Catherine’s Strawberry Cheesecake

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Luscious Carrot Cake

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Ingredients

  • 150g Dairygold Baking Block, melted
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½tsp ground nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100g raisins
  • 200g grated carrot
  • 100g pecans

For the icing:

  • 130g Dairygold baking block
  • 300g soft cream cheese
  • 160g icing sugar

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mk 4.

Prepare a rectangular cake tin (or two sandwich tins) by lining it with lightly greased greaseproof paper, leaving some overlapping the edges.

Beat the sugar, Dairygold Baking Block and eggs together until the mixture has doubled in size.

Next, fold in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spice, making sure to mix well.

Stir in the carrots, raisins and nuts until they’re evenly mixed through.

Pour into your tin(s) and bake for 35-40 minutes, before allowing to cool.

While that’s happening, beat together the icing ingredients and smooth over the cooled cake.

If you made two cakes in sandwich tins, you can create a middle layer of icing for double the creamy deliciousness!

– See more at: http://www.yourdairygold.ie/bake-it/luscious-carrot-cake.aspx#sthash.RjBXxCvm.dpuf

Valentine Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 200g/7oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
  • 125g/4oz Butter (room temperature)
  • 150g/5oz Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2½ Tablespoons Cocoa (sieved)
  • ½ Teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Bottle Goodall’s Red Colouring (25ml)
  • 150ml/¼ pt Buttermilk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Odlums Bread Soda (sieved)
  • 1½ Teaspoons White Vinegar

Topping

  • 125g/4oz Butter (room temperature)
  • 100g/½ 200g Tub Cream Cheese
  • 325g/11oz Icing Sugar (sieved)
  • 1 Teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Extract

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.350°F/Gas 4. Line a twelve cupcake tin with paper cases.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat well.
  3. Next put the cocoa, vanilla and colouring into the mixture and mix well to combine.
  4. Reduce speed on beater and add half the buttermilk and flour, mix well. Repeat with remaining buttermilk and flour.
  5. Finally, add in the salt, bread soda and vinegar. Beat on high speed until completely smooth.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the paper cases. Bake for 20 minutes approx. until risen and firm to springy to the touch.
  7. Cool for in tin for 10 minutes, then, transfer to a wire tray to cool.
  8. When cold beat the topping ingredients together until smooth.
  9. Use to pipe or spread on each cupcake. Decorate as wished!!

http://odlums.ie/recipes/valentine-red-velvet-cupcakes/

 

White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake

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Ingredients

  • 180g ginger nut biscuits
  • 50g Irish butter, melted
  • 400g good quality cream cheese
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, zested & juiced
  • 300g good quality white chocolate, chopped
  • 300ml Glenisk Organic cream, stiffly whipped
  • 250g fresh raspberries
  • Fresh mint, to garnish

Method

  1. Crush the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir the melted butter thoroughly into the biscuits. Press into the base of a greased 20cm springform tin (or loose bottom cake tin) and chill in the fridge for 10 mins until the base is slightly hardened.
  3. Using an electric whisk, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and juice, until smooth.
  4. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water.  Once melted, slowly pour the chocolate into the beaten ingredients, whisking as you do so. Fold in the whipped cream.
  5. To assemble the cheesecake, scatter half the raspberries over the biscuit base and pour half the cream filling over. Repeat with the remaining raspberries and filling and level the top with the back of a spoon.
  6. Leave to chill in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Serve garnished with fresh mint leaves.

http://glenisk.com/recipes/white-chocolate-raspberry-cheesecake

Luscious Carrot Cake

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The first time your kids hear ‘carrot cake’, they might pull a face – a cake with carrots in it? – but once they try some of this deliciously moist, sweet and dense dessert, they should be all smiles. This cake should get you between 12 and 16 slices, depending on how generous you are!

Ingredients

  • 150g Dairygold Baking Block, melted
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½tsp ground nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100g raisins
  • 200g grated carrot
  • 100g pecans

For the icing:

  • 130g Dairygold baking block
  • 300g soft cream cheese
  • 160g icing sugar

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mk 4.

Prepare a rectangular cake tin (or two sandwich tins) by lining it with lightly greased greaseproof paper, leaving some overlapping the edges.

Beat the sugar, Dairygold Baking Block and eggs together until the mixture has doubled in size.

Next, fold in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spice, making sure to mix well.

Stir in the carrots, raisins and nuts until they’re evenly mixed through.

Pour into your tin(s) and bake for 35-40 minutes, before allowing to cool.

While that’s happening, beat together the icing ingredients and smooth over the cooled cake.

If you made two cakes in sandwich tins, you can create a middle layer of icing for double the creamy deliciousness!

– See more at: http://www.yourdairygold.ie/bake-it/luscious-carrot-cake.aspx#sthash.vp4fly5V.dpuf

Odlums Banana Layer Cake

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Ingredients

350g /12 oz Odlums Cream plain Flour
1 teaspoons Odlums Bread Soda
Pinch of Salt
125g/4 oz Butter
200 g/7oz Granulated Sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Extract
3 Large Bananas (Mashed)
60ml/ 4 Tablespoons Buttermilk

Fresh Banana Icing Ingredients

1 Large Ripe Banana (Mashed)
450g/1 pound Icing Sugar (Sieved)
50g/2 oz Butter
125g/4 oz Cream Cheese
1 teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Extract

Filling

2 bananas (not overly ripe, for slicing between the layers)

 Method

1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.
2. Grease and baseline with grease proof paper 2 x 8 “/ 20cm sandwich tins.
3. Beat butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.
4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 30 seconds.
5. Next mix in the banana and buttermilk. Finally, sieve in flour, bread soda and salt.
6. Gentle stir to combine. Divided mixture evenly between two prepared tins.
7. Bake in centre of the oven for 25 minutes, or until well risen and firm to the touch.
8. Remove from the oven, leave in tin for 10 minutes.
9. Turn into a wire tray to cool.

To Assemble Cake

1. Meanwhile make the icing by putting all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
2. Spread two thirds of the icing on both halves of the cake.
3. Slice and arrange the bananas on one half of the cake and place the other half on top.
4. Spread remaining icing on top of the cake.

http://odlums.ie/catherines-weekly-recipe-Banana-Layer-Cake/