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White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake October 18, 2012

Filed under: Cakes,Desserts,Uncategorized — delishuss @ 11:06 am
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I had been meaning to try this recipe for ages, so I had the opportunity when a couple of friends came around for dinner.  It’s really lush. It’s pretty straight forward to make as well and it can be made a day before you need it. I didn’t have a weighing scales so the biscuit base was a bit crumbly, it needed a bit more butter. The chocolate is not that prominent in the recipe, so next time I think I would add a bit more white chocolate in it. Other than that I think it’s a winner. My friend Catherine passed on the recipe, I think she got it in a cookery class she went to.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Ingredients

For the base

175g digestive or ginger nut biscuits, coarsely crumbled

100g butter melted

For the filling

2x 200g cream cheese

60g caster sugar

Zest of lemon, finely grated

1 tbsp of lemon juice

300g good quality white chocolate

300ml double cream

250g raspberries

To decorate

White chocolate curls

Fresh raspberries and toasted almond flakes

lemon, zest

Equipment: 20cm loose bottom cake tin or springform tin

Method

1. Put biscuits in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin until coarsely crushed. Mix together the biscuit mixture and the melted butter.

2. Press the mixture over the base of the cake tin and chill.

3. Beat the cream until stiffly whipped.

4. In a separate bowl, using an electric whisk, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and zest.

5. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Pour it into the cream cheese in a thin stream, whisking as you do so.

6. Fold in the whipped cream. Stir the raspberries through the chocolate and cream mixture.

7.  Spoon the mixture over the biscuit base and level the top.  Leave in the fridge to chill for 3-4 hours.

8. To serve, decorate the top with curls of white chocolate, sprinkle over the fresh raspberries and cut into wedges.

Notes: You can use frozen raspberries if they are not in season or are too expensive. I made a little raspberry coulis but putting some frozen raspberries in a bowl with two tablespoons of sugar and ding it in the microwave for about a minute and a half and mash it up with a fork. If you want to be posh you could put the mixture through a sieve, I like it a bit rustic and drizzle the mixture over as is.

 

White Chocolate, Pineapple and Bananna Loaf March 14, 2012

Filed under: Cakes,Weight Watchers Recipes — delishuss @ 10:54 pm
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I saw this recipe in this months Weight Watchers magazine and I had to try it. I must spill the beans though, I didn’t cook it right, I had the oven too hot so the top was cooked but not the middle. I loosened the cake from the edges, and then shook it out and it fell apart, disaster.

A trick that you can use is stick a skewer in the middle of the cake and if the skewer comes out clean then it’s done. This is a case of do as I say and not as I do because I didn’t follow my own rule. I’d say it’s to die for if done properly 🙂

20 minutes to prepare

55  minutes- 1 hour to cook

Serves 10

4 propoints per slice

 

Ingredients

80g low fat spread

80g caster sugar

227g can pineapple rings in natural juice, drained and chopped

1 small banana, mashed

1 large egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

60g white chocolate, chopped

150g gluten and wheat free plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark, 4/180 degrees celsius/ fan 160 degrees celsius. Line a 450g loaf tin with baking parchment (don’t leave out this part like me, mum reckons this was my fatal flaw).

2. Melt the low fat spread and sugar over a low heat, ensuring it doesn’t get too hot. Pour into a mixing bowl and cool for a few minutes, then stir in the pineapple and banana. Add the egg and vanilla extract, then half the chopped chocolate.

3. Sift the flour and baking powder together, then stir into the mixture. Transfer to the prepared tin, then bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 55 minutes-1 hour, or until a fine skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

4. To decorate, melt the remaining chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Drizzle over the cooled cake using a teaspoon, then serve.