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.
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
280 g Cream Cheese X 3
1 portion Raspberry Coulis
1 portion Fresh Berries
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.
This recipe is by Irish blogger Niamh O’Sullivan and turned out delicious. I enjoyed two Nutella Swirls each morning served with some natural yoghurt and granola. These Nutella Swirls are a great breakfast option if you’re feeling like something sweet, snack or dessert and I look forward to making them again.
1 sheet puff pastry
Two heaped dessert spoons of Nutella
1 beaten egg
Icing sugar to decorate
Preheat oven to 190C.Spread Nutella over pastry.
Roll-up pastry and cut into pieces.
Brush the egg mixture over the seal of the pastry and add a little on top of the pinwheels. Place on a parchment lined oven tray and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until golden and puffed.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, sift icing sugar over the top of the swirls. Enjoy!
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.
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.
This recipe is by Supervalu. I recently bought Achill Island Sea Salt and was looking forward to using it in this recipe. The recipe can be slightly adjusted depending on how many servings you want and the size of the potatoes. I used 3 sweet potatoes today.
🥛Dairy free🌾Suitable for Vegetarians
5 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons Cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (I used Achill Island Sea Salt)
1/2 teaspoon Chilli Powder
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 3 large sliced potatoes are usually too crowded on 1 sheet, but it depends on their size. You may need an additional sheet. Set aside.
Place cut sweet potato fries in a large bowl or ziplock bag and toss with cornstarch. You want a nice thin coating.
Pour the potatoes into a strainer and shake off extra cornstarch. Discard the extra cornstarch out of the mixing bowl too. Place potatoes back into the bowl and add add the garlic, seasoned salt, chilli powder, black pepper and oil.
Line the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet. Try not to crowd them or else they won’t bake, they’ll just steam. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and flip. Place them back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to rotate the pan to avoid uneven browning.
Turn the oven off and keep the fries inside as as the oven cools down for about 30 minutes. This step will help the fries get crispier. Enjoy 🙂
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.
3 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
110g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
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
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.
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.