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I love the tartness of raspberries and it works so well with desserts to balance the the sugar out and to cut out the richness of something like a cheesecake. That’s why this Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake is fantastic, even though it’s so more filling than a cheesecake I would normally make, because of the raspberry flavour coming through it makes for a perfect combination. I found this recipe on A Farmgirl’s Dabbles and saw that amazing swirl pattern that I just had to try it for myself. Came out looking great!

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake (adapted from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles)
Makes: One 9-inch Cheesecake
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 90 minutes
Passive Time: 7 hours+

Ingredients
Crust
250g Digestive Cookies
110g Unsalted Butter, Melted

Raspberry Puree
170g Raspberries
30g Caster Sugar

Cream Cheese Filling
1kg Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
220g Caster Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Large Eggs, Room Temperature

Boiling Water for the Water Bath

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Method
1. Line a 9-inch springform pan with baking paper and wrap it with a double layer of foil.

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2. To make the crust, place the cookies into a food processor and blend until it resembles coarse meal.

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3. Place the blended cookies into a small bowl, then add in the melted butter and mix well.

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4. Press the cookie mixture evenly onto the bottom of the springform pan then place in the fridge for at least an hour to set.

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5. To make the puree, place the raspberries into a food processor and blend until smooth. Sieve the raspberries into a small bowl to remove the seeds.

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6. Add in the caster sugar and mix until combined, then set aside.

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7. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
8. To make the filling, whisk the cream cheese in an electric mixer on medium speed for around 3 minutes or until fluffy and there are no lumps.

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9. Slowly add in the sugar, while mixing the cream cheese on low speed. Then add in the salt and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

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10. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined before adding in the next egg.

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11. Pour the cream cheese filling into the prepared springform pan.

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12. To make the raspberry swirl, use a teaspoon and drop the puree onto the top of the the cream cheese filling. Then with a wooden skewer or toothpick, make swirls or circular motions around to get your desired pattern. Note: You may have puree leftover which you an use to serve with the cheesecake.

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13. For the water bath, boil a medium pot of water.
14. Place the springform pan in a large, shallow roasting pan then carefully pour in the boiling water until it reaches around halfway up to the side of the pan. Then transfer the pan to the oven and bake for around 60 to 70 minutes, or until the cheesecake is mostly set but with a bit of a jiggle in the centre.

15. Take the cheesecake out of the oven and place onto a baking rack to cool completely. Then refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

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16. Once completely chilled, remove from the fridge and run a knife around the edge of the cake then remove from the springform pan. Serve the cheesecake with the raspberry puree or with some fresh raspberries and whipped cream.
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Amazing looking and tasting cheesecake with a lovely raspberry flavour coming through. Serve with fresh raspberries and raspberry puree for that added raspberry flavour punch.
Servings Prep Time
19-inch Cheesecake 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
90Minutes 7Hours
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90Minutes 7Hours
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Amazing looking and tasting cheesecake with a lovely raspberry flavour coming through. Serve with fresh raspberries and raspberry puree for that added raspberry flavour punch.
Servings Prep Time
19-inch Cheesecake 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
90Minutes 7Hours
Servings Prep Time
19-inch Cheesecake 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
90Minutes 7Hours
Ingredients
Crust
  • 250g Digestive Cookies
  • 110g Unsalted ButterMelted
Raspberry Puree
  • 170g Raspberries
  • 30g Caster Sugar
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1kg Cream CheeseRoom Temperature
  • 220g Caster Sugar
  • 1/8tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Large EggsRoom Temperature
Water Bath
  • Boiling Water
Servings: 9-inch Cheesecake
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Instructions
  1. Line a 9-inch springform pan with baking paper and wrap it with a double layer of foil.
  2. To make the crust, place the cookies into a food processor and blend until it resembles coarse meal.
  3. Place the blended cookies into a small bowl, then add in the melted butter and mix well.
  4. Press the cookie mixture evenly onto the bottom of the springform pan then place in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
  5. To make the puree, place the raspberries into a food processor and blend until smooth. Sieve the raspberries into a small bowl to remove the seeds.
  6. Add in the caster sugar and mix until combined, then set aside.
  7. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  8. To make the filling, whisk the cream cheese in an electric mixer on medium speed for around 3 minutes or until fluffy and there are no lumps.
  9. Slowly add in the sugar, while mixing the cream cheese on low speed. Then add in the salt and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  10. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined before adding in the next egg.
  11. Pour the cream cheese filling into the prepared springform pan.
  12. To make the raspberry swirl, use a teaspoon and drop the puree onto the top of the the cream cheese filling. Then with a wooden skewer or toothpick, make swirls or circular motions around to get your desired pattern. Note: You may have puree leftover which you an use to serve with the cheesecake.
  13. For the water bath, boil a medium pot of water.
  14. Place the springform pan in a large, shallow roasting pan then carefully pour in the boiling water until it reaches around halfway up to the side of the pan. Then transfer the pan to the oven and bake for around 60 to 70 minutes, or until the cheesecake is mostly set but with a bit of a jiggle in the centre.
  15. Take the cheesecake out of the oven and place onto a baking rack to cool completely. Then refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  16. Once completely chilled, remove from the fridge and run a knife around the edge of the cake then remove from the springform pan. Serve the cheesecake with the raspberry puree or with some fresh raspberries and whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

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  • You can use raspberry cookies instead to make the crust which makes for an amazing raspberry+raspberry combo.
  • If you don't have a large roasting pan to fit the springform pan, an alternative is to use a deep baking tray and fill it with boiling water and place in on a rack below the cheesecake.
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Laksa Town is one of the newer Malaysian eateries in Glen Waverley. Located on the popular Kingsway, it offers a variety of Laksa options, as well as Nasi Lemak, and serves Claypot dishes and Bak Kut Teh as well with a selection of classic Malaysian drinks like Teh Tarik and Cendol.

Their Claypot Mee Pok which reminds me of a dry Pan Mee with the crispy anchovies, mushrooms, and mince meat with flat noodles. It’s actually quite nice and I’d definitely go for it on a hot day instead of the soupy Pan Mee.

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Their Laksa has a more spice infused broth and not as creamy or rich as you’d find in Laksa King or Chef Lagenda, or even Yong Tofu in Glen Waverley for that matter. It’s not bad by any means, and I think it just comes down to preference. 

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Laksa Town’s Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken had a nice flavour to the curry sauce. A tad spicy but lacked the punch from the sambal that is needed for the Nasi Lemak. The fried egg though is a nice touch.

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Their drinks menu has the typical 3 Layers, Milo Dinosaur and Teh Tarik. On this occasion, we tried their Ribena Lychee Sparkling and the Cendol Special. The Ribena drink was something I haven’t had since I was a kid, but with sparking water and lychees which had a lovely fruitiness to it.

The Cendol was quite nice actually, the Cendol jellies were soft still and had the nice gula melaka syrup flavour. The addition of red beans and grass jelly was nice too.

Last words
Laksa Town does distinguish itself with its extensive variety of claypot dishes but nothing we tried was amazing and I do prefer O’Town in Glen Waverley for good Malaysian food. However, I recommend giving it a try.

Laksa Town Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Laksa Town
109 Kingsway
Glen Waverley VIC 3150

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Having made the traditional hot cross buns many times before, I wanted to experiment and try something different this year. Of course, I thought of green tea, one of my favourite flavours. I came across quite a few recipes that paired these green tea hot cross buns with red bean paste or sweetened red beans, but I love the pairing of green tea and white chocolate. The bitterness of the tea flavour works well with the sweetness of the white chocolate and it’s not so far off from making chocolate hot cross buns. I bought some hot cross buns from my local bakery to compare with and these hot cross buns are just as or even more so, fluffy inside. Perfect warm, with a thin smothering of butter or even red bean or black sesame paste if you’re feeling a bit adventurous.

Matcha White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns (adapted from Wandercooks and Taste.com.au)
Makes: 12 Buns
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours

Ingredients
Matcha Dough
600g Plain Flour, Extra for Dusting
14g Dried Instant Yeast
100g Caster Sugar
25g Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 1/2 tbsp Mixed Spice
1/8 tsp Salt
250g White Chocolate Chips
50g Unsalted Butter
300ml Full Cream Milk, Room Temperature
2 Eggs, Lightly Beaten

Flour Paste for the Crosses
90g Plain Flour
4-7 tbsp Water

Glaze
80ml Water
30g Caster Sugar

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Method
1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, caster sugar, matcha green tea powder, mixed spice and salt. Then add in the yeast and stir until mixed well.

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2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat. Then add in the milk and heat until the mixture is lukewarm.

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3. Pour the lukewarm milk and butter mixture into the dry ingredients, along with the beaten eggs and mix slowly until the dough starts to combine then add in the white chocolate chips and mix until the dough forms into a ball.

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4. Take the dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface, and knead the dough for around 10 minutes or until the dough is nice and smooth. Place the dough into a large lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for around 1 to 1.5 hours or until the dough doubles in size.

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5. Once the dough has doubled in size, take it out of the bowl and knead the dough back to its original size. Split the dough into 12 equal parts (roughly 100g in weight) and roll into a ball. Then place onto a lined baking tray roughly 1 cm apart and allow the dough to rest for another 30 minutes. Once the dough has doubled in size again or near doubled in size, preheat the oven to 170?C.

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6. To make the crosses, combine the plain flour and water in a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of water at a time until it’s just runny enough to pipe. Place the paste into a piping bag and pipe onto the buns.

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7. Once the dough has doubled in size, place in the oven to bake for around 20 to 25 minutes or until they have browned on the top. Remove from the oven and place the buns onto a cooling rack.

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8. To glaze the buns, combine the water and caster sugar into a small saucepan and heat over low heat. Bring to the boil, stirring if necessary so that the sugar dissolves and boil for around 3 to 4 minutes. Brush the glaze onto the warm hot cross buns then serve the buns warm or at room temperature.

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Ingredients
Matcha Dough
  • 600g Plain FlourExtra for Dusting
  • 14g Dried Instant Yeast
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 25g Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 1/2tbsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/8tsp Salt
  • 250g White Chocolate Chips
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 300ml Full Cream MilkRoom Temperature
  • 2 EggsLightly Beaten
Crosses
  • 90g Plain Flour
  • 4-7tbsp Water
Glaze
  • 80ml Water
  • 30g Caster Sugar
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Recipe Notes

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  • You can also 1 to 2 tbsp of azuki (red) beans or paste inside before shaping it into a ball and resting for a second time.
  • If you prefer something less sweet, use around 50g less of white chocolate baking chips but be aware that the bread itself isn't particularly sweet.
  • You can also make a glaze with 1:1 portion of apricot jam and hot water and mix it together to brush on the top.

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Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart opened in Melbourne Central and Box Hill late 2016 with locations across Asia as well. Their stores only do takeaway, and it’s pretty much a one item store, only offering their cheese tarts for sale, but you can also grab a coffee with your tart too.

The cheese tarts have this amazing texture, it’s so creamy and light but not overwhelmingly cheesy. The buttery shortcrust pastry complements the filling well but I prefer the tart casing to be a bit thinner. Overall, it’s just creamy, cheesy, buttery goodness.

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Last words

While the cheese tarts are honestly pretty darn good, I find the price just a bit too steep and especially so for the size of the tarts.

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart – Box Hill
SP016 1 Main Street
Box Hill VIC 3128

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