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Strawberry, Banana Yoghurt Delight with little surprises.

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Oh yum! Looking for something fresh and different for breakfast, I came up with this little Parfait, that was absolutely delicious! Once you take a spoonful you taste the strawberry yoghurt then you get the hit of the chocolate mint with the crunch of the oats, coconut and pistachio’s…….oh yummy!

Makes 1

4 tbsp Strawberry Yoghurt

4 tbsp Vanilla Yoghurt

4 Strawberries – sliced

1 small banana – sliced

2 tbsp toasted oats

2 tbsp toasted coconut

3 Chocolate mint leaves – chopped

1 tbsp of pistachio’s chopped

 

  1. Place 2 tbsp of strawberry yoghurt in a glass, then top with 2 tbsp of vanilla yoghurt.
  2. Place a layer of strawberries and bananas on top and sprinkle 1 tbsp oats and coconut on. 20160610_095953   20160610_100238
  3. Sprinkle on the chocolate mint leaves
  4. Then do above over again for a second layer.
  5. Top with any remaining banana or strawberries and pistachio’s and serve! YUMMY!

 

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Mini Cheesecakes

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I love cheesecake and wanted to try making my own, but I couldn’t decided on the flavour….so I just made all the flavours I like, they turned out amazing…very tasty. My sister and her fiancee came over for dinner and my sister loved them, unfortunately her fiancee didn’t like cheesecake…..to my partners delight…more for him…lol!

There is nothing better than spending an afternoon or night in the kitchen, listening to music and making some amazing food!  Oh, and a wee cheeky glass of vino too! 🙂

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Makes 20 mini cheesecakes

Basic Cheesecake Base:-

20 Digestive Biscuits – use a mixer to crush them or put in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin.

120g butter, melted on hob

1. pour butter into biscuits and mix together until all crumbs are coated.

2. Press into cake cases in a muffin tray and chill in fridge for about 15-20 mins.

Cheesecake mix:-

300g soft cheese, I used Philadelphia (use full fat only, low fat might stop the mixture setting properly)

150ml double cream

85g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence or 1 vanilla pod

  1. Mix cream cheese and icing sugar together in a bowl
  2. In a separate bowl whisk double cream and vanilla together until soft peaks form.
  3. Add cream mixture into cheese mixture and fold together.

Vanilla Cheesecake:-

Spoon mixture into cake cases and chill overnight in fridge – minimum 12 hours. I served these with some raspberry coulis. Yummy!

Hazelnut and Chocolate Cheesecake:-

Crush some ferrero rocher, save some for topping. Mix into the cream cheese mix and spoon into cake cases.

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Banoffee Cheesecake:-

1 Banana sliced, fry in a pan with knob of butter until slightly golden in colour then place slices on top of biscuit base in cake cases.

Spoon on top of banana the cream cheese mixture. I then served with some toffee sauce on top. Yummy!

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I finished off the meal with a lovely liqueur coffee in my new cups and saucers. I used Disaronno but you can use whatever you like.

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Chocolate, Banana and Hazelnut Muffins

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Makes 6 Muffins

1.5 Ripe Bananas

65ml vegetable oil

2 medium eggs

50 grams soft light brown sugar

110g plain flour

1 1/5 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder (Sifted)

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of Soda

2 tablespoons crushed hazelnuts (optional) but gives it a bit of crunch

1 teaspoon cinnamon (Optional) but tastes great

 

1. preheat oven to 200 deg and line a muffin tray with paper cases.

2. Mash the bananas by hand, still mixing and mashing add in the vegetable oil followed by the eggs and sugar

3. Mix the flour (Sifted), cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda together and add to mixture, gently mixing together.

4. Spoon mixture evenly between prepared paper cases.

5. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until knife runs clear. Muffins should be dark, have risen above cases and by slightly hard on top.

6. Allow to cook on rack.  Enjoy with a nice coffee on it’s own or with some frosting on top, whichever your preferred taste.