Last year I baked alongside GBBO each week and posted the recipe here, creating something for the majority of the time the show was airing. This year I’ve decided to completely ignore whatever everyone else is doing, and just give you some random baking that I personally like eating each week. Starting with these fool-proof brownies topped with peanut butter.
The basic recipe is the recipe my brother and I would make with my mum when we were small. Very little batter was actually baked. I think the recipe came from a Blue Peter episode years ago (and I mean years ago, because I was never a Blue Peter fan, so it must’ve come from when my mum was young). But how do you make a good thing better? You add nut butter, that’s how… Continue reading
Since the last vegan cheesecake recipe I posted was such a success with you lot, I decided to make another flavour variation of this easy dessert. This particular flavour was actually made for my brother, who can never turn down a banoffee pie- and who told me that these cheesecakes were the first thing I’d made that didn’t “taste healthy” but tasted “like normal food”. Any other banoffee pie fans out there: you’re welcome.
Ingredients (Serves 9)
For the base
- 8 medjool dates, soaked for 10 minutes in boiled water, then drained
- 1 cup oats
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cinnamon – just a tiny one, omit if you don’t like cinnamon
For so long I have wanted to have a go at making a vegan cheesecake. The only thing that has prompted me to do so is moving home to Bradford, where these kind of desserts are pretty much unheard of. Which means I have to try and perfect making my own.
What has always put me off it the super-long list of ingredients for these cheesecakes. Admittedly, this list is longer than my usual recipes, but you actually only need 10 ingredients in total. All of them can be bought in a supermarket, or if you have a small “Express Supermarket” between that and Holland & Barratt’s (I got my cashews from the H&B’s fruit and nut ‘Pick N Mix’ section as it worked out slightly cheaper). These cheesecakes also don’t take that long to make, and are not difficult in the slightest. The longest thing you have to do is wait for your nuts to soak, and then chill everything.
Ingredients (makes 10 cheesecake cups)
For the base
- 8 dates, soaked for 10 minutes in freshly boiled water
- 1 cup oats
- Pinch of salt
- OPTIONAL: pinch of cinnamon
I know that around Christmas time we all like to whap out the sweet treats, and so today we’re making a Christmas fudge! Which tastes like mince pies…
This literally takes under 10 minutes to prepare, and then you whack it into the fridge for a minimum of five hours (overnight ideally), and you’re good to go! You needn’t tell anyone, but this recipe is also healthier than most fudge recipes you’ll come across, using just cashew butter, coconut oil, and mince pie filling. I used the Meridian mince pie filling, because it’s gorgeous, but feel free to use whatever you have kicking around (extra points if you made your own this year, because that sh*t is time consuming).
Anyway, these little cups of joy will melt in the mouth, and they’re ideal to pull out after Christmas dinner for the family to enjoy. You can also feel like you made something highly impressive, and pretend it took a lot of effort if you like…
- ½ cup cashew butter, or almond butter (for this recipe I used the meridian cashew butter)
- 3tbsp mince pie filling (again, I used the Meridian kind- but any will work)
- 2tbsp coconut oil
- Pinch each of cinnamon and of mixed spice
- In a small pan melt together the coconut oil, 2tbsp mince pie filling, and the nut butter, along with the spices. Keep this over a low heat while everything combines, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
- Transfer into reusable silicone, or paper, bun cases. Take the remaining tbsp. of mince pie filling and add a tiny bit to each fudge cup, then use a sharp knife to swirl this in and create a pattern.
- Chill for a minimum of five hours (ideally overnight)…
- Turn out of the silicone moulds, and serve up!
I don’t trust people who don’t like peanut butter. I’ll put that out there now.
Yet, for a good while, I had never had a PB & J sandwich. Banana, PB and cinnamon with a little bit of honey was THE way to go.
And though I plan on making a fudge featuring these flavours, I thought that PB & J would be a good place to start, because it seems to be a firm favourite with everyone on IG.
So, for today we’re making and eating some PB & J cups- they have a texture somewhere close to fudge, but more melt-in-the-mouth. And they only take a couple of minutes prep, plus 30 minutes in the freezer…
Ingredients (makes 8-10)
- ½ cup peanut butter, I used Proper Nutty’s Smunchy Peanut Butter
- 1tsp agave nectar
- 2tbsp strawberry (or raspberry) jam
- 2tbsp coconut oil
I eat a lot of banana bread. If I make a loaf of banana bread, it is gone in one week flat. And so I’ve experimented with several different variations of banana bread- including my Hunky Monkey Banana Bread (chocolate, hazelnut, and banana. Recipe right here: https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/hunky-monkey-banana-bread-chocolate-hazelnut-banana/ ). I’ve even made banana bread style muffins with banana, pecan, and maple flavour (recipe right here: https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/maple-pecan-butter-banana-blender-muffins/ ). Check both of these out, because I’m sure that you’ll love them.
But today we’re going all tropical (it is meant to be summer after all), with some banana and pineapple bread. This still tastes like a lovely, soft banana bread- but with a fruitier undertone , and with some pineapple kicks in the shape of chunks of that delicious fruit. And don’t worry- no fancy ingredients required: canned pineapple works just fine, and its what I opted for here.
This loaf freezes wonderfully, and can be defrosted when you need banana bread pronto. It’s delicious warm with a scoop of fro-yo or icecream, or toasted for breakfast. My freezer shelf is packed with it.
Lets get going… Continue reading
You might remember my cheat’s chocolate orange mousse from a few months back (recipe right here: http://ecstaticallyem.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/cheats-chocolate-orange-mousse.html )- and if you liked that then you may want to give this one a try. As with the dark chocolate and orange version, this is incredibly easy. There are just three cheap ingredients, under 10 minutes prep, and then a whole lot of enjoyment when you’ve chilled it for a little while.
This isn’t the healthiest dessert in the world, and not something I would eat every day- but it’s fantastic as the occasional treat. One word of warning on the white chocolate: don’t buy milkybar. This is way too sweet, and as white chocolate is fairly sickly anyway, it simply doesn’t taste the best. I used Asda own brand white chocolate and mascarpone here, and they work wonderfully…
- 150g white chocolate
- 250g mascarpone cheese
- Small handful frozen raspberries
- Break the chocolate into chunks and place into a microwavable bowl: microwave on full power until just melted (be careful it doesn’t burn).
- Whilst the chocolate is melting, place the mascarpone into another, larger, bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Once smooth pour the white chocolate into the mascarpone and beat thoroughly and briskly, until well incorporated.
- Once the chocolate and the mascarpone are mixed together, throw in the raspberries. It sounds odd, but crumble these in. As they’re frozen, they will easily break into tiny little pieces. Fold them through the mixture.
- Share the mixture between four ramekins, and chill for at least 10 hours. When ready to serve, top with a few more crumbled frozen raspberries, and- if you like- whipped cream…