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No-Bake Cookies & Cream Bars July 24, 2016

Cookies & cream bars

Perfect for those hot days when you don’t want to put the oven on.

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 1/2 cups finely crushed (I used a food processor) cream filled chocolate biscuits, can use Oreos or Bourbon biscuits

16oz cream cheese, room temperature

1 7oz jar Marshmallow Fluff

1 cup coursely crumbled cream filled chocolate biscuits

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Stir together the melted butter and crushed cookies in a medium bowl. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with baking parchment. Press the cookie mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Beat the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Gently fold in the coarsely crumbled cookies. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pan, spreading it evenly over the cookie crust. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.

This will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

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Cake Pops June 5, 2016

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Cake pops

Following on from the previous post, where we had a cake to put in the freezer, here’s something easy to make with that cake. Or you could use any shop bought cake if you wanted to.

 

Firstly, if using cake you’ve previously frozen, defrost it overnight.

Using a food processor, turn that cake into fine crumbs

Add a tablespoon or two of either cream cheese frosting or butter cream frosting (I’ve usually got some in the fridge or freezer). Start with just the one tablespoon, add it to the cake crumbs and whizz up in the processor until all the crumbs are mixed into a dough. Using your hands, make small balls out of the dough, leave to cool in the fridge for an hour.

Meanwhile melt some chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water.

Push a cake pop stick or lolly stick into each cake pop and firstly using a teaspoon drizzle a small amount of chocolate over the stick end of the cake pop and let it set, this will help keep the cake pop on the stick when you dip it into the chocolate to cover the rest of it. Once all done, place in the fridge to set, or you could add assorted sprinkles

 

Rainbow Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting May 29, 2016

Rainbow

Made this for my Daughter’s Birthday. I used a cream cheese frosting because it’s not quite as sweet as a buttercream frosting.

I started by making 2 Victoria Sponge cakes.

 

Ingredients

350g butter, at room temperature

350g caster sugar

6 eggs, beaten

350g self raising flour

pinch of salt

Food colouring, preferably the gel type in red, yellow, pink, blue, orange, purple & green

 

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

340g cream cheese, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature

6 cups icing sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

 

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4

Now if you have them line 7, 20cm sponge tins with parchment. Otherwise do the same as I did & just keep on washing the tins you do have between each use.

Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale, light and fluffy.

Add the egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding it in.

I divided the mixture (as equally as possible) between 8 small dishes, & added a different colour to each of them except the last.

Place then on the same shelf in the centre of the oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until risen slightly, golden brown and begining to shrink from the sides of the tins.

Leave all the cakes to cool while you make the frosting.

Cream together the cream cheese & butter.

Mix in the icing sugar & vanilla.

Sandwich all the cakes (apart for the plain one, leave that on to one side for later) together with the frosting, keeping some back to cover the top & place in the fridge until ready to use.

Wrap the 8th cake in cling film & place in the freezer for a following recipe 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars August 19, 2013

Choco coconut 1

Chocolaty, coconuty, slightly gooey-in-the-middle bars.

 

Ingredients for the base

 

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

Ingredients for the topping

 

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup rice crispy cereal
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

Method

 

Heat the oven to 175C/gas 4 and line an 8×8-inch baking pan with baking parchment.

In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, butter, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix until it just forms together then add the chocolate chips and stir until they are evenly distributed. Press this mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

In the same bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, egg, flour, vanilla, and icing sugar. Mix until very smooth and creamy, then stir in the crisp rice cereal, coconut, and chocolate chips until well mixed.

Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the base then bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown all over, puffed, and just set at the edges while the center is still just a little wobbly. Cool completely in the pan then chill for at least two hours. Once chilled run a thin knife around the edges of the bars and turn out of the pan. Cut into squares.

Store these bars in the fridge, but let them come to room temperature a bit before serving.

 

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes June 18, 2013

Cheesecake 3

I got this recipe from Allyson’s blog http://domesticsuperhero.com/ you should check her out for some really good things 😉

Ingredients

42 cream-filled sandwich cookies, 30 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds (4 8-oz packages) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt
Method
Preheat oven to 275°F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.
With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.
 Drizzle in eggs, a little at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt.
 Stir/fold in chopped cookies by hand.
 Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through (around 11-12 minute mark), until filling is set, about 22-25 minutes.

 Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.
To be honest, I only had enough willpower to leave them in the fridge for 3 hours before trying one 🙂
I halved the ingredients and made about 18
 

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake June 2, 2013

Nutella Cheesecake 1Nutella Cheesecake 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most important thing about this recipe is that you simply must keep tasting as you’re making it…well it is Nutella!

 

I used an 8″ pan which is why it’s so deep but you could easily use a 9″ pan instead. I used a Push Pan which I got from Lakeland but if you have a Springform pan that will work just as well.

 

Ingredients

 

Crust:
1 ¼ cups of Crumbed Digestive biscuits
6 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 Tbsp of Nutella
¼ cup of Granulated Sugar
¼ cup of Chopped Hazelnuts, finely ground in a food processor

For the Filling:
2 8oz Blocks of Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 cup of Icing Sugar
1 ½ cups of Nutella
½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
¼ cup of Extra Thick Double Cream

For the Topping:
1/2 cup of Extra Thick Double Cream

4 oz of Dark Chocolate Chips
1 tsp of Butter, room temperature

 

Method

 

In a food processor, add all the ingredients for the crust and whiz it up until everything is finely crushed and when you pinch the mixture together, it holds well.

Press the mixture in the bottom and one inch up the sides of your pan, put it in the fridge.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and nutella and mix it on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and keep mixing it for another minute or so or until you have a smooth batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared crust, cover the top of the pan with a plate or cling film and (this is the hard part) leave it in the fridge overnight.

About an hour before you are ready to serve it, make the ganache.

In a small saucepan, add the cream and bring it to a simmer.

Pour the cream in a bowl with the chocolate chips and let it sit for about 3 minutes.

Whisk it all together until the chocolate chips have melted, and whisk in the butter as well.

Leave the ganache to set slightly, not too much as you still need it to be spreadable.

Pour over the cheesecake and spread to the edges of the cake. If you do leave it to set too much you can zap it in the microwave for, seconds only.

Place it back in the fridge for about an hour to set a bit.

Remove from the pan, and top the cheesecake with some chopped hazelnut.

To cut it neatly, have a jug of hot water to dip your knife into between cuts.

 

 
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