Sweet Treats

Plenty of indulgent blow outs and healthy everyday treats to keep you on track.

I try my best to make desserts as healthy as possible so that they can be enjoyed more often without sacrificing texture or flavour. I have been experimenting a lot with vegan desserts so there are plenty of those.

Chocolate virgin tiramisu {vegetarian}

Posted on August 22, 2012

You guys seem to like the sweet stuff, so today I am going to indulge you with a delicious dessert to get you through hump day!

We have been absolutely overdosing on this tiramisu at the Fig & Cherry household recently because I have had to make it three times. Not that we’re complaining (even though our tight jeans are).

The first time I made it there was far too much cream filling and it turned into a big sloppy mess. Albeit, a DELICIOUS sloppy mess. We still ate it and enjoyed it immensely. But it just wasn’t right to serve to you, dear readers (or the lovely peeps at Vitasoy, who were paying me to create it). (more…)

Cherry chia pudding & curious toddler fingers

Posted on July 31, 2012

A lot of people ask me how I run two businesses from home, write two blogs and run a household with a 20 month old toddler crashing hanging around.

Well I don’t want to give away all my secrets, but I can tell you about the food blogging part. Specifically, trying to take photos of food when there are curious chubby fingers that are never more than an arm’s length away… (more…)

Baked ricotta cheesecake with warm raspberry sauce

Posted on July 23, 2012

It’s been a few weeks since I featured a sweet treat (iced vovo anyone?), so I thought it was time to rectify that.

Unlike me, I know many of you have a definite sweet tooth, and I do like to please, so may I present you with this delectable cheesecake?

It was far too rich for my liking, but was just right for my (very) sweet-toothed hubby, so I’m guessing it will be perfect for you too. I tried to cut through the cloying richness of cream cheese with a good dose of fresh ricotta and some nutty soy milk. Leaving the raspberry sauce sugar-free to serve as a nice tart contrast.

We are in the dead of Winter here in Australia so the raspberries were organic frozen ones by Creative Gourmet that I was recently gifted (their organic range is brand new, FYI, and includes raspberry and mixed berry). (more…)

Homemade Iced VoVo Biscuits

Posted on July 3, 2012

Iced VoVo biscuits are loved by Australians. Their taste is reminiscent of our childhoods with the first experiences of a sugar high and the frustration of a biscuit tin far out of reach (or was that just me and my short legs?).

The sweet combination of the buttery biscuit base topped with pink sugar icing, raspberry jam and desiccated coconut is just too good to resist. Indeed, they were one of the bikkies I missed most when living for London for two years (because you could buy Tim Tams at the local Tesco supermarket, luckily).

I need to say right from the start that this is not my original recipe. This genius imitation recipe is by the fabulous Sally Wise from her equally fabulous recent cookbook called Sweet! <- click the link for the full review. (more…)

Banana and raisin cake {dairy free, kid friendly}

Posted on June 26, 2012

My daughter absolutely loves sultanas, raisins and raisin toast. I was considering making her a loaf of homemade raisin toast, but that seemed like too much work – so I quickly knocked up this yummy cake instead! Pretty lazy, I know. But I’ll get around to the home baked bread one day.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m quite bad (OK, terrible) at decorating cakes. No, I’m not going to link to previous embarrassing attempts, I’m feeling a little sensitive today. What can I say? Craft just isn’t one of my strong points. (more…)

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