digestives

Cheesecake two ways

Its a double ended dream!

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Baking for the one you love, or sharing with a friend? Are you going vegan, or do you like it animalistic? This recipe has both and MORE! Like an MMORPG its possibilities are endless and you can give it to everyone, or just go hard at it by yourself. It's a valentines special, but not as we know it. Chocolate Rose Cheesecake- two ways. 


Ingredients

200g vegan digestives/regular digestives 

100g butter/ 50g vegan butter & 50g veggie shortening

400g cream cheese/vegan cream cheese

100g caster sugar

3 tbsp plain flour

1 egg/sachet veggie gelatine/1 tsp xantham gum

50g cocoa powder

Rose Water flavouring

Pink/red food colouring


Method

Cheesecake Base

Blitz your digestive biscuits to form crumbs (no lumps!), add your butter (whichever kind) and mix with your hands to combine. Press into a lined 20cm cake tin (23 works too, but it will be a flatter cheesecake overall) and bake in the oven at 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4 for 10 minutes. Take out and leave to cool. 

Cheesecake filling

In a bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and thickener (egg/veggie gelatine/xantham gum). Blend it all together and then decide which way you want it. 

Hearts

Take 5 tsp of the mixture out- add red/food colouring to your desired shade and add 1tsp rose water flavouring. Stir to combine. Leave to the side for now. 

Into the remaining cheesecake filling, add 50g of cocoa powder and blend until combined. If the mixture is a little dry, add some milk/vegan milk to a cake batter-like  consistency. 

Pour the chocolate mixture onto the base and flatten. 

Add 5 tsp of your pink/red mixture in circular blobs in even spaces around the edge. Take a cocktail stick and drag the point through the middle of each circle anti-clockwise, to form a crude heart shape. Neaten up with another cocktail stick. 

Bake at 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4 for 15-20 minutes until there is a slight wobble. 

Cool completely on a wire rack in the tin. Take out the tin, leave in the fridge for 30 mins or overnight. Slice and serve. 

Layered cheesecake

Split your cheesecake filling in half. Add 50g of cocoa powder to one half and mix in. To the other side, add some pink/red food colouring to your desired shade. Add 2-3tsp of rose water flavouring (to your taste) and mix in. 

Add your pink/red layer on top of your base, then add your chocolate layer on top. 

Bake at 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4 for 15-20 minutes until there is a slight wobble. 

Cool completely on a wire rack in the tin. Take out the tin, leave in the fridge for 30 mins or overnight. Add stripes of cocoa powder and icing sugar to your desired design. Slice and serve. 


That's it!! Two ways, so many endings. Watch the video for extra help. 
Have a lovely February 14th. 

Love Colin xx

 

 

Vegan Digestives

Don't get bitter, just get non dairy butter

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This week, it's time to grab your non dairy butter and hit the kitchen with a new recipe! The reason I create vegan recipes is to share with the folks at work, but also to challenge myself to make the flavours work in a similar way to their OG counterparts. Plus, this recipe helps with a double ended recipe for valentines day. 


Ingredients

200g wholemeal flour

120g Dark Muscavado Sugar

50g Oats

2tsp baking powder

50g vegan butter

50g veggie shortening

4 tbsp vegan milk 


Method

Throw everything into a bowl and mix with your hands. Seriously... that's it. you can mix gradually, but it all has to end up in the bowl at some point. Get stuck in. Form a dough with the mixture. If its too sticky, add some flour, if its dry, add more milk. Easy.

Flour a surface (with some leftover wholemeal flour) and roll the dough flat to 5mm thick. Take a cookie cutter of your size and choice and cut out what you desire. For obscure shapes, examples- stars, unicorns, mars curiosity rover- chill your cut out cookies in the fridge for 30 minutes so they retain their shape in the oven, as the baking powder will give it a wee puff up, nobody wants a puffy rover. 

Pop into the oven at 175ºC/350ºF/Gas 4 for 10-15 minutes until they start to go a little brown on the outside. 

Cool on a wire rack. Serve with a cup of English Breakfast Tea, or dip in some melted dark chocolate for that extra fancy twist. 

That's it! 

Stay tuned for a cheesecake base recipe next week. 

See you soon

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