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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Bürgen breakfast challenge

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I’m not – and never have been – a morning person. No matter how hard I try or how early I set my alarm, I always seem to be in a rush to make it out the door every single morning. Mornings and I just don’t seem to click.

Eating a good breakfast is usually the first thing to go out the window when I’m in the midst of my morning rush. Then as soon as I jump in the car with a coffee in hand I vow I’ll have a good breakfast the next day – which rarely happens!

So when Bürgen asked me to take part in their breakfast challenge I was pretty excited – not only would it be the perfect incentive to finally get my mornings in order, but their new Original Mixed Grain Loaf sounded amazing.

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caramel apple cider doughnuts

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I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute favourite things to do in winter is snuggle up in front of the fire with a nice big glass of cider to while away those evenings when it’s just too wet and miserable to venture outside. Bliss.

While we’re not quite in winter yet (though, tell that to the weather!) I’ve done a bit of forward planning and found my new favourite cider. Well, not just one – there’s a whole range that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with thanks to the very clever people at Mac’s.

Mac’s has branched out from beers and introduced a range of delicious ciders that are a little bit different and taste distinctively apple-y even when there are other flavours in the mix. Forget all those super sweet berry combos, Mac’s ciders are much more tempting – think Cloudy Apple, Cranberry & Ginger, Blood Orange & Cardamon and (my personal favourite) Chilli & Lime.

I decided to make the most of their hard work and use Mac’s cider to bring a little extra punch into some autumnal baking – and that’s who these caramel apple cider doughnuts were born.

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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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Sugar-free raspberry & lemon crumble slice (+GIVEAWAY)

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While decadent sweet treats are undeniably delicious, sometimes what you really need stashed away in the cupboard is a treat that still feels like a treat, but isn’t going to put you into a sugar coma. Something that’s a healthier option, tastes amazing, and is easy to make without needing to buy countless hard-to-find speciality ingredients.

Sounds a bit like an impossible brief, right? Wrong – this delish raspberry and lemon crumble slice ticks every single one of those boxes. Imagine a crumbly biscuit base slathered in a thick coating of baked raspberries and topped with a crumble of biscuit.

Oh, and it’s totally free of refined sugar. Good, huh?

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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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Top 5 guilt-free cheese recipes

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Cheese is one of those ingredients that I absolutely love to cook with – there’s never a shortage of things you can make and it instantly adds a punch of flavour to whatever you’re making. The trouble is, it’s usually not a guilt-free option.

That’s where Mainland Noble comes in. Unlike most cheese, Noble is a cheese you can actually feel good about eating. With 30% less fat than Tasty (even less than Edam) and all that delicious Tasty flavour, you can rest-assured that Mainland Noble is a better-for-you option. Seven years of hard work went into creating this special cheese and now it’s here for Kiwis to enjoy at home. And trust me, you’ll enjoy it – it tastes amazing!

While it’s so good you’ll want to simply eat it by the slice, make sure you save some for your cooking. Here are my five favourite recipes that have been made better-for-you thanks to Mainland Noble to get you inspired…

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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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