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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake“Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.”
Ned Vizzini

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake … life’s guilty pleasures simply served up, or life’s simple pleasures maybe with a little guilt. Whichever way you choose to look at it, this recipe is a winner. The recipe isn’t mine. It’s a recipe created by the super talented Ruchira @ Cookaroo, on the go as she said. She did make everything sound so simple, so matter of fact, that of course I didn’t believe her!

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeThat changed very soon. In fact as soon as I put in the cheesecake to bake, I realised that it was really very S I M P L E. Absolutely fuss free. I changed a few minor things. The base for one as hers has Oreos and I prefer Digestives. No big deal there. Both packaged cookies so no work at all. I threw in some cocoa to make mine a chocolate base. Barely any other change other than using brown sugar for white!

Chocolate on vintage weighing scaleThe other guilty indulgence I added was topping the chilled cheesecake with a dark chocolate ganache as we had folk over for dinner. I wanted it to look special. the ganache and the dusting of cocoa gave it the ‘bells & whistles‘, and some more yumminess of course.

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeThe beautiful thing about the Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, other than the ease of putting it together of course, is that you can bake it a couple of days before you need to serve it. Keep it covered in the fridge in the tin for a day or two. Demold it the day you intend to serve it, top with ganache and you’re good to go. Do remember to thank the Cookaroo if you make this. I’ve thanked her, and so has a reader of my blog, Tania Fothergill, from Tasmania who I shared the recipe with over 3 weeks week ago. It was Tania’s birthday and she really wanted to bake it. Here’s what she said about the cake.

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeHow sweet is that! Thank you Ruchira.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
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Dark, divine, sinful, creamy, chocolaty and above all, as simple as can be, this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake will leave you wanting for more. Recipe minimally adapted from Ruchira @ thegreatcookaroo.com. You won't need another recipe ever! Can be made 2-3 days ahead of time.
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
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Dark, divine, sinful, creamy, chocolaty and above all, as simple as can be, this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake will leave you wanting for more. Recipe minimally adapted from Ruchira @ thegreatcookaroo.com. You won't need another recipe ever! Can be made 2-3 days ahead of time.
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Ingredients
Biscuit base
Dark Chocolate ​Filling
Ganache
Servings:
Instructions
Biscuit base
  1. Whiz the biscuits, brown sugar and cocoa in food processor until you get a fine meal. Add butter, whiz again to mix. Press into 7-8" loose bottom tin. Chill in the freezer while you get the filling ready, and the oven preheats.
Dark Chocolate Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Place all ingredients in bowl of food processor, and blend well to mix, 1-2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Pour into crust, and bake for an hour.
  4. Cool completely in the oven, then chill covered in the fridge, preferably overnight.
Ganache
  1. Place chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Whisk​ with a balloon whisk​ until smooth. Cool about 30 minutes, then whisk​ again​. Chill until a little f​irm. Whisk once again till glossy and smooth, and holds peaks. Spread over​ chilled cheesecake. Dust with cocoa.​
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
“Don’t sit at home and wait for mango tree to bring mangoes to you wherever you are. It won’t happen.
If you are truly hungry for change, go out of your comfort zone and change the world.”

Israelmore Ayivor

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango! Mango Dessert CollageSo here’s another last minute mango based dessert to add to the last few mango desserts I shared, while we hang on to the end of the mango season. Just another clutch of days, maybe a week or so, and they’ll be gone.

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream However don’t panic if you can’t find some juicy mangoes. I’ve made this to great deliciousness with tinned peaches, fresh strawberries, a coffee whipped cream too {skip the almond maybe go with chopped walnuts}.

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Whipped Almond Cream
Servings: people
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  1. Sift together the almond meal, plain flour, baking powder and salt 2-3 times. Reserve.
  2. In a bowl of the stand mixer, whip the egg with sugar on high speed to stiff peaks.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and almond extract and beat again.
  4. Sift the flour over the beaten mixture and gently fold in.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, level out.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until light golden brown and firm to touch. {tent the top with aluminum foil if you think it's getting too brown}
  7. While this is baking, lay out a clean kitchen towel, bigger than the size of the tray, and sift sugar evenly over it.
  8. Once the roll is baked, overturn immediately {very carefully} onto the sugar sifted towel, and gently peel parchment off. Trim the edges if required.
  9. Place a parchment sheet on top, and roll with the towel lengthwise, and leave to cool completely. {The longer side will be the length of the roll}
Whipped Almond Cream
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Whip with an electric hand blender on the highest speed until thick.
Assembling
  1. Unroll the cooled cake, place on a sheet of parchment. Spread the almond cream filling over it with an offset spatula, leaving a little border right around to avoid the filling oozing out.
  2. Sprinkle over with chopped mangoes.
  3. Now with the help of the parchment paper, roll it right back into a roll, pulling the paper slightly to make a tight roll. Place seam down on cling wrap and chill for a couple of hours. Unwrap gently and lay seam side down on your serving platter.
  4. Sift over with powdered sugar, scatter almond slivers over it.
  5. Slice with a sharp serrated knife and serve!
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Oat Walnut Trifle Bowls with Roasted Stone Fruit

“I am starting to think that maybe memories are like this dessert. I eat it, and it becomes a part of me, whether I remember it later or not.”
Erica Bauermeister

Oat Walnut Trifles with Roasted Stone Fruit … one of those really interesting recipes that came together like it was just meant to be. Each element paired beautifully with the other. The oat walnut sponge offered great texture to ‘drink up‘ the juices of the vanilla roasted fruit, healthy as it was! The low fat cream whipped up beautifully with almond undertones, luxuriously settling down atop the soaked fruity sponge in pretty silky swirls. It was a dessert like poetry!

Oat Walnut Genoise SpongeSo much yumminess you might ask, such a divine dessert, yet why am I sharing it so late. Well this time the culprit was this huge scatter brain that jotted the Oat Walnut Genoise Sponge recipe down on that most ‘important scrap of paper, then promptly misplaced the darned thing. Oat Walnut Trifle Bowls with Roasted Stone FruitIt took me several days to try and locate it, then I just gave up. Bits of the recipe for the sponge stayed in my head. It was quite a delicious nibble on it’s own, and many ‘cubes’ fell to nimble fingers!Oat Walnut Genoise SpongeThen one day this dessert popped up on my insta feed with someone asking for the recipe. Spurred into action by the guilt of a failed promise, I set off once again to make the Oat Walnut Genoise Sponge. Of course I am a sucker for punishment yet I enjoy baking so much, so I recreated the base recipe from what I remembered, and happily it worked out just fine. Oat Walnut Genoise SpongeThis time I baked the dough/batter/dough differently, and for longer, in the form of tiny cookie pies with pretty dark chocolate ganached piped on top. They seemed an obvious choice as I was at the receiving end of some excellent KitchenAid bakeware.Oat & Walnut Cookie Pies with Dark Chocolate Ganache 1000

Oat & Walnut Cookie Pies with Dark Chocolate Ganache Being part of the Kitchen Aid Culinary Council, these are things I really enjoy and am eternally grateful for! The mini pie pan is the sweetest ever, great great quality, and so are the measuring spoons. Fortunately enough, the doughy batter was a great choice for these cookies too!

Oat Walnut Trifle Bowls with Roasted Stone Fruit

Oat Walnut Trifle Bowls with Roasted Stone FruitSo here we go, better late than never, Oat Walnut Trifle Bowls with Roasted Stone Fruit that were good to the last crumb! Feel free to use berries, fruit in season like mangoes etc. If you don’t have time for roasted fruit, make a simple sugar syrup to moisten the oat walnut sponge, and trifle on! Oat Walnut Trifle Bowls with Roasted Stone FruitTriflesare desserts with immense possibilities, great for failed bakes too as in these ‘Upcycled’ Butterscotch Blondie Puddings.

Oat Walnut Trifle Bowls with Roasted Stone Fruit I am beginning to enjoy the challenge of creating with oats more and more. There is so much and more you can do. If you are like me, a dessert needs to be celebrated. Find a nice bunch of stemmed glasses, or beautiful glassware like this, and assemble your trifle. For a lighter version top with vanilla Greek yogurt, maybe piped almond quark! Will make a fit bressert {dessert for breakfast=bressert}!

Oat Walnut Trifles with Roasted Stone Fruit
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Oat Walnut Trifles with Roasted Stone Fruit came together like they were just meant to be. Every element paired beautifully with the other. The oat walnut sponge offered great texture to 'drink up' the juices of the vanilla roasted fruit. The low fat cream whipped up beautifully with almond undertones luxuriously settling down atop the soaked fruity sponge in silky swirls.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Oat Walnut Trifles with Roasted Stone Fruit
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Oat Walnut Trifles with Roasted Stone Fruit came together like they were just meant to be. Every element paired beautifully with the other. The oat walnut sponge offered great texture to 'drink up' the juices of the vanilla roasted fruit. The low fat cream whipped up beautifully with almond undertones luxuriously settling down atop the soaked fruity sponge in silky swirls.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Oat Walnut Sponge
Vanilla Roasted Peaches & Plums
Servings: people
Instructions
Oat Walnut Sponge
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 8" X 8" square baking tin with parchment.
  2. Place oats, walnut halves, pinch of salt and 20g brown sugar in bowl of blender. Process briefly in short spurts until you get a fine grind. Don't over process else the nuts will leave oil.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the eggs, 100g brown sugar and vanilla extract. Beat on high speed until mousse like and doubled in volume, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Gently fold in half the oat nut mix, then the other half.
  5. Drizzle half the clarified butter over and fold in, then pour over the remaining.
  6. Turn into prepared tin, sprinkle over 1 tsp brown sugar. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Cool in tin completely. Then cut into cubes for the trifle.
Vanilla Roasted Peaches & Plums
  1. Place all ingredients in oven proof dish, stir well to mix and roast for 30 minutes. Discard vanilla bean. Reserve. Note: You can bake this alongside the sponge, or a day or two in advance.
Whipped Almond Cream
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Whip with an electric hand blender on the highest speed until thick enough to pipe. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
Assemble
  1. Take 6 dessert bowls. Layer the bottom with cubes of oat walnut sponge, top with roasted fruit and juices. Repeat once again. Pipe whipped almond cream swirls on top.
  2. Keep chilled for a couple of hours, if not overnight, top with fresh cut fruit, walnut halves, some fresh herbs and serve.
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