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Cheat`s mini Easter cheesecakes

13 Apr

 

IMG_1535.jpgI am hosting Easter brunch for the family this year and as usual, most of my effort is going on desserts.

Oh sure, there will be savoury dishes – and mimosas, hurrah! – but all the fun stuff is always sweet stuff.

Miss 11 is helping and has already baked three chocolate cakes to be transformed into an Easter-themed showstopper cake.

And Miss 9 will be helping to make waffles for the hordes in my fancy new-ish waffle maker.

But the part of the meal I am looking forward to the most – aside from aforementioned Mimosas – are these delicious individual Easter-themed cheescakes.

I love baked cheesecake and was thinking of making one large cheesecake but instead went for mini cheesecakes.

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I decorated these cheat`s mini Easter cheesecakes with candy Easter eggs. Mine are M&Ms and I have to say I don`t love all the colours in the pack (I`m looking at you, orange) but I could not find the Cadbury version with the pastel version. That`s probably coz I bought them weeks and weeks ago, before all the good Easter stuff was out.

May the bunny be kind and may your Mimosa be never-ending.

 

GATHER:

12 Granita / plain sweet biscuits

2 x 250 g cream cheese brought to room temperature, diced

2 eggs at room temperature

3/4 cup caster sugar

Rind of one large lemon finely grated

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

36 candy-covered Easter eggs

100 grams white chocolate.

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LET`S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 150C.

Get 12 cupcake wrappers and line them up on the bench, then carefully place a biscuit in the bottom of each wrapper. Then place each wrapper into a hole of a muffin pan.

Beat cream cheese in electric mixer until smooth, scrape down sides of bowl with spatula, then beat in sugar in three lots until combined.

With mixer on low beat in eggs, lemon rind, juice and vanilla until smooth.

Use an ice-cream scoop to dollop batter on top of each biscuit – leave a 1cm gap at the top.

Bake for 17 minutes until the cheesecake no longer has a wobble and is beginning to turn lightly golden around the edges.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.

When cold melt white chocolate in microwave on low setting in 15 seconds increments until melted – depending on the brand of chocolate you may need to add ½ teaspoon of canola oil to help it melt evenly.

Place a small amount of melted chocolate in the centre of eacg cheesecake then place three eggs into the melted chocolate, using it as a glue to set the eggs.

Place in fridge until serving.

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Easy Easter egg blondies

6 Apr

 

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Do you find yourself drowning in Easter eggs at this time of year? I know I do. Despite not having a sweet tooth I find mini Easter eggs popping up like mushrooms. They come home from school, they are pressed upon me when I visit shops and cafes and they emerge, quite often, from the handbags of certain grandmothers. Continue reading

One bowl vegan chilli chocolate cake

30 Mar

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Easter is almost here, people! That means it is time to dust off the Easter egg basket and get your fat pants on coz it is chocolate time. Continue reading

Irish coffee cupcakes for St Patrick`s Day

17 Mar

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Those of you who know me IRL know that my surname is as Irish as it gets. I have never been to Ireland but am told that my surname is plastered across stores and businesses throughout the land. Visiting Ireland is on the to do list. I assume I will love it as I love England, the cold, history… Continue reading

Christmas peanut butter cookies

10 Dec

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Christmas in Sydney is a hot and humid affair. There`s none of the snow and ice skating and roasting things by a roaring fire. Here it is a swim after a cold seafood lunch and trying to avoid the flies and sunburn. Continue reading

Sweet and salty Christmas popcorn

7 Dec

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Regular readers will know that popcorn is one of my very fav foods. I am somewhat obsessed with it – I even named my mini schnauzer after it! I have an air popper machine at home and it gets quite the work out. If I am out and see popcorn for sale I buy it. I have even been known to go to the movies, buy popcorn, and leave.

Usually I just have salt and butter – mmmm, butter – but this morning I was thinking of how I could `Christmas-ize` popcorn. A quick pre-school-drop-off trip to the supermarket later and I had some M&Ms and a plan.

In Australia the array of Christmas confectionary is very poor compared to what my friends in the US have. You can buy single colour M&Ms here but they are tricky to find. I bought a pack of mini M&Ms and set Miss9 to work, segregating all the reds and greens. I also bought a pack of mint M&MS which were mainly green, with a few whites. I am trying to think of a Christmassy way of using these.

This fun and easy Christmas snack is a cinch to make. Please do not use microwave popcorn. It is coated in so many very weird chemicals and it tastes like a bucket of chlorine.

I found this recipe on the fabulous Two Sisters Crafting website, which is packed with so many cool recipes. I just reduced the quantities. Check it out: http://www.twosisterscrafting.com/

This recipe makes heaps and is perfect for sharing at Christmas picnics, BBQs and school Christmas gatherings, which is where this batch is destined to end up. I also think Santa would love a dish of sweet and salty Christmas popcorn to eat on Christmas Eve.

My pro-tip: wash the saucepan the instant you have finished making this recipe – you do not want melted marshmallow congealing on your pan. Trust me on this.

GATHER:

6 cups popped popcorn

freshly ground sea salt

3 cups of white marshmallows

45 grams butter, diced

1 cup red and green M&Ms or Skittles

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Here`s Popcorn the mini schnauzer looking unimpressed at her Santa photo 2016 🙂 She hated having her photo with Santa but look how cute she is! Squee! 🙂

LET`S GET TO IT:

Spread cooked popcorn on a large baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and remove any unpopped kernels.

In a large pan over low heat melt together the butter and marshmallows. Stir constantly. It will become a really sticky, weird science-experiment texture but continue on. When it is 90 per cent melted turn off heat and keep stirring until there are no lumps of marshmallow left.

Immediately pour the mixture over the popcorn, then use a fork or tongs to stir popcorn to coat as much as possible. Sprinkle over the M&Ms, and stick some to the marshmallow sauce. Grind over the sea salt to taste.

Set aside to cool then break into chunks to serve.

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Funfetti heart cookies / biscuits

28 Nov

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The festival of the birthday month continues in the Hungry House! Miss 8 is now Miss 9 and any Miss 10 is a newly minted Miss 11. Where has the time gone?!

Birthday baking fever has hit and every day in the lead-up to their birthdays I can be found dicing butter, measuring flour, pre-heating ovens and running out of eggs. My freezer is full of cupcakes, waiting to be iced, and I think I have cleared out the sprinkles aisle at my supermarket.  Continue reading