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

Strawberry Cheesecake Jars

AF Strawberry Cheesecake Jar 3

Unless you’re a Michelin-star Chef, Valentine’s Day probably isn’t the occasion to be ambitious in the kitchen. Attempting your first soufflé under pressure is sure to leave you with egg on your face, pun intended. Instead, I recommend choosing simple, food-assembly recipes that you are confident in being able to complete, even if your mind wanders off a little….

Invoke your inner love god or goddess by adding a dash of the aphrodisiac ingredient, Strawberry, to your Valentine’s Day meal with this quick, simple, make-in-advance Strawberry Cheesecake Jar. Pop them in your picnic basket, grab the bubbly and it will be a Valentine’s Day to remember!

Strawberries have long been touted as one of Mother Nature’s best aphrodisiacs. Known, as the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love, strawberries have been portrayed as a symbol of love and seduction for centuries. They boost energy by providing the essential vitamins and minerals needed to keep fires burning, long into the night.

These Strawberry Cheesecake Jars sure to set hearts a blaze this Valentine’s Day with a White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut crumble base, topped with Strawberry Cheesecake mix and finished with a velvety layer of Anathoth Farm Strawberry Jam. As, French folklore would have it, if you share strawberries with your Valentine you will soon fall in love with one another. So, you had better grab two spoons!

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of Anathoth Farm Strawberry Jam (or flavour of your choice)
  • 1 packet of White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • 250g Mascarpone
  • 220g Cream Cheese

Method

  1. Crumble cookies into a small mixing bowl to resemble a fine crumb and set aside.
  2. Add ½ a pottle of Anathoth Farm Strawberry Jam, Cream Cheese and Mascarpone into a large mixing bowl; stir until well combined and smooth.
  3. Evenly distribute the cookie crumble among serving jars, setting aside a small amount to top each cheesecake with, top with strawberry cheese cake mix, add a layer of Anathoth Farm Strawberry Jam, top with cookie crumble and serve.

Enjoy!

AF Strawberry Cheesecake Jar 1

Berry Sponge Cake

Frozen Berry Sponge Cake

Frozen Berry Sponge Cake 1

This cake is easily one of my favourite cake creations . It’s simple and utterly delicious. Studded with  plump and juicy berries and refreshing raspberry ripple ice cream it’s sure to be a Christmas hit and a summer classic.

Ingredients – Cake

  • 1 x store-bought double unfilled sponge cake
  • 600ml softened Raspberry Ice Cream
  • ½ packet of Season’s Choice Three Berry Mix
  • ½ packet Season’s Choice Three Berry Mix – thawed, to decorate and serve

Ingredients – Raspberry Coulis

  • 2 cups of Season’s Choice Raspberries – frozen
  • 1/3 cup of caster suagr
  • 1 tbs of lemon juice

Ingredients – Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 125g of cream cheese – room temperature
  • 30g of butter – softened
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ cups of icing sugar

Frozen Berry Sponge Cake 2

Method

  1. Place 1 layer of sponge cake on a freezer suitable tray, spread with raspberry ice cream and top with ½ packet of Season’s Choice Three Berry Mix. Top with remaining cake layer and place in the freeze overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
  2. Place cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl and using an electric mixer beat until pale. Gradually add icing sugar mixture and beat until combined.
  3. Transfer frozen cake to a serving plate. Top with cream cheese frosting and decorate with Season’s Choice Three Berry Mix. Refrigerate 30 minutes to soften slightly before serving.
  4. Meanwhile, place frozen Season’s Choice Raspberries, lemon juice and sugar into a large non-stick frying pan and stir to combine. Heat, stirring often over medium heat until bubbling and reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until berries are very tender. Using a wooden spoon, crush raspberries until pureed. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Pass Raspberry mixture through a fine sieve to strain and discard seeds.
  5. Serve Frozen Berry Sponge Cake with Raspberry Coulis and thawed Season’s Choice Three Berry Mix.

Frozen Berry Sponge Cake 3

Carrot Cake

Credit: Donna Hay

Carrot Cake’s would have to be one my favourite cakes – rich, moist and hell you’re eating carrot so it’s practically healthy! This recipe would have to be one of the nommiest I have come across from one of Australia’s kitchen queens – Donna Hay. Enojoy!

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups (220g) brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (185ml) vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups (225g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2½ cups grated carrot (about 5 carrots)
  • ½ cup (60g) chopped pecan nuts
  • ½ cup (80g) sultanas

Cream cheese frosting

  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup (110g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the sugar and oil in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 2–3 minutes. Add the eggs gradually and beat well. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger over the sugar mixture. Add the carrot, pecans and sultanas and mix until just combined. Pour into a greased 22cm-round cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 55–60 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in tin.

For the cream cheese frosting, process the cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add the icing sugar and lemon juice and process until smooth. Spread frosting on the cooled cake. Serves 8.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/sweets/cakes/carrot-cake

Cob Loaf Dip

Cob Loaf Dip

A few weekends ago I went to a BBQ with a delicious cob loaf dip that I had not seen before. After much pestering I was given the recipe and I wanted to share it with you. Omitting the frozen spinach of a more traditional cob loaf dip recipe means you can make it in a flash, I’m talking under five minutes, and you can whip it up as a go snack for bring-a-plate parties when you are pressed for time.

Ingredients

  • 1 cob loaf
  • 1 tub of lite sour cream
  • 1 tub of cream cheese
  • 1 can of pink salmon
  • 1 packet of spring vegetable dried soup mix

Method

  1. Drain the salmon and add to a medium sized bowl. Remove the bones and mash.
  2. Add the sour cream, cream cheese and spring vegetable soup mix and stir until well combined.
  3. Cut the top off the cob loaf and carefully pull out the bread from inside making a bowl of sorts. Make sure you don’t get too over excited with this step and put a whole in the crust or your mixture will leak out.
  4. Some people like to toast the bread bowl and bread but I don’t as I find the bread becomes almost stale as it cools and jabs you in the mouth when you try and chew it.
  5. Transfer your bread bowl to a nice plate, scatter the bread pieces around the outside, spoon in your mixture and place the bread lid askew. I also sprinkled some paprika on the top of the dip so it didn’t look like a beige blob, but that is optional.

Enjoy!