Dessert

7 Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts That’ll Turn Your Tastebuds On

Because we might be romantic, but we’re also lazy AF.

Guilt-Free Acai Chocolate Nice-Cream Recipe

Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and OMG SO YUM!

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Save up so you can travel the world to eat ice-cream. 

11 Totally Secret Starbucks Drinks You Need To Try

You know you want a Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato. 

The Cutest Mini Christmas Puddings You’ll Ever Make

Shake things up with these non-traditional Christmas puds.

Oatmeal and Raspberry Scone Recipe

Looking to tame your sweet tooth this afternoon? Make these guilt-free scones which are ideal with a cup of tea or coffee. The recipe is quick and easy for impromptu house guests, and makes about one dozen scones.

RELATED: Nutella Brioche Dessert Recipe

Ingredients

1 large egg

1/2 cup cold buttermilk

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups large flake oats

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cold butter

1/2 cup raspberries

Raw sugar for sprinkling

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ºF (200ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and buttermilk together. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Grate the cold cutter with a cheese grater into the flour bowl and mix it into the dry ingredients until mixture becomes pebbly. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and and stir using a spatula until the dough just comes together. Gently fold in berries, careful not to over mix. It’s OK if your dough is sticky at this point.
  3. On a floured work surface, dump your dough onto it and form it into a circle. Cut out 12 biscuits using a 1/4 cup measuring tool, an ice cream scoop, a biscuit cutter or a muffin scoop.
  4. Place scones on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until they are golden and firm.
  5. Transfer to cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving. These scones are best eaten the day they are baked.

Image and Recipe via Warm Vanilla Sugar

Carrot, Beetroot And Chocolate Mudcake Recipe

Mudcake has never tasted so good or been so healthy!

This plant-based chocolate mudcake recipe by chef, Cynthia Louise is dairy-free and packed with naturally sweet ingredients including beetroot, coconut and cocoa. The best part is it’s freezer friendly, meaning you can have a perfectly balanced dessert on hand 24/7!

RELATED: Low-Calorie Brownie Recipe

Serves: 8

Ingredients

Base

2 medium sized beetroots (unpeeled and grated)

1 carrot (unpeeled and grated)

2 cups shredded coconut

2 tbsp psyllium husk

15 dried dates

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup cocoa powder

200 g soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

1/4 cup chia seeds

pinch of salt

Icing

1 cup soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

1/4 cup chia seeds

2/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup cocoa powder

250 g cocoa butter (melted)

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Transfer into a round spring-form cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
  3. For the icing combine the first five ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  4. Once creamy and smooth, turn the blender down to medium speed and pour in the melted cocoa butter. Blend for 5 seconds.
  5. Pour onto the cake, and set aside in the fridge for the icing to set and the cake to firm up.

Red Grape Granita, Lime Posset, Honey And Pistachio Tuille

Winter is a prime time to try out a new, decadent dessert recipe. So, why not impress your party guests by having a red-hot crack at this light, refreshing, and show-stopping winter dessert packed with flavour and the all-important wow factor?

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It comes courtesy of Brisbane hotspot, Stokehouse Brisbane Restaurant. There, young, talented head chef Richard Ousby (pictured) is making a big impact on the dining scene and will shortly launch his new-season menu.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

Granita

1500g red grapes

100ml water

25g caster sugar

Lime Posset

500ml thickened cream

125g caster sugar

125g freshly squeezed lime juice

Honey And Pistachio Tuille

110g unsalted Butter

165g honey

225g icing sugar

240g plain flour

170g egg whites

40g shelled pistachio kernels

Method

Granita

  1. Juice the grapes using an electric juicer, and measure out 700ml, reserving any leftovers for another use.
  2. Whisk the grape juice, water and sugar together in a large saucepot and bring to a simmer over a high heat, whisking occasionally.
  3. Once the mixture has boiled, allow it to cool to room temperature then strain though a fine mesh sieve into a wide baking tray.
  4. Use a large spoon to scoop the froth off the top of the liquid, discard the froth.
  5. Carefully place the baking tray into the freezer and leave overnight to freeze solid.

Posset

  1. Place the thickened cream and caster sugar into a heavy bottomed pot and whisk well
  2. Bring the cream to a simmer over a medium heat while whisking constantly
  3. Once boiled, remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the lime juice
  4. Allow to cool on the bench to room temperature, then strain the cream through a fine mesh sieve into a suitably sized pouring jug
  5. Divide the cooled cream mixture between 4 individual serving glasses, cups, or ramekins, gently tapping the filled glasses on the bench to level the posset flat
  6. Carefully place the glasses in the fridge overnight to set

 Honey and Pistachio Tuille

  1. Place the butter, honey, and icing sugar together in a mixer bowl and use the paddle attachment on a high speed to beat together thoroughly.
  2. Beat the butter mixture until pale and doubled in size, approximately five minutes.
  3. While the mixture is in the machine, sift the flower into a bowl and set aside.
  4. Place the pistachio kernels on a chopping board and roughly chop using a large heavy knife.
  5. Turn the stand mixer off, add the sifted flour, and then turn back on at low speed.
  6. Once the flour is completely incorporated, turn the speed back to high and slowly pour in the egg whites a little at a time, making sure the whites you’ve added are fully incorporated before adding the next amount.
  7. Stop the machine once more, and use a spatula to scrape down the side of the bowl, so that any remaining flour or egg can be incorporated correctly then continue to beat on high speed for a further one minute.
  8. Spread the tuille mixture over a flat baking tray lined with a non-stick silicone baking mat, aiming for a uniform thickness of around 2-4 millimetres.
  9. Sprinkle the chopped pistachio over the tuille mix and bake in a preheated oven at 140C for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Remove the tuille from the oven and let cool to room temperature before peeling off the silicone mat and breaking into rough, palm sized pieces.

To assemble

  1. Remove the granita from the freezer and immediately scrape the frozen mixture with a fork.
  2. Spoon a generous two-to-three tablespoons of the scrapped grape granita on top of each posset.
  3. Stand three shards of honey and pistachio tuille into the glasses of granita and serve this gorgeous winter dessert immediately. Enjoy!

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Summer Dessert Ideas

Since fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are in season, why not take advantage of this and make some super quick and tasty dessert recipes for the entire family?

We have found five yummy fruit recipes which are easy (even for beginners), and look amazing!

RELATED: Nutella Brioche Dessert Recipe

Blueberry cake

This luscious blueberry cake is made with a vanilla filling which is bound to agree with everyone’s taste buds! Feel free to add the icing once the cake has cooled down, then top if off with your favourite berries for extra flavour – without the refined sugar!

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Rhubarb and almond tart

If you’re making something for the adults, this rhubarb and almond tart is the perfect dessert to serve with tea and coffee (or cocktails if you’re that way inclined!). Dust it lightly with some sugar and silvered almonds for extra taste and texture.

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Fig cake

Who can resist a juicy fig? These delicious fruits make for the perfect cake filling since they are so soft and naturally sweet!

Pass on the icing if you want to keep the cake on the healthy side, but don’t forget to serve with a generous amount of sliced figs instead – yum!

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Watermelon coconut ice cream

Why buy it from the store when you can make it yourself? This delicious duo only uses 4 ingredients and is gluten and sugar-free.

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Strawberry rhubarb pie

Finish up with this classic summer pie featuring yummy strawberry and rhubarb extract. The filling is super-sweet, so it’s best to serve it with something light such as a green or chamomile tea. Store it in the fridge so you can enjoy a cool treat at any time of the day!

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Image via Swooned Magazine, She Who Eats, Nutritionist in the Kitch, Flickr

Vanilla Poached Peach With Vanilla Crème Recipe

If you’re looking for an Autumn dessert that’s not too heavy, look no further! Sweet, scrumptious and easy to make describes this recipe by Guillaume Brahimi. Wow guests by serving at a dinner party, or whip up over the weekend and enjoy as an after dinner treat throughout the week.

RELATED: Mother’s Day Eats: Grilled Figs And Honey Ice Cream Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 peaches

2 vanilla beans (split)

750g sugar

1lt water

2 vanilla beans (scrapped)

200ml double cream

20gm icing sugar

Method

  1. Place sugar, water and vanilla in a sauté pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Place peaches into the pan, reduce to a simmer and place lid on the pan. Check after 15 mins and remove from liquid when just soft.
  3. Gently peel the peaches.
  4. Place cream, vanilla and icing sugar in bowl and whisk until it reaches a thick consistency.
  5. Quenelle into a serving bowl and serve together.

Recipe Courtesy of Tefal 

Treat Yourself: Raw Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Why not treat yourself to a delicious chocolate cheesecake… without the added calories?

Our recipe is one of the tastiest raw desserts you’ll ever try, and is made with cacao for the filling, then a few different nuts for the crunchy base.

RELATED: 3 Easy No-Bake Desserts

Ingredients

230g cashews

250ml water

2 tablespoons yeast flakes

40g raw cacao

150ml coconut oil

60g coconut blossom syrup

Base

200g almonds

160g brazil nuts

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

150g dates

80ml coconut oil

Method

  1. Prepare a 10 inch spring form tin by lining the base with baking paper or cling-wrap.
  2. Soak the cashews in the water for 30 minutes while you make the base.
  3. To make the base put the almonds and brazil nuts into a food processor and blend until a crumb like texture. Add in the dates, coconut oil and vanilla essence and blend again until it become sticky and easy to form into balls.
  4. Push into the base of the tin until its really compact and then put it into the fridge.
  5. To make the filling pour the soaked cashews, the remaining water, raw cacao, yeast flakes, coconut oil and coconut palm syrup in a high speed blender. Blend until a completely smooth, velvety texture.
  6. Take the base out the fridge and pour the chocolate filling into the cake tin. Make sure that it is flat on the top buy banging the tin on your work top surface – this will help to level it out.
  7. Put into the freezer for 4-6 hours or in the fridge for at least 8 hours to set.
  8. When ready to serve carefully take out of the cake tin and decorate with some berries.

Image and Recipe courtesy of Honestly Healthy Food

Guilt-Free Turmeric And Carrot Cake Recipe

Everyone loves a guilt-free treat, but what about guilt-free treat that’s packed with health benefits? Chef Cynthia Louise’s nutritional spin on carrot cake incorporates turmeric – an anti-inflammatory spice full of antioxidants – plus chia seeds and psyllium husk to deliver exactly what nature requires from you in a cake.

RELATED: Low-Calorie Brownie Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

Base

3 large carrots, unpeeled and grated

2 cups shredded coconut

1 tsp ground cinnamon powder

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 cups soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

10 dried dates

1/2 cup currants

2 tbsp psyllium husk

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup maple syrup

30 g turmeric, freshly grated

Pinch of salt

Icing

1 1/2 cups soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 3 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

Juice of one lemon

Juice of one lime

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup water

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a round springform cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer.
  3. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
  4. To make the icing combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  5. Once creamy and smooth, pour onto the cake and set.

5 Modern Cheesecake Recipes

Who doesn’t love a delicious cheesecake, especially for desert or with a cup of tea at the end of a long day? Well, we have tracked down five of the most unique cheesecake recipes, which are easy to recreate and will make your grandmother proud!

RELATED: 3 Easy No-Bake Desserts

Creme Brulee Cheesecake

Pretend like you’re the next Amelie Poulain with this mouth-watering take on a classic cheesecake. Featuring a fluffy texture and a crispy exterior with fresh berries, it’s bound to be a hit with friends and family.

1

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

With a combination of dark chocolate and caramel, it’s no wonder this recipe is giving us major FOMO! Main ingredients include flour, sugar, salt, butter, eggs, ice water, milk, cream and chocolate – easy!

2

Original New York Cheesecake

If you’re more of a traditional girl, then a New York cheesecake should be at the top of your list. Bring a little modern twist to the recipe with a generous serving of fresh berries and jam over the top.

3

Rose Tea Cheesecake

Filled with strawberry jam and a sponge base, this cheesecake is perfectly complemented with a warm cup of tea. If you’re feeling a little bit fancy, top off with dried rose petals and rose buds.

4

Ricotta Cheesecake

We’re finishing off with a classic ricotta cheesecake for those who prefer something a little more savoury. For the base, use approximately half a pack of digestive biscuits and prep them in the food processor with a pinch of butter. Press the base into a tin, then even out with a spatula.

5

What’s your favourite cheesecake from the list?

Images via Kwestia Smaku, Life Made Simple Bakes, Table Feast, Chubbeh Face, Saharisha,

Choc Sunny Side Up Easter Eggs

Here’s a sweet treat for the last-minute rush before Easter Sunday morning!

Ingredients

6 medium milk chocolate eggs

500g milk chocolate gelato

125g white chocolate

125g thickened cream

50g caramel fudge sauce

Method

  1. Take gelato out of the freezer for 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Carefully cut off the tops of the milk chocolate eggs and fill the eggs with milk chocolate gelato (leaving approximately 1.5cm to the rim).
  3. Place eggs into the freezer for gelato to set again.
  4. Prepare the White Chocolate ganache by finely chop the white chocolate and place it into a bowl, heat the thickened cream in a small sauce pan until just boiling, pour the cream onto the white chocolate and stir until completely melted and let it cool.
  5. Take the eggs out of the freezer.
  6. Pour a thin layer of white chocolate ganache in each egg to cover the gelato.
  7. Place eggs in the freezer for 5 minutes for ganache to set firm.
  8. Take eggs out of the freezer and distribute a small dollop of caramel fudge sauce on the white choc ganache to replicate an egg yolk.
  9. Place eggs back in the freezer until serving time.
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