A buttery, crunchy chocolate biscuit base filled with a creamy banana cheesecake topped with freshly sliced banana and lashings of melted chocolate.
Yesterday I bought some tartlet tins, I was going to wait until summer to make a gluten free cheesecake with them when summer fruits are in season (I am not a banana fan but the family loves them) but I could not resist trying them out now so this serves as a trial run for summer.
As with a lot of my recipe the following is a rough guide, I fully encourage you all to adjust quantities and taste test along the way so you find your own unique perfect balance of flavours.
RECIPE Makes 4 BASE 1 pack of Oreos, bourbons or other such biscuits 50g butter, melted CHEESECAKE 200g cream cheese (I use Philadelphia) at room temperature 5-6 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar/powdered sugar/confectioners sugar! 1 banana TOPPING 1 banana melted chocolate, whipped cream, ice cream or cinnamon.
STEPS 1. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor then mix with melted butter. 2. Pack the biscuit base into the sides of 4 greased tartlet cases then the base. 3. Bake in the oven at 200oC for ten minutes to set the base and stop it crumbling, leave to cool then refrigerate until cold. 4. Mix the icing sugar with the cream cheese. 5. Mash the banana then mix into the cheesecake mix. Have a little taste then add more icing sugar or banana if required. If you want a firm cheesecake then add gelatine according to packet instructions. Add to the cheesecake base. 6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours for the base to set before gently removing from tart cases. 7. Just before serving, slice up a banana and add some melted chocolate or whatever you fancy topping your cheesecake with then serve immediately.
TIPS: Best served on day of making due to the banana changing colour, making your cheesecake turn grey and unappealing the next day. If you like your cheesecake bases to be thin (i love a good thick crust and even some of them were hard to remove in one piece) you may want to serve your cheesecakes in their tart cases, the thinner the base the more fragile and likely to break they are. Don't like banana? Try raspberries, strawberries, bluberries etc, etc. Generously grease tins if you set on serving out of the tins.
A tasty gluten free chocolate cream cheese marble cake. It might not be the most prettiest cake in the world but what it lacks in looks makes up for in flavour! It's such a yummy chocolate cake with different textures of sponge, cream cheese (I used Philadelphia) and a bite of sugar on top to satisfy the chocoholic part of me and my love of having each bite of a food being a bit different from the last.
When making every day cakes I don't always like to add a topping, instead I like to put all the extra flavours and textures inside the cake, especially if I am busy, it's just easier putting everything in, in one go plus my kids are little monkeys who like to only eat the toppings some days!
Gluten free cookie plate, bowl and a chocolate ganache dip for strawberries, banana, apple and raspberries. Basically you dunk your fruit into the dip then you can break parts of the cookie plate into the dip before finally eating the cookie dip bowl.
My fiance and kids had lots of fun eating this, it only took them 5 minutes to destroy it.
I used a basic sugar dough recipe from the BBC [link] i used a silicon cupcake case as a mold for the bowl and i just rolled out a small plate shape for the base.
I know this is not the best photo, i took so many but now that summer is ending so is the lovely natural light. Once Autumn comes i will probably not be baking so much, it will be getting much to dark to photograph. food gallery [link]
For this months recipe challenge over at the subject is nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies. More info and recipe can be found here [link]
I have been following and chatting Maytel for a long time now so have been wanting for a long while to make one of her recipes, I just could never decide which to start with until noq! I must say these were a lot of fun to make and very tasty. The smell of Nutella baking at 7:30am on a Saturday morning, divine! I made a few alterations to the recipe. I didn't have any chocolate chips so instead i chopped up two lines of a bar of milk chocolate to make chunks. I made them with gluten free flour so i could have some too. Thanks to who has also made her own version on these cookies for the challenge i was able to make just a quarter of the recipe using my preferred system of measuring of grams instead of cups [link] Finally i didn't flatten the cookies very much as i love the cracked look when stuffing cookies with a filling of them finding their own natural shape.
Warm soft and fluffy chocolate hot cross buns with gooey chocolate chips and sweet sugar glaze.
This was my first time using yeast. Up until now I have kept away from it because it takes so long to work with. It had to take something pretty special to make me give in and this was it! I can not stand the spice and dried fruit of traditional hot cross buns so when I saw these I got very excited and just had to make them.
I split the recipe in two, half gluten free so I could try some and half normal flour. It was surprising to see just how very different the two came out. I am also going to lie and tell you I purposely added more cocoa powder because we love chocolate not because I mixed up my cup sizes as I normally work with grams! (The extra cocoa was great though!) The gluten free version was very dense and didn't rise very much so if you plan on giving this a go gluten free, a different GF flour blend than the rice flour, tapioca and potato blend I use from ASDA might be a good idea to try. The normal version (pictured) however was so soft, fluffy and well risen! The family loved them and my husband took some to work! I highly recommend giving this recipe a go.
If you are interested in seeing the difference between the two versions I posed a photo of the two together over on my facebook page [link]
To get the recipe visit cakecrumbs, I have wanted to try out one of her recipes for so long, it was great to finally do so.
A gluten free chocolate sugar cookie tartlet with a rich and smooth chocolate ganache filling, topped with icing sugar and Galaxy Minstrels (Gluten intolerant people out there may want to check to make sure Minstrels are 100% gluten free, I can handle trace amounts so a few Minstrels which I am currently addicted too would not hurt me)
I don't often enjoy rich desserts but this was amazing and my husband moaned there was none left over for seconds!!!! Also being made in individual tartlet cases is just about the right portion and richness per person. I can't eat too much dairy so served mine as it but if you can have dairy or eat alternatives it would be great accompanied with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream too.
Gluten free red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and cake sprinkled on top.
I know red velvet is big thing in America so I thought it about time I give it a go and see what all the fuss is about!
I got a bit rushed when it came to the cream cheese frosting, adding too much cream cheese making it rather wet but still it tasted amazing and actually made a nice change to a usual firm frosting.
CUPCAKES (commonred velvet recipes use buttermilk as a main ingredient, I can't get that around here so just used my basic sponge recipe so if you want a proper, super moist red velvet this recipe may not be for you) Ingredients 120g self raising gluten free or normal flour (add 1tsp of xantham gum if using gluten free flour) 30g cocoa powder (not hot chocolate powder) 150g butter, softened 150g sugar 3 large eggs 1tsp red colouring paste (I use Sugarflair I buy from ebay)
Method. 1. Pre-heat oven to 180oC and prepare a cupcake tray. 2. Cream together butter, sugar and colouring paste until fluffy. 3. Beat in the eggs thoroughly. 4. Mix in the flour and cocoa powder, if the mix is too stiff add a few tbsp of water to loosen. Add this point add more cocoa powder or food colouring to get the colour you desire if need be. 5. Divide into cupcake cases, about 3/4 full then bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 6. Leave to cool on a rack.
FROSTING (adapted from the Kraft website and will look a lot thicker than mine pictured) Ingredients 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter, room temperature 1 tsp. vanilla 2-3 cups sifted icing/powdered sugar
Method. 1.Cream together the butter, vanilla and cream cheese. 2. Slowly add sugar, one cup at a time until you get the sweetness you desire, I don't like to use much as I like to still be able to taste the cream cheese. 3. Pipe or spread onto your cupcakes and add any topping or sprinkles you like.
A sweet chocolate gluten free sugar cookie tart with a rich and smooth chocolate ganache filling.
A bitesize slice of the cookie tart I made, I just had to show you the inside. The slice is presented on a saucer from an espresso cup to give you another idea on the size.
Please note for the following recipe, I often do not take note of quantities whilst baking as I am constantly adding more or less as I go so don't be surprised if the quantities are a little off. You will almost certainly have some leftover cookie dough. For left over cookie dough, place in a zip lock bag and freeze for up to one month to use for other things or in the fridge for 24 hours before it must be baked. Leftover ganache can be used as little chocolate pots.
RECIPE Make 4 tartlets or one big tart INGREDIENTS
Cookie Dough 200g unsalted butter, room temperature 150g sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg 275g plain/all purpose flour or gluten free flour 25g cocoa powder (not hot chocolate powder!)
Ganache Filling 150g Dark/Plain chocolate 150g Double/Heavy cream 25g butter Extra flavour ideas for filling Orange zest peppermint nuts fruit white instead of plain chocolate.
METHOD 1. Make your cookie dough by creaming together the butter and sugar, then add the vanilla and egg before mixing in the flour and cocoa. 2. Using your hands make the dough into a ball, the heat of your hands will help bring the dough together which may still feel crumbly and hard to manage at this point. Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 10-15minutes as the dough can get a little sticky. 3. Preheat your oven to 180/fan 160C/gas 4. Grease your tartlet or tart cases before rolling out your cookie dough on a floured surface to around 4mm thick. 4. Cover your tarlet/tart cases with the dough, filling in any tears or holes with excess dough. Use a knife or your fingers to remove any excess dough from the tops of your cases. 5. Prick your cookie dough bases several times, cover with greaseproof/wax paper and fill with baking beans/marbles or dried rice, pasta etc. 6. Blind bake for about 10 minutes for small cases, longer for a large tart before removing the paper and beans and placing back in the oven for a further 5 minutes or so to cook the base through thoroughly. It can be hard to tell with a chocolate dough sometimes when it may be ready so keep an eye on it, you don't want the base to look wet and once touched is a little firm but still springy. Leave to cool on a wire rack while you make the filling. 7. To make the ganache filling, firstly heat the cream in a pan until it starts to boil slightly. Turn off the heat, add the butter and chocolate broken into pieces, the heat from the hot cream should be enough to melt the chocolate and butter. 8. Mix in any added flavours to the ganache before pouring into your tart cases. Refrigerate for at least one to two hours until set. The tart can keep for 2-3 days in the fridge. 9. Gently remove tarts from the cases and decorate how you like shortly before serving, I simply sieved on a little icing sugar and added some chocolates. Serving with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream would finish it off nicely.
I have had these wonderful cool mint oreos since christmas from a lovely friend who sent then to me from America as you can't buy them here in the UK. I have been waiting and waiting for a special occasion to finally open them for and now have one as tomorrow is fathers day here in the UK so i have made one for my dad and one for my boyfriend though i am sure the kids will end up having most of it.
RECIPE The following quantities are rough estimates and will vary depending on the size of the glasses you use and personal taste so try as you go and adjust accordingly . I also used an online conversion chart for different weights so fingers crossed they are correct or near enough. INGREDIENTS 10 Mint Oreo's 115g (8 tbsp = = 1/2 cup = 1 stick = 4 oz) Cream Cheese (i use Philadelphia) 85g (5.5tbsp = 1/3 cup = 85ml = 2.8oz) Double/Heavy Cream 40-50g (3tbsp = 1/4 cup = 1/3 stick = 1.7oz) Butter, melted
METHOD 1. Separate enough cookies from the mint cream with a knife to just be able to cover the base of your chosen glass/container then add to separate bowls. 2. Crush the cookies then add the melted butter until wet but not dripping to form the base. 3. Whip cream until you have stiff peaks. 4. Mix the mint cream with some cream cheese, fold in the cream. (OPTIONAL: If you think your cheesecake needs to be a little sweeter add a couple tbsp of icing/confectioners/powdered sugar) Add to the mixture to the base then refrigerate until cooled and set (20 minutes minimum) 5. Store in an air tight container and consume within 3 days.