Tag Archives: Dessert

Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake pots

Layers of hazelnut, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie crumb, brownie bits and cream. An incredibly delicious dessert.

These are the perfect, “make in advance dessert”, almost like mini triffles. You can make these in cute little (mason) jars or glasses, perfect for a dinner party or to take along as a gift. Since they can be made ahead, there is no last minute fiddling about when you have guests over. Maybe serve these chocolate hazelnut cheesecake pots for your Thanksgiving dinner.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 chocolate chip cookies
  • 3/4 cup/180 ml. full fat natural unsweetened Greek yoghurt
  • 6.7 oz. / 200 ml natural cream cheese
  • 1 cup/240 ml. Whipping cream
  • 5 oz. /140 gr. Dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp./ 30 ml. rice syrup or sugar
  • 2 tsp./10 ml. Instant gelatine powder
  • 2 tsp./10 ml. vanilla paste or 1 tsp extract
  • 2 tbsp. 30 gr. hazelnuts chopped
  • 2 squares of brownie, store bought or homemade
  • 4 x drizzle of caramel, from a bottle

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place four glasses or jars on your kitchen counter, divide the chocolate chip cookies over the glasses by breaking them in pieces. Drizzle in a little caramel over the cookies in each glas.

Chop chocolate into very small pieces. Heat a small saucepan over low heat and add three tablespoons of the whipping cream, heat up but do not let it boil over low/medium heat. Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Let sit, covered for five minutes, then gently stir to combine.

Make sure your yoghurt and cream cheese are at room temperature. Place yoghurt and cream cheese in a bowl and add the one tablespoon of rice syrup or sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat by hand until smooth and combined well.

Pour the melted chocolate into the yoghurt very slowly and mixing constantly with a whisk until very well combined, set aside.

Beat the whipping cream with the remaining rice syrup or sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff and add gelatin powder and set aside.

Now you can layer your pots. On top of the cookies and caramel start layering chocolate cream cheese mixture, brownie pieces, whipped cream, drizzle of caramel and chopped hazelnuts. Repeat with another layer and ending with some cream. Then decorate with some extra chopped chocolate or brownie pieces. Cover and chill for at least two hours. These can be made a day in advance. Enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops

We are very excited about these Chocolate Pudding pops, and I already know that they will be on repeat the whole Summer. What an easy recipe, so creamy and chocolatey, and smooth. With that perfect snap when you bite into them, yum! I love the fact that you can control the amount of sugar or sweetener you use, making this a healthier choice and the perfect cold treat without the guilt trip. You could skip all the sugar and add only stevia, although I love how rice syrup adds a certain chewiness to the pops, just like it does to my gluten-free chocolate brownies. Syrup also prevents crystallization and keeps the chocolate pudding pop creamy.  Next time I’ll be making creamy vanilla white chocolate pops, so stay tuned.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 a bag of chocolate pudding mix (28 grs)
175 ml. milk (I used barista Oat milk)
75 gr creamy almond butter
30 ml. / 2 tbsp. Rice syrup or maple syrup
200 gr dark chocolate* see note below 
15 ml. / 1 tbsp. Natural oil
A handful of mini chocolate chips
Ice cream molds

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine the pudding mix with 75 ml of the milk in a jug and stir until everything is dissolved.
Bring the remaining 100 ml of milk to a simmer in a heavy bottomed saucepan.  Once the milk has reached a simmer, lower the heat and add the pudding mixture  to the saucepan,  stirring constantly for about two minutes. 
Remove from heat, add the almond butter and syrup and stir to dissolve and combine.
Let cool a little then fill ice cream molds halfway,  divide some chocolate chips over the pudding and top with the remaining mixture. Insert the sticks and cover the molds.
Place in the freezer for at least 6-8 hours.
Melt the chocolate and oil in a microwave safe bowl, in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Pour chocolate into a tall glass, so you can dip the whole chocolate pudding pop into the chocolate.
Remove the chocolate pudding pops from the freezer and take them out of the molds.
Dip each chocolate pudding pop into the melted chocolate and then hold in an upright position for 30 seconds until the chocolate sets. Place each pop on a parchment lined board or plate and put back in the freezer until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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*There will be chocolate left over, but you need the initial 200 grams so you can immerse the entire pop in one go. Leftover chocolate can be poured into a plastic container and kept in the refrigerator or freezer for another time.

Gluten free Brownies

Brownies are probably the most comforting dessert I can think of and what’s even more comforting is how easy and uncomplicated they are.
I served these at my last minute birthday party and they were gone in ten minutes,  no joke.
(I was hoping for leftovers,  but not a chance)
The gluten free flour blend is home made but I imagine this Gluten free Brownies recipe will work with store bought gluten free flour as well. Below is my own flour mix which doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum.

INGREDIENTS:

200 gr butter
200 gr dark chocolate
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp instant coffee
200 gr rice syrup
115 gr gluten free flour blend *see note
40 gr cocoa
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Line a baking tin of 20 x 20 cm approximately with parchment paper and spray with oil or pam.
Pre heat oven to 180C/350 F.
Melt butter and chocolate in a non stick saucepan on low heat until smooth stirring with a rubber spatula, add the coffee and vanilla and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile in a large bowl mix together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda, whisk to combine.
Once the chocolate has cooled,  stir in the rice syrup.  In a large bowl whisk the eggs and add the melted chocolate slowly and mix to combine well.
Stir in the flour and mix with rubber spatula until combined. 
Add the chocolate chips if using and pour in to baking pan.
Place in the middle of the oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. It should still a a bit of a wobble in the center when you tap the baking tin.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into squares.
Enjoy!

GLUTEN FREE FLOUR BLEND
200 gr brown rice flour
200 gr white rice flour
100 gr corn flour
50 gr tapioca
4 tbsp. Psyllium husk powder
2 tbsp flax flour

Mix all these thoroughly and keep in a jar for all recipes like bread,  buns, pancakes and brownies.
Note that there is a lot of psyllium powder in here, this is to bind the flours during cooking instead of xanthan gum or  guar gum. You may need a little extra fluid in your recipe.

Crisp Amaretto Cherry Pots

As soon as the weather changes we love having crumbles for dessert, there’s something so utterly comforting about warm fruit with a buttery crispy topping. Besides being so simple to make the possibilities are endless.
I made these individual pots for a dinner party dessert with added Amaretto for the adults but if you don’t want to use alcohol you can simply omit or even substitute for a few drops of almond extract. See note below. 

INGREDIENTS:
For the crisp topping
• 200gr. all purpose flour
• 100gr. sugar
• 140gr. unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed, plus a little for greasing
• 60 gr. ground or finely chopped almonds
• Pinch of salt
For the filling
• 500 gr. Frozen pitted black cherries
• 1 tbsp. corn starch (maizena)
• 2 tbsp. sugar
• Pinch of cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons Amaretto liquor* (optional, and leave out for children)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 200C/180C
1. In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, sugar, pinch of salt and the cubed butter. Mix with your hands until it you have a crumbly mixture with still some lumps of butter remaining.
2. Toss in the almonds and mix to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, toss the cherries together with the sugar, cinnamon and corn starch. Pour over the Amaretto and stir to combine.
4. Spoon mixture into 6 oven safe ramekins and spoon the crumble over the filling.
5. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden and the cherries are bubbling.
6. Serve hot or at room temperature with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or crème fraiche.
Enjoy!


∗Substitute Amaretto for a few drops almond extract, a little goes a long way since almond extract is quite strong.

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