Tiramisu Cheesecake

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About 2 weeks ago I asked my boyfriend whether he would prefer a cake or a dessert for his birthday the following week. I had a feeling that he would pick the dessert option as he would pick a dessert over cake anyday, but I had no clue what to make. I made him a classic Tiramisu last year, as it is one of his firm favourites, but I wanted to make something a little different this year. As I was scrolling through endless Tiramisu recipes, I had a sudden idea of turning a classic Tiramisu into a cheesecake (another of his favourites) and knew it was a perfect idea.

It took a few hours to determine the perfect recipe for a nice, crispy base with a smooth moussy filling and  I also wanted to incorporate the lady fingers somehow. I looked up a few recipes on Pinterest (which I have linked below) and once I was happy with the recipe, I made a shopping list to go out and get the supplies. I spent an entire afternoon putting this cheesecake together and I was so happy with how it turned out 🙂 Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

Base:

  • 12 digestive biscuits
  • 80g butter

Filling:

  • 250g cream cheese
  • 200g mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Kahlua Mixture:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 4 tablespoons kahlua
  • 12 lady fingers

Topping:

  • Cadbury Flake

What To Do:

  1. Place the digestive biscuits into a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the biscuit crumbs until well combined.
  3. Line a cake tin with baking paper and pour in the biscuit mixture and press until firm. Place in the refrigerator until completely cooled.
  4. Prepare the Kahlua mixture by stirring together the hot water, coffee and Kahlua.
  5. To make the filling, using an electric whisk, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and icing sugar together until combined. Set aside.
  6. Add the vanilla essence and 4 tablespoons of the Kahlua mixture and mix well. Have a taste and add some more vanilla or Kahlua mixture if required.
  7. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
  8. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and set aside.
  9. Remove the base from the fridge. Dip the lady fingers into the Kahula mixture one at a time and place on top of the crust.
  10. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the lady fingers and spread evenly. Sprinkle over some cocoa powder or a flake chocolate bar to top it off.
  11. Place the cheesecake into the fridge for 5-6 hours or until firm.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to know if you have a go at making it for yourself 🙂

Note: I ended up using 3 different recipes to create this cheesecake as there were different aspects from each that I preferred. I have linked these below.

Base: I used the base from my Lemon Cheesecake recipe.

Coffee Mixture: I chose this recipe as I liked that it only used a little bit of Kahlua. You can find it here.

Filling: This was the main recipe I used but I changed the measurements to suit the amount I wanted. You can find it here.

Spring Flowers

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A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to have another go at growing flowers for Spring/Summer this year. I knew right away that one of the flowers I wanted to plant were sunflowers, as I feel these are one of the most summery looking flowers and I love their bright yellow petals. I wasn’t quite sure what other flowers I wanted to plant, so 2 weeks ago I headed out to one of my local garden centres and had a look through their seeds and flowers. They didn’t really have a large variety of flowers as it is still Winter in New Zealand, so I decided planting seeds would be the best way to go and headed inside to look at what they had on offer. I ended up choosing a packet of Everlasting Daisys’ and Enchinaceas’ as they are very bright and summery looking.

The following week I had agreed to meet one of my friends at the same garden centre for lunch in their cafe and after eating, I decided to have a wander around to look at their range of indoor plants. I have currently been clearing out a lot of my stuff and had an empty corner in the bedroom to fill, and felt that a plant would really brighten up the room for Spring. Originally I had planned to buy a miniature palm tree as I think these are really summery looking, however I immediately changed my mind after seeing the $200 price tag. After looking around for a further 10 minutes, I noticed a display of peace lilies and knew that it would be perfect, especially because it had a price tag of only $22. I love the contrast of the big, dark green leaves and the white lily (which is getting ready to open any day now!)

As we had a lovely sunny day on Saturday, I thought it was the perfect time to plant my seeds and set about prepping the soil and cleaning out plant pots. After planting the sunflower seeds, I decided that I wanted to get some proper flowers to plant and headed over to another garden centre and have a look at what they had instore. I found some bright yellow, blue and pink flowers and felt they would go perfectly with the sunflowers and other seeds once they grow. I am not sure what kind of flowers they are as the card just said ‘potted colour’ but I’ve bought them before and find that they are quite easy to grow. I decided to plant them in white plant pots as I really like the contrast between the colours.

I am very excited to see the flowers growing as we get into the warmer months and I’m sure I’ll post quite a few pictures of the sunflowers on here and on my Instagram @ladydaisyblog in the coming months, so make sure to keep your eye out.

What are your favourite Summer flowers? 🙂

Skin Care Favourites

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I hope you’ve had a fantastic week so far, not too long until the weekend! I wasn’t quite sure what to post about this week, as I had so many different ideas and couldn’t decide which one I actually wanted to write about. So, as you can see from the title of this post, I have decided to share my current favourite skin care products with you 🙂

Up until early last year I didn’t really have a proper skin care routine, I would just use whatever face wash that was in the shower at the time and occasionally use a moisturiser when I could be bothered. Although there are still a few nights where I’m too tired to properly use all of my skin care products, I have gotten alot better at taking care of my skin. As I have skin that often gets very dry, I have to be careful about what products I use on my face. Over the past year and a half it has been alot of trial and error finding items that won’t dry out my skin and I think, for the most part, I have found the perfect products for me.

My skincare routine is as follows:

  • Eye Makeup Remover: Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover
  • Face Wash: By Nature Purifying Facial Cleanser
  • Toner: Nivea Refreshing Toner
  • Serum: By Nature Moisture Replenishing Face Serum
  • Moisturiser: Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream
  • Eye Cream: Essano Rosehip Eye Cream

    I find that by keeping my routine to about 5 or 6 items helps me actually commit to using each product every night, rather than a long, in-depth routine that I would get bored of very quickly. I really like all of these products as they feel extremely moisturising on my skin and help to keep any dryness at bay. As I don’t wear any makeup on my face due to the fact that I find it incredibly drying, I don’t really feel the need to use a regular cleanser. I did try out some micellar water last year and I really didn’t like how much it dried out my skin, so I’ve steered clear of it ever since.

    It wasn’t until I wrote this blog post that I realised just how many By Nature and Nivea products that I actually use haha. These two brands are by far my favourite of the cheaper skincare brands, which makes sense as to why I have quite a few. I can definitly see myself sticking to these products for the foreseeable future but I would love to know if you have any recommendations 🙂

    Have you tried out any of these products? What are your skincare favourites? 🙂