Saturday, December 29, 2012

Frozen Banoffee Cheesecake

This year's Christmas dessert was something of my own invention and was perfectly suited to the stinking hot day that was my NZ Christmas 2012. Banoffee pie had been requested, but who can really stomach such a rich dessert after a big Christmas dinner on a hot day? I've seen frozen pies and cheesecakes on other food blogs and after looking at a couple I decided that they're mostly just a normal unbaked cheesecake that's been frozen. And of course, if you don't like the idea of a frozen cheesecake you could feel free to take the recipe below and simply let it set in the fridge, as opposed to freezing it. I, for one, like it frozen and I'll be making this again.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Candy

Three days till Christma and only making the christmas pressies now! I'm back in NZ where it's ranging between stinking hot and stifling warm, except when it's raining. I'm still tired from the travelling and the torturous exhaustion that is a PhD, but making chocolatey things makes it all better. I haven't been posting recipes very frequently lately - things have just been too busy and I have been too exhausted. Most of the time I feel like my brain has turned to mush and I'm making no sense anyway so perhaps it's better that I haven't been writing. I'm not sure how often I'll be keeping up with the recipes for the next wee while either but I think I can at least keep up with once a week. And the next few weeks will all be very good ones! Today is chocolate covered cookie dough balls (we made truffles too, but I've already posted that one) and in the days following christmas there will be more spritz cookies, maybe some sugar cookies, bread and some sort of awesome cheesecake.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Yummy Vegan Banana Bread

Here is a treat for you that is surely healthy,  considering that it has no butter or eggs or milk and only a little sugar. Don't be put off because it's vegan, it was very yummy and you'd never guess the special ingredient. I didn't make it because it was vegan, I actually didn't realise that part until I was making it. I saw this on a blog hop, or maybe it was pinterest, and it was perfect timing because in my fruit bowl and home I had over-ripe bananas and an avocado that was just at the perfect level of avocado ripeness. The batter was easy and quick to mix up, the bread cooked nicely and it smelt amazing. Plus the few people I shared with said that it tasted really good. In my opinion, however, it needed a little something, so below is my adaptation of healthy, vegan, avocado banana bread. My changes were to reduce the baking soda, because the first bread I made had a funny after-taste, to reduce the salt because perhaps that added to the funny taste aswell, and to add some good vanilla bean paste just to give the whole thing a little kick. Finally, after greasing my loaf pan I sprinkled it with sugar to give the outside of the bread a little crunch. And I am definitely making this again, a lot - in fact, whenever avocados are on sale and I buy a big pile of them and then wonder what to do, I will make this. And healthy chocolate milkshakes.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Before I get into today's recipe, I would just like to mention that my overwhelming sweet tooth does not always rule my snacking choices. Right now I'm actually craving something salty and savoury and am even considering buying a bag of crisps, even though I don't really like crisps that much. It's probably because I didn't have enough for lunch today, but it's OK because I have a yummy dinner waiting for me at home, and dessert too. Not this dessert though, this was something that I made last week - and easy chocolate brownie with frozen yoghurt and warm chocolate fudge sauce. The sauce is the reason for today's post - it's simple and so delicious. I've had the recipe for years now; in my third year of university I was living with a girl who shared some of her best recipes with me and this is one of them. She didn't like custard based sauces so this was her go-to chocolate sauce recipe. You can have it warm or cold and even use it as a base for a hot chocolate. However, you cannot use it as the surprise in surprise muffins - turns out that it's too runny and just leaks out the bottom of the muffin as it bakes. So instead pour it over some yummy dessert like this and spend the rest of your evening in a warm cosy food coma.