Simple s’mores cheesecake

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Marshmallow is one of my absolute favourite things to bake with. Not only is it a lot of fun to make, it takes so much less time, energy and skill than you might think – it’s actually really simple.

All you need is one fail-safe recipe for homemade marshmallow and all of a sudden you have a raft of options available to you – add vanilla bean, peppermint essence or freeze-dried fruit powders to the mix and you instantly have a real treat on your hands.

Need a good recipe for your recipe book? Then check out the marshmallow recipe I always use (just switch the peppermint for whatever you want) or check out this one from Warren Elwin on Bite – it’s egg-free and you only need three ingredients.

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Mixed berry crisp

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One of my favourite things about winter is the evenings. After a long day at work, you get to head home to a warm house, snuggle up on the couch and relax with your favourite TV show. Sounds pretty good, right?

The only thing that could make this scene better is having a delicious, warm winter treat on hand. The trouble is, those kinds of desserts are generally a little time consuming to make and not all that good for you.

Luckily, this recipe for berry crisps bucks both those trends – yip, it’s easy to make and better for you thanks to Equal Spoonful. That means it’s packed with flavour and sweetness, without the calories. And you won’t even notice there’s no sugar, it’s that good.

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Warming ice cream sandwiches

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Winter is officially here, and I’m pumped – there’s so much to love about the season! Think rain on the roof, lighting up the fireplace, pulling out all your warm winter clothes, and lazy mornings snuggled up in bed… winter’s actually pretty great.

The cold winter evenings we’ve been having are the perfect setting for a wonderful date night. I can’t think of much better than snuggling up in front of the fire with a good movie, a glass of your favourite wine and deliciously decadent dessert. Sounds the perfect date night, right?

One of my favourite desserts to whip up in winter is ice cream sandwiches. I know what you’re thinking – ice cream in winter? But forget about ice cream being a ‘summer thing’, it makes the perfect winter treat too. Imagine rich, creamy ice cream sandwiched between two warm, gooey chocolate chunk biscuits… hot and cold, creamy and delicious, they really are the perfect winter treat!

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Tim Tam salted caramel cheesecake

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Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love sitting down and enjoying a Tim Tam (or three) every now and again? Whether you’re relaxing at home after a long day or having friends or family over for a bit of a celebration, enjoying a delicious Tim Tam moment is always a good idea.

Luckily for fellow Tim Tam fans, Tim Tam has teamed up with Adriano Zumbo to release a range of super indulgent new flavours that you will fall head-over-heels in love with – think Coconut Cream, Choc Raspberry, Red Velvet and Salted Caramel. Good, huh?

After a lot of rigorous taste-testing and deliberation, I can honestly say that every one of these Tim Tam flavours is an absolute delight. But there was one that had my mind spiralling with decadent dessert ideas from the very first bite – and that’s when this Tim Tam salted caramel cheesecake was born.

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Simple strawberry & rhubarb cheesecake

I don’t know about you, but I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t like a good slice of cheesecake every now and again – and let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you? There’s just something about that sweet, creamy filling and crisp, biscuit base that makes cheesecake one of those desserts that’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

The trouble is, all the best cheesecakes are packed with sugar to help make sure the filling tastes as amazing as it looks – I know I’ve been guilty of it in the past! But the truth is, you don’t need to add melted chocolate, chopped lollies or sweet syrups into your cheesecake to make them taste incredible. All you actually need is a really good tea.

Yip, you read that right – you can use tea to flavour your cheesecakes! The only trick is finding a variety that is packed with enough beautiful flavour to shine through in the finished dessert and really make an impression – and that’s where this easy strawberry and rhubarb cheesecake comes in.

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Three ways to make entertaining a cinch

This time of year is all about entertaining and barbeques are my absolute go-to. I love nothing more than throwing open the French doors on a warm summer evening, throwing some food on the BBQ and catching up with friends and family.

It sounds pretty good right? The only trouble is the planning – before you know it even the simplest get-together can become a complicated web of planning, cooking and shopping. Suddenly it’s not simple the easy summer evening you envisaged.

Luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help making hosting summer get-togethers a total cinch – no more complicated drinks to prepare, mounds of dishes to wash and dry in the morning or time consuming desserts to whip up (woohoo!)

Hands up if that sounds amazing… yip, I thought so. Here are three ways to help make summer entertaining an absolute breeze.

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Lighter no-bake summer cheesecake

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There’s no denying that summer is just around the corner – the sun is shining, the days are longer and temperatures are creeping higher.

As we teeter on the verge of summer, now’s the perfect time to stop and take stock before the madness of the festive season kicks off and make changes that will leave you feeling better all summer long – like updating your weekly menu to include lighter meals that don’t fill your house with unnecessary extra heat.

That’s where this delicious cheesecake comes in. Not only does it make for a creamy, fresh summer dessert, but it’s even includes a certain special ingredient that will leave you feeling great – Symbio yoghurt. Yip, there’s yoghurt in this cheesecake!

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Cherry Ripe Tartlet

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Cherry Ripes are one of those chocolate bars that you either love or hate. I’m in the latter camp – they’re always the last chocolates sitting at the bottom of my Favourites box. It’s funny really, because when you break it down there’s no reason not to like them . Cherry? Yum. Coconut? Yum. Chocolate? Yum.

So when McDonald’s released a limited edition Cherry Ripe McFlurry I wasn’t too sure what to expect – and to be honest, I didn’t think I would like it! But my husband and I decided to try it for a Saturday afternoon treat. And guess what? Somehow they’ve managed to create a Cherry Ripe McFlurry that pulls out all the best parts of a Cherry Ripe without that divisive quality – think creamy soft serve ice cream topped with a light cherry sauce and lots of chocolate flakes. Yum!

Having enjoyed the Cherry Ripe McFlurry so much I decided to come up with a Cherry Ripe inspired recipe of my own – a beautiful cherry and coconut tartlet that’s absolutely packed with real cherry flavour. Yip, even though it’s not cherry season you can make a beautifully flavoursome cherry dessert without using faux-cherry essences.

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