Category: Entertaining

15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake

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Rocky Road, Cheesecake and Tim Tams all rolled into one marvellous package, what’s not to love?

Think no fuss and by that I mean NO BAKING and NO DISSOLVING GELATINE, also think super delicious, rich, chocolaty edible heaven on a plate and you’ll be a few steps closer to knowing how amazing this 15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake really is.

Chocolate lovers I know I’ve said this before but you are in the right place!!!

Desserts that look the goods, taste delectable and require minimal time and effort to create are my cup of tea, this 15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake fits that bill perfectly!

It seems you guys think along the

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Pecan Sticky Date Cake

pecan sticky date cake

Last week Miss 4’s preschool was having a bit of a spring clean, part of that spring clean included getting rid of some old gossip magazines. One of the lovely preschool teachers welcomed me to take what ever I wanted from the throw away pile. Those magazines were treasure right before my eyes, even with the likes of Pinterest and other social media pages I do love flicking through a good old gossip mag in search of some yummy recipe inspiration, reminds me of the times I used to do the same with my beautiful late Nanna’s magazines xxxx.

The next day was a home day, so once we got the essential house jobs done Miss 4 and I settled down on the lounge together to have a flick through the magazines. We found lots of inspiration both savoury and sweet but of course we decided we felt like something sweet and I knew Zadada wouldn’t protest to a sweet treat after dinner that night.

I had a recipe for Sticky Date Pudding sitting front and centre in my lap but I wanted something a little more simple and fuss free, I was thinking more along the lines of cake, one that would give the same flavours as a sticky date pudding plus a little bit of crunch (cue the addition of the pecan nuts!). I love a cake that’s moist and flavoursome with a little bit of crunch……. two of my personal favs include this Best Ever Homemade Carrot Cake and this Lemon Crumble Cake, so much deliciousness in every mouthful!

My little assistant and I set to work, and the outcome was deeeeelicious!

pecan sticky date cake assistant

Afternoon tea was quite the treat, a dusting of icing sugar, a dollop of cream and a nice warm cup of tea made the perfect finishing touches!

pecan sticky date cake eating

After sampling a slice (ok I’ll be honest I sampled 3 slices, but over 3 days, it’s all about a good balance, right?!) I’ll be adding Pecan Sticky Date Cake to my personal favs list!

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Turkey and Bacon Rissoles

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I thought it was about time I gave Dad a starring role on the blog. I think most of you have met Mum either with our Christmas cake bake off or earlier this year in a my Lattice Slice Mother’s Day post, we are a food loving family as I’m sure all of you are too!

Considering Father’s day is just around the corner this post couldn’t have timed out more perfectly. Add to that the fact that Dad enjoys a yummy experiment in the kitchen every now and then (actually a fait bit now he’s semi retired, Mum’s loving it!) I think you get the picture, he loves to cook, just not quite as many sweet things as I do. Dad’s more your savoury kind of guy.

Did someone say meat? Was that you Dad??

Dad is also your “feed the man meat” kind of guy……. beef, seafood (except baby octopus), pork, lamb, turkey, they are all on his list!

Today we’re going to talk Turkey in a delicious way, for more than a year now Dad has been whipping up Turkey and Bacon rissoles and everyone who tries them (with the exception of Miss 4, it’s the green chives) loves them.

 

Turkey rissoles 2

 

These rissoles are packed full of flavour and there are no fancy pants ingredients required.

Another reason I love these rissoles so much is that they’re really

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Vegetable and Feta Tart

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Most of you would have heard me mention my gorgeous friend Jennifer in previous posts. For those of you who haven’t, Jennifer is one of my very precious friend’s, it doesn’t matter how long we go between face to face visits it always feels like yesterday that we had one, well almost all the texting we do in between definitely helps (Jennifer has 3 kidlets too), what are phones for?

Now did you also know Jennifer’s a friend that loves to bake as much, sometimes even more than me, and such delicious food at that. I’ve got a small collection of her delicious recipes starring on the blog:

Jennifer’s Crackle Cookie Discovery

A Lattice Slice For Mum

Spiced Apple Cookies

Couscous, Chorizo & Zucchini Salad

Date & Macadamia Slice

Lemon Crumble Cake

Best Ever Homemade Carrot Cake

Potato & Bacon Egg Pie

As you can see this gorgeous lady is a wealth of deliciousness as well as being one of my most treasured friends, if we had the time I’d love to start a Vlog with her, we’d have some fun that’s for sure, and we’d talk a LOT!

Today I am extremely grateful to be sharing

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Fabulous Foodie Fridays #50

fabulous Foodie Fridays #50

Hello and welcome to another oh so Fabulous week of Foodie Fridays!

Wishing all Mum’s out there a beautiful Mother’s Day ahead for this Sunday, let’s hope all the crazy weather is done and dusted and we get a beautiful weekend of sunshine.

I hope that last weekends crazy behaving weather didn’t do any harm to anyone. We were all fine here (just) but definitely effected! I spent my first night alone in our family home, never have I done that before, I mean I’ve been here alone with the kidlets and no Zadada before but that’s different because

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Mock Chicken Dip With Pita Chips

Mock Chicken Dip with Pita Chips

Mother’s Day is almost upon us so I thought it was worth sharing a cooking adventure Mum and I shared in the Zamamabakes kitchen when she came out for a visit recently.

By now I’m sure most of you have read my Lattice Slice post and how Mum was the inspiration behind me making it! It has been shown a lot of love on the blog which just goes to show you can’t beat a good old classic.

Now extending on from the conversation Mum and I had in my Lattice Slice post, the topic of

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Coconut Poached Fish & An Easter Round-Up

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It’s all systems go here at the moment with Easter hat parades, Scout parties, term 1 concluding, a very busy Easter long-weekend ahead including a little threenager turning 4 and then there’s all the normal stuff! Almost feels like Christmas again!

I’m not here to waffle today but I did want to leave you with an Easy yummy dinner dish for Good Friday it’s one of my favourite fish dishes

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Super Quick & Easy Sausage Rolls

 

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These school holidays are just flying past for us, how about you?

Each day we catch at home (in-between me working and our social diary) starts with the usual daily chores. Zadada usually covers the kidlets breakfast then he’s out the door and off to work, I get onto the bed making, washing, picking up, vacuuming…….I’m sure you know the drill well. Then there’s some snack making, arguments to referee, playing games, cleaning up unexpected messes (I dropped a bottle of caramalised balsamic vinegar on my white tiles at lunch today!) life is never dull is it!

What I love most about home days is that it usually involves some baking with the kidlets. Earlier this week I shared a little baking adventure Ella and I had making Jam Drops.

Today it’s Blake’s turn to shine on the blog.

Using the same recipe book Ella spotted the Jam drops in (The Kooky 3D kids Baking book), Blake found himself a recipe he was very keen to make, ‘Sausage Rolls’. What I found most appealing was the fact that we only needed 3 ingredients to create them……puff pastry, small sausages (otherwise known as chipolatas) and 1 egg! How good is that! Perfect for kids cooking in the kitchen.

I do enjoy a delicious lean homemade sausage roll but there’s usually a decent bit of time involved, chopping, dicing and mixing. The only chopping required with these little treasures is separating the sausages and cutting the pastry strips and quarters.

I’m not a huge fan of beef sausages, however Zadada is, he snuck a couple of our freshly made sausage rolls from the cooling rack and all 3 kidlets enjoyed them so that’s a mission accomplished in my eyes. I’m thinking a gourmet chicken sausage would be more up my alley. Your options are endless with all the sausage varieties out there, if the sausages you choose are a standard size just cut your pastry to suit.

These little treasures would make for perfect finger food at a party or function and if you’re Blake they’ll make a perfect lunch box treat, he thoroughly enjoyed the leftovers cold from the fridge!

Here’s how project sausage roll unfolded…..

Sausage roll instructions

what its all about

 

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Super Quick & Easy Sausage Rolls
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry
  • 12 small sausages (chipolatas)
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan forced (190C Standard)
  2. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Cut a very thin strip of pastry from each edge of each sheet (that way pastry remains square shaped). Cut the remaining pastry sheets into quarters.
  4. Place a sausage along one edge of a pastry square, leaving an even amount of space on either side. Roll up to enclose the sausage.
  5. Pinch the pastry in firmly at the end of each sausage, flaring out the ends of the pastry (it should resemble a little bon bon).
  6. Roll the reserved pastry strip in a spiral around the sausage. Place seam-side down, on the tray and brush with egg.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  8. Serve with tomato, barbecue or sweet chilli sauce for dipping.
  9. Enjoy!

Have you got a shortcut recipe? I’d love to hear about it!

Stay tuned next week I’ve got a post brewing to keep you cool on Australia Day and it’s one the whole family will enjoy.

Until then…..

Zamamabakes

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15 Minute Salted Caramel Cheesecakes

15 Minute Salted Caramel Cheesecakes Feature

It’s all systems go here, lots of hopping from one event to another……handmade markets, school presentation’s & treat days, birthday parties, preschool Christmas parties , work Christmas parties and somewhere in there trying to finish my Christmas shopping (nothing like leaving the finishing touches until the weekend before Christmas) please tell me I’m not the only one!

With all this dashing as I know I’m not the only one (I feel like one of Santa’s reindeers, do you?) I thought a quick and easy dessert should be shared your way! A 15 minute Salted Caramel Cheesecake to be precise :)

Inspiration for these little treasures came from a delicious Mousse I recently purchased from our local Blue Frog Patisserie & Café. So many delicious delights on offer from this great Patisserie, Chocolate croissants, lemon tarts, French vanilla slice, French baguettes, cheesecakes, is your mouth watering yet?

As I said most recently  it was the Mousse that captivated my tastebuds, SALTED CARAMEL MOUSSE, it was so deliciously decadent.  Those flavours got me thinking and did lead to a bit of a brainstorming session with the girls I work with who also share my love of eating sweet treats.

The short of the long is that I decided to get experimenting to try and create something similar in flavour and texture to what I had tasted and enjoyed sooooo much. Obviously I’m no French Pastry chef but I gave it my best shot and after 2 attempts I think I’ve come up with a little winner for what I refer to as a 15 minute Salted Cheesecake.

Here I was thinking it would be something more for Zadada and I to enjoy (which we certainly did) but I can also inform you that the 2 little girls of the family devoured one of these cheescakes each and the following night asked for another!

If you’re looking for a traditional cheesecake head this way. BUT if you’re like me and quite time poor this Christmas (are you working Christmas eve too?), this little treasure might be the perfect dessert to add to your Christmas day dining menu, it’s being added to ours.

Birds eye SCC

SALTED CARAMEL!!! Do I need to say more than that? Well yes I do because I’ve recently discovered that Coles supermarket sells a delicious salted caramel sauce that is almost as good as my homemade version, you’ll find that recipe here. With time being the issue the supermarket version has been put to good use in this little treasure but don’t be afraid to try making a batch (if you have the time).

Less is more sometimes and this is one of those times, this recipe consists of 4 main ingredients: biscuit crumbs, cream, mascarpone cheese &  Salted caramel sauce.

Trust me you’re going to love it and even more so because it’s only going to take you 15 minutes to make!

Let’s get to it.

How-to:

Salted caramel cheesecake instructions

Salted caramel cheecake duet

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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 x 250g Packet Granita Biscuits (ground down to fine crumbs)
  • 40g butter melted
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 300ml Salted Caramel sauce (store bought Or you can make mine, link is above)
  • 50g dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon salt flakes
Instructions
  1. Set out 6 x 300ml glasses
  2. Combine biscuit crumbs with butter and stir well.
  3. Press crumbs 2-3 tablespoons into the base of each glass, pop in fridge.
  4. Whip cream in a bowl with electric mixer until thick and peaking (see pictures above)
  5. Add mascarpone cheese and salted caramel to cream, fold through until well combined.
  6. Grab those glasses from the fridge and spoon or pipe caramel mixture into glasses (approx. ½- 2/3 cup per glass) will just depend on the size and shape of your glasses.
  7. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some chocolate curls over caramel mixture and sprinkle with a few salt flakes.
  8. Enjoy!
  9. I do recommend refrigerating cheesecakes for an hour or 2 but if you can't wait just dig in lovelies.

How’s life treating you this week? I hope you’re all safe and well.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the siege in Sydney, so so sad.

I’ve got one last post to come your way for 2014 before I take a little silly season break!

Stay tuned lovelies….

Zamamabakes

 

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