Layered Chocolate Raspberry Trifle Dessert

Layered Chocolate and Raspberry Trifle Dessert - Pikalily Food Blog

We recently made one of Helen’s Mum’s favourite desserts for Valentine’s Day, Chocolate Raspberry Towers.  We had forgotten how nice they were and we thought that the recipe would work really well as a layered dessert.  We’ve made a few changes to the recipe to allow for this.  Although the dessert uses crème de cassis and dark chocolate it is extremely light and refreshing. Be warned, it is very moreish!!

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Decadent chocolate and berry towers

Chocolate Raspberry Tower - Pikalily Food Blog

This recipe has been passed on to Helen by her mum Retta who has been making it for years and is a dab hand in the kitchen when it comes to baking.  Although the dessert contains dark chocolate and crème de cassis, it is very light and refreshing due to the raspberry mousse and fresh berries.

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Festive Baked Orange Cheesecake with Caramelised Oranges and Mascarpone Icing

Caramelised Orange Baked Cheesecake Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

Oranges are at their best at Christmas time and cheesecakes are a popular dessert for many households on Christmas Day, and indeed across the festive season.  The zesty orange and sweet caramel complement each other so well, and are a winning combination in our eyes.  We’ve been busy in the kitchen preparing a Christmas dessert recipe for you all to enjoy, something that will really bring out the festive flavours we all love.

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Coconut and Mango Pancake Recipe

Coconut Pancake Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

Pancake Tuesday is the one day in the year that everyone seems to fall in love with pancakes.  Pancakes can be a popular choice for breakfast, lunch or an evening snack, especially for kids, so with this recipe we replaced butter for a much healthier cooking alternative – coconut oil.  Coconut oil is all the rage now in the kitchen, and a healthier way to fry food.  We decided to try out a coconut pancake recipe in time for Pancake Tuesday.  Check out the video and cooking method below.

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Helen’s pumpkin pie recipe

Pumpkin pie recipe - Pikalily food blog

When it comes to Halloween, we’re all guilty of resigning pumpkins to lantern duty! But a pumpkin is a great vegetable that lends itself favourably to both sweet and savoury dishes.  Although typically an American dish, pumpkin pie is a delicious dessert that is perfect for the winter season. It is extremely easy to make and is packed with flavourful spices. The smell of a pumpkin pie baking in the kitchen is incredible, filling your house with the fragrances of mixed spice, ginger and cinnamon, making it a popular dish for the Christmas season as well. [Read more…]

Helen’s chocolate chilli bonfire cake

Chocolate chilli caramel cake - Pikalily Food Blog

I have wanted to play with chocolate and chilli for a while and I thought that there would be no better time than Halloween – bonfire season.  The nights are drawing in and it’s getting cold, so why not divulge in some chocolate with a little heat!  To give the cake that added bit of visual drama and theatre, I made some shards of caramel with fine strands of red chilli and dried chilli flakes in it.  Adding a mixture of dark and light brown sugars brings a balance of richness and lightness to the cake.

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Peach and Mint Crumble

Peach and mint crumble - Pikalily Food Blog

This recipe came about as a way of using up some stoned fruit and a few sprigs of fresh mint in the fridge. We wanted something warm and satisfying on a particularly cold and wet summer evening. The addition of mint leaves adds a subtle freshness to this warm dessert and makes it a little more summery. For the crumble topping we added some ground almonds for extra flavour. We served our crumble with some good quality vanilla ice-cream and a almond praline crumb. This dessert is perfect for any time of year and won’t take long to whip up. Check out the recipe below.

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Helen’s Eton Mess

Eton Mess Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

Eton Mess is a delicious summer dessert and a great way to finish off a meal as it is light yet very moreish. Our recipe uses double cream, condensed milk and natural Greek yoghurt so it feels very silky and has a perfect level of sweetness. We made our own meringue but you could easily use shop bought meringues for convenience.  Berries are a popular fruit with an Eton Mess but you could easily try it out with other fruits for something a little different.  Check out our recipe below and try it out yourself – it’s easy to make and won’t take too long.

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Natvia lime and passion fruit drizzle cake

Natvia lime and passion fruit drizzle cake - Pikalily food blog

We recently shared our lemon drizzle cake recipe with you and as it’s a pretty easy recipe to follow and make, we decided to make another drizzle cake, this time using lime and passion fruit curd.  In this cake we used a new product we’ve come across called Natvia; it’s a sweetener alternative to sugar.  Here is how we did it.

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Syrupy lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake - Pikalily food blog

This cake is perfect for those of you who are just getting into baking.  It is an all in one batter that you simply bake, drizzle and enjoy.  It’s also a perfect way to introduce your kids to baking, something we would certainly encourage of any parent.  We used lemon for our cake as it provides a zingy spring like flavour, but you could get away with using other citrus fruits like orange or lime.  This fluffy textured cake is perfect served warm or cold and is extremely hard to resist!

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