times, that counts right?! But as The Scarlett Heart combines some wonderful southern flavours and has a gorgeous red hue, a southern love story about a woman named Scarlett just seemed like the perfect place to draw inspiration from.

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Mornin’ Sunshine Citrus Smoothie

A delicious citrus smoothie with a creamy green smoothie layer, full of vitamins and protein. Start your day off right with this tasty citrus smoothie that is like sunshine in a glass!

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Hold on to your knickers, loves! Giraffes Can Bake has a healthy recipe for you! Whaaaa?! Don’t worry, this is still your best source for indulgent desserts, but whilst buttery cakes and boozy cocktails may be my forte, even I need a healthy dose of vitamins every now in then! In fact, despite all the delicious treats I make and share with you, I actually try and eat quite healthily in my day to day life. I certainly don’t deny myself indulgent, tasty treats like the ones I share here (I mean, somebody has to taste test the recipes!) – I’m big believer in everything in moderation. So I’ll try to eat healthy and nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and then treat myself to a glass of wine and a slice or two of cake in the evenings. Sometimes, the indulgent side of the scale will heavily outweigh the healthy side, but I’m okay with that!

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