Sunday, 23 April 2017

No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake


Its so easy to make this cheesecake and it tastes heavenly !! A very decadent dessert that's perfect for simply any occasion. The only difficult part of this recipe is waiting for the cheesecake to set, but once you have had a slice if it you will find it really hard to stop eating ! 😱

Ingredients:

Biscuit base:
  • 300g digestive biscuits 
  • 140g unsalted butter
Cheesecake filling:
  • 300ml double cream, chilled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500g full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature 
  • 85g icing sugar, sifted
  • 5 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, cut into small pieces 
Decoration:
  • 4-5 tbsp Nutella, for spreading & drizzle 
  • 25g chopped hazelnuts 
  • 8-10 Ferrero Rocher chocolate 
Method:

To make the cheesecake base:  Melt butter in  a small saucepan. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb. Add melted butter and mix until well combined. Tip teh biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press done until firm. Use the back of a spoon or glass to smooth over, place in the refrigerator to chill whilst you make the filling. 

To make the cheesecake filling: In a medium mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese with the icing sugar until softened. In another mixing bowl whisk together the cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mix. Finally fold through the chopped chocolates.

Spoon over the biscuits base and smooth over with a spatula. Cover and leave the cheesecake to chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Once the cheesecake has set, place the chocolate hazelnut spread in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat for 2-3 minutes until runny, be careful not to boil the Nutella.

Allow the Nutella to cool slightly before spreading or drizzling over the top of the cheesecake. Finish by decorating with the remaining chocolates and some Nutella. Serve chilled













Sunday, 2 April 2017

Non-Bake Caramel Rolo Cheesecake






















Caramel creamy cheesecake filling on top of a delicious buttery biscuits base drizzled with an extra bit of caramel and packed full of Rolo's-a delicious dessert perfect for every occasion !!! 
It's so easy to make and UTTERLY DELICIOUS 😄👍

Ingredients:

Biscuits base

  • 150g digestive biscuits
  • 150g golden Oreos 
  • 125g butter, melted
Cheesecake filling
  • 250g  Philadelphia cheese
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 109g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g Carnation caramel
  • 300ml double cream
  • 170g Rolosweets, chopped
Decoration
  • Carnation caramel for decoration
  • Rolo sweets
  • Whipped cream
Method:

Using food processor blitz the biscuits then mix the biscuits with melted butter. Spread on the bottom of an 8" springform tin and press down firmly. Leave to set in the fridge.

Using electric mixer whisk together the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, vanilla X tract, icing sugar and caramel unl smooth and lump free.

Pour into the mx the double cream and continue to whisk for a couple of minutes until it's very thick and mousse like. 

Chop the Rolos up into quarters and fold through the ckeesecake filling. Spread over the biscuits base and leave to set in the fridge for 5-6 hours or preferably overnight. 

To decorate the cheesecake, top with a drizzle of caramel and whip up some spare double cream with a touch of vanilla and pipe around the edge. Top with Rolos on each of the cream. 


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Mango & Passion fruit mess


I came across this recipe recently and it's a nice twist to the more traditional rendition  of the Eaton Mess. This version is a quick way to enjoy dessert. Whip, crush, chop, purée and you have dessert 😃👍

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted 
  • 5 meringues- crushed
  • 4 passion fruits- pulp
Method

Peel and chop one mango and set aside. Perl and purée the other mango in a blender till smooth and set aside. 
Whip cream with vanilla extract and icing sugar until thick and then add the crushed meringues. 

To assemble: 

Layer mango purée, crushed meringue and cream mixture and top with chopped mango and passion fruit pulp in a glass. Serve immediately. Serves 4. 







Sunday, 26 February 2017

Blueberry Double Cheesecake


I used the cotton cheesecake recipes and turned it into a lemon one, then I did a light no bake cheese cake on the outer layer, of which acted like frosting, a luxurious one 😄
Ingredients:

Lemon Cotton Cheesecake:
  • 225g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar
  • 63g unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
Blueberry Mascarpone Layer
  • 125g blueberries
  • 70g butter
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 200g mascarpone 
  • 100g double cream
  • 1/2 tbsp agar agar powder or gelatin + 2 tbsp water.
Method:

For the cotton cheesecake:

Line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch springform pan with parchment paper. Wrap the springform pan with several sheets of foil, sealing it completely.

Fill a large baking pan halfway with water. Place it in the oven on the oven lowest rack. Preheat the oven to 150°C.

Separate the eggs and place the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and the yolks into a measuring cup.

Beat egg whites on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium low and beat for another 30 seconds or until foamy. Add the cream of tartar. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until the egg whites just started to thicken. Add 1/4 cup of sugar gradually. Continue to whisk unti, the egg whites reach soft peaks stage, approximately 3 minutes using stand mixer. 

In a separate bowl add cream cheese and milk. Mix on low speed until creamy and smooth (approximately 2-3 minutes). Add the butter, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat for 1 minute. Add the flour and cornstarch and mix for another minute. Finally add the egg yolks and mix for 1 more minute. Strain the batter using a sieve.

Add 1/3 of the egg whites and gently fold into the batter until mostly incorporated. Add another 1/3 and gently fold. Add the remaining 1/3 and gently fold. 

Pour the batter into the lined springform pan. Spread the batter evenly into the pan and smooth out the top using a spatula. Holding the sides of the pan, gently lift and drop the pan on the counter about 6 times to remove any big air bubbles. 

Place the springform pan into the water bath and bake the cake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Check the cake doneness by inserting a toothpick into the centre of the cake. It should come out clean. Bake the cake for additional 10-15 minutes to brown up the top.

Turn off oven, open the oven door slightly (about 2-3 inches) and let the cake cool in the oven for 1 hour.

Remove the cake from the pan. Place on a plate and refrigerat the cake for at least 4 hours. Wash the outer cake pan clean, and wipe dry. Lightly grease the sides with butter. When it's time to do the final assembly, place the chilled cheesecake back in. 

For the mascarpone layer

Cook blueberries with sugar until bleed. Add in lemon juice. Puree it. 

Prepare agar agar powder/gelatin. Sprinkle gelatin over water and let it sit for 2 minutes. Melt it in microwave oven for 15 seconds. For agar agar place it on a lower heat & keep stirring unti, the agar agar powder dissolved and turn clear. Let it cool down.

Beat the double cream until soft peaks, keep in the fridge. Then beat mascarpone cheese with blueberry puree until smooth.mtaste it, it should be slightly oversweetened ( it will be alright once you add in the cream). Adjust taste with sugar and lemon juice if necessary. 

Beat in melted agar agar/gelatin until smooth, then add in whipped cream, mix on low speed. 

Pour the blueberry cheesecake over and level the surface. Chill for at least 3 hours before slicing 



Non-bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake


This non-bake cheesecake is smooth, creamy and full of peanut butter!!!!  Peanut butter lovers- this one's for you!

Ingredients:

Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups Oreo crumbs
  • 75g butter, melted
Filling:
  • 680g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 315g peanut butter 
  • 30 mini Reese's chopped, divided
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • Chocolate sauce for drizzle 
Method:

Combine Oreo crumbs with melted butter. Press crumbs into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Set in refrigerator to firm. 

Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and peanut butter together in a large bowl until smooth and well combined. 

Pour double cream & icing sugar in another bowl & whipped until soft peak. Gently stir in the whip cream.

Add about half of the chopped Reese's and stir until combined. Pour filling into crust and smooth the top. 

Refrigerared for about 4-6 hours or until firm. Remove cheesecake from springform pan and top with the remaining chopped Reese's and chocolate sauce. 

Refrigerate until ready to serve. 






Sunday, 5 February 2017

Braised Tofu


I love tofu dishes.

Ingredients :
  • 1 large block firm tofu cut into about 8 pieces
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • 2 garlic, minced
  • 1-2 dry chillies, add more if you prefer spicier 
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine or sherry
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 spring onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
Method:

Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the tofu pieces until golden brown. Set aside.

Sauté garlic and chillies until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Then add oyster sauce, light soya sauce, dark soya sauce, Shaoxing, sugar, ground white pepper and water. Mix well and bring to boil. 

Return tofu to the pan, reduce heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced by half, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Add the spring onions, mix well and cook for another minute. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies


Two amazing desserts in one ?? First there is a dense, chewy brownie. And topped off with a delicious non-bake Nutella cheesecake layer. Together, the equal a slice of chocolate heaven !

Ingredients:
For the brownies
  • 3/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 170g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 eggs
For the Nutella cheesecake:
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 11/2 cups double cream 
  • Melted chocolate, for decoration 
Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C for fan oven. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan. 

In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt. Melt butter in a large saucepan and remove from heat. Stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Quickly whisk in eggs, one at a time.

Add butter mixture to flour mixture and stir until well blended. Spread brownie batter into prepared tin and bake for 20-30 minutes. Cool completely. 

Meanwhile, make the Nutella cheesecake layer. With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, Nutella and icing sugar until smooth. 

In a separate bowl, beat double cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the Nutella mixture. Spread over the cooled brownies. 

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving or until the cheesecake layer is firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.





Sunday, 8 January 2017

Non-Bake Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake



This thick, creamy dark chocolate and mascarpone cheesecake tastes just like a baked cheesecake!

Ingredients :

For the cookie base

  • 320g chocolate chips cookies, finely crushed 
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 130g unsalted butter, melted
For the filling
  • 130g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solid, finely chopped
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 450g mascarpone cheese
  • 90g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder to decorate
Method:

Line a bottom of a 9" springform pan with baking paper. 

To make the base: In a large bowl stir together the crushed cookies and the icing sugar. Add the melted butter and stir until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Scoop the crumbs into the cake tin and press it firmly into the base using the back of a spoon.

For the filling: In a bowl, melt the chopped chocolate in the microwave in a 30 second intervals, stirring after each heating, until melted. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate. (It's best to remove it from the microwave whilst there are still a few small lumps left and stir until melted. 

Allow it to cool for 5 minutes, then add in the cream cheese and mascarpone and beat with electric whisk on low speed until smooth and well combined. Add in the icing sugar, cream and vanilla extract and beat again until smooth. 

Carefully pour the filling onto the base and smooth the top using a spatula or back of a spoon. 

Place in the fridge to chill for 4-5 hours preferably overnight.

To serve, remove from the fridge and allow the cheesecake to come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Dust lightly with the cocoa powder and serve. 



Coconut Snowballs


Sweet coconut treats, perfect to share or give as a gift

Ingredients:

  • 125g rich tea biscuits
  • 125g almonds
  • 75g icing sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp rum (optional), or orange juice
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 175g white chocolate
  • 100g desiccated coconut
Method:

Whizz the rich tea biscuits and almonds in a food processor until they are finely ground. Add the icing sugar and orange zest, then pulse until it's all combined. 

In a small bowl, combine the rum ( if using) or orange juice with golden syrup, and while the food processor is still running, pour the liquid into the biscuits mixture. Continue to blend until the mixture is just moist. 

Using a teaspoon to measure, shape the mixture into 25-30 balls. Love to set on a baking sheet. 

Melt the white chocolate in a bowl in the microwave on a low power. Microwave at 30 second intervals to ensure the chocolate does not burn. 

Place the coconut into the separate bowl. First dip the balls in the me,red white chocolate, then in the coconut to cover. Return to the baking sheet and once all the balls are covered, place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set 



Layered Mango Cheesecake Parfaits


I crave for a dessert and looking for simple but looks delicious. It's a pure laziness. And come out with something easy, none bake but just assemble layer by layer. It's so simple.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled & stone. If you are too lazy like me I bought a tin of mango puree.
  • 1/2 cup of whipping cream
  • 225g  cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 150g to 200g digestive biscuits, crush into fine crumbs 
Method :

Puree the mango flesh in a food processor until smooth, if using fresh mango. 

Whip the whipping cream to soft peaks. Fold in the icing sugar and room temperature cream cheese and beat slowly until well combined.

Divide the digestive biscuits into the bottom of four serving glasses. Layer mango puree and cream cheese mixture into each glass using piping bags to layer the cheesecake parfaits. If you spoon the ingredients in it may not be as pretty but will taste as good. 

Non-Bake Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake




Rich, creamy cheesecake flavoured with vanilla, coffee and a very generous kiss of Kahlua, with a classic sour cream topping......

Ingredients:

For the crust
  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 180g butter, melted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
For the cheesecake filling 
  • 455g cream cheese, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 3/4 cup Kahlua liquor 
  • 2 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 150g chocolate, melted
For the top layer
  •  1 cup sour cream, at room temperature 
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 40g chocolate, melted
Optional garnishing
  •  120ml whipping cream, whipped
  • Whole coffee beans
Method:

For the crust

Line the bottom of a 9" springform pan with baking paper. 
Combine the digestive biscuits, brown sugar, coca powder, vanilla extract, instant coffee powder and melted butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined and press firmly at the bottom and slightly up the side of the prepared pan. Set aside. 

For the cheesecake filling

Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the Kahlua liquor. Set aside for at least 5 minutes. 
Whip the whipping cream until fairly firm and reserve. Melt the chocolate in a large mixing bowl and set aside. 

In another large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and sugar and mix on high speed with electric mixer for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

Warm the Kahlua liquor with gelatin in the microwave until completely melted. Pour the warm Kahlua gelatin into the cream cheese mixture and continue mixing until it's well combined. Then slowly fold in the whipped cream until combined. 

Working quickly so the the chocolate doesn't set, pour about half of the cream cheese batter over the melted chocolate and mix with the electric mixer on high speed until well combined. Pour onto the reserved crust and spread evenly all the way to the edge of the pan. 

Top the remaining batter, spread all the way to the edge and then gently tap the side of the pan and give it a little shake help the top settle and smooth out. Place the cake in the fridge for about an hour to set.

For the topping

Melt the chocolate and pour it into a squeeze bottle or a pipping bag.

Combine icing sugar and sour cream then pour over the cheesecake, spread all the way to the edge as evenly as you can, tap the sides and give the pan a little shake like you did before to help make the top really smooth and even. 

Squeeze the melted chocolate on top to decorate the top of the cake. Put the cake back in the refrigerator until completely set, at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. 

When ready to serve, carefully remove the cake from the pan, place it on a cake stand and garnish with swirls of whipped cream and whole coffee beans, if desired.