Category

Fruit

So much chocolate. So little time!

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Wine Macerated Strawberries is really as good as it sounds and looks, and tastes even better. The cheesecake is a chocolate lovers delight – deep, dark, rich, sensuous, indulgent, sinful. With so many superlatives, I might well throw another in. It’s dead S I M P L E too! Make it ASAP and you’ll know just what I mean.It’s a recipe I’ve minimally adapted from Ruchira @ Cookaroo. She’s quite the best ‘chef’ I know. Her recipes are always quick, simple and foolproof. I’ve made this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake before and it was SO GOOD that I couldn’t wait to make it again.The recipe now lives in my head. I go about tweaking it here and there depending on what I have on hand. It’s a keeper!  Minimal fuss, maximum taste! I throw it together in my Thermomix and it takes under 20 minutes to come together. I used digestive biscuits the last time. Didn’t have digestives on hand this time, so I threw in Hobnobs instead. Just as good! I do a lot of chocolate desserts, simple ones mostly. Simple recipes like these leave you a lot of time to think about what more you can do. I could have just gone naked {ahem} with the cheesecake, but a luscious rich chocolate ganache takes this beautiful Dark Chocolate Cheesecake to a delicious new level. How could I skip it. The cake was for a birthday, so now something had to be celebratory, I mean a little more celebratory. Also, so much time on hand makes me fidgety. I just have to do something more!

I thought maybe salter butter caramel and had visions of gooey goodness dripping off the edges. Yet when I opened the fridge, I saw a box of juicy fresh strawberries and I knew I had to have them on some way. Maybe do strawberries in balsamic vinegar? No, no, strawberries in red wine screamed the bottle of Shiraz at me.You might remember these Lamb Chops with Red Wine I made recently, best I’ve ever made. Rosemary, garlic, and a limited edition Shiraz came together ever so beautifully to create this dish with so much character and loads of depth. There was some wine left over, so red wine macerated strawberries it was going to be.Anything on my kitchen counter becomes an ingredient in my recipes. Loads of fresh oranges and star anise sitting pretty on the counter could only mean one thing. They would help flavour my macerated strawberries. In went the zest of an orange and a few star anise. They created delightful undertones as you can well imagine.The result was a flavoursome, beautifully coloured red wine topping which tastes as good as it looks. Here you go, the recipe is a must try. For me, it’s the only chocolate cheesecake recipe I’ll ever need! Thank you Ruchira ♥!

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Red wine macerated strawberries
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Yum
Print Recipe
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
8-10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 12 hours
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 12 hours
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Red wine macerated strawberries
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Yum
Print Recipe
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
8-10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 12 hours
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 12 hours
Ingredients
Ganache
Red wine macerated strawberries
Servings: people
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 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 of the filling 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. Leave to cool in the oven, then cover and chill for 4-6 hours, better overnight.
Red Wine Macerated Strawberries
  1. in a non reactive bowl, put in the strawberries, star anise, orange zest and brown sugar. Stir to mix, then pour in the wine. Stand covered in the fridge overnight.
  2. Discard the star anise, and strain the strawberries. Reserve in a bowl. Place wine in a small saucepan with a quarter cup orange juice, and simmer until thick and syrupy. taste and adjust sweetness if required. Cool slightly, then pour over the strawberries.
  3. Ladle the strawberries over the ganache. If the syrup is thin, reduce it further until nice and thick. Cool and pour over strawberries.
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.
Share this Recipe

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
Albert Einstein

Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream … such a delicious way to end 2016, and ring in the new year! Have a great new year. HNY 2017.

Catch you on the other side. This one’s short & sweet!

Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Yum
Print Recipe
Light, fun, easy to make, and a visual delight, the Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream is a great make ahead dessert. Visually exciting and flavours that pop, berries work really well in this recipe!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Yum
Print Recipe
Light, fun, easy to make, and a visual delight, the Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream is a great make ahead dessert. Visually exciting and flavours that pop, berries work really well in this recipe!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Ingredients
Jelly
Cream topping
Servings: people
Instructions
Jelly
  1. Warm 100ml juice and pour over the gelatin in a small bowl. Stand for 5 minutes for gelatin to soften.
  2. Put the remaining juice and star anise in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Take off heat, and stir in the wine, followed by the softened gelatin.
  3. Divide the strawberries between the serving glasses/bowls. Strain the jelly mixture and pour into the glasses over the strawberries. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours until set and chilled.
Cream topping
  1. Whip the cream, sugar and orange zest at high speed {with sugar if desired} until medium peaks form.
  2. Top the set jelly with piped whipped cream.
  3. Garnish with sliced strawberries and chill until ready to serve.
Share this Recipe

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
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Yum
Print Recipe
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
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Yum
Print Recipe
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!
Share this Recipe
Please wait...

Subscribe to my newsletter

Want to be notified when the article is published? Do enter your email address and name below to be the first to know.
%d bloggers like this: