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We’ve put together our top five shot glass desserts for the summer from some of our favourite online recipe sites. These are perfect for evening parties where people are often mingling while eating or if you just want a small sweet treat at the end of a meal.
Chocolate Peppermint Mousse
Source: Kitchen Konfidence
250g high quality chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), chopped
1 cup minus 1 tablespoon water
1 tbsp coffee liqueur
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 – 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Candy cane shards, for topping (optional)
Fill a medium bowl 3/4 full with ice and water. Set a large bowl on top of the medium bowl, so the bottom of the larger bowl sits in ice water. Set aside.
Add chocolate, water, coffee liqueur and sugar to a medium saucepan. Warm over medium heat, stirring until chocolate is melted and all ingredients are combined. Add peppermint extract, stirring until combined.
Pour mixture into the prepared large bowl. Whisk until the mixture thickens. You can do this by hand or with an electric hand mixer. This should only take a couple of minutes.
Divide mousse between shot glasses, top with candy cane shards, and enjoy immediately.
Read original recipe at kitchenkonfidence.com
Vanilla Coconut Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Jel
Source: La Mia Vita Dolce
INGREDIENTS FOR VANILLA COCONUT PANNA COTTA
500 ml (2 cups + 1¾ tablespoons) coconut milk
237 ml (1 cup) heavy cream
237 ml (1 cup) coffee cream (half & half/creamer)
225 g (1 cup) caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
14 g (2 packages) unflavoured powdered gelatine
METHOD FOR VANILLA COCONUT PANNA COTTA
In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk, both types of cream, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds just to the boil, over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, cover and allow vanilla to infuse, around 20 minutes.
Fill a small bowl with 90 ml (¼ cup + 2 tablespoons) very cold water; sprinkle gelatine over water and allow gelatine to bloom (soften), 5 to 10 minutes.
Pass coconut mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium-sized bowl discard solids.
Add bloomed gelatine to coconut mixture; whisk until gelatine is completely dissolved.
Again pass mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pourable container.
INGREDIENTS FOR POMEGRANATE JELLY
7 g (1 package) unflavoured powdered gelatine
475 ml (2 cups) Pom pomegranate juice
2 tsp caster sugar
METHOD FOR POMEGRANATE JELLY
In medium-sized bowl stir together gelatine and 60 ml (¼ cup) boiling water until gelatine is dissolved.
Add juice and sugar to dissolved gelatine; stir until well combined and sugar is dissolved.
Pass pomegranate mixture through a fine mesh sieve into pourable container.
Pour panna cotta into your liqueur glasses filling them only 3 quarters full and place in fridge to set.
Once set, pour pomegranate jelly and place in fridge to set.
You can do as many layers as you like, and you can tilt the glasses by placing them in egg trays to get a tilted layer look. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Read original recipe at gracessweetlife.com
Banana Cheesecake Shooters
Source: Mind Over Batter
170g cream cheese, cold
1 cup confectioners’ sugar/icing sugar
¼ cup dulce de leche (I used Nestle La Lechera)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 cup very cold heavy cream
½ stick unsalted butter
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon dark rum
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 bananas, sliced into ½ inch rounds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
In a mixing bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, add cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, dulce de leche, vanilla extract and paste. Begin mixing over low speed until the confectioners’ sugar is somewhat incorporated.
Increase the speed to high and whip until combined and mixture is smooth. Stop and scrape the mixer. Continue whipping on high and add the heavy cream in 3 parts, making sure the whip cream has incorporated and thickened before each addition.
Whip until the mixture is thickened. Add the cheesecake mixture to a piping bag fitted with a star or round tip. A ziplock bag works here too. Be sure to snip the end of the ziplock bag. Place in the freezer for about 20-25 minutes. While the cheesecake chills, make the banana foster.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Increase the heat to medium and to the melted butter add the light brown sugar. Whisk until the butter and sugar are incorporated. Let cook until the mixture bubbles. Slowly add the rum, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Once it stops bubbling, whisk to combine. Add the bananas and walnuts and cook until bubbly.
Remove from heat and allow to cool almost to room temperature. The banana fosters should still be somewhat on the warm side, but not hot enough to melt the cheesecake.
Add a spoonful of the banana foster mixture to your shot glasses.
Pipe in your dulce de leche cheesecake over top.
Alternate spoonfuls of banana foster and dulce de leche cheesecake until you have reached the top of the glass. Top with banana slices.
Read original recipe at mind-over-batter.com
Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Shooters
Source: Miss in the Kitchen
2 tbsp butter
4 cups granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 cup Apple Butter (found with jams)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
225g cream cheese, softened
1 cup dulce de leche caramel
plus sweetened whipped cream & ground cinnamon for garnish
Add butter to a large skillet and place over medium heat. Add apples and cook, stirring often about 5 minutes or until apples start to soften. Stir in Apple Butter until well combined. Remove from heat and pour into a shallow container. Cover and refrigerate until cooled, about 20 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, add heavy whipping cream to a mixer bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Pour into another bowl and refrigerate. Add softened cream cheese and dulce de leche caramel to mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Fold in whipped cream until thoroughly combined.
Spoon about 2 tbsps of caramel cheesecake into dessert shooter glasses and layer in about a teaspoon of apple mixture and repeat to create 2 layers of each. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Garnish with additional sweetened whipped cream and ground cinnamon if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Read original blog post at missinthekitchen.com
Marshmallow Fluff Mini Milkshakes
8-10 large marshmallows
3 large scoops vanilla ice cream or a heaping 1-cup of vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a blender mix together ice cream, milk, vanilla extract and marshmallows. Blend well. For a thinner milkshake add more milk. If you’d like it a bit thicker… add more ice cream.
Pour into glasses and top with toasted marshmallows. If you would like, rim the glasses which melted chocolate and coat in sprinkles!
Read original recipe at pizzazzerie.com
Wondering what gift to buy for an upcoming baby shower? We’ve put together our top five gifts for the Mum to be and her little one…
1| Nature Baby Bodysuits
Nature Baby’s collection are all made from soft and breathable organic cotton perfect for a newborns delicate skin. The snap domes clip together to ensure baby’s tummy and back are covered and make for easy nappy changes.
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Funny Fish Bodysuit
Magnolia Stripe Bodysuit
Patience Print Bodysuit
2| The gift of a cooked meal
Promise to drop off a home cooked meal once the baby arrives or give a voucher for a local food service. Either way you will be taking away a little of the new parent stress once the baby is here. Angel Delivery offer a selection of new baby options including an indulgent premium package which provides an entire week off cooking!
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Angel Delivery Lasagne
Angel Delivery Cottage Pie
3| Beautiful toys
A quality toy is an economical and fun gift. If the parents to be have an older child it can be a lovely idea to also buy a small toy for them as it makes them feel special and included in the day.
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Redcurrent Shapes Puzzle
Redcurrent Ladybug Skipping Rope
Redcurrent Knitted Elephant
4| Something for Mum
With all the gifts for the baby it can be a nice change for a Mum to be to receive something for herself. A facial or pedicure voucher to use before the baby arrives or body lotion make ideal pamper gifts. You could also select something for her hospital bag such as our beautiful kimono’s and matching eye masks.
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Redcurrent Cottage Posy Kimono
Redcurrent Cottage Posy Eye Mask
Ecoya Hand & Body Lotion
5| Nursery Furniture
Splurge out or buy a group present for the new baby. Do some detective work or ask the parents directly what is needed for the nursery. Gifts like this can be used for multiple children and even become cherished family heirlooms that are passed down through generations. You can buy something baby specific of select something like these beautiful pieces that can also be used as the child grows.
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Redcurrent Metal White Guest Chair
Redcurrent Chest of 4 Drawers
Redcurrent Chest of 20 Drawers
Every year our Red Friends automatically go into the draw to win a luxury weekend away with friends or family at the Black Barn Retreat, The White House. The prize covers two nights at The White House and travel costs of up to $500. This year’s winner will be drawn October 6th.
Our previous winner spent an autumn weekend at The White House earlier this year keeping warm by the fire, enjoying good food and taking in the beautiful scenery of Hawke’s Bay. View a few pics from their weekend below.
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Pale & Interesting
Who says neutrals are boring? Layers of fresh whites, taupes and grey create a haven of tonal bliss. Allow standout silhouettes and textures to take precedence for a perfect balance of form and function.
“This season will see a shift towards soft, airy colours, with an emphasis on grey-toned hues and lighter woods. Pale tones look great layered with pops of bold, strong colours such as matte black and white. Pair pastel toned neutrals with concrete, bronze or marble textures and industrial accessories for an intriguing contemporary look”
– Natasha Smith, Kmart
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Whether you have a grand entrance way in your Villa, or a non-existent one in your tiny apartment, every home’s entryway is important, no matter the size! Think of your threshold as a way to set the tone of your home. We have put together a couple of tips to create a functional, yet mesmerising entryway.
#1 Hang a Mirror
This is a practical addition to your entrance as it lets you take one last look at yourself on your way out the door. It can also brighten a dark corner and make it feel bigger.
#2 Add Hooks To The Wall
Hooks provide a convenient spot for your coats, bags and hats. If you have beautiful hooks, let them be a statement on their own, without crowding them with objects.
#3 Shoe Storage
We all hate it when the shoe pile forms next to the door, and somehow you always trip over them at the most inconvenient times. Add a set of shelves and go bold! You could also add a bench seat or chair with storage underneath, killing two birds with one stone!
We all have that problem of putting our keys somewhere and then promptly forgetting where we put them, so create a special spot for them by add a floating shelf or a narrow console table.
#5 Add a Personal Touch
Dress up your entrance way with something special. Be it a beautiful painting by your grandpa or a bowl of fruit to sweeten your entrance. Guests and friends will feel at home as soon as they arrive.
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An afternoon high tea party is an elegant way to celebrate many occasions, Mother’s Day, a baby shower, even a bridal shower, but it’s hardly sustainable as a regular Sunday activity. Throwing your own High Tea means you can stick to your own budget and show off your favourite finger food! If you have been to a traditional tea service at a restaurant or hotel you may think it involves a whole lot of prep but don’t worry, it’s one of those events that looks impressive, but very easy to pull off!
What you will need
Don’t panic if you don’t own the ‘perfect tea set’ or any tea set for that matter! Head out to thrift stores, antique stores and flea markets to create a shabby chic asthetic and mix and match your lovely finds. Remember to find a couple of teapots and loose-leaf tea steppers.
Also keep an eye out for a gorgeous tiered cake stand, a must have for a tea party! If you really can’t find the perfect one, get your favourite dinner or serving plate, placing a short candlestick or cup in the middle of the plate, and putting another smaller plate on top. Tada!
Afternoon Tea doesn’t have to be inside either! Try moving your table outside into your garden or on your terrace! You could even try tea, picnic style! Incorporating your fine china with a relaxed picnic atmosphere.
What to drink
Arrival drinks are not a must, but a good way to break the ice, possibly some champagne to start! If your ladies aren’t to fussed on champagne, start them off with a iced tea! Also the perfect refreshing tipple in warmer weather.
Loose tea, tea bags, pyramid bags or the finest loose tea – it’s really up to you! Have a range of teas your ladies can choose from; English breakfast and Earl Grey are the most traditional. However, try and spice things up with a jasmine, chai, green tea or peppermint. There are so many flavours out there now! As a rule of thumb, black teas take longer to seep (about four minutes) and green teas are around three minutes.
Make sure the sugar and milk is set on the table ready to pour your guests a cuppa as they sit down. Try to provide a variety of tea – Earl Grey, peppermint, camomile, fruit, herbal and, of course, English Breakfast.
What to eat
We generally associate Tea parties with small finger sandwiches, scones and tea cakes, but there are no rules! You can throw in some pastries, petits fours and even biscuits. The only caveat being that everything must be small and easy to consume in one or two bites.
These require minimal effort; prepaire your fillings ahead of time, and assemble right before your guests arrive to avoid the dreaded soggy sammie or stale bread! Purchase different types of breads, remove the crusts (Anne, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, was quite insistent on this point) and add a filling of your choice, then cut them into small rectangles. You can also make pinwheel sandwiches by removing the crusts, flattening the bread with a rolling pin, adding your filling and then rolling them up! Most of the food on a Afternoon Tea menu is rich, so you don’t need to serve large portions. That way your quests can enjoy a little of everything.
Cucumber & Chive Butter
A tasty remake of the classic Cucumber & Butter sandwiche replacing basic white bread with brioche.
Smoked Salmon & Spinach
Delightful savory open sandwich on Pumpernickel bread.
Truffled Egg Salad Sandwich
A modern and classy take on the original egg sandwich.
Poached Chicken & Apple
A delicious chicken and apple sandwich with mayonnaise ribbons by The Hotel Windsor.
These are a staple in a High Tea. Serve warm, with lashings of jam and cream. If you want to be a little fancy, start with strawberry jam, add whipped cream (don’t sweeten) and top with sliced strawberries!
Here are a couple of scone recipes if you want to head a little out of your scone comfort zone.
Raspberry Almond Scones
These sweet and soft baked scones are made with fresh raspberries and topped with a rich almond glaze!
Maple Nut Scones
Soft, buttery and flaky Scones with a finger-lickin’ Maple Glaze and topped with chopped Pecans.
Blueberry Ricotta Scones
Classic and crumbly, these tender scones are made with sweet ricotta cheese and loaded with juicy blueberries!
Blackberry & Peach Scones
Blackberry Peach Scones combine two delicious summer fruits in a light, flaky scone that’s perfect for your high tea.
A couple of extra sweets won’t go amiss alongside your gorgeous scones. We have put together a couple of recipes that will go down a treat (pun intended!)
Earl Grey Panna Cotta Tarts
The filling is still luxuriously creamy with a pâte sablée not-too-sweet crust.
Brandy Snaps with Lady Grey Cream
Add a little crunch with these beautiful brandy snaps + so easy to make!
No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites
A taste of summer in one bite!
Chocolate Pomegranate Tarts
Raw chocolate tarts filled with a rich decadent chocolate ganache and topped with pomegranates.