Berry and chocolate mousse cheesecake

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Summer is made for cheesecakes, right? Those cool, creamy desserts are just the thing to wind down with on a balmy (or sticky!) summer’s evening. But let’s be honest, the last thing you want to do on a hot day is spend hours in the kitchen preparing dessert – and cheesecakes are time-consuming, right?

Well, not this one!

This delicious berry and chocolate mousse cheesecake is so easy you’ll be making it over and over again – regardless of the season. And while it’s packed with the beautiful flavour of summer berries, they don’t need to be in season (or even in the freezer) for you to make it.

Like all my favourite cheesecake recipe (head over to the recipe index to find more), this cheesecake is completely bakeless – that means no turning on the oven, no bake time and no concerns about your beautifully baked cheesecake cracking as it cools.

While the layered look of these cheesecake makes it look a little complicated, the chocolate mousse really is the easiest part – it’s all thanks to Chef de Can Chocolate Mousse! Seriously, why complicate things with homemade chocolate mousse when you have this light and creamy chocolate mousse made with fresh Waikato cream available at the push of a button?

The best part is, Chef de Can Chocolate Mousse tastes so good no one will ever know you didn’t make it yourself. Each 250g can makes a massive 1.3 litres of velvety chocolate mousse, so there’ll be plenty left to enjoy as a sneaky after dinner treat even once you’ve impressed your guests with this recipe. Perfect, huh?

So check out the recipe below and get baking – I’m sure you’ll love it!

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Berry and chocolate mousse cheesecake
Makes one 9 inch cheesecake

Ingredients

Base

  • 400g superwine biscuits (or similar)
  • 200g butter, melted

Filling

  • 300ml cream
  • 375g cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tsp gelatine
  • 3 Tbsp berry jam

Topping

Method

Base

  1. Place biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until a fine crumb. Add melted butter and pulse until well combined.
  2. Grease a 9 inch springform pan and cover base with approx. half of biscuit mixture. Press until firm.
  3. Scoop remaining biscuit mixture around the edges of the pan, pressing up the sides. Place in the fridge to set.

Filling

  1. Pour cream into a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, combine cream cheese and caster sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. In a glass, combine water and gelatine. Mix until gelatine has dissolved, then add to cream cheese mixture. Beat until well combined.
  4. Place jam in a small bowl and warm gently in microwave for 10 seconds until slightly runny. Add to cream cheese mixture and beat until well combined.
  5. Add cream and beat until well combined, being careful not to over mix it as you don’t want to push all the lightness from the cream out of the mixture.
  6. Pour cheesecake filling into prepared base and place in fridge to set for approx. 2 hours.

Topping

  1. When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from tin and place on cake stand or serving dish.
  2. Shake Chef de Can Chocolate Mousse well, then spray spirals of chocolate mousse onto cheesecake. Spirals should be high enough that they sit in line with the top of the base. Continue until entire cheesecake is covered.
  3. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to smooth the chocolate mousse over the top of the cheesecake until level. Add freeze-dried berries if desired. Serve immediately.

This post was made possible thanks to Tatua. All words, images and recipes are my own.

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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Easy peanut & pretzel slice

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Ever wondered how sweet and salty treats just work? It’s simple really – you’re basically throwing a party for your taste buds! The sweetness tantalises some of your taste buds, while the saltiness teases the others, leaving everyone happy.

It kind of makes you want to make a sweet and salty treat, right? You know, to test the theory and everything. Well luckily I have just the recipe for you – a 15 minute, bakeless, totally delicious peanut & pretzel slice!

Inspired by Cadbury Dairy Milk’s new Pretzel & Peanut block, the beauty of this slice is in the flavours – peanuts and chocolate, pretzels and chocolate, peanuts and pretzels… no matter which way you look at it, this slice is a winner.

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Malteaser Slice

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Sometimes you just need chocolate.

Whether you’ve had a hard day or have something to celebrate, a little bit of chocolate can go a long way to making life a bit brighter.

But then there’s the big decision – what sort of chocolate do you indulge in? White, dark or milk? A chocolate biscuit? A chocolate coated sweet? It can feel like a pretty big decision when you’re standing in the confectionary aisle with dozens of options in front of you.

That’s where this decadent slice comes in – it has a little bit of everything so you don’t have to pick at all!

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Oreo Truffles

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Today’s bakeless treat is a super simple one that you’ve likely seen (and tasted) before… Oreo truffles! I didn’t have the exact recipe she used on hand so I just muddled along, drawing on my mint slice truffles for inspiration. Luckily there’s not really anything you can do wrong with these little treats – it’s literally three ingredients! Well, plus sprinkles – and you definitely need sprinkles for added fun factor.

The process is simple: mix together Oreo crumbs and cream cheese, roll into balls and dip in chocolate. Not hard to master, right?

I hope you like them!

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Makes approx. 30 truffles

Ingredients

  • 450g Oreos (3 packets)
  • 250g cream cheese, cubed
  • 375g milk chocolate melts
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Method

  1. Place Oreos in food processor and blend until ground to a fine crumb. Add cream cheese and pulse until well combined and mixture clumps together.
  2. Roll mixture into small balls and place on lined baking tray. Place in fridge to firm for approx 15 minutes.
  3. Melt milk chocolate melts in microwave in 30 second bursts, mixing between each. Dip each truffle in chocolate using a fork, tapping off excess before replacing on lined baking tray. Finish with sprinkles.
  4. Place in fridge to set completely.

Marshmallow balls

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Children’s birthdays always seem a bit more exciting than grown-up birthdays – I think it has something to do with the way we celebrate. When you’re little you have all your friends over for a party, play some games and are treated to fairy bread and other delicious treats. But when you get older, birthdays seem to ‘creep up’ on people and rather than celebrating, they worry about the extra number added to their age and have much less of a fuss.

I don’t subscribe to that – I think birthdays are absolutely wonderful, regardless of how old you are. Kevin and I usually celebrate our birthdays by having a few friends over for dinner or to one of our favourite cheap and cheerful restaurants for dinner.  While it may not be acceptable to whip out a round of pin the tail on the donkey partway through these more grown up celebrations, you can easily add a bit of childlike excitement to the party by having some childhood treats on hand.

Each year without fail my Mum would make marshmallow balls for my brother and my birthday parties. They’re a treat I vividly remember from every one of my birthday parties – I loved the marshmallow surprise hidden inside the biscuity exterior, and always tried to guess which colour marshmallow would be waiting inside (I was always hoping for pink).

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Pretzel & peanut butter bites

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One of the very first things I shared on High Tea with Dragons were peanut butter bites – soft balls of peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Simply put, they’re delicious. But one of the best things about the recipe is how quick and simple it is – whether you’re a novice or master baking, they’re an absolute cinch.

Today’s recipe is a twist on that fail-proof recipe, using pretzels to bring a subtle saltiness to the peanut buttery goodness. Intrigued? You should be! These bite-sized treats are made from a combination of finely crushed pretzels and peanut butter, with the pretzels giving them just the right amount of saltiness and crunch while the peanut butter gives them smoothness and flavour.

You might be a little sceptical about combining pretzels and peanut butter – I know, I’ve been there too. But somehow the combination works – the flavours really do complement each other perfectly, giving you the best of both worlds in one treat.

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