Pasticceria Papa’s Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake

If there is one thing I love the most, that one thing is cheesecake. I love a good quality cheesecake and for many years Pasticceria Papa’s Ricotta Cheesecake has been my all time favourite.

One day whilst scrolling through Instagram, I noticed that Pasticceria Papa’s had put up a photo of their Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake. When I saw this photo, my eyes literally popped out of my head. I had to re-read the caption again to make sure I was not seeing things. To my absolute delight, I was not seeing things! I immediately decided to make plans to go to Pasticceria Papa to try this amazing creation.

When I arrived at Pasticceria Papa, the display cases were almost empty. There did not seem to be much left. I was so worried that they had run out of the Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake that I could feel my heart breaking. I had driven so far to get here and did not want to go home empty handed.

When it was my turn to be served, fate shone upon me and a staff member had come out of the kitchen with a tray of freshly made Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake. I was feeling so blessed. I got so excited that I ended up buying 3 mini Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake and 1 mini Ricotta Cheesecake.

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Pasticceria Papa’s Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake ended up being a very delicious combination. The mixture of ricotta and Nutella worked really well. The ricotta cheese was light and creamy and the Nutella provided a delicious chocolatey hazelnut filling. I did not find the combination to sweet. I felt like the combination was a match made in heaven. My only criticism is that the Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake in the miniature form is not as good as the sliced version. I found there was too much shortcrust pastry and not enough filling.  Next time I may buy the Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake as a whole cake.

 

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I am not sure if all the Pasticceria Papa stores sell the Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake. I bought the Ricotta and Nutella Cheesecake from their Five Dock store. I suggest you give them a call to find out.

Pasticceria Papa’s Ricotta website:

http://ppapa.com.au/

Coyo’s Coconut Ice Cream

Sometimes you may eat something so delicious and begin to wonder, “where you have been all my life?”. This is how I felt when I took my first bite of Coyo’s Coconut Ice Cream.

As you all know, I am obsessed with all things made of coconut. I ended up discovering this delicious ice cream when my friend who is allergic to soy and egg bought  the product. My friend loved the ice cream so much. So one day when I was visiting my favourite store Thomas Dux, I spotted the ice cream and knew I had to buy it.

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Coyo’s Coconut Ice Cream is an amazing product.  The ice cream is free of dairy, gluten, nut, soy and egg. I must admit that I did not expect the ice cream to taste so good. I was at first not entirely convinced about how can a product that did not contain dairy, gluten, nut, soy or egg could be tasty.  Boy, was I wrong!

Coyo’s Coconut Ice Cream was so creamy and coconutty. It tasted almost like those tapioca puddings that you can buy, but not as heavy. The texture is more like a gelato. The ice cream is so delicious and rich, that you only need to eat a small portion to feel satisfied. The ice cream only contains 86% coconut milk, cane sugar, tapioca and pectin.

The only problem with Coyo’s Coconut Ice Cream, is that the ice Cream is only a small tub, and I could quite easily eat the whole tub in a few days.

I suggest all you coconut lovers out there go and try this amazing ice cream! The product was not lying when it said it is “Heaven in a mouthful”.

 

For further information about Coyo’s Coconut Ice Cream, visit this website:

http://www.coyo.com.au

 

 

Mars Bar Chocolate Mud Cupcakes

I seem to have developed this obsession of putting Mars Bar Chocolate into everything. I have put them in cookies, cake and now cupcakes. I find that Mars Bar Chocolate is quite versatile to bake with.

My latest experiment involved putting Mars Bar Chocolate into chocolate mud cupcakes. I used my existing Mississippi Chocolate Mud Cupcake recipe and added the Mars Bar Chocolate.

The results were divine! The gooey caramel and chewy nougat of the Mars Bar Chocolate worked well with the cupcakes. The cupcakes ended up being so rich in texture, that I did not need to put icing on the cupcake.

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The Mars Bar Chocolate Mud Cupcakes were so easy to make. I cut half a fun size Mars Bar into each cupcake mixture in the cupcake cases and when the Mars Bar Chocolate Mud Cupcakes are baked the Mars Bar Chocolate rises to the top of the cupcake.

I have to warn you though, these Mars Bar Chocolate Mud Cupcakes are so addictive, definitely a chocoholic’s dream.

Mini Melting Moments by Charlie’s Cookies

Nothing is more relaxing that a strong cup of T2′s Irish Breakfast Tea and a good quality biscuit. I am quite fussy when it comes to biscuits and I find it really hard to find a biscuit that passes my biscuit snob test.

Today I discovered Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments. I had seen these biscuits at Gloria Jeans coffee shops and I really wanted to try them, but I promised my husband that I would not waste money trying new things. (This is a bad habit of mine, and can be expensive).

At the Cake, Bake and Sweets Show, I got to try Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments and I was immediately impressed. Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments were not heavy in taste like most melting moments biscuits and they tasted amazing. The biscuit flavour was so delicious (not heavy) and not too sweet and the cream centre was the perfect amount.

My favourite out of the whole range was the Choc “Noir” Mint. The Choc “Noir” Mint tasted like a peppermint biscuit and was so moreish, that I could have easily eaten the whole box. I also really liked the Choc Salted Caramel. I ended up buying three boxes of Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments, I could have honestly bought more.

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I am so excited to have found a biscuit that I love. I really want to try the rest of the range some day. The other flavours included: Blackcurrant “Cassis”, Traditional Lemon, and Raspberry and White Choc.

Life’s Short. Enjoy every mini moment.

Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments cost $12.00 per a box and can be bought online or in some stores.

Charlie’s Cookies Website:

http://www.charliescookies.com.au

 

Magnum’s Honeycomb Crunch Ice Cream

My friend had been nagging me for weeks to try Magnum’s new ice cream flavour, Honeycomb Crunch. I was not entirely convinced because I am not a huge fan of Magnum’s ice cream range. Finally after getting sick of her nagging, I caved in and bought a box.

Magnum’s Honeycomb Crunch ice cream is part of their limited edition range. I am not entirely sure how long they will keep selling the ice cream, but I have seen it in my local Coles supermarket the other week.

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Magnum’s Honeycomb Crunch chocolate ended up being so delicious. The ice cream was so smooth and creamy and the honeycomb flavouring was divine. I really loved how the chocolate shell of the ice cream had honeycomb bits. I am now officially addicted and my friend is now rubbing it in that she was right.

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I think I have now found my new favourite supermarket ice cream. Shame I cannot eat many because of my gestational diabetes diet.

Magnum Honeycomb Crunch is sold at most Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets and cost around $8.00.

Goodbye 2013 and Hello 2014

What a great year 2013 has been!

I found 2013 to be a year of learning and development with my baking skills and a year of eating too many sweets.

Looking back to the beginnings of 2013, I never could have imagined that I would be able to make cupcakes, cakes and biscuits without burning the kitchen down. I also never could have imagined that I would be able to conquer my fear of piping icing.

2013 also saw the start of selling my cupcakes with friends, family and work colleagues. I was so lucky that so many people liked my cupcakes and the different flavours that I had created. The amazing feedback regarding my baking from friends, family and work colleagues really inspired me to challenge myself.

Other than baking adventures, 2013 also brought many new sweet obsessions. I went crazy for Adriano Zumbo’s Zonut, crazy over eating macarons and obsessing over ice cream. I also have had many bad sweet eating experiences too. (But let’s not get into that).

I really cannot wait to see what 2014 will bring. I have two goals 1. to broaden my baking skills and 2. try to blog more often. Let’s hope that I can reach these goals.

Hope you all have a Happy New Year dessert addicts!

Love
Ness
Xo

Sugar Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Every Sunday morning, my husband will cook me pancakes for breakfast. My husband makes the pancakes using a simple recipe and does not add sugar. The only sugary item that is added to the pancakes is maple syrup. Despite having no sugar in the pancakes, I still think that the pancakes taste great.

My husband likes to occasionally add spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon.

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Sugar Free Cupcake recipe

1 cup of high fibre  self raising flour (we use the brand The Healthy Baker)

1 cup of cultured buttermilk (we use the brand Paul’s Cultured Buttermilk)

1 egg

Mix the ingredients together and then cook the pancakes.

We also have the best thing for cooking pancakes. We have a Breville Pancake Creations machine. This machine enables you to cook the pancakes easily and without using a lot of butter oil.

link:  http://www.breville.com.au/media/mediaappearance/3315/BPC100.pdf

Happy pancake making!

 

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