It wasn’t until I travelled to Sicily last year and happened upon the pistachio festival in Bronte that it occurred to me that something as decadent as pistachio paste could exist. But it does! Either as a thick nut butter or (even more gloriously) the […]
Cool, creamy coconut ice cream that you can whip up in few minutes, rippled with fragrant passion fruit sounds pretty good to me. This is an exotic dessert that you can keep stashed in the freezer for dreary days that need perking up.
You can either use pre-made coulis or simply mix icing sugar and passion fruit pulp together to taste. It’s up to you if you wish to remove the seeds or not. You can also amp-up the coconut flavour with a touch of coconut extract if you like.
200ml double cream
150ml can coconut cream
175g condensed milk
100ml passion fruit coulis (see note)
Coconut extract to taste (optional)
Place everything except the passion fruit into the bowl of a stand mixer and whip on full power until the mixture is thick and fluffy. This will take several minutes. Gently ripple through the passion fruit by hand before pouring the mixture into a freezer-proof lidded tub. Freeze until solid. Allow to defrost at room temperature for a few minutes before serving, with a little sprinkle of toasted coconut if you like.
Generally I’m a baked cheesecake kind of girl but after my white chocolate and berry cheesecake proved so popular I thought that it would be nice to make a variation on that recipe. This malty, chocolatey malteser version is really indulgent and decadent – a […]
For me it’s the melting point of a truffle that makes it so delicious. There needs to be that soft, yielding luciousness when you bite into them. I once read that the reason this is so satisfying is because the melting point of chocolate is very close to body temperature. If you lower the melting point ever so slightly that satisfaction is increased. You can lower the melting point by simply adding a little extra fat to the chocolate, in the form of vegetable oil. Because of the lower melting point it’s important to keep the filling cold, otherwise things can get pretty messy.
makes a heap
200g dark chocolate
4 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp peppermint extract
pinch of salt (optional)
200g extra chocolate for coating
Melt together the oil and the chocolate, either in a double boiler or by using short blasts in a microwave. Stir well and add the peppermint extract and the salt (if using). Either pour this mixture into silicone chocolate moulds or a shallow tray lined with parchment (to cut into cubes later) and place it in the freezer to firm up for several hours and get really nice and cold.
Remove the truffles from the moulds or cut into bite sized cubes. Melt the extra chocolate for coating and carefully dip each chilled truffle in the liquid chocolate, ensuring that they are fully coated before placing them on a parchment lined tray. The chocolate should set on the truffles very quickly because they have been pre-chilled. Wrap in foil or simply place in pretty boxes ready for gifting.
I love the flavour of tahini in both sweet and savoury dishes (halva makes me very happy!). It goes really well in these little baked cheesecakes, especially when combined with fragrant honey and rich cocoa. They have a lovely buttery, crunchy base and a rich, sweet, creamy topping. I like to make these baked cheesecakes as little individual desserts because it is a little quicker and easier to prepare.
There are some simple rules that you can follow to ensure dreamy, creamy baked cheesecake success. Make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start. Cook the cheesecakes in a bain-marie and finally cool them down slowly.
If you want to make a larger version of this then you’ll need to triple the ingredients and cook it for around 50 minutes in a well wrapped springform tin.
60g crushed biscuits
1 tbsp cocoa powder
25g melted butter
200g cream cheese
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp tahini
grated chocolate to decorate
Pre-heat your oven to 170°c and line a six hole muffin tin with cupcake wrappers, silicone ones do the best job if you have some.
Combine the biscuit crumbs with the cocoa powder and melted butter for the base and mix well. Divide this evenly between the cupcake wrappers and press it down firmly. Pop this in the fridge whilst you make the topping mixture.
Beat together the cream cheese and honey until they are completely smooth before adding the egg. Make sure it is well blended before mixing in the sour cream and the tahini. Divide the mixture evenly over the prepared bases and give the muffin tin a little tap to level off the tops.
Place the muffin tin in a slightly larger tin filled with water to create a bain-marie and bake the cheesecakes for 30 minutes. They should still have a little wobble to them once the baking time is up. Turn off the oven and get rid of the bain-marie. Leave the cheesecakes in the oven with the door open a little bit until they have cooled to room temperature. After this you can put them in the fridge to chill and firm a little before serving topped with a little grated chocolate.