Today is set to be a scorcher! Whilst my little veggie patch is struggling a bit with the heat and my peas are looking very sorry for themselves, I have to confess that I am loving it. You just need to drink plenty and relax […]
I love an egg white based cocktail but they aren’t the kind of thing that you can make all the time, unless you’re also going to make custard all the time (or something else to use up all those leftover egg yolks). Some people are also a bit put off by the idea drinking raw egg white in a cocktail, or you might simply want a vegan alternative.
Whatever the reason, I urge you to give this cocktail a go. It’s got such a lovely velvety texture from the aquafaba and lots of refreshingly tropical flavour from the mango and lime.
Make the mango puree by simply blending the flesh of a very ripe mango until it’s completely smooth, it shouldn’t need any extra sweetening.
35ml aquafaba (the water from canned chickpeas)
15ml simple syrup
15ml lime juice
35ml gin (I used Cotswold)
30ml mango puree
Shake the aquafaba for a minute on its own in a cocktail shaker, this helps to aerate it. Add the remaining ingredients and plenty of ice and vigorously shake again. Strain into coupe shaped glasses, garnish and serve.
So you’ve heard of lemon drizzle cake right? Well soak cake is what happens when you make a little too much delicious drizzling syrup and don’t want to waste any of it! Seriously, this cake is literally drenched in deliciously fragrant, sweet, sticky syrup. Because […]
If you follow me on twitter or instagram I hope you’ve been enjoying my recipe advent calendar and have been getting lots of lovely festive foodie ideas!
Seeing as it’s Christmas soon I thought I’d treat you to an extra post this week, you’re worth it.
Remember back in the summer when I was gifted a huge bag of cherries? Well, the ones that didn’t get turned into jam got turned into sour cherry gin. This is such a simple recipe but can be turned into a really special homemade gift or you can use it to wow guests at your festive get togethers. You’ll need to give the gin a couple of weeks to infuse but the actual recipe only takes a few moments.
350ml gin (anything will do)
150g pitted cherries (preferably a sour variety)
Put the cherries, sugar and water in a large pan and heat gently until it is just warm, the sugar has dissolved and the fruit has released some of its juice. Stir in the gin and then transfer the whole lot to a sterilised mason jar. Seal and then store in a cool, dark, dry place for a couple of weeks.
After the fruit and gin has infused you simply need to strain out the cherries and pour the gin into a pretty sterilised bottle ready for gifting or looking fancy on your drinks trolly!
Cherry gin sour
Ingredients (makes 2)
70ml of cherry gin
juice of half a lemon
1 egg white
pinch of nutmeg
Add the gin, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Add the ice and shake again for about one minute. Strain into two glasses and allow the foam to settle on the surface. Sprinkle with a touch of ground nutmeg and maybe something blingy if you feel like it.
If anyone can think of a catchier name for this then I would love to hear it. It is a bit of a mouthful, no pun intended. I’ve met quite a few Americans who find the fact that we Brits often refer to dessert as […]
I started off wanting to make a Banoffee cheesecake but I can be a bit funny about bananas. I’ll only eat them when they’re slightly under-ripe you see, when they’re still a touch green at the ends. The moment a single brown spot appears on the skin I lose all interest in them. In addition to this I really cannot stomach the idea of a cooked banana – I know some people go crazy for them but to me they’re just mushy sweetness. And I really wanted this to be a baked cheesecake, a no-bake recipe just doesn’t seem different enough to a banoffee pie.
So I had a look at other banana-caramel desserts and came across bananas foster…which has booze in it. Y’all know how I feel about a boozy dessert! I’ve side-stepped my cooked banana issue by using dried banana chips in the biscuit base, just to give a hint of banana flavour. The topping is rich and creamy and full of caramel flavour. This is a pretty heavenly dessert!
Remember that your cheesecake ingredients all need to be room temperature before you start to ensure that you get the creamiest dessert possible.
120g digestive biscuits
80g banana chips
75g butter (melted)
500g cream cheese (room temperature)
150g + 4 tbsp ready-made caramel (I used Carnation)
2 tbsp dark rum
1/2 tsp cinnamon
extra caramel, whipped cream and banana chips to decorate
Make the base by blitzing the banana chips in a food processor until they are really quite fine. Break up the biscuits and blitz those too. Melt the butter and use it to combine everything to form your base mixture. Press this mixture into the base of a lightly greased spring-form cake tin. Pop it in the fridge to firm up whilst you make the filling. Pre-heat your oven to 160°c.
Beat the cream cheese until it is nice and soft and then mix in 150g of the caramel. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture well after each addition. Finally mix through the rum and cinnamon. Retrieve the chilled base and spread the extra four tablespoons of caramel over it before pouring on the cheesecake mix and levelling off the top. Do this by giving it a couple of sharp taps on your kitchen counter (this gets out those pesky air bubbles too).
Wrap the base of the tin securely in foil and then place it in a bain-marie. Bake the cheesecake for 40-45 minutes. The middle should still have a bit of wobble to it. Turn off the oven and open the door a little but leave the cheesecake in there to cool to room temperate before putting it in the fridge to chill completely. Once it’s thoroughly chilled remove it from the tin and place it on your serving plate. Decorate with a drizzle of extra caramel, some whipped cream and a few banana chips before serving.