Thursday, October 10, 2013

Passionfruit choc chip cookie cake

Although nothing makes me happier than spending an entire day in the kitchen baking up a storm, I've made no secret of the fact that sometimes, life calls for a shortcut. Or three. I'm a huge fan of clever shopping, especially for last minute desserts. A few store-bought finger biscuits, a drizzle of espresso syrup and a dollop of mascarpone and voila! You have an instant dessert. 

This 'cake' (I use the term loosely here because to be honest I'm not quite sure what this dessert is - suggestions are welcome) is made up of layered crispy giant cookies crammed with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts then smeared with softly whipped cream and cream cheese and lashings of sunny, tart passionfruit. Can I get a yumm-o? 
Less time in the kitchen means more time for eating! 

What is your best shortcut dessert recipe?

Photograph by Gunther Schubert of Vorsprung Studio

White chocolate passionfruit cookie cake
Makes 1

1 x 500g Sasko Quick Treats Cookie Mix
140g butter
1 extra large egg
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
500ml cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar
200g cream cheese
1 cup passionfruit pulp

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line 2 baking trays.
Place the cookie mix into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Whisk the egg then mix into the flour to form a soft dough. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Divide the dough into two balls, then using your hands, shape into two 15cm discs. Place the discs on the baking trays and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden and crisp. Allow to cool completely.
For the filling, whip the cream until soft peaks then add the vanilla, sugar and cream cheese. Whisk until smooth. Place one cookie disc on a plate then top with half the cream mixture, drizzle with passion fruit then top with the remaining cookie followed by more cream and more passion fruit.

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