Got yogurt?

We did.

1.5L of Greek style yogurt.

Before it went bad I decided to look up a few recipes to use it up.

Two that stuck out were Snickerdoodle Cake and Frozen Yogurt Bark.

Both turned out delicious!

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Snickerdoodle Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 


Course: Dessert
Author: Gina
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Greek style labour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and prepare 2 loaf pans.

  2. In a small bowl mix most of the cinnamon and 6 tablespoons of sugar together and set aside.

  3. In another bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and set aside.

  4. In your electric mixer (or a large bowl), cream the butter, sugar and oil on medium speed for about 1 minute.

  5. Add the eggs and mix.

  6. Add the vanilla and yogurt and mix until just combined.

  7. Add in the flour mixture and stir by hand until just combined.

  8. Scoop a 6th of the batter into each loaf tin, sprinkle a thick layer of cinnamon sugar over the batter, repeat 2 more times, ending with a cinnamon sugar layer.

  9. Bake for about 40-45 minutes.

  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from the tins.

  11. Serve warm with a little butter spread on.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Betty Crocker

 

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Frozen Yogurt Bark
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 10 mins
 

Got some Greek style yogurt left over? This is a really quick and easy way to use it up.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Author: Gina
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Greek Style Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey You can add more or less depending on your taste
  • 1/2 cup fillings/toppings of your choice raisins, craisins, nuts, marshmallows, frozen berries, fresh fruit
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam heated until runny
Instructions
  1. Mix the yogurt and the honey until well combined.

  2. Add in any fillings you want.

  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or tin foil.

  4. Pour the yogurt onto the baking sheet. Thickness depends on you.

  5. Add desired toppings.

  6. Drizzle the strawberry jam over the top.

  7. Freeze for no less than 4 hours.

  8. Remove from freezer and break into pieces.

  9. Store in a sealed container in the freezer.

A taste of childhood

The other day, while hunting for a tin of coconut milk, I came across condensed milk. It can be tricky to find here so I grabbed one and then stuck it in the grocery cupboard and promptly forgot all about it.

Then last weekend while looking for something yummy to snack on, I pulled out the tin. I also spied a bag of desiccated coconut and an idea struck.

Coconut ice!

I remember the white and pink sugar overload from my childhood quite fondly and decided to whip up a batch and introduce it to my children. Faith was dutifully impressed, Aaron took one sniff and said no way!

Its really, really easy to make and took no time at all. The hardest part was the mixing, its really good for toning your arms!

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Traditional Coconut Ice
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Super sweet, super sticky, coconut treats.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Author: Gina
Ingredients
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 400 g desiccated coconut
  • 3 drops red food colouring you can use any colour you like and even add flavouring if you want
Instructions
  1. Pour the condensed milk into a large bowl.

  2. Add the icing sugar and the coconut and mix together. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the bowl to get all the condensed milk.

  3. Keep mixing. The mixture will be very stiff. Keep going.

  4. Line a square or rectangular, deep sided dish with baking paper.

  5. Scoop out half the mixture and using your hands or the back of a spoon, press the mixture into the dish. It doesnt have to be perfect but the more uniform the thickness is, the better it will look when you cut it into squares.

  6. Add your colouring (and/or flavouring) to the remaining mixture and mix well until the entire mixture is coloured to your liking.

  7. Scoop out the coloured mixture and using your hands or the back of a spoon, spread it over the first layer in the dish and press it down.

  8. Once everything is smoothed out to your satisfaction, place the dish, covered, in the fridge for a few hours.

  9. Once cold and set, remove the coconut ice from the dish, peel off the baking paper and slice into small squares with a sharp knife.

  10. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

You can add a bit of cocoa powder to the 2nd half of the mixture instead of food colouring to make a vanilla chocolate ice.

 

Have your (cheese)cake and eat it too!

Once again, Shavuot has come and gone.

Last year I blogged about the awesome cheese blintzes I made (which I made again this year).

This time I decided to try my hand at making a cheesecake. I also wanted to make it sugar free so that Paul could enjoy it too. 

I found a few recipes online and using them as a base, I adjusted to the ingredients I had available.

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Sugar Free Cheesecake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

A fluffy, sugar free, baked cheesecake.

Course: Dessert
Author: Gina
Ingredients
Base
  • 1 packet sugar free chocolate tea biscuits
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp cup for cup sugar replacement
  • 1 tbs vanilla
Filling
  • 750 g ricotta cheese
  • 200 ml sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups cup for cup sugar replacement
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Base
  1. Crush the biscuits until they resemble fine crumbs.

  2. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuit crumbs along with the sugar replacement and vanilla.

  3. Press the mixture into a prepared round 9 inch springform cake pan (or into the bottom of a glass or pyrex dish.

  4. Bake at 160C for about 5 minutes.

  5. Allow to cool while assembling the filling.

Filling
  1. Beat the ricotta, sour cream and sugar replacement until smooth.

  2. Add the eggs one at a time and beat to incorporate.

  3. Add the lemon juice and vanilla and mix well.

  4. Once your base is cool, slowly pour the filling on top and smooth out the top.

  5. Bake in a 160C oven for 50 minutes. The top will begin to turn brown and crack around 45 minutes. This is normal.

  6. Run a knife around the edge of the cake and then allow the cake to cool to room temperature before transferring to the fridge for at least 2 hours.

  7. Once the cake is chilled you can remove it from the pan.

More fried things

Tonight the kids and I devoured these delicious apple fritters. So so so much of yumminess!

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Peppermint Crisp Heaven

My mom brought a veritable sweet shop with her when she arrived in Israel, Chomps, Tex, Smarties and of course Peppermint Crisp.

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I remember biting off the ends of the Peppermint Crisp and sucking milk through it like a straw as a kid. Good times.

So while mom is here we decided to make a Peppermint Crisp Tart for pudding.

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The Melktert Saga

If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen that for Shavuot I was going to make a melktert (this one from FB). Well I did, except it did not set. The custard part is supposed to set enough that you can cut the tart into slices. Mine was still liquid enough that you had to eat it with a spoon in a bowl.

So I was chatting to some friends about it and they suggested that I freeze it and make ice cream, so I popped it into the churner and a yummy melktert ice cream was born.

Below is the recipe I used, I’m not sure if it was the recipe itself, the fact that I did it on the stove top and not the microwave or if it was the ingredients (Israeli not South African) I used that caused it not to set, so if you want to try it out as a traditional melktert give it a go, if it does not set then carry on with the freezing/churning part and make it into an ice cream like I did.

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Marshmallow Ice Cream

I was given a KRUPS ice cream churner for my birthday and have been making the most amazing ice cream ever since.

Last night I made ‘The Michelin Man’ Marshmallow Ice Cream from a recipe in The Icecreamists recipe book Wendi gave me for my birthday.

Before I give you the recipe, please note that though making home made ice cream is very easy, it is time consuming and is not something that can be made on a whim. It takes at least 48 hours to make.

Mine doesnt look nearly as pretty as the pic in the recipe book, but Oh Em Gee, it tastes divine!!!
Mine doesnt look nearly as pretty as the pic in the recipe book, but Oh Em Gee, it tastes divine!!!

Ingredients

Ice cream

  • 250ml full cream milk (I use 2%)
  • 125ml double cream (I use 250g regular cream)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 88g caster sugar
  • 100g large marshmallows.

Ripple

  • 50g small marshmallows
  • 100g marshmallow fluff.

Method

  • Bring milk and cream just below boiling in a pan. Mixture must steam but not boil.
  • In a bowl beat egg yolks and sugar.
  • Slowly add hot milk to egg mixture, stirring to ensure eggs don’t scramble.
  • Return to pan and heat to steaming again.
  • Stir large marshmallows into milk mixture until melted.
  • Allow mixture to cool before placing in fridge for a minimum of 6 hours (12 hours is ideal).
  • Once cool pour mixture into churner and churn as per instructions. If you don’t have a churner place in freezer proof dish and freeze, mix occasionally to disperse ice crystals.
  • Once churned fold in small marshmallows and fluff.
  • Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

This particular recipe made about 1 litre of ice cream once it was churned.

Peppermint Aero Pudding

So this can work with Peppermint Crisps too but the shop didnt have any so I went with Aeros ūüôā

Ingredients

  • 1 x packet tennis biscuits
  • 1 x 500ml cream
  • 1 x tin caramel
  • 2 x peppermint crisp/areo
  • 1 x pyrex dish (preferable square or oblong)

Meathod

  • Whip cream until very stiff
  • Add caramel to cream and beat until mixed through.
  • Layer biscuits to cover the bottom of the dish.
  • Add a layer of cream mixture.
  • crumble one chocolate over the cream.
  • Repeat one more layer of biscuits, cream and chocolate.
  • Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Microwave Condensed Milk Fudge

So, I got me a hankering for some fudge and after a quick google search came up with what looked like an easy and quick recipe and more importantly one I had all the ingredients for.

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter/marge
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • splash vanilla essence

Method:

  • Before you get started, line a baking tin or tray with grease proof paper, this will help you to remove the fudge later without it sticking to your pan.
  • Most importantly make sure that the microwavable dish you use is big, if you think your dish is big enough get a bigger one. ¬†Trust me, its a bitch trying to clean sticky fudge batter that has boiled over off your microwave.
  • Place butter and sugar into the bowl and give a small mix.
  • Pour the condensed milk on top of the sugar and butter, dont mix.
  • Add your splash of vanilla¬†essence.
  • Place the bowl in the centre of the microwave and set it for 10 minutes.
  • Watching to make sure the mixture doesnt boil over, stop the microwave (without resetting your count down) after 1 minute has passed and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon.
  • I used a wooden spoon to stir and then used a plastic spatula to scrape the mixture of the wooden spoon and back into the bowl.
  • Place the bowl back in the microwave and let it cook for another¬†minute.
  • Stop the microwave and stir.
  • Place the bowl back in the microwave and repeat above until the 10 minutes are up.
  • I had to stop the countdown every 20 – 30 seconds after the 2nd minute because the mixture kept boiling up too high.
  • Just keep an eye on your mixture and make sure it doesnt boil over.
  • After the 10 minute count down is over spoon your mixture into your lined tin and refrigerate until set.
  • Cut the cooled and set fudge into squares and enjoy!

*** I spread the fudge mixture too thin in the pan, next time I will use a smaller pan and make thicker fudge.  Also, use a bit of spray and cook on the bottom of the pan before putting in the wax paper, might make it a bit easier to remove from the pan.