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Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake (No-Bake) (LEGENDARY)

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake…… Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake……. Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake…… Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake ….. I cant think of anything else when I have this in front of me. Lets make it!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CRUST

  • 250 gms gram crackers/ wheat able
  • ½ cup and 2 tbspns melted butter
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

FOR CREAM CHEESE FILLING

  • 500 gms Philadelphia cream cheese (blocks) (room temperature)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tspn instant coffee
  • A splash of vanilla
  • 220 gms bittersweet chocolate (melted – over the stove or in the microwave for 2 mins)

FOR CARAMEL SAUCE

  • ¾ cup warm cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • A splash of vanilla
  • 2 tbspns butter

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS

  • 100 gms Any of your favourite chocolate bar (I used “Lindt” Caramel and hazelnut Bar) (chop it or smash it with the rolling pin and break it into small pieces)

Procedure:

-Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

-In a food processor, crush the graham crackers. Put them in a bowl, mix some brown sugar and desiccated coconut. Pour melted butter and mix until it looks like wet sand.

-Line it in the bottom of your 22cm spring form pan and with the tips of your fingers or back of the spoon press the crumbs to make an even base.

-Bake for about 10 minutes and take it out. Turn off the oven because you don’t need it now (that’s the best part about this cake) Let it cool completely in the pan and please DO NOT open the spring form at this stage.

-Meanwhile let us make our caramel sauce!

-So for the caramel sauce, pour the water in the saucepan and add the sugar, DO NOT STIR! Put it on stove on medium heat until it starts to dissolve and change its colour to light Amber color.

-Now you have to be very careful because we are about to introduce warm cream to our sugar mixture, in fact “Boiling” sugar mixture.

-Take it off the stove, add cream little by little, stirring constantly with wooden spoon until the whole cream is in the saucepan. -Bring it back to the heat and add butter and salt.

-Butter will reduce the bubbling of cream and sugar.

-Let it cook on low heat for 2 minutes and WOLLA……… your caramel sauce is ready.

-Pour it in a bowl and put it in the freezer until we need it. (We want lukewarm but not frozen caramel).

-While the caramel is resting and cooling itself down, lets make our cream cheese filling.

-So for cream cheese filling, you need to take a big mixing bowl, put your cream cheese blocks which are obviously at room temperature, add salt, coffee and vanilla and mix it with your handy dandy electric mixture (which is also known as beater). Mix well until everything is combined. Now add lukewarm melted chocolate and mix again.

-And congratulations! Your cream cheese filling is now done J .

-Now chop chop your chocolate bar into small pieces but please do not crush them. We want chocolate chip size pieces. I could have used chocolate chips but I do not like the taste. I want my this treat to be EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!!!!!!! So I used caramel hazelnut lindt chocolate bar. It just adds the goodness…. I mean chocolate on top of chocolate and caramel…… !!!!! Yum!

-Ok now, divide your cream cheese filling, caramel and chopped chocolate into 2 parts.

-Take your base which is still in the springform, lay a layer of chocolate cream cheese, make it smooth with the spoon or the spatula, drizzle some caramel, make it smooth as well and then put some chopped chocolate on top.

-Then again, lay another layer of cream cheese filling, make it smooth, drizzle some caramel (this is your last layer as well as your final look to the cake so, be organised!) and put left over chocolate chunks on top in a decorative manner or just chuck that all on top.

-Refrigerate for 16 – 18 hours or 24 hours (if you can wait that long) to let it set completely otherwise it is going to be a big mess.

-Take it out and now finally you can open the spring form pan. Cut it into slices, it will be messy because we have caramel in there but that’s fine.

-Cut it into slices and serve chilled to your guests.

-Have fun!

 

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

 

 

Chicken in Sweet n’ Sour Sauce

Asian delicacy made Ayesha’s Kitchen way…… You will love the sweet and sour combination with the crunchy chicken inside….. 😀

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 2 chicken breasts (cut into cubes)
  • 2 tbspns all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • A splash of fine soy sauce
  • Some chicken salt
  • Some black pepper
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR SAUCE

  • 1 tspn crushed ginger and garlic
  • 1 ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • Some salt
  • Some cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • Some chicken salt
  • 1 small capsicum sliced
  • 3 spring onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbspn brown sugar
  • 1 tbspn corn flour dissolved in ¼ cup water
  • Some oil
  • Some sesame seeds to sprinkle

Procedure:

-For chicken, take a mixing bowl and marinate chicken in everything given above for chicken. Keep aside for 2 minutes.

-Keep fry the chicken pieces and make sure they don’t stick to each other.

-Take the chicken out on a paper towel when they are golden.

-In another bowl mix everything for sauce except oil, vegetables and sesame seeds.

-Heat oil in a pan and fry ginger and garlic. Add the sauce we made in the bowl and bring it to a boil. Add capsicum.

-Now add corn flour mixture with constant stirring to bring the sauce to thick consistency.

-Now add the fried chicken pieces into the sauce and stir.

-Add spring onion and dish out the curry.

-Sprinkle some sesame seeds and serve hot with boiled rice or fried rice.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Brownies

Chocolate chip walnut brownies is just another variation of brownies. With brownies you can be as versatile as you want, you can add anything you like, walnuts, hazelnuts, dried fruits, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, caramel bits, caramel sauce, literally anything you like and it will turn out as good as you want…..

My this recipe is one of the easiest recipes on planet, you dont have to spoil much dishes, no hassel, no problems….. all good!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 200 gms bittersweet/ dark chocolate
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • A splash of vanilla
  • 180 gms butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup mixed white chocolate and milk chocolate chips
  • Some icing sugar to sprinkle
  • A pinch of salt

Procedure:

-Preheat oven to 180 degrees celius. Grease a brownie pan with some non stick spray and line it with butter paper. (brownie pan is mostly 9 inch square pan)

-In a microwave proof bowl, throw some butter, icing sugar and brown sugar and microwave for 2 mins.

-Take it out and mix well until everything is melted, mixed, glossy and shiny. Put it aside to cool for 2 – 3 minutes.

-Now in a separate bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla.

-No gradually start adding the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture with constant whisking and make a smooth chocolaty velvety mixture.

-Sift in one cup of flour and a pinch of salt.

-Whisk but do not over mix.

-Pour half of this batter into the prepared pan, put a layer of walnuts and chocolate chips and then cover it with the other layer of chocolate.

-Spread it with the spatula and make it smooth from the top.

-Bake for 25 – 35 minutes (depending on your oven).

-No toothpick test is required because we have added chocolate chips to our brownies and the toothpick may not come out clean.

-Take the pan out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes then take it out onto the cooling rack.

-Let it cool for 5 minutes if you serving hot with ice cream or you want it hot, fudgy ad gooey or let it cook for 30 minutes atleast.

-Cut into 16 square pieces and a wonderful delight is ready to delight you and your family & friends.

Egg Fried Rice (Recipe 1)

As easy as A B C…..

This recipe is my best friend’s recipe, I found it easy to make so here I am sharing it with you….. Aiba! Cheers to your recipe honey, You are an amazing chef!!!! 😀

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rice (soaked in water for 30 – 45 minutes)
  • 10 cups water (to boil the rice)
  • 2 large orange carrots (peeled and grated)
  • 6 – 8 scallions/ spring onion chopped (green part and light green beginning part)
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • Some salt
  • 3 eggs + few drops of yellow food colour = thin omelette in 1 tbspn oil. Cut into fine pieces.

Procedure:

-Boil water and add soaked rice. Bring it to a boil and when they are just cooked strain them. Discard the water and keep the rice in the pot.

-Add some more salt, omelette cut into fine pieces, grated carrots and spring onion to the rice in the pot. Splash some soy sauce and cook covered on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir and serve with any curry you want.

Fried Spicy Meatballs

Just to make your Tea Parties fancy……… 🙂

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg chicken mince
  • Salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbspns American mustard sauce
  • 2 tbspns nandos peri peri (hot)
  • Some chicken salt
  • 2 tspns chilli sauce
  • 1 tspn soy sauce

FOR BREADING

  • Some all-purpose flour mixed with chicken salt and italia herb mix. (There is no exact recipe for breading and coating, you just have to eyeball the recipe)
  • 2 eggs + 1 tbspn cream (mixed well)
  • 8 tbspns bread crumbs mixed with Italian herbs and 3 tbspns flour
  • Some oil for deep frying

Procedure:

-Mix everything with chicken mince and make small balls out of this mixture.

-Dredge them in flour mixture then dip in egg wash, then coat well in breadcrumbs and put them on a plate until all the balls are done.

-If you wanna make them straight away heat oil in a deep pan and fry until they are golden brown (almost 6 – 8 minutes) or if you want to keep them for later use, cover the plate with cling wrap and keep in freezer until you want them. (Freezer life 10 days)

-Serve.

Chicken Manchurian

Chicken Manchurian is a ketchup based sauce dish very popular in Pakistani Chinese Cuisine. You get it in every Chinese restaurant and its community’s favourite. The sweet and sour taste blends very well with chicken fried rice or egg fried rice or beef chilli rice and even with boiled rice…… Try it and fall in love with it 🙂

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (cut into medium sized cubes)
  • Some salt
  • Some black pepper
  • 4 tbspns corn flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbspns chilli sauce
  • 1 tbspn vinegar
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR SAUCE

  • 2 cups hienz tomato ketchup
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock (chicken cube in hot water or chicken powder dissolved in hot water)
  • Few spring onion (green part – for garnishing)
  • 2 tbspns olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 ½ tbspn corn flour dissolved in ½ cup water
  • 3 tbspns chilli sauce
  • 1 tspn chilli flakes
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • Some salt
  • Some black pepper corns

Procedure:

-In a mixing bowl combine chicken with all the ingredients except eggs and corn flour. Mix well.

-Now add eggs and corn flour and mix well. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

-Heat oil in a pan and fry chicken pieces until they are brown.

-Take them out on a paper towel and make the sauce.

-In a mixing bowl combine all the seasonings, ketchup and chicken stock. Mix well ad avoid lumps.

-Heat olive oil in a wok and add chopped garlic. When it begins to change its colour add the sauce we made. Bring it to a boil.

-Now add corn flour mixture with constant stirring until it gets to the consistency you like your Manchurian to be.

-Now add fried chicken pieces and leave on stove on low heat for 5 minutes. Garnish with some spring onion and serve hot it egg fried rice.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen