Thursday, 31 August 2017

Can You Use Cheese To Make Desserts?


Cheese in desserts? Yes, it’s true! Venture into a cheese lover’s paradise with these wonderful cheesy desserts.  Incorporating cheese in a dessert can take it to a whole other level of culinary genius!
The mixture of savoury and sweet opens up your palate to an explosion of dynamic flavours that you certainly won’t find in regular desserts. Be sure to look like a master chef when you make one of these desserts at your next dinner party.

1. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies



 These cream cheese chocolate chip cookies are delicious, rich and decadent, making them the ideal comfort food for the weekend and a great treat for your kids! Indulge in this sinful combination of cream cheese and chocolate to create an exciting dessert!
You can bake these cookies straightaway, but we suggest refrigerating the dough for 2-3 days first, in order to truly enhance the flavours.

Ingredients
•½ cup of unsalted butter, softened
•¼ cup of cream cheese, softened (don’t use fat free, light or whipped cream cheese)
•¾ cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
•¼ cup of granulated sugar
•1 large Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Egg
•2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
•2 ¼ cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Wheat Maida
•2 teaspoons of cornstarch
•1 teaspoon of baking soda
•¼ teaspoon sea salt
•1 cup of L’exclusif Chocolate Chips
•½ cup of bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions
1.Whisk together in a medium bowl the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set it aside.
2.Using an electric whisk, mix butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and vanilla together on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
3.Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture bit by bit. After each addition mix until the flour has just been incorporated, do about 5-7 small additions.
4.Add the chocolate chips and mix briefly to distribute them evenly.
5.Refrigerating the dough for up to 3 days before baking. When you are ready to bake, proceed to the next step.
6.Pre-heat the oven to 180° and line the baking sheets with the parchment paper. Scoop the dough and place them 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
7.Bake for about 11-12 minutes. The sides should just be starting to brown when you take them out of the oven. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.




2. Oreo Cookie Cheesecake




Give your taste buds a tingle with this crunchy and creamy Oreo cheesecake. Made with wholesome cream cheese and melted chocolate bars, this dessert will definitely go down as one of your all time favourites.
Ingredients:
•25 Oreo cookies
•4 tbsp.melted butter
•4 packets of cream cheese
•4 tbsp.Healthy Alternatives Corn Flour
•1 cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
•4 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs
•2 tbsp.Vanilla essence
•2 bars of melted L’Exclusif chocolate
•½ cup of cream
Instructions:
1.Crush about 20 cookies and mix in the melted butter. Line the base of the baking pan evenly with this mixture.
2.Now beat the cream cheese, sugar, and corn flour together. Once it becomes creamy, mix in the eggs but do it one at a time.
3.Stir in the vanilla essence. Add the melted chocolate and cream. Break the remaining cookies into smaller pieces and mix.
4.Pour the batter over the crust and bake it in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to 100 degrees C and bake for 2 hours.
5.When done leave the cake in the oven to cool for 2 hours and then refrigerate overnight before serving.


3. Goats Cheese Pudding

Picture credits @Stephanie Foley

Use goat cheese in a way you never imagined! Use it to make this modern multi-dimensional dessert, the lemon and raspberries complement each other perfectly and are tied together by the rich and heavenly goat cheese.

Ingredients
•2 cups of milk
•¾ cup of heavy cream
•1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
•¼ cup of Healthy Alternatives Floral Blend Honey, plus more for drizzling
•Grated zest of 1 lemon
•2 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs
•2 egg yolks
•½ cup of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
•2 tbsp.of corn-starch
•1 ¼ cups of fresh goats cheese
•2 tbsp of unsalted butter
•2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
•¼ tbsp.of salt
•Raspberries for serving


Instructions
1.In a medium saucepan, combine the milk with the cream, vanilla bean and the seeds, the honey and the lemon zest. Bring to a simmer. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and let it stand for 30 minutes. Strain the milk, discarding the vanilla bean.
2.In a medium bowl, whisk the whole eggs with the yolks, sugar, and corn-starch until it is smooth. Gradually whisk in the warm milk mixture. Pour the contents of the bowl into the saucepan.
3.Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking constantly until it is thickened, for about 1 minute.
4.Transfer the custard to a blender. Add the goat cheese, butter, lemon juice and salt and blend until it is smooth. Pour the custard into eight 3/4-cup ramekins and refrigerate until chilled, for about 1 hour. Top with some raspberries and a light drizzle of honey and serve.
Ready to experiment with these cheesy dessert recipes? Get your ingredients here.
There are loads of other wonderful desserts for you to find that are full of cheesy goodness! Click here to read all about them.

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