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

Apple and Boysenberry Galette

Apple and Boysenberry Galette

Light golden layers of pastry topped with slices of sweet apple and gooey home-style Boysenberry Jam makes this French-style tart a winner!

Ingredients

  • 1  sheet of puff pastry
  • 3 tbs of Anathoth Farm Boysenberry Jam
  • 2 large Pink Lady apples, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs melted butter
  • 2 tbs caster sugar
  • Ice cream or custard, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper
  2. Cut the largest circle possible from the puff pastry sheet
  3. Evenly spread the jam across the pastry, place the apples, overlapping, on top of the pastry, leaving a slight boarder around the apples to allow the pastry to puff. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden.
  5. Serve with ice cream or custard.

Enjoy!

Double Chocolate and Salted Caramel Shortbread Slice

I am a firm believer that there can never be too much chocolate, caramel or nuts in a slice and FINALLY I have found the perfect recipe. This Double Chocolate and Salted Caramel Shortbread Slice is so, so tasty.

It is relatively easy to make, if you don’t mind some mindless stirring and little hands will love to dip their fingers into condensed milk help you make it and pipe on the white chocolate icing at the end. The salt from the nuts sets off the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate… like I said, HEAVEN.

Ingredients

  • 150g butter, softened
  • ½  cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup self-raising flour
  • 395g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • ¾ cup salted chopped mixed nuts – you can use unsalted if you prefer
  • 200g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tps vegetable oil
  • 50g white chocolate, melted

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 140°C. Grease a 3cm deep, 20cm x 30cm pan and line with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat 120g butter, sugar and yolk until pale and creamy.
  3. Stir in flours until combined. Press mixture evenly over base of prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and leave to cool. It is important that you leave it to cool or everything you try and put on top will melt, which isn’t quite as awesome as you think it would be.
  5. Meanwhile, place condensed milk, golden syrup and remaining butter in small aucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, for 15 minutes or until mixture is golden brown.
  6. Pour caramel over biscuit base. Smooth top. Sprinkle with nuts and carefully press into caramel. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Place milk chocolate and oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over caramel layer. Refrigerate for 2 hours minimum.
  8. Remove slice from pan. Spoon melted white chocolate into a snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner. Pipe white chocolate over milk chocolate. Set aside for 20 minutes or until set.
  9. Trim edges and cut into delicious chunks. I prefer to make them uneven as I think it gives it a more rustic look and feel.

Enjoy!

Malteser Cake

Let me start this by confessing that I am in no way a baker. I dread the thought of having to accurately measure quantities, sit by the oven until the skewer comes out clean and pace the kitchen nervously wondering if it that flour was self-raising or plain.

So when my hubbies birthday rolled around I knew that along with it came the birthday cake. With the infrequency of my baking I decided to go hell for leather and make a version of Good Taste Magazine’s Amazing Maltesers Cake.

Cue sweaty palms and heart palpitations. Now as much as I love Maltesers and the malt flavour I knew there was no way we would use enough malt powder to warrant buying an entire jar. Coffee on the other hand is a completely different story, as was the prospect of including delicious coffee cream as the layer filling. I also couldn’t bring myself to include the three layers of cream in the cake, though I am sure my arteries would have found it delicious so I opted for a mere one layer of heaven. Although, if you feel like adding the full three layers I am sure the cake would be polished off in one sitting.

Without further ado the recipe for the best cake I have ever made, or had for that matter is below. This comment was seconded by my hubby, although I guess he kind of had too, and by the ladies at work who are avid cake bakers and eaters with the recipe requested and made on the same day – so hey, I must have done something right.

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Ingredients

CAKE

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 x Jumbo bags of Maltesers – I had some leftover for snacking

COFFEE CREAM FILLING

  • 1 tbs instant coffee granules – add more or less depending on how strong you would like your coffee. I am not a regular drinker or fan of instant coffee, however I have recently found Maccona Gourmet Range – Indulgence which I don’t mind. 
  • 2 tbs boiling water
  • ½ tbs cocoa powder
  • ½ cup icing sugar – add more or less depending on how sweet you would like it
  • 300ml of thickened cream

GANACHE

  • 300g dark cooking chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream
  • 30g butter

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease a 20cm round cake pan with butter and line base and side with baking paper. I did’t use a 20cm cake pan so you will notice mine isn’t as tall as the Good Taste cake, however this wasn’t a problem as I didn’t need to cut it into four layers.
  2. Place the brown sugar, milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in microwave on high, stirring every minute, for 3-5 minutes or until the butter melts and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Use a balloon whisk to whisk the combined flour and cocoa powder into the butter mixture. Whisk in the egg. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the ganache, place the chocolate, cream and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in microwave on high, stirring every minute, for 2-3 minutes or until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Place the boiling water, coffee granules and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix until smooth.
  6. Pour in the cream and icing sugar. Use an electric beater to beat the mixture until fluffy.
  7. Set the ganache aside for 1 hour 30 minutes or until thick, glossy and spreadable.
  8. Meanwhile, use a large serrated knife to cut the cake horizontally into layers. Place the cake base on a platter. Spread the layers with the cream. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour 30 minutes to chill.
  9. Spread the ganache evenly over the top and side of the cake. Decorate with Maltesers. To get even rows when decorating, first make a strip of Maltesers straight down the centre of the cake, then add in rows on either side.

Enjoy!