DIY Mother’s Day baking – Easy recipe for courgette, orange and pistachio loaf

Need some inspiration for Mother’s Day brunch, dessert idea or even as a homemade gift?

This healthy yet delicious cake is perfect for impressing all the lovely mum’s who have already tried and tasted everything.

I really surprised myself with this recipe… who would’ve thought a green vegetable I’ve only ever eaten with chicken for dinner actually tastes super delicious in a cake. I can’t think of a better way to sneak greens into my diet than inside my favourite kind of treat – cake and it’s just the type of dessert my mum would be intrigued to taste but never ever make herself.

FullSizeRender (4)What’s even more good news about this cake is that not only does it have nourishing goodness from the green veg but it is also packed full of protein and fibre from the flour I’ve chosen to use.

I found loads of pistachios leftover from making granola and I saw this recipe in Stylist magazine a while ago and decided to take on the challenge. I definitely recommend anyone to give this recipe a go to really impress you friends with something a bit different and sure to please with its healthy goodness and tastiness.

Courgette, orange and pistachio loaf recipe

Ingredients

  • 200g crushed pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 225g spelt flour
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest of an orange

Orange icing

  • Juice of half an orange
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

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Method

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf tin with butter.

Step 2: Crush the pistachios as best you can- I finely chopped them. Just be careful to watch your fingers and keep some for the topping!

Step 3: Cream together the butter (make sure it’s softened) , sugar and orange zest. Then combine with the cinnamon and flour, gently stiring in one egg at a time.

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Step 4:  Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for one hour. Cover the cake with foil halfway through cooking then allow to cool on a rack.

Step 3: To make the topping, just mix icing sugar and the orange juice for a sweet and citrus sauce.

Step 4: Serve the cake with the sauce poured over and some pretty crushed pistachio on top. Then enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my mum has and it encourages you to be a bit more brave and experimental with your ingredients in the kitchen!

Love Leeanna xo

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How to make white chocolate, prosecco and strawberry oreo cheesecake

This cheesecake is FULL of ALL my favourite things so eating this was an absolute dream come true.

My boyfriend made this cheesecake for me as part of his romantic Valentine’s Day meal and boy oh boy did he impress! He combined all of the things I love – prosecco, white chocolate, Oreos, strawberries and cheese – in one heavenly dessert!


He said he took inspiration from different cheesecakes he’s made before to create my perfect one.

I just had to share the recipe with you! 1) so I can remember how to make it myself and 2) so all of you can enjoy this beautiful experience too!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Punnet of strawberries (remove stalk leaves)
  • 425g cream cheese
  • 1/2 bottle of prosecco
  • 400ml whipping cream
  • I bar white choc
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packs original Oreos
  • A tbsp of melted butter
  • Grated white choc on top


Steps

  1. In a mixing bowl add the strawberries to the prosecco and leave to soak overnight
  2. In a food processor blend the Oreos in small batches before stirring in melted butter
  3. Press the biscuit base into your cheesecake dish
  4. Use the food processor or electric whisk to mix the whipping cream before folding in the cream cheese
  5. Add sugar
  6. Fold in melted white chocolate (give it a few second to cool before pouring in)
  7. Get your soaking fruit from the fridge and slice up the largest strawberries to stick around the outside of your filling
  8. You can now layer the Oreo base with this chocolatey cheesy topping
  9. Leave to set for atleast 3 hours
  10. Chop the rest of the soaked strawberries into small chunks and place on top of the cheesecake
  11. Finally decorate with grated white chocolate and serve with a shot of prosecco (if you haven’t finished drinking the bottle already!)

I hope you all enjoy this delicious dessert as much as I did. My boyfriend definitely blew me away with it….and I may have got a little too excited about this compared to receiving my flowers and roses… but he doesn’t need to know that. I can’t help that I have the biggest sweet tooth ever!

Love Leeanna xo