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:
- 12 digestive biscuits
- 80g butter
- 250g cream cheese
- 200g mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 1 cup hot water
- 4 teaspoons instant coffee powder
- 4 tablespoons kahlua
- 12 lady fingers
What To Do:
- Place the digestive biscuits into a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the biscuit crumbs until well combined.
- Line a cake tin with baking paper and pour in the biscuit mixture and press until firm. Place in the refrigerator until completely cooled.
- Prepare the Kahlua mixture by stirring together the hot water, coffee and Kahlua.
- To make the filling, using an electric whisk, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and icing sugar together until combined. Set aside.
- 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.
- In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
- Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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? 🙂
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? 🙂