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Deliciously Decedent Chocolate Cake

Deliciously Decedent Chocolate Cake


My Hubby loves anything chocolate.  I have been experimenting in the kitchen with different ingredients of late, you know to change things up and came up with this Deliciously Decedent Chocolate Cake.  It’s dense, decedent and absolutely divine, but most of all a winner! 

 

Ingredients:

½ cup Coconut Flour

2 ½ teaspoons of Baking Powder

½ cup Olive Oil

½ Cup Coconut Milk

½ cup Cacoa Powder

Pinch of sea salt

½ cup of Maple Syrup

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Bean Paste

½ teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

  

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C

Line a 20 cm (9 inch) baking tin lined with baking paper

Combine the cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt into a mixing bowl.

Add in eggs, honey, vanilla, coconut milk and olive oil.

Mix well until smooth and combine

Pour into cake tin and bake for 45mins or until cooked through. Test it after 35mins to make sure as oven temperatures may vary.

Remove from oven to cool on a wire rack.

Serve with yoghurt or your favourite chocolate icing.

 

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White Chocolate, Tim Tam & Cheesecake Balls!

White Chocolate, Tim Tam & Cheesecake Balls!

 Ok let me break this down for you, white chocolate, Tim Tams and Cream Cheese all in the one recipe < naughty we know!

Ingredients

2 packets White cholate Tim Tams

250 grams cream cheese

1 tablespoon icing sugar

1 Cup coconut

100 gram  White chocolate

 

Method

Place the white chocolate into a microwave bowl and heat until melted approx 40 seconds

Add the Tim Tams and icing sugar to a food processor and blend well.

Add the cream cheese and combine.

Add the melted chocolate and combine well.

Add the coconut and keep mixing.

Roll mixture into approx 1 1/2 inch balls and coat in coconut.

Pop in the fridge to set for a few hours then enjoy!

Makes approx 55 balls

 

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Homemade Sweet Potato Chips!

Homemade Sweet Potato Chips!

These sweet potato chips are a healthier version of standard packet crisps. They are really delicious and my kids don't notice a difference. You can try different flavours by adding chicken salt or your favourite spices right after they have come out of the oven!

 

Ingredients

2 Sweet potatoes peeled

Spray Oil

Sea salt

Spices of your choice

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees

Slice the sweet potato  very thin, we used a hand held slicer to make it easier.

Place pieces in a bowl of cold water for a couple of minutes.

Remove and dry them well.

Place chips on baking paper.

Add spray oil and sea salt

Cook for approx 10 minutes until they go golden in colour.

Take out of oven and sprinkle with more salt while hot.

Place on a tray lined with paper towel until they cool and firm up.

Enjoy!

 

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Easy Chicken And Sweet Potato Pie!

Easy Chicken And Sweet Potato Pie!

Who doesn’t love a pie? I made this by accident one day when in the mood for some pie (pretty much I wake up in this mood most mornings) I was scrounging around the pantry and kind of threw it together and it was AMAZING. Try it, and then you will make it again and again and again I promise! This also freezes really well, so double the ingredients and make two.

Ingredients:

  • 500g of chicken thighs (diced)
  • 200g bacon (diced)
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 sliced onion,
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chicken gravox.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sage
  • 1 can if cream corn

Method:

  1. Brown onion and bacon
  2. Add chicken and cook until brown
  3. Add can of creamed corn
  4. Add diced sweet potato
  5. Add sage tablespoons of gravox
  6. Stir until combined
  7. Cook on low heat for 1 hour with the lid on
  8. Once mixture has cooled
  9. Spoon mixture into a pie dish and cover with one sheet of puff pastry
  10. Brush with some beaten egg and cook on 180 for 25 minutes.

Makes 2 pies 

 

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8 Delicious Cookie Recipes To bake This Christmas!

8 Delicious Cookie Recipes To bake This Christmas!

 We love cooking cookies any time of the year but there is something extra special about getting together with the kids and baking up a store at Christmas time. We use this 4 ingredient cookie recipe that you can find here: 4 Ingredient Cookies

1. Frosted peppermint brownie cookies from Cooking classy.

2. Wifes with knifes made these super cute Christmas tree sugar cookies.

 

3.  Frugal coupon living made these awesome melting Snowman cookies.

 

 

4.  Mum loves baking these Slice 'n' bake christmas tree cookies

 

 

5. BakerGirl we love these peanut butter reindeer cookies

 

 

6.  The recipe rebel is a genius with these no bake cookies!

 

 

7.  Sprinkle Bakes makes these gorgeous Christmas Tree cookies!

 

 

8. Deliciously sprinkles has this awesome recipe for Eggnog cut-out cookies

 

 

Do you bake cookies at Christmas time?

 

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13 Low Carb Desserts That Will Curb Any Sweet Craving!

13 Low Carb Desserts That Will Curb Any Sweet Craving!

Sticking to low carb options doesn’t have to mean going without desserts. These 14 low carb desserts are the perfects treats, with many also being sugar free. Who knew desserts could be so healthy?

1.Chocolate avocado cookies from Bargain Mums

These indulgent flourless chocolate cookies are low carb, and thanks to the avocado are kind of healthy too. low carb desserts1

 2. Low carb zucchini brownies from Café Delites

Combining chocolate and zucchinis might sound strange, but it works! These brownies are low carb, and the bonus is they are a great way to hide veggies from the kids. low carb dessets 2

3. Low carb chocolate lasagna from Low Carb Maven

This chocolate lasagna is perfect for special occasions. It’s low carb, as well as gluten free and sugar free, and is way easier to make than it looks. low carb desseerts 4

4. Low carb chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars from All Day I Dream About Food

This recipe combines two delicious desserts into one; chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. While that might sounds like a very indulgent dessert, these are a healthier low carb and grain free version. low carb desserts 5

5. Sugar free lemon coconut pound cake from Sugar Free Mom

Eating a slice of cake doesn’t have to mean loading up on carbs. This lemon coconut cake is completely grain free, gluten free, sugar free and of course low carb. low carb desserts 6

 6. Low carb lemon cheesecake bars from Simply Taralynn

Who doesn’t love lemon cheesecake? These cheesecake bars use almond flour rather than regular flour in the crust, and contains no added sugar. low carb desserts 7

 7. Homemade strawberry whips from Health Starts in the Kitchen

These strawberry whips are made using only 5 healthy, real ingredients. They look so pretty served in little jars, making the perfect light dessert to finish of a dinner party. desserts 8

8. Coconut and avocado grasshopper bars from Whole New Mom

These grasshopper bars are a great way to hide veggies from unsuspecting people; they contain 2 avocados but no one will even know they are there. These are the perfect no bake dessert for those times you need something a little healthy, but still sweet. desserts 9

9. Lemon cream tarts from Ricki Heller

These sweet little tangy lemon tarts are vegan, dairy free, egg free, grain free and sugar free. desserts 10

 10. Low carb tiger butter from All Day I Dream About Food

If you haven’t heard of tiger butter before now, it’s a treat with the flavours of white chocolate, dark chocolate and peanut butter, all mixed together. This healthier version is lo carb and contains no sugar. desserts 12

11. Coconut cream layered dream from Low Carb Maven

This creamy dessert is made up of 5 delicious layers. It starts with an almond-coconut crust, then cream cheese, coconut cream, whipped topping and finally shredded or flakes coconut. desserts 13

 12. Healthy cookie dough brownies from Foodie Fiasco

These start with a layer of chocolate brownie, are topped with a layer of cookie dough and drizzled with a little extra chocolate on top, because you can never have too much chocolate! low carb dessert 15

 13. Cream cheese cookies from Low Carb Yum

These low carb cookies are so versatile, perfect for Christmas celebrations or a treat just because. low carb dessert 16

Do you have any low carb recipes you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Mars Bar Balls!

Mars Bar Balls!

Remember that TV ad a Mars a day helps your work rest and play? Well I dont know how true that is, but what I do know is these Mars Bar Balls definitely put a smile on your face! :)

 

Ingredients 

Packet choc ripple biscuits

3 mars bars

1 tin chocolate condensed milk we purchased from ALDI

1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut

Coconut to roll in

 

Method

Place biscuits and Mars bars into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and coconut.

Roll into balls and coat in coconut.

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

 

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Turkish Delight Balls!

Turkish Delight Balls!

Turkish Delight is my hubbys favourite sweet so every year at Christmas I whip a batch of these up. No joke they don't even last a day ha! < Lucky it is only once a year!

 

Ingredients

3 Turkish delights

1 packet choc ripple biscuits

1 tin choc condensed milk

4 drops red food dye

Coconut to roll in

 

Method

Place biscuits and turkish delights into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and mix well.

Pop coconut and red food colour into a bag and shake until coconut turns red.

Roll into balls and coat in red coconut

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

 

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Bacon Cheese & Veggie Sausage Rolls

Bacon  Cheese & Veggie Sausage Rolls

These are super easy and out of all the different types and flavored sausage trolls I bake, these are the most loved.  How many sausage rolls you create is really dependent on how big or small you cut them. 

Ingredients

100g of tasty cheese (cut into narrow sticks about the size of a pencil)

500g of beef mince

200g bacon

1 cup of chicken stuffing mix

3 large eggs

1 (already finely diced and browned onion)

1 tablespoon of dried Italian herbs

1 teaspoon of garlic

2 tablespoon of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 packet of short-crust or puff pastry (whichever you prefer)

Sesame seeds (optional)

2 tablespoons parsley optional.

Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

In a large mixing bowl add the beef mince, the cooked onion, garlic, tomato sauce, dried herbs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, stuffing mix and 2 eggs.  Mix all of these ingredients well together.

Whisk the remaining egg in a little bowl.

On a dry flat surface throw some flour down and lay your pastry sheets out.

Place the mixture on the pastry, then push the cheese sticks into the mince mixture.  Place the bacon strip over the mince mixture. Close the pastry over the mince and brush with the whisked egg.  Scatter some sesame seeds or dried herbs ontop (if desired).

Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 200 degrees.

Enjoy!

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Easy Preserved Lemons

Easy Preserved Lemons

My Gran has always preserved her own lemons and this is the recipe she has passed down to us.

With a full lemon tree in our backyard I make jars and jars of these and give them to friends. We use in sweet and savoury dishes and have even been known to eat straight out of the jar!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg Lemons
  • 10 cloves
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 800 mills lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 bay leaves

 preserved lemons post Instructions:

  1. Wash lemons and pat dry.
  2. Cut into quarters.
  3. Sprinkle salt on the base of the jar approx 3 tablespoons.
  4. rall lemon quarters in remaining salt.
  5. Pop lemons into jar and pack firmly.
  6. Add the cinnamon cloves and bay leaves to the jar.
  7. Pour in lemon juice it should cover the top of the lemons.
  8. pop on air tight lid and store in cool dark place for approx 5 weeks.
  9. Once opened store in fridge for up to 3 weeks.
  10. See how we sterilise jars here:

Serves 1250 mill jar. 

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Refined Sugar Free Banana And Coconut Muffins

Refined Sugar Free Banana And Coconut Muffins

Do you ever have those days where it is impossible to get your kids to eat breakfast? They stare off into the abyss looking anywhere but at their food they are meant to be eating, while you run around frantically trying to organise everyone, secretly wishing you had time to sit down and eat breakfast yourself < please tell me I am not the only one haha

These times are where these refined sugar free banana and coconut muffins come in handy. They double as a quick breakfast, a lunch box snack and perfect for morning and afternoon tea. They are low in sugar and filling due to the chia seeds, give them a go you will be pleasantly surprised!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Self raising flour
  • 1/2 Coconut flour
  • 1/4 Chia Seed
  • 6 Dates
  • 1/2 Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Ground nutmeg

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced 180degrees not fan forced.
  2. Pop cupcake cases into a muffin tray ready.
  3. Pop all ingredients except chia seeds and flour into a Thermomix, blender or food processor and blend well.
  4. Pour mixture into a bowl and add flours and chia seeds. Mix well.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes as the mixture will thicken slightly and then scoop into muffin cases approx 1 heaped tablespoon per case.
  6. Pop in oven for 25 - 30 minutes.
  7. Eat warm, or freeze for up to 5 weeks for lunch box and breakfasts

Makes: 18

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The Perfect Coffee Slice For Any Time Of The Day!

The Perfect Coffee Slice For Any Time Of The Day!

This slice is not just for coffee lovers, it is rich sweet and with 3 delicious layers it makes this slice a winner!

This coffee slice is perfect to take along to a morning tea or as an afternoon treat. Be warned though it is hard to stop at one piece, I often find myself heading to the fridge late at night when I know this is in the house.

Ingredients:

Base 125 grams Butter

1/4 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Plain flour

1/4 cup Self raising flour

Filling 400 grams Condensed Milk

30 grams Butter

2 tablespoons Golden syrup

3 teaspoons Instant coffee

1/3 cup Walnuts chopped

Topping 1 cup Plain flour

2 teaspoons

Cinnamon 1/3 brown Sugar

125 grams Butter coffe - slice - post Instructions

Base Beat butter and sugar until creamy.

Add flour and mix well Spread evenly over 30cm x 25 cm tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in 180 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Prepare filling

Filling

Combine all ingredients except walnuts in a saucepan on medium heat until mixture begins to bubble, stir briskly for 3 minutes until it thickens up.

Add walnuts and stir. Spread over base once it has cooked for 10 minutes.

Prepare topping.

Topping

Mix all topping ingredients until well combined.

Grate topping over the top of the slice, in a crumble texture.

 Bake for another 10 minutes.

Once cooked let cool and slice yum!

Serves: 16  

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Easy Chocolate Crackle Slice

Easy Chocolate Crackle Slice

If you love the good old chocolate crackles, you are going to love this slice. This slice always gets eaten super quick in our house, great as a treat or party food.

Ingredients

  • Rice bubbles 4 cups
  • Coconut 1 cup
  • Cocoa 1/2 cup
  • Icing Sugar 1 1/2 cups
  • Sultanas 1 cup
  • Copha 250 grams

 easy chocolate crackle slice post Instructions

  1. heat copha in a saucepan over low heat until melted.
  2. Add all other ingredients to a bowl and mix through.
  3. Add copha to bowl and combine well.
  4. Place in a 28 cm x 18cm tray lined with baking paper.
  5. Press mixture into tray evenly.
  6. Pop in the fridge until firm.
  7. Slice and enjoy!

Serves: 16

Tip: If you dont have rice bubbles you can use Coco Pops instead.

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Home Made LCM Bars!

Home Made LCM Bars!

Ill be honest We don't buy our kids LCM bars or muesli bars for their school lunch box, but a while back my daughter asked me if she could have one after seeing a friend with them at school. I wasn't going to head out and buy a box so we decided to make our own as a one off treat.

Surprisingly hubby and I ate them more then the kids haha. They are so easy to make, if you do buy them then give this recipe a go!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Packet of marshmallows we used Allens
  • 80 grams of butter
  • 5 Cups of Rice bubbles
  • 2 tablespoons of 100s and 1000s

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Method:

  1. Place marshmallows and butter into microwave bowl and cook on high for 50 seconds
  2. Add the rice bubbles to the marshmallow mix
  3. Mix well and pour mixture into a tray lined with baking paper
  4. Spread the mixture out evenly and sprinkle 100s and 1000s on top
  5. Pop in fridge and let set for 3 hours
  6. Slice and enjoy!

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Apple And Mango Creamy Crumble Slice!

Apple And Mango Creamy Crumble Slice!

All I can say is this slice is over the top delicious, this is one of them slices that you break your diet for haha.

This slice is a mix of sweet fruit with crunchy crumble with an almost custard like filling, great on its own or as a side with vanilla bean ice cream. < salivating here! It is a pretty straight forward slice and any fruit can be used for the filling, I have used berries before and was delicious!

Ingredients

  • 250 grams Tin apples
  • 1 cup mango pieces diced small
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups packed caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, melted
  • 395 grams condensed milk
  • 1 cup sour cream

apple custard slice post Instructions

  1. Line a 25 cm tray with baking paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 170.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, oats, and baking soda in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Add melted butter and stir well.
  5. Pop 3/4 of the mixture onto the tray and press firm so the base is even to the edges, pop in oven for 10 minutes.
  6. In the mean time place the sour cream and condensed milk into a bowl and mix well.
  7. In another bowl mix the apples and mango together and set aside.
  8. Pour the condensed milk over the base once cooked so it spreads evenly.
  9. Add the mango and apple mixture to the top of the condensed milk and spread evenly.
  10. Crumble the remaining base mixture ofer the top of the mango and apple until it is mainly covered.
  11. Pop into he over for a further 20-25 minutes until it starts to golden in colour and the cream centre starts to firm.
  12. Let cool in tray before slicing so it firms up more.
  13. Pop in the fridge.
  14. Slice and enjoy!

Serves 12

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Easy Apricot & Oat Balls!

Easy Apricot & Oat Balls!

These Apricot Oat Balls are a great no bake treat that everyone will enjoy. Super quick to make and easy to eat haha!

Easy Apricot Oat balls, Great For Lunch Box Snacks!

Ingredients:

  • 150 grams Dried apricots
  • 75 grams rice malt syrup or honey
  • 200 grams rolled oats
  • 150 grams desiccated coconut
  • 25 grams soft butter

 apricot oat balls post(1) Instructions:

  1. Place apricots, coconut and oats into a food processor and blitz well.
  2. Pop mixture into a bowl with the honey and butter.
  3. Roll into approx 1 inch balls
  4. Pop in the fridge to set for approx 1 hour
  5. Enjoy!

Tip: Store in the freezer for up to 5 weeks and keep for lunch box treats!

Serves: 20 

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5 Ingredients Nutella And Oat Cookies!

5 Ingredients Nutella And Oat Cookies!

This recipe is my go to no fail cookie recipe, I can have them baked on the table ready to eat in 20 minutes including cooking time.

I often whip a batch of these up when visitors drop in, warm Nutella cookies with coffee yum!

Ingredients

  • Butter 90 grams
  • Nutella 200 grams
  • Cocoa 1 tablespoon, we used Cadbury.
  • Oats 180 grams
  • hazelnuts 70 grams

Method

  1. Add butter and Nutella to a bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir and add to mixing bowl.
  2. Add Oats, cocoa and hazelnuts to a food processor and blitz well.
  3. Add oat mix to the bowl and mix through.
  4. Shape mixture into approx 16 balls and pop on tray.
  5. Lightly press them to look like biscuits.
  6. Pop in oven for 10 - 12 minutes.
  7. Eat warm or let cool, they will firm up as they cool.

Tip: For extra chocolate gooiness add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the mixture before cooking!

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White Caramel Cake!

White Caramel Cake!

The texture of this caramel cake is amazing, so moist and not to mention the hit of caramel that you taste with each bite, this is definitely a winner in our house!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs 2
  • Butter 125 grams
  • White Sugar 1 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/2 Cup
  • Plain flour 1 Cup
  • Ground Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon
  • Golden syrup 1 tablespoon
  • Tin of caramel or your favourite caramel source for icing

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line a 20cem round tin with baking paper
  3. Beat butter, sugar vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add in eggs and keep beating.
  5. Add in syrup and keep mixing.
  6. Add in flours, cinnamon and nutmeg
  7. Add milk and mix well.
  8. Transfer mixture to baking time and spread out evenly.
  9. Pop in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  10. Once cooked, let cool slightly then turn out to cool on a wire rack.
  11. Make sure cake is completely cooled before icing.

Serves 8

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Chocolate Crunchie Balls

Chocolate Crunchie Balls

 

What is not to love about these Chocolate Crunchie Balls, they are soft and rich and texture with hits of honeycomb throughout.

They are great for a sweet treat and perfect to take as a plate to a function or party. The best bit being that they involve no baking and can be made in 10 minutes < winning!

Chocolate Crunchie Balls, Make in less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients

3 Crunchie bars

1 Packet arrowroot biscuits or Chocolate Ripple biscuits

1 Tin choc condensed milk from Aldi

Extra crushed Crunchie for rolling

 

Method

Place biscuits and two Crunchies into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and mix well.

Pop the other crunchie into food processor and blitz to a fine crumb for rolling.

Roll into balls and coat in crunchie crumbs.

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Tip: This recipe works with most of your favourite chocolate bars.

 

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Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!

Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!

 

This Mango Cheesecake Slice is so moreish, I am not a big cheesecake fan believe it or not < my hips say otherwise haha but this cheesecake I love!

I think it is because the mango flavour is quite strong and its quite a sweet dessert. My hubby on the other hand who is a dessert connoisseur swears that this is a recipe everyone should try once. Give it a go and let us know in the comments if it was a winner in your house!

Ingredients:

500 g mango diced

500 g cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar to taste

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp. gelatine powder

300 mills cream

1/2 cup sweet plain biscuits

75 g butter

 

Method:

Blend biscuits in the food processor and add the melted butter. 

Combine mixture and then press into the bottom of a slice tin.

Place tin in freezer while preparing the rest of the mixture.

Combine half of the mango with the cream cheese and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth.

Add the gelatine to the water and warm in a microwave for about 20 seconds.

Stir the gelatine until fully dissolved and allow to cool.

Add cream to the blended mango mixture and blend for about 40 seconds.

To this mixture add the cooled gelatine and blend for a few more seconds.

Gently fold remaining mango into cheesecake mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, decorate with slices of mango.

 

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