Malteaser Cheesecake

Cheesecake is my favourite dessert EVER. My sister makes this absolutely incredible summer fruit one and we have it at Christmas and I don’t think anything will ever beat it.

I was planning to make a cheesecake and was unsure what I wanted to put in it. I was craving Malteasers SO badly so I thought, why not give Malteaser cheesecake a try. And I’m extremely glad I did. My oh my.

I just used a basic cheesecake recipe.

Ingredients

  • 200g  digestive biscuits
  • 75gz unsalted butter
  • 400g full-fat cream cheese
  • 150ml double cream
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Malteasers ( I used a 103g bag)

 

Method

Put your digestive biscuits into a sealable bag. Crush the biscuits with a rolling pin until they’re in small fine pieces.

 

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Melt the butter in a pan. Tip the biscuit crumbs into the butter and mix together until  combined. Press the crumb mix into the bottom of a loose-bottomed tin. Pop your base in the fridge whilst you go ahead to make the topping.

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Using an electric whisk, combine the cream cheese and double cream in a large mixing bowl. Add the icing sugar a little at a time. Finally, mix in the vanilla essence.

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Put the Malteasers in the sealable freezer bag. Just like the digestive biscuits, use a rolling pin to break them apart. Fold half of the Malteasers into the cream cheese mix.

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Spread the cream cheese mixture over the biscuit base and smooth the top with a spatula. Decorate as you wish. I sprinkles the remaining bashed Malteasers over the top with more Malteasers round the outside.

Pop your cheesecake in the fridge for at least four hours. And enjoy!

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Have you got any recipes that I should try?

Much love,

louise-x

 

Blogmas Day 16 – Not so Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread men are SO cute. But, I don’t like ginger flavoured things. SO, I decided to make some not so gingerbread men. Which, unfortunately, are not very exciting. They are just biscuits but gingerbread men shaped! YAY. They were still super duper yummy so I thought I’d share my lil guys with you. (I just used a biscuit recipe.)

Ingredients 

250g butter, softened                                                      Sweets to decorate

140g caster sugar

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla extract

300g plain flour

 

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees / gas mark 4

Weigh out all your ingredients so they’re easy to grab

Cream your butter and sugar together until they are well combined and slightly fluffy

Beat an egg and add to the mixture, along with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Stir in your flour to the mixture and mix together until a dough is formed

Lightly flour your worktop in preparation for rolling your dough

Use a rolling pin to roll out your dough to a thickness of about 1cm

Use your cookie cutters to cut the dough and carefully place onto a baking tray

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Bake your biscuits for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown

Leave your biscuits to cool

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Once cooled, decorate your gingerbread men by giving them eyes and buttons! You can obviously decorate them any way you like, I thought I’d leave mine simple!

And there you have it, happy little not so gingerbread men!

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9 sleeps!

Much love,

Louise

Cake Pops

CAKE. Oh man, I LOVEEEE da cake. (Little Britain reference yeah? Nope, okay, just me!)

Anyways, I have always wanted to try out making cake pops and have just not got round to doing so. So with a week off work (HELL YEAH) I thought why the hell not try it?!

I got the little pop sticks from Amazon for £1.60 including packaging, bargain! Obviously, the topping is optional and can be changed to your personal preference. Also, you can just buy a cake if you’re not so keen on baking but I made it from scratch cos why not.

I managed to get all my ingredients in the one supermarket which is always fabby.

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Ingredients 

Vanilla Cake                                                            Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

120g unsalted butter                                         80g unsalted butter

150g caster sugar                                                40g cream cheese

1tsp vanilla extract                                             200g icing sugar

2 free range eggs                                                 1tsp vanilla extract

180g self raising flour                                        Optional toppings

4tbsp milk                                                              300g milk chocolate

 

 

 

Method

Vanilla cake

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees / gas mark 4.

Weigh out all your ingredients so they’re at hand and quick to grab.

Lightly grease a cake tin (I’d recommend using a round tin but tbh, you can use any because the shape is not going to matter.)

Cream the butter and sugar together util it’s light and fluffy. Add your vanilla extract.

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Add both eggs, giving your ingredients a good mix in between adding each egg.

Add half of your flour and half of your milk and mix well.

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Repeat with the remaining flour and milk and make sure everything is well mixed.

Pour your mixture into the cake tin and pop it in the oven for 35-40 minutes. You can tell if your cake is ready by putting a knife into the cake and it comes out clear and not with any sticky cake goo on it.

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When baked, leave your cake to cool.

 

Vanilla frosting

Cream the butter and cream cheese together

Gradually add your icing sugar until light and fluffy. Add your vanilla essence and mix.

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Pop your icing in the fridge for about half an hour before using it.

 

Cake pops!

Take your cake and break it up in a mixing bowl. Make sure you crumble it into lots of tiny crumbs.

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Add your frosting to the cake crumbs and mix well with your hands.

Wrap the mixture in cling film and chill in the fridge for an hour.

Melt your chocolate until it is smooth and runny.

Roll the dough into small little ping pong size balls and pop in the lolly sticks.

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Dip your cake pops into the melted chocolate and stand them on a plate or a baking tray, and pop them in the fridge to set.

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Voila, you have it. Cake pops!

 

I’m going to try some Christmas cake pops soon! Has anyone got any other good cake recipes I should try?

 

Much love,

Louise

 

 

 

Oreo Truffles

Every Wednesday evening I try to make time to bake so I can have a little treat whilst watching Great British Bake Off. My faveeeee!

This week I decided I would post on my marvellous creation because it was so so so easy to make and I will definitely be making these ALL THE TIME now.

Oreo’s are like my favourite thing in the entire world. Like, they are incredible. YUM. I used to make normal truffles quite often and my friends and flatmates absolutely loved them so why not put the two together?!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was like the easiest bake I have ever done! I changed parts of the recipe that I followed due to personal taste. The original recipe included vanilla extract in the mixture to make the truffles sweeter, however I gave this a miss as I thought they were sweet enough.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 packets of Oreo’s
  • Cream cheese
  • Milk chocolate

 

I went for the lighter option of cream cheese as I’m trying to watch what I’m eating although it still tastes the exact same with the lighter option!

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Method

This recipe is honestly so so easy and does not take long at all.

  1. Begin by placing your Oreo’s in a seal-able food bad and crushing them into tiny bits with a rolling pin. Alternatively you can use a food mixer which is so much faster! I went for the food mixer option because I’m too lazy to batter the biscuits for long enough to get them into tiny wee pieces.
  2. Empty your crushed biscuit mixture into a mixing bowl and add you cream cheese. Use a spoon to mix the cream cheese and biscuit mix together. Make sure you mix it together well so there are no big evident lumps of cream cheese The mixture will be quite sticky.

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3. This is my favourite part! Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture and then take it in your hands and roll them into ball shapes. You obviously don’t need to use a teaspoon as you may want larger sized truffles however, I went for smaller treat sized truffles so I didn’t feel as guilty! I then placed them on a baking tray and popped them in the fridge for an hour.

 

 

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4. Once they have been in the fridge they set a bit more so are less sticky and easier to handle! This part is completely optional but it really made my truffles just right and completely perfect. I melted the whole slab of chocolate over the hob and then used a fork and dipped in each truffle individually and made sure the whole thing was covered. Because the truffles have been in the fridge for over an hour and are cold, the melted chocolate immediately sets and they are ready to be eaten!

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And voilaaaa. As simple as that. You now have Oreo truffles. They taste absolutely incredible!

 

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What are your favourite recipes? If you have any that contain chocolate or any you recommend, leave me a comment!

 

Much love,

Louise

 

Me Me Me

I’m Louise but everyone calls me Lou. Like everyone. I used to absolutely hate it and then people just started using it as my default name so I got used to it and kinda like it now. YAY.

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I currently live in Stirling, in Scotland, where I moved to 4 years ago to begin my university studies. Stirling is like, my favourite ever place. I don’t know why. It just feels like home and there are some beautiful scenes and places here too!

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Stirling Castle

I’ve been through quite a bit in my 23 years of life but everything has made me who I am today and sometimes I feel I can conquer anything! I suffer from anxiety and depression which can be such a pain in the arse. But I try everything to help myself and stay positive.  Writing allows me to let go of all my thoughts and just be me. So, just a heads up that not all of my posts will be sunshine and laughter because sometimes, life just doesn’t go that way. I want to write about things that matter to me, and things that really bug me (cue upcoming post on mental health stigma.) I WILL try to keep my blog positive and happy for those of you who take the time to read my ramblings!  But don’t say I didn’t warn ya if  I rant! If there’s anything else you want to know about me, ask away!

Much love,