Baked Vanilla Cheesecake Recipe🍰

This was my first time to ever make a baked cheesecake and my family were delighted when I served them this slice of heaven after dinner today.

ingredients

  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 Lemon Zest
  • 300 ml SuperValu Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 150 g SuperValu Rich Tea Biscuits
  • 85g Butter
  • 280 g Cream Cheese X 3
  • 1 portion Raspberry Coulis
  • 1 portion Fresh Berries

method

  • Remove the cream cheese and sour cream from the fridge a couple of hours before you begin. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3. Line the base of a 23cm spring-form tin with non-stick baking paper.
  • To make the base, blend the biscuits in a food processor or crush them finely in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin. Mix with the melted butter, then press firmly into the base of the lined tin and refrigerate for 10 minutes. 
  • Using an electric whisk, blend the cream cheese and caster sugar until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well each time, then the sour cream, finely grated lemon zest and vanilla until everything is just mixed, being careful not to overbeat.
  • Pour the mixture over the biscuit base, then place the tin on a baking tray and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The filling should be set but with a little wobble in the centre. Turn the oven off and use a wooden spoon to keep the oven door ajar to allow the temperature to drop slowly. Leave the cake in the oven for several hours, until completely cold, to avoid cracks appearing on the surface. 
  • Run the blade of a knife around the edge of the tin to loosen the cheesecake before releasing the catch. This will also help avoid cracks. 
  • Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight to firm up the texture. Serve with fresh berries and raspberry coulis. I also dusted the cheesecake with icing sugar.


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Sticky Toffee Gingerbread Pudding Recipe🍮

This recipe is by Supervalu and tasted a lot better than it looks. It was delicious when served immediately and when the sauce was warm.

For the Pudding
  • 0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 225 g Butter
  • 50 g Crystallised Ginger Finely chopped
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 150 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • 125 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 175 g Signature Tastes Medjool Dates Chopped
  • 100 ml Sour Cream
For the Whiskey White Chocolate Butterscotch Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 150 ml Double Cream
  • 125 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 100 g White Chocolate Finely chopped

For the pudding; Grease a 2-litre pudding mould and pop it onto a baking tray. Heat the oven to 160°C.

Beat the butter and sugar in a freestanding mixer until light and fluffy.

Mix the flour, spices and ginger together in a bowl then beat into the butter mix with the eggs.

Add the dates and 100ml of water to a medium saucepan. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the dates have softened. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and it will become foamy, this is why you need a slightly larger saucepan.

Fold this into the rest of the ingredients along with the sour cream and a pinch of salt. Pour into the greased pudding mould and bake for 1 hour until fully cooked, risen and golden.

For the butterscotch sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan, except the white chocolate, stir together and bring to the boil, reduce the heat a little, simmer for a minute or two until it has thickened, then stir through the white chocolate until melted.

To serve, arrange the warm pudding on a plate and pour over the sauce.

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Christmas Chocolate Yule Log Recipe☃️

This Christmas recipe by Odlums turned out amazing, it was eaten by my family in two days. I may make another one before Christmas❄️For a larger log, you could make 2 sponge rolls and use one as the tree and the other as the branch.

ingredients

  • 125g/4oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour (less 2 tablespoons)
  • 4 Eggs separated
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 level tsp Baking Powder
Icing
  • 125g/4oz Butter (Room temperature)
  • 200g/7oz Icing Sugar, sieved
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa, sieved
Filling 
  • 250ml carton cream
To Decorate
  • Icing Sugar
  • Holly Sprigs or Fresh Cranberries

method

  • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line a swiss roll tin 33x23x3cm with greaseproof paper.
  • Put the egg whites into a large clean dry bowl, add a pinch of salt. Beat until mixture is stiff and dry looking in ap­pearance. Add the sugar and continue beating until thick and shiny. Finally beat in the egg yolks until thick and trail of beaters remain. 
  • Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder together and gradually add to the egg mixture folding it in with a metal spoon.
  • Transfer to the prepared tin and spread evenly. Bake on the top shelf for 10 minutes.
  • When the cake is baked, turn it onto the paper, remove the lining paper, and trim the edges with a sharp knife. 
  • Roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.
  • Whisk the cream until stiff. Remove the paper from the cake, spread the cream and carefully roll up again into a log.
  • Make the icing by beating butter, sugar and cocoa powder together until smooth. Once this is done spread the icing over the outside of the log.
  • Use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Dust with icing sugar to resemble snow and decorate with holly leaves or fresh cranberries.


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Orange Boo Smoothie Recipe🍊👻

The frozen banana is the genius part of this recipe. It adds a brilliant creamy texture to the smoothie without having an overpowering taste of banana. The combination of vanilla and orange is reminiscent of the iconic ice pop the ‘Super Split’. To really amp up the flavour the orange zest or orange blossom are great in this Halloween smoothie. The only thing you will need is some food colouring to really boost the flavour and have it looking that vibrant spooky orange colour. This smooth, creamy, orange smoothie is an unusual twist on a smoothie but one you are sure to love.

ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 250 mls orange juice
  • 250g pot of vanilla yogurt  / orange yogurt
  • 1 tsp orange blossom / zest half orange
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • drop of yellow and orange food colouring
  • Optional: 1 orange peeled and chopped up

method

  • Freeze the banana for a few hours before you need it. Weigh out the ingredients and pop them in the blender. Blitz, pour and serve.

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Profiteroles & Chocolate Sauce Recipe

ingredients

  • 65g/2½oz Odlums Strong White Flour
  • 50g/2oz Butter or Margarine
  • 150ml/¼ pint Cold Water
  • 2 Eggs (Lightly beaten)
  • Filling:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Sauce:
  • 250g Carton of Cream
  • 150g Shamrock Dark Chocolate

methods

  • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly grease a flat baking tray.
  • Place water and butter/margarine into a saucepan over a low heat until butter/margarine melts. Bring to a brisk boil.
  • Reduce heat and add sieved flour. Stir briskly with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a soft dough and leaves sides of saucepan. Remove from heat and allow to cool
  • Add the eggs gradually and beat until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • Drop dough in tablespoons about 3” apart into the greased baking tray. Alternatively put dough into an icing bag and pipe the dough out onto a baking tray. Bake for 25 minutes at the preheated oven temperature until puffed and golden.
  • Remove from oven and slit along one side. Allow to cool.
  • When cold, fill with whipped cream and serve with hot chocolate sauce.
  • Warm cream over a low heat. Add the chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted. Do not allow to boil. Serve warm over Profiteroles.

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Strawberry & Cream Sponge Recipe🍓

ingredients

  • 75g Self Raising Flour
  • 3 eggs (separated and at room temperature)
  • 75g Golden Caster Sugar
  • Few drops of vanilla essence (optional)
  • Filling:
  • Fresh Strawberries, Sliced
  • 150ml Whipped Cream

method

  • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease and base line two 18cm/7½” sandwich tins with greaseproof paper.
  • Place the three egg whites and salt in a large, clean, dry mixing bowl. Stiffly beat until mixture is dry looking in appearance.
  • Next add the sugar and beat for a few seconds, then add the egg yolks and beat until mixture thickens and the trail of the beaters is visible.
  • Finally, sieve in the flour and fold it into the thick mixture using a metal spoon. To fold, just cut through the mixture, over and over with the metal spoon until all the flour is blended. Never beat, as it will beat out all the air.
  • Fold in the vanilla essence if used, then transfer to the prepared tins and bake for about 15 minutes.
  • As soon as sponge is baked, transfer to a wire tray to cool.
  • When cold, spread one sponge with whipped cream and layer sliced strawberries on top. Then put second sponge on top to sandwich together. Dust with sieved icing sugar, if desired.

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Baileys Irish Cheesecake Recipe🥨🍿

My granny turns 89 this week so I decided to make a Baileys Cheesecake, as Baileys is her favourite drink (I don’t blame her). This cheesecake should be stored in the fridge💚

ingredients

  • 300g Digestive Biscuits
  • 150g Butter or Margarine (melted)
  • 75ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 500g Mascarpone
  • 340g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 60g Caster sugar
  • 175ml Double Cream
  • Popcorn,Salted Pretzels and Caramel (or Butterscotch) sauce

method

  • Line a 20cm loose-bottomed tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Put the digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush them all to crumbs using a rolling pin.
  • Transfer the crumbs to a bowl, then pour over the melted butter.
  • Mix the melted butter and crumbs thoroughly until crumbs are completely coated. Tip them into a prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour to set firmly.
  • Beat the mascarpone cream cheese, sugar and Baileys with an electric whisk or balloon whisk until smooth.
  • Spread over the cake and chill for at least 2 hours. Spend at least some of this time licking the spoon.
  • Whip the cream, dollop on top of the cake and spread it around.
  • Decorate with popcorn and pretzels and drizzle over the caramel (or butterscotch) sauce

Fam feedback

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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Tiramisu Recipe☕

Happy World Chocolate Day 🍫 My friend Niamh sent me this recipe by recipetineats and serves 6-8. There are lots of Tiramisu recipe variations online. This recipe does not use whipping cream and uses raw eggs. ‘There’s layers to this s***player, Tiramisu, Tiramisu’-Macklemore.

ingredients

  • 3 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 1 1/4 cups black coffee (hot and strong)
  • 2 tbsp (or more!) liquor (I used Baileys)
  • 24-30 lady fingers,pavesini or savoiardi biscuits
  • Cocoa for dusting

METHOD

  • Beat yolks and sugar using an electric whisk on speed 6 to 7 for 10 minutes or until it changes from yellow to pale yellow (almost white) and is thick.
  • Add vanilla and mascarpone, beat until just combined and smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl, set aside.
  • Clean bowl and whisk. Add egg whites and beat until its stiff (should be all white foam)
  • Add 1/2 the cream mixture into the egg whites. Gently fold through. When most incorporated, add the remaining cream mixture and fold through until just combined- don’t bash out all the air in the egg whites!
  • Mix coffee and liquor together. Quickly dip biscuits in and line the bottom of a dish (20cm square dish or bowl).
  • Spread over half the cream, then top with another layer of coffee dipped biscuits.
  • Spread with remaining cream.
  • Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Dust with cocoa powder just before serving.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Banoffee Pie Recipe🍌🍰

This is a BBC Food recipe and serves 8.

🌾Suitable for Vegetarians

ingredients

  • For the base:
  • 150g digestive biscuits (about 10)
  • 75g butter
  • For the toffee filling:
  • 75g butter
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 397g full-fat condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the topping:
  • 300ml double cream
  • 3 small ripe bananas, sliced
  • 50g dark chocolate (melted) or cocoa powder

Method

  • Line the sides of a 20cm round, spring-form tin with strips of cling film (use some water to help the cling film stick) and line the base with a disc of baking paper.
  • Place the biscuits in a freezer bag and finely crush with a rolling pin.
  • Melt the butter in a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, add the biscuits and combine.
  • Spoon into the base of the tin, pressing down with the back of spoon to level. Chill for 15 minutes.
  • To make the filling, heat the butter and sugar in the same pan and stir over a low heat until combined. Add the condensed milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously, for 2-3 minutes or until dark golden, taking care that the mixture doesn’t catch on the bottom. Do not allow to boil for too long or it will become grainy. Add the vanilla extract and pour into the tin.
  • Pour into the tin on top of the biscuit base. Chill in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  • Peel and slice the bananas. Once the caramel and biscuit base has been in the fridge for at least an hour, arrange the bananas in neat rounds on top of the caramel.
  • Whip the cream to soft peaks and spoon over the bananas, then level on top before chilling in the fridge for an hour.
  • Chill in the fridge for an hour.

Fam feedback:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Raspberry, Chocolate and Hazelnut Éclairs Recipe🍩

This is a SuperValu recipe and serves 12 people.

ingredients

  • 125ml Boiling Water
  • 3 Eggs
  • 75g Plain Flour
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • For the filling:
  • 225ml Fresh Cream
  • 125g Nutella
  • For the topping:
  • 36 Fresh Raspberries
  • 25g Hazelnuts
  • Pink Food Colouring
  • 125g SuperValu Icing Sugar
  • 4 tsp Water

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper and set aside.
  • Place the butter in a medium pan with the just-boiled water and cook over a high heat until the butter has melted and the mixture is bubbling fast.
  • Add the flour and beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth and forms a ball in the centre of the pan. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  • Add the eggs a little at a time, beating vigorously, until well combined and with a golden sheen. You may not need all of the beaten eggs-use just enough to give a piping consistency.
  • Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle. Pipe 12X7cm lengths, about 2.5cm wide, spaced well apart, on the prepared baking sheet. Use a wet knife to cut off the pastry neatly at the nozzle.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until puffed, crisp and golden. Remove and lower the oven temperature to 160°C/gas mark 3. Meanwhile, whip the cream to soft peaks and set aside.
  • Using a sharp knife, split the éclairs open through their side down their length to begin opening them out like a book. Return to the oven for a further five minutes to dry out the insides. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  • Once cool, spread the Nutella inside on the base, then pipe or spoon in the whipped cream and sandwich back together. Return the éclairs to the wire rack.
  • To prepare the topping, sift the icing sugar into a small bowl.
  • Add the water and a small dot of food colouring and mix to give a smooth, slightly runny glaze. Add more food colour for more intensity if you like. Working quickly, stirring often to prevent it from forming a crust, spoon a heaped tablespoon of the glaze on top of each éclair, spreading it with the back of the spoon.
  • Arrange three raspberries upright on top of each one and a sprinkling of hazelnuts to stick to the glaze before it sets.
  • Arrange on serving plates, a platter or cake stand and serve at once.

Fam feedback:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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