Friday, 31 July 2020

Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Cookie Dough Buttercream

Layers of chocolate chip filled sponge cake with  a cookie dough buttercream - if you love all things cookies this cake is for you!

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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Golden Oreo Funfetti Cookies

Gooey vanilla cookies filled with sprinkles and golden oreos!


I am still slowly learning the science of cookies - how to make them chewy, crispy on the outside, gooey middle, you get my drift. So when I took these pictures these cookies were great but they could have been better. So since then I have vastly improved the recipe and made some adjustments, all for your benefit! 
I love cookies when they are stuffed with things, I know the simplicities are also a nice touch, but a biscuit inside a cookie? You can't beat it! Plus the sprinkle are really just there because they look cute and colourful :) 

Check out my other cookie recipes for more inspiration!

Double Chocolate Cookies
Carrot Cake Cookies
Biscoff Cookies



Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes + 30 minutes chilling time
Cook: 10-12 minutes
Serves: 16 


Ingredients

12 Golden oreos chopped
180g Plain flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
3tbsp sprinkles
100g Caster sugar
50g Light brown sugar
80g stork 
1 chia egg - 1tbsp chia seeds + 3tbsp water
1tsp vanilla




Method

✿Combine the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and set aside for at least five minutes.
✿In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, caster sugar and brown sugar and beat on a medium speed just until combined, about 30 seconds. 
✿Add the chia egg mixture and vanilla and beat just to combine. Add the flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt and stir just to combine. Fold in the sprinkles and chopped up oreos evenly and bring the mixture into a dough. Save some of the biscuits to press onto the cookies later. 
✿Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill and firm up. 
✿Preheat the oven to 170℃and line two baking trays with baking paper. 
✿Take about 1-2 tbsp of the dough and roll into balls then place on the baking tray. Repeat for the rest of the mixture, you may have to go back and alter some of the sizes to make them all even.
✿Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until the edges are starting to brown. As soon as they are out of the oven press some of the chopped up oreos onto the dough gently. Leave them to cool on the tray and firm up - don't remove from the tray till cool as they may break apart or get stuck to the tray. Store any uneaten cookies in an airtight container to keep them soft. Enjoy!


Christina
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Sunday, 26 July 2020

Beet Pink Velvet Pancakes

Getting your veggies in at breakfast with these delicious beetroot pancakes!



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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Tofu Scramble on Toast

No need for eggs in this recipe with the simplicities of yummy tofu!

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Saturday, 18 July 2020

Rocky Road - No bake!

A well-loved chocolate recipe that doesn't require any baking with all vegan ingredients!


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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

wagon wheels

A classic chocolate biscuit that you won't want to share!

I can't say I ever had too many wagon wheels as a child so now I feel like I missed out massively. And seeing as wagon wheels aren't vegan - still waiting on that Burton's! - I've gone and created my own version and they are SO tasty and chocolatey and oh so British that you just have to have a go at making them. These biscuits are a good activity to get children involved, you're bound to get as messy as I did which is all the fun of it! 

This recipe does have a few more steps (see below) than my usual including making the jam from scratch which you can swap for store-bought jam but you can't skip the marshmallow step unless you've managed to find store-bought vegan marshmallow! :)



Check out my other chocolate recipes for more inspiration!

No-bake Bounty Bars
Double Chocolate Cookies
Ultimate Chocolate Cake


Make Ahead

Recipe

Prep: 1 hour
Cook: No bake + 2 hours chilling time
Serves:

Ingredients

18 digestive biscuits or biscuit of choice
Filling
150g Raspberries
120ml Water
2tsp sugar
1tbsp cornflour + 1tbsp water
Marshmallow
125ml Aquafaba from x1 can chickpeas
1tsp Vanilla extract
150g Caster sugar
¼tsp Cream of tartar
100g Icing sugar
300g dark chocolate melted



Method


✿First make the jam - In a small saucepan add the raspberries, sugar and water and stir together till the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer stirring often. 
✿Combine the cornflour with the water and mix well then add this to the jam mixture and stir in. Keep the mixture on a low-medium heat until it has thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely where it will thicken more. Leave to the side till ready to use.
✿Line a baking tray with baking paper. Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie or in the microwave. Dip 9 of the digestive biscuits into the chocolate so that the bottom part of the biscuit is covered but not the top. Place on the baking tray and place in the fridge to set.
Make the marshmallow filling. In a stand mixer, whip the aquafaba with the cream of tartar until white and foamy about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add a spoonful at a time of the caster sugar with the mixer on. 
✿Keep whipping for about 10 minutes until stiff peaks have formed and it looks glossy. You should be able to turn the bowl upside down and the mixture stays still. 
✿Take the biscuits out from the fridge and spread about a teaspoon or a bit more of the marshmallow fluff on top of the biscuit side NOT the chocolate side. With the other 9 biscuits spread about a teaspoon of jam on one side and place this on top of the marshmallow biscuit so they are sandwiched together. 
✿This next part can get messy! Place all of the biscuit sandwiches on a cooling rack and place this on top of a baking tray. Spoon or pour the melted chocolate over all of the biscuits till they are completely covered. You may have to melt the chocolate a little more in the microwave.
I had to keep spooning more chocolate in certain places which is why mine weren't completely covered, or you could melt some extra chocolate. 
✿Place all of the wagon wheels in the fridge to set completely before serving. I had mine dunked in a cuppa! Enjoy!


Christina

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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Peanut Butter & Chia Jam Stuffed Sweet Potato


Warm sweet potato filled with smooth creamy peanut butter and a lovely homemade chia jam



One of my favourite flavour combinations - peanut butter and jam - and I don't think I'll ever stop loving it. I really like the idea of using peanut butter with sweet potatoes which comes so naturally especially in a curry or a satay dish but I'll admit I wasn't sure how well something so fruit would appeal next to it. Well it worked for me and I think you'll love it this recipe. I used an air fryer to cook my sweet potato, it makes them really soft and fluffy and released their natural juices which makes them sweeter. If you don't have an air fryer just use an oven and adjust the temperature or use a microwave. 

Having a sweet potato for breakfast felt like such a treat, it's nice and filling to really set you up for the day and so easy to prep ahead for the week! You can also use another fruit instead of strawberries for the jam - raspberries or blueberries works well.

Check out my other sweet potato recipes for more inspiration!

Apple and Almond Butter Stuffed Sweet Potato
Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Stuffed Sweet Potato
Berries and Cream Stuffed Sweet Potato




Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes Air fryer 45 minutes oven
Serves: 1

Double the recipe to make more!


Ingredients

1 medium Sweet Potato about 200g
1-2tbsp Natural Peanut Butter - I like Whole earth, Pip & Nut or Meridian :)
6 strawberries hulled and chopped - fresh or frozen
1 tbsp Chia seeds
1tbsp Lemon juice
A splash of water
1 tsp of Peanuts optional




Method

✿Preheat the air fryer to 180℃ for about 5-10 minutes. Using a fork, prick the sweet potato all over and then place inside the air fryer and bake for 35 minutes.
Make the strawberry chia jam. Heat a small saucepan over a medium-high heat and add the strawberries stirring occasionally until the fruit starts to breakdown and bubble. Use a potato masher or a fork to break them down to your own preference - smooth or chunky. Add a splash of water to help with this or if you're using frozen fruit you might not need to. 
Top tip - I found that I had to stir mine a lot with a wooden spoon to keep from sticking to the bottom but your pan might be better!
✿Add the chia seeds and lemon juice and stir till combined then remove from the heat and let it cool completely. It will thicken more as it cools. 
✿Once the sweet potato has baked, cut in half and spread a little bit of peanut butter on both insides and then spoon the jam on top. Finish with the remaining peanut butter - I heated mine up for 10 seconds in the microwave so I could drizzle it on. Top with the peanuts if you like. Enjoy!


Christina
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Berries & Cream Stuffed Sweet Potato

A refreshing breakfast with sweet berries and a warm sweet potato with minimal effort!
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Banana, PB & Chocolate Stuffed Sweet Potato

Another sweet take on a stuffed sweet potato for breakfast or dessert!


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Thursday, 9 July 2020

Millionaires Cheesecake - No Bake!

A delicious no-bake cheesecake with layers of biscuit, caramel and chocolate!



Taking inspiration from the beloved Millionaire's shortbread, this is still just as decadent and indulgent as those beautiful bars of goodness! That creamy cheesecake layer filled with a golden homemade caramel and topped with a simple chocolate ganache. If I had had more time I would have tried my hand at vegan shortbread, plus trying to buy shortbread biscuits without butter was rather hard so digestives took the place and they add to the flavours perfectly. You could always top it with mini millionaire's as I've seen others do which looks yummy! My cheesecake filling isn't as firm as I would have liked so I am still experimenting but it's still really tasty!

Check out my other cheesecakes for more inspiration!

Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes


Make ahead


Recipe

Prep: 30 minutes + chilling time overnight 
Cook: no bake 
Serves: 8-10 people


Ingredients

Base
250g Digestive biscuits - make sure they are vegan
80g Vegan butter
Cheesecake layer
400g Vegan cream cheese - I use Violife
250g Icing sugar
4tbsp of Caramel - I use this recipe
Chocolate layer
250ml Coconut cream from a can of full fat coconut milk
300g Vegan dark chocolate chopped up roughly
1tsp Vanilla extract


Method

✿Mash the digestive biscuits into crumbs in a food processor or in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin. Melt the butter then mix this with the biscuits till combined. It should stick together if you press it and not be very crumbly. 
✿Press this mixture into a 9 inch springform cake tin and place in the fridge to set.
✿Make the filling. Using an electric mixer, whip the vegan cream cheese until smooth then mix with the icing sugar and caramel. Fold in the creme fraiche until combined then spoon on top of the biscuit layer. Place back in the fridge to set about an hour.
✿Place a medium saucepan on a medium-high heat and add the coconut cream. Heat it up until bubbles just start to appear around the edges and steam rises from the surface. 
✿Place the chocolate in a bowl and pour over the hot coconut milk and leave for about 5 minutes without stirring. 
After 5 minutes, whisk the chocolate gently until glossy and smooth about 2 minutes. Then add the vanilla extract and stir again. 
✿Pour over the cheesecake layer and place in the fridge overnight to set completely.
✿Once ready to serve, boil some water and add some to cup and place a knife in to warm it up. Use this knife to cut the cheesecake into slices as it will make it easier when hot. Keep the rest in the fridge when not serving. Enjoy!

Christina
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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Lemon and Blueberry Blondies

Zesty, gooey lemon and blueberry blondies for a summery traybake!

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Monday, 6 July 2020

Peach Chia Pudding Parfait

A quick and refreshing summer breakfast or dessert with this seasons juicy peaches!

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Cherry Bakewell Blondies

Every delicious element of the classic cherry bakewell in the form of a gooey blondie!


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