Strawberry Champagne Tim Tam slice

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There’s nothing better than a night hanging out with your girlfriends – whether you get glammed up and head out for a cocktail or two or hang out at home with a movie and some treats, you always know that you’re in for a good time.

And thanks to Tim Tam, that good time just got even better. I have three words for to: Tim Tam mocktails. Yip, Tim Tam biscuits that taste (and smell) just like your favourite drinks on a girl’s night in or out.

There are four delish flavours in the range – Virgin Espresso Martini, Virgin Pina Colada, Virgin Strawberry Champagne and in the Tim Tam Chocolicious Bites  range, Velvet Mudslide bites. And after settling down for a night of taste testing with my girlfriends I can definitely say that they’re all freaking amazing.

But with a scent that’s to die for and beautiful pink filling, I simply couldn’t go past the Strawberry Champagne Tim Tam – and that’s when this Strawberry Champagne Tim Tam slice was born.

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Easter rocky road

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There’s no better time to whip up some decadent sweet treats than at Easter and there’s no shortage of inspiration with so many chocolate eggs lining shop shelves.

The trick is finding a recipe that ticks all the boxes. It needs to be quick enough to whip up in a hurry, easy enough to be fail-proof and (of course) super delicious. Luckily this decadent Easter rocky road is all those things and more – you’re going to love it.

Imagine smooth white chocolate laden with chopped marshmallow eggs and mini chocolate eggs mixed together with a generous helping of crushed pretzels, freeze-dried strawberries and raspberries. Oh, and topped with extra Easter eggs, pretzels and berries for good measure. Pretty special, huh?

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Caramel Easter egg stuffed cupcakes

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Easter is officially less than a month away, so now’s the perfect time to start planning your Easter baking – because if there’s anything better than Easter eggs, it’s homemade Easter treats!

Cupcakes are a great treat to make at Easter (and any time of the year that is) and make the perfect Easter gift – after all, what’s not to love about a delicious cupcake topped with plenty of icing and Easter goodness?

That’s where these cute little Easter cupcakes come in. Not only do they look adorable with a little homemade white chocolate bunny and mini speckled eggs nestled amongst the creamy green buttercream icing, but the cupcakes themselves have a little surprise hiding inside… a mini caramel egg! Delish, huh?

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Homemade raspberry and vanilla jam

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Fresh berries are one of the best things about summer – there’s nothing quite like them! But if you’re anything like me, sometimes you end up with more than you can get through – and that’s where this almost-too-simple raspberry and vanilla jam recipe comes in.

Thanks to some spectacular trips to Hawkes Bay orchards this summer, I ended up with a full kilo of raspberries in the fridge that I just couldn’t get through. I’m going to be honest, it made me feel a little sick – they were just too soft to eat and there was no way I could bake my way through them all.

The solution? Try my hand at making raspberry jam.

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Dairy-free baked alaska

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Ever dreamed of finding a quick and easy dessert that would absolutely blow your friends away, all without you needing to spend hours in the kitchen? Well, you can stop dreaming! This dairy-free baked alaska is proof that delicious desserts don’t need to be difficult – you just need a trick or two up your sleeve.

First things first – what exactly is baked alaska? It’s simply ice cream, sorbet or frozen yoghurt piled on top of light sponge cake and wrapped in a thick layer of meringue which is lightly toasted in the oven or with a kitchen torch. While the meringue gets nice and toasty, the centre of the dessert stays as chilled as ever. Pretty cool, huh?

Since all the flavour of this magical dessert comes from the frozen centre, it’s really important that you use a really good frozen treat – like Kapiti Whipped Sorbet. The team at Kapiti are totally committed to doing whatever it takes for taste and have absolutely nailed it with this dairy-free treat.

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Chocolate & almond Christmas tree

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There’s so much going on during the festive season that it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed – not only are there decorations to put up, gifts to buy and Christmas parties every other night, but chances are you have a whole lot of baking on your to-do list too.

That’s where this homemade chocolate and almond Christmas tree comes in. Whether you’re after something tasty to gift to a friend or pop in the middle of the table of Christmas day, this simple treat has got you covered.

Made entirely from melted chocolate, almonds and apricots, there’s no need to turn on the oven to make this festive treat which makes it perfect for kids to lend a hand with. And despite being so easy to make, the finished tree is a real showstopper.

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Apple cider cheesecake

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While summer hasn’t quite officially kicked off, it’s beginning to feel a lot like summer – the days are long and warm, the sun is (usually) shining and you can’t help but want to spend all your free time out enjoying the beautiful weather. Gardening, walking, berry picking and swimming – there are so many ways to while away your summer!

Whatever you prefer, there’s nothing better than sitting down after a long day in the beautiful sunshine of a Kiwi summer to a beautifully chilled cider. I don’t mean one the super-sweet ciders you can get everywhere at the moment – I’m talking about a traditional cloudy apple cider that leaves you feeling refreshed.

That’s where this delicious new Mac’s Mid Tempo Cider comes in – it’s a premium, traditional cloudy cider that’s drier and sweeter than most ciders. You know what that means? It’s totally refreshing with a fresh juicy finish – delish!

After sitting down and enjoying a bottle of Mac’s Mid Tempo Cider at the weekend I started thinking – wouldn’t it be amazing to capture the light, refreshing flavours of the cider in a quick and easy summer dessert? Yeah, it would be! And that’s when this apple cider cheesecake came to life.

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Sweet Vanilla Amaretti latte

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Christmas is just around the corner and, if you’re a coffee-lover like me, that means there’s something in-store now that’s worth getting excited about – Nespresso’s Limited Edition Variations!

After falling in love with their Variations last year I couldn’t wait to find out what new flavours would be hitting the shelves this festive season – and I have to tell you, I think they might just be even more delicious than last year’s.

The latest Nespresso Limited Edition Variations are Vanilla Amaretti, Ciocco Ginger and Vanilla Cardamom. Inspired by a range of beautiful and oh-so-festive flavours – dark chocolate, spicy ginger, soothing vanilla and sweet almond – these Variations are the ultimate in festive indulgence.

While you can simply enjoy the Limited Edition Variations as they are or with a splash of milk, they’re also delicious in decadent coffee creations – like this sweet Vanilla Amaretti latte. The best part? It only takes a minute longer than making your usual morning coffee. Good, huh?

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