I was sent a selection of ingredients including the rather tasty After Eight chocolates to try our hand at some #AfterEightBakes. We had a recipe for brownies and a baked cheesecake, I had not thought about incorporating After Eight chocolates into our baking before but I am so glad we had the opportunity as it worked really well. The only problem we had was the boys like testing the After Eight chocolates so much, so if you are going to attempt these recipes I do recommend stocking up with extra.
After Eight Brownies
128g buttery spread
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 free range eggs
128g all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ pack 300g After Eight MintsThe boys literally devoured the After Eight brownies in one sitting; my brother and mum grumbled that we had not kept them any. I would say the recipe might need a little bit more sugar but then I have an exceptionally sweet tooth at the moment. The boys had no criticisms at all; they just want to know when we can bake the next batch.
You need to heat the oven to 180°C and grease your pan
Add melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract into your bowl and mix well
Add eggs and mix between each one
Add cocoa and mix until blended
Add flour and baking powder and mix with an electric mixer
Pour 3/4 of the mixture over the baking pan and place After Eight chocolates evenly over the top
Then cover with the remaining brownie mixture
Bake for 30-35 minutes
Sprinkle with powdered sugar
The middle bit with the melted After Eight is very moreish.
After Eight Cheesecake
120g digestive biscuits
300g pack of After Eight
50g unsalted butter
700g light cream cheese
150g caster sugar
200ml reduced fat soured cream
3 tbsp plain flour
4 free-range eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 150°C
Crush the biscuits - ideally in a bag for less mess!
Add the melted unsalted butter to the biscuit crumbs
Place in the base of the greased cake tin and cook for 10 minutes (until golden)
For the filling beat together the light cream cheese and sugar
Add reduced fat sour cream and flour
Gradually add the eggs and vanilla essence
Pour the cream cheese mix on the cooled biscuit layer
Place After Eight chocolate on top then bake for an hour
Leave it to cool in the oven to stop the top cracking
This was heavenly!