Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
The world’s easiest cheesecake recipe! This is quite dense, and not overly sweet. If you want something simpler, substitute the Oreo cookie crumbs with graham cracker crumbs, and omit the chocolate chips.
375 mL (1 ½ cups) Oreo cookie crumbs
50 mL (¼ cup) sugar
75 mL ( ⅓ cup) butter, melted
2 pkgs (250g each) plain cream cheese, softened
125 mL (½ cup) sugar
5 mL (1 tsp) vanilla extract
125 mL (½ cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus a few more for the top of the cheesecake
Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F.
Mix together the Oreo cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a bowl. Press into a 9” pie plate.
Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth.
Add the chocolate chips and continue beating just until combined.
Pour the filling into the crust and add a few more chocolate chips on top, if you’re so inclined.
Bake at 180 C/350 F for 35-40 minutes. The centre of the cheesecake should still be quite soft. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for at least three hours prior to serving.
When Kai and Brya fled their home planet for Alliance space as teenagers, their lives took dramatically different paths: Kai joined the Alliance Fleet, and Brya found herself tangled in a smuggling operation.
Twelve years later, Brya has reformed and wants to leave that life behind, but she has one more illegal run to complete before she can. A chance encounter with Kai at Karys Station means she doesn’t have to make that last trip alone. But old feelings have a way of resurfacing when there are few ways to pass the time on board a clunky old space freighter, and Brya and Kai discover they have more than smugglers to worry about.
Does a freighter captain with a criminal past really have a chance at a future with a law-abiding Fleet officer, especially when she broke his heart years before?
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