Coconut, lime and passionfruit cheesecake

Coconut, lime and passionfruit cheesecake

Serves – 12 people

Prep Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – overnight

Ingredients – cheesecake

125g olive oil spread, melted
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
250g granita biscuits
500g Liddells lactose free cream cheese
300ml Liddells lactose free lite thickened cream

250g coconut cream
1 tsp coconut essence
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
4 tsp gelatin powder

The zest of 1 lime

3 tbs boiling water
Shaved coconut, toasted, to serve

Ingredients – lime and passionfruit syrup
170g of passionfruit pulp
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbs caster sugar

Method

  1. Line a 24cm round, 7cm high springform pan with baking paper, ensuring the paper extends 2cm above the top.
  2. Add biscuits and desiccated coconut to a food processor and whizz to resemble a fine crumb. With the mixer running, add the melted Liddells lactose free dairy spread and process until well combined. Empty mixture into the prepared pan and use the back of a metal spoon to press it evenly across the bottom. Refrigerate while the filling is prepared.
  3. Place the boiling water in a small bowl. Sprinkle over gelatine and whisk with a fork until completely dissolved. Set aside for 5 mins to cool.
  4. Place Liddells lactose free cream cheese, coconut essence, vanilla bean paste, caster sugar and lime zest into a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add Liddells lactose free lite thickened cream and coconut cream and beat for a further 2 minutes until all is well combined. With the motor running, gradually add the gelatine mixture, beating until just smooth. Pour the cream mixture over the biscuit base and refrigerate overnight.
  5. To make the syrup – place passionfruit pulp, lime juice and sugar into a smallsaucepan over a medium heat. Allow to come to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sauce begins to slightly thicken. Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to fully cool.
  6. Remove the sides from the springform pan and use a spatula to carefully separate the cheesecake from the base of the pan. Serve the cheesecake toppedwith lime and passionfruit syrup, and toasted shaved coconut.

Pumpkin and Banana Pup-cakes

Pumpkin and Banana Pup-Cakes

Pumpkin and Banana Pup-cakes

 
Join in the fight against animal cruelty by joining in the nommy celebrations of RSPCA Cupcake Day with this delicious treat.

Serves – makes 12 treats that are safe for humans and puppies alike!

Prep – 10 minutes

Cook – 20 minutes

Ingredients – Pupcake

  • 1 cup of McCain Diced Pumpkin – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of ripe banana – mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter

Ingredients – Frosting

  • 2 tbs of peanut butter – softened
  • 3 tbs Greek yoghurt

Pumpkin and Banana Pup-cakes

Method

  1. Pre-heat a fan-forced oven to 180°C and line a 12-cup muffin tray with patty cake liners.
  2. Place cooked McCain Diced Pumpkin, banana, peanut butter and water in a large mixing bowl, and mix well to combine.
  3. Sift flour and cinnamon into McCain Diced Pumpkin mixture and mix to combine. Carefully spoon even amounts into the muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in tray for 5 minutes, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, mix softened peanut butter with Greek yoghurt. Place into a piping bag and pipe directly onto the top of the pup-cakes.

TIP: the pup-cakes will keep for 3 days, refrigerated in a sealed air-tight container. Alternatively, they are great frozen as an icy treat for pups in summer!

Enjoy!

Egg Free Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Egg Free Banana Bread

Recently a friend came over for morning tea, having a new bub I find it next to impossible to get out of the house, let alone have the time to whip up a morning tea treat! After rummaging through the cupboards I decided I had almost enough ingredients to make banana bread. I was down the eggs, but, I’d make it work. And, work it did! This is one of the fastest, easiest and tastiest banana breads I have ever made. Cafe style, moist and moreish. YUM!

Ingredients 

  • 3 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1 banana – halved length-ways
  • 2 cups sf flour
  • 1/2 tsp bi carb soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 180℃ and grease a loaf tin with a little olive oil.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl, mix wet ingredients together in a medium bowl. Fold wet and dry ingredients together until combined just combined.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased loaf tin, place decoration banana on top, and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Bagel Crisps

Chocolate Dipped Crisps

Chocolate Dipped Bagel Crisps

 

If you often face the dilemma of whether to eat chips of chocolate, your problem is solved. Introducing… Chocolate Dipped Crisps!

The salty crisp paired with the smooth, sweet chocolate makes for a totally moreish treat that’s smooth yet crunchy, sweet yet salty, and undeniably delicious. These chocolate dipped bagel crisps will soon find there way into your belly and your heart; just in time for the ultimate party night. You can thank me later.

Chocolate Dipped Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • 150g of good quality milk chocolate
  • 150g of good quality dark chocolate
  • 150g of good quality white chocolate

Method

  1. Place chocolate varieties separately in 3 heatproof, microwave safe bowls. In batches, microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  2. Dip half of each Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps into melted chocolate mixtures and place on a tray lined with baking paper for 15 minutes, or until set. Serve.

TIP: for a fun combination, try sprinkling chopped nuts, sprinkles or sherbet onto the crisp once dipped in the melted chocolate.

Enjoy!

Sugar Free Crumble

Berry Crumble

Sugar Free Berry Crumble

I love making this lush berry crumble; it takes minutes to prepare and can be served warm or cold with custard, thick natural yoghurt, a light drizzle of coconut cream, el naturale or with ice-cream if the whole sugar-free thing isn’t your cup of tea.

The use of frozen berries means it’s super quick to prepare and the crumble topping can be personalised to suit your preferences or what’s in your pantry. Hazelnuts, macadamia’s and pistachios are personal favourites of mine, although this combination with the coconut and almonds is delicious!

Ingredients – berries

  • 600g of McCain’s Season’s Choice Four Berry Mix
  • 1/3 cup of honey or rice malt syrup

Ingredients – crumble

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup of slivered almonds
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Place berries and honey in a saucepan over a medium-low heat and allow to gently simmer for 10-15 minutes or until berries are defrosted and have released their juices.
  2. Meanwhile, combine oats, coconut and almonds in a saucepan over a medium-low heat, stir well to combine and allow to toast for 5 minutes, or until golden stirring regularly. Stir through cinnamon.
  3. Divide berry mixture between teacups, top evenly with crumble mixture and serve.

Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted. Caramel. Cheesecake. Need I say more?

To many, plain cheesecake is decadent enough. For me, this amazingly delicious Salted Caramel Cheesecake, is gluttonous heaven. A buttery, crunchy, salted bagel crisp crust that sits beneath a smooth and creamy caramel cheesecake filling, topped with praline shards that hold notes of caramel, salt and bagel crisp crunch. Wow.

Ingredients – cheesecake

  • 2 packets of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • 150g of butter – melted
  • 800g caramelised condensed milk
  • 500g block of cream cheese – at room temperature
  • ¼ cup of boiling water
  • 3 tsp of powdered gelatin
  • ½ tsp of salt – or to taste

Ingredients – praline

  • ½ packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • ½ cup of caster sugar
  • 2 tbs of cold water

Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Praline

 

Method

  1. Place 2 packets of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps into the bowl of a food processor and process until it resembles a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and process until combined. Press the crumbs evenly over the base and sides of a lined, 20cm springform pan using the back of a metal spoon and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  2. Place cream cheese and caramelised condensed milk into a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until smooth.
  3. Place boiling water in a heatproof bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Add gelatin mix and salt to the cream cheese mixture and process until well combined.
  4. Pour the cream cheese filling mixture over the bagel crumb base and refrigerate overnight, or for a minimum of four hours.
  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolved.
  6. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil, and boil, without stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mixture turns golden. Remove from heat. Set aside for 2 minutes to allow bubbles to subside. Roughly break ½ a packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps into halves and quarters and arrange on prepared tray, pour over sugar and allow to cool before breaking into praline shards.
  7. Carefully remove cheesecake from spring form pan, arrange praline shards on top and serve.

Enjoy!

Caramel Cheesecake

Passionfruit Meringue Cupcake

Passionfruit, Banana and Pineapple Meringue Cupcakes

 

Passionfruit Meringue Cupcake

Recently I was the very lucky recipient of some delicious Australian Passionfruits from the team at Impact and Passionfruit Australia. They are encouraging Australians to put the passionfruit back into the kitchen this winter and asked me to help out.

While I was pondering what to whip up, no pun intended, I was looking at the passionfruit in my fruit bowl and spied a lonely banana who was too ripe for his own good. I then got to thinking about the recipe for a hummingbird cake (banana and pineapple) and wondered how the tropical combo would work with the inclusion of my lovely passionfruits. I decided it would be delicious and set upon creating these scrumptious treats.

They say good things come in small packages and these my friend are the proof. These melt-in-the-mouth meringue cupcakes are perfect for a sweet morning tea treat, dessert or simply to snack on when you walk past them. They might look fancy, but they are VERY simple to make.

Also, meringue makes a wonderful icing and I don’t understand why it isn’t used more often. It is simple, moist, gooey and all sorts of tasty.

Ingredients – Cupcake

  • 175g butter – softened
  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of self-raising flour – sifted
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pulp and seeds of 3 passionfruit
  • 200g tin of pineapple chunks – drained
  • 1 medium overripe banana – mashed

Ingredients – Meringue

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced and line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs and vanilla for 3 minutes or until smooth and combined.

  3. Add passionfruit, banana and pineapple. Mix until just combined. Spoon mixture into paper cases. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of 1 cake comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, make meringue: Increase oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and sugar to form stiff peaks. You will know when your egg whites are done as all sugar will be completely absorbed and you can hold the bowl over your head with none falling out. pfft gravity.

  5. NOTE: you will need to wait for your cupcakes to cool completely before you pipe on your meringue mixture. If you don’t the bottom of the meringue will commence cooking on contact with the cupcake resulting in a hard non-marshmallow meringue.

  6. Place cupcakes on a baking tray. Spoon meringue mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle.Pipe meringue on top of cupcakes. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool and serve.

  7. TIP: if you don’t have a piping bag, because let’s be honest we’re not all professional chefs, you can easily make one using a plastic zip-lock bag. Simply spoon the mix into a plastic sandwich bag, push all to one bottom corner, hold tightly and snip the end. A far more detailed video on how to do this can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1oKLB7s and don’t worry if you don’t have the nozzle, I don’t!

Enjoy!

Apricot Energy Balls

Apricot, Almond and Coconut Balls

Apricot Energy Balls

These Apricot, Almond and Coconut balls are packed with all the goodness of dried apricots and almonds. They are a delicious snack that make a fabulous mid-morning or afternoon treat. They are also perfect for kids lunchbox treats. They have no added sugar, no artificial nasties and you know exactly what has gone into them!

There are so many variations of this recipe out there, with some recipes calling for condensed milk, chocolate, biscuits etc. I tried to keep this  recipe healthy and full of non-naughty ingredients. That way you can have your treat and eat it too!

To make these chewy sweet apricot balls, you can either chop the apricots into small pieces and combine, or use a food processor to chop and mix as I did. The way I see it, there’s no point in making extra work for yourself! Once you have your mixture, all you need to do is roll it into small balls, then roll them in the coconut. I recommend that you wet your hands to avoid the mixture sticking to them as much – but unfortunately if it unavoidable. There will be a mess at the end.

This recipe is simple, yummy and easy to get kids involved with! Kids love to help out, so get them to roll the balls and to roll them in coconut!

Ingredients

  • 200g dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup of desicated coconut
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of water/milk/almond milk

Method

  1. Combine all apricots, almond meal and cinnamon in a food processor and blitz until they resemble a fine crumb.
  2. Add liquid add pulse until all ingredients come together.
  3. Place coconut in a small place and use a teaspoon to portion the mixture into balls.
  4. Roll the mixture into tight balls using the palms of your hands, roll in coconut and place in a container to refrigerate.

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownie

Chocolate Brownie

Three Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownies are one of the best tasting things that has ever come from my oven – and I have cooked some mighty fine pork in that bad boy. I also like to call them the Houdini Brownie as they instantly disappear once they are made.

They are super easy to make, even easier to eat and the ingredient combination can be changed to suit your preference. Me, I think this combo is perfection so I wouldn’t recommend changing a thing.

Ingredients

  • 185g of butter – cubed
  • 185g of dark cooking chocolate – broken into squares
  • 100g milk chocolate melts (you can use dark, caramel or white if you’d prefer)
  • 50g of hazelnuts
  • 85g of plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 160C and a line a 2ocm square baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Scatter hazelnuts evenly on another baking tray and place in the oven to roast for 5 minutes or until the skin is starting to peel away and toast.
  3. Remove hazelnuts from oven, allow to cool and place in a tea towel. Fold the edges in of the tea towel to form a sack and rub the hazelnuts to remove the skin. Discard the skin, roughly chop the hazelnuts and place into a small bowl.
  4. Combine butter and dark chocolate in a large, microwave safe mixing bowl. Place in the microwave on medium-high heat and melt, stirring at 30 second intervals.
  5. Allow the butter and chocolate mixture to cool completely to room temperature. Do not be tempted to place the mixture in the fridge or freezer as this may lead it to separate and for ice shards to appear.
  6. Break the 3 eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl, add caster sugar and whisk using electric beaters for 5-8 minutes, or until the mixture doubles in size and becomes thick and creamy like a milk shake.
  7. Ensuring the butter and chocolate mix is fully cooled to avoid the egg from scrambling, add the egg and sugar mix to the chocolate and butter mix and gently fold together using a rubber spatula. Don’t be tempted to over mix or you will knock out all the air from step 6, you want the mixture to still be streaky with the majority of the chocolate incorporated.
  8. Sieve the cocoa and flour into the milk and fold through until just mixed. All the chopped hazelnuts and milk chocolate melts, folding until they are dotted throughout.
  9. Pour the mixture into the prepared tub and use the spatula to smooth over the top. Place in the oven to cook for 30 minutes or until the middle is set, the top is crisp and flaky and the sides are begging to come away. It will still be gooey in the centre so don’t worry about the skewer test!
  10. Allow to cool completely in the tin and remove by lifting out the baking paper, cut into squares or cubes and watch it disappear!

Enjoy!

 

Banana Bread

Banana and Raspberry Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries
  • 1 ¼ cups of mashed banana – about 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 eggs – lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup of light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts – toasted and roughly chopped
  • Icing sugar and extra McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries – to serve

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 160C and grease a standard loaf pan with butter, lining the base and sides with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang by 4cm.
  2. Combine the banana, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and oil. Add flour, macadamias and cinnamon and stir to combine. Gently fold through frozen, McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries.
  3. Spoon into prepared loaf tin, smoothing the top. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes and turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Serve dusted with icing sugar and topped with additional, thawed, McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries.

Enjoy!