The Madhouse Mini-testers seem to be doing even more cooking than me lately, so I was really pleased to receive some fab kid-friendly recipes from Ella's Kitchen. This one looks amazing and is packed full of healthy ingredients so I can't wait to give it a try.
Swirly Whirly Cheesecake
Serves 12; Prep = 10 minutes + chilling
This is definitely among Ella’s favourite desserts of all time – it’s a delicious sweet treat without any added sugar. Enjoy it when you have friends to tea.
What you need:
50 g /1 ¾ oz roasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
100 g/3 ½ oz Scottish oatcakes, broken up
50 g/1 ¾ oz stoned dates
50 g/1 ¾ oz unsalted butter, melted
400 g/ 14 oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
300 g/10 ½ oz strawberries, puréed, plus extra to serve (optional)
300 ml/ ½ pint double cream
What to do:
Line the base of a 20 cm/8 inch loose-based cake tin with baking parchment. Put the hazelnuts and oatcakes in a food processor and blitz them for a few seconds until everything is finely chopped and looks like breadcrumbs. Add the dates and blitz again until the mixture is soft. Add the melted butter; mix well and press the mixture into the tin with the back of a spoon. Chill this in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the topping. In a bowl mix together the cream cheese, vanilla extract and three-quarters of the puréed strawberries.
Whisk the cream until it is stiff, but still soft. Fold it gently into the cream cheese mixture. Remove the base from the fridge and spoon over the topping.
Drizzle over the remaining strawberry purée in an outward spiral from the centre and then run a skewer through the spiral to get a marbled effect. Chill the cheesecake in the fridge for at least 1 hour and then serve with strawberries on the side (if using)
Try out your tot’s artistic talents by asking him or her to have a go at making the swirly whirly marbling pattern on the top of the cheesecake.
You can sidestep making the strawberry purée by substituting 2 x 90g/3 ¼ oz pouches of Ella’s Kitchen Smoothie Fruits – The Red One.
Ella’s Kitchen The Cook Book - the Red One is out now (£14.99, Hamlyn). Visit EllasKitchen.co.uk for more information
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