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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Banana Mixed Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Mixed berry smoothie bowl recipe - Pikalily food blog

Smoothie bowls are very much on trend at the minute.  Indeed, you only have to do a search on Google, Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll see a whole host of smoothie bowl recommendations, each one packed with goodness in so many ways.  We recently took part in a Twitter healthy tasting session with Musgrave Marketplace and Erika Doolan which focused on a range of smoothie recipes.  With National Breakfast Week this coming week, we decided to get creative in the kitchen by making our own smoothie bowl recipe.  We opted for an antioxidant packed berry smoothie bowl which was vibrant in colour and packed full of great flavour.  Check it out below. [Read more…]

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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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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Blueberry delight with Genesis Crafty pancakes

Genesis Crafty Blueberry Pancakes - Pikalily Food Blog

One of our favourite weekend breakfasts is to enjoy some homemade crepes or pancakes.  Sweet or savoury, they are always a popular choice in our house and rarely will there be any left at the table after we have dished up a serving of crepes / pancakes.  Perhaps our favourite way of enjoying pancakes is to serve them with a helping of summer berries and some fresh cream.  Strawberries, blackberries and blackcurrants are all perfect accompaniments for pancakes throughout the year, but especially during the summer months when they are at their freshest.  This weekend we had a bit of a lazy one and opted for some ready made pancakes from a local supplier Genesis Crafty, and it’s fair to say they were a bit of a treat.

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Fruit soufflé recipe

Fruit Soufflé Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

If you’re a regular visitor to our site and like to browse through our recipes you’ll know that we are fans of not letting food go to waste.  Food like bread, milk and fruit, can very easily go past it’s best before date without even knowing and for many people this means only one thing – straight to the bin.  With some nectarines and peaches lying in our fridge for a few days, the time had come to actually find a use for them or throw them out.  We would never want to throw out such great produce, so we decided to make a summer fruit dessert. Having looked through our recipe books for a few ideas, we decided to take a big risk and make our first ever soufflé.  Here’s what we did.

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Toasted oat and coconut granola with berries

Homemade granola berry and yoghurt - Pikalily Food Blog

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that work out the best.  For many of us, time is of the essence during the day, as we look to balance work and eating healthily.  We’re always looking for simple but quick lunch ideas that require minimal ingredients but still pack a punch when it comes to flavour.  This granola recipe is one such lunch option, but is also perfect to enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy snack during the day.  It will also make a great light meal to enjoy before or after a training session.  Here’s how we made this simple, yet tasty granola – be sure to try it out.

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Homemade banana bread recipe with flaxseed

Banana bread recipe with flaxseed - Pikalily Food Blog

We enjoy baking here at Pikalily and so long as you have a few eggs and some butter, sugar and flour, you can pretty much bake anything.  Last week we had a few ripe bananas, which in many homes tend to find their way into the bin.  We try to use rather than waste, so we decided to take these bananas and make a simple yet tasty banana bread.  Banana lovers out there, this is one recipe you need to be sure to bookmark.  Another ingredient we used in this bread was Linwoods flaxseed, cocoa and berries mix, something we regularly use when baking in the kitchen.

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Blueberry and lemon mascarpone tart

Blueberry lemon mascarpone puff pastry tart - Pikalily Food Blog

This is a delicious, zesty spring / summer tart that would make a great dessert or sweet treat for all the family.  Fresh blueberries work really well in this recipe and go perfectly with the lemon mascarpone mix, but you could easily replace the blueberries with any fruit of your choice.  The pastry we used for this was Jus-Rol who have some great pastry recipes to try out on their site.  Check them out here.

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Product review – Simply Great Pomegreat Pomegranate Juice

Simply great pomegranate juice review - Pikalily food blog

We were recently sent a carton of Pomegreat Pomegranate juice from Simply Great to sample and review.  This is the first time we have been asked to review something for the Pikalily blog, and if nothing else, it’s always nice to enjoy something for free 🙂

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