It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time for desserts! To seek out some irresistible recipes, we talked to some of AISB’s student bakers. Here are four of their favorite homemade dessert recipes to try out on a snowy day.

Aidan W, Grade 9

Q: What are your top three favorite dessert recipes? 

A: White Chocolate cheesecake, Lemon Drizzle Cake and Banana Bread.

Q:  Out of those three, which one is your absolute “go-to” and why?

A: Out of the three, my absolute “go-to” would be the Banana Bread because the cake balances the taste of the banana and the overall sweetness. The best part is when adding the icing on top. It brings the cake to another level.

Q: When do you usually bake it?

A: “I usually bake it when I am bored, for fun, or whenever we have overripe bananas that we need using.”

Image source: BBC Good Food

Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 140g of softened butter 
  • 140g caster sugar 
  • 2 large eggs, beaten 
  • 140g of flour 
  • 1tsp of baking powder 
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed 
  • 50g icing sugar 
  • a handful of dried banana chips (optional) 

Instructions: 

  1. Heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.
  3. Cream 140g softened butter and 140g caster sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add 2 beaten large eggs with a little of the 140g flour. 
  4. Fold in the remaining flour, 1 tsp of baking powder and 2 mashed bananas.
  5. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.
  7. Mix 50g icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing. 
  8. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with a handful of banana chips.

Two-word summary: Soft and crumbly.

Gunel A, Grade 11 – Waffles

Q: What are your top three favorite dessert recipes?

A:  I am not a professional so I stick to the classics. I love to bake chocolate chip cookies, waffles and any flavor of cupcakes (but typically vanilla and chocolate).

Q: Which one out of the three fulfills you the most and why?

A: My go-to dessert to make is waffles. This was one of the first desserts that I baked as a child. When I lived in Azerbaijan, I was a ‘brownie’ (the UK version of girl scouts) and as a troop, we created a recipe book that included our personal favorite recipes. To this day, I have that same recipe book and refer to it whenever I bake with my mom.

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Waffles Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  • 100g of melted butter
  • 300mL of milk
  • 100mL of sour cream
  • 400mL of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla sugar
  • waffle maker
  • 1 medium-sized bowl
  • 1 medium-sized soup ladle

Instructions:

  1. Mix milk, sour cream, eggs, and sugar together into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add all dry ingredients into the same bowl.
  3. Warm-up waffle maker.
  4. Pour a small amount of batter onto the waffle maker with the soup ladle, close the waffle maker and wait for it to bake for around 4 minutes or until the waffle is golden brown.
  5. Keep pouring the batter until it runs out.

Two-word summary: Crisp and golden.

Altea M, Grade 10

Q: What are your top three favorite dessert recipes?

A: Sugar-free peanut butter blondies, date fudge brownie bites, and greek yogurt with berries.

Q: Which one satisfies your sweet tooth the most?

A: My go-to recipe would be the Sugar-free peanut butter blondies because they will satisfy your sweet tooth just like a regular blondie, and you won’t even realize it’s sugar-free.

Q: When do you usually bake it?

A: I make the blondies when I have more time to actually bake them, although they don’t take long to make. I normally make two batches because they’re simple and effortless to make.

Sugar-free Peanut Butter Blondies

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 50 g (2 oz) of dark chocolate chunks

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Rinse the chickpeas in cold water.
  3. Blend the chickpeas, peanut butter, cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and baking powder in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Add the chocolate chips in and fold until mixed evenly.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until they start to get golden edges
  6. Slice up into squares and enjoy your healthy dessert! 

Two-word summary: Chocolaty and rich.

Emma P, Grade 9

Q: What are your top three favorite dessert recipes?

A: Cheesecake, tiramisu, and cinnamon rolls.

Q: If you’d have to decide for us to try one of your favorites, which one would it be?

A: I would say that my favorite is the cheesecake recipe because it doesn’t take a lot of your time to make and it’s classical.

Q: When do you usually bake it?

A: I usually bake it during vacations or weekends.

Image source: Pohuski

Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 150g of biscuits
  • 70g of butter
  • 100g of liquid whipped cream
  • 150g of white chocolate
  • 125g of  cream cheese (Philadelphia)
  • 50g of raspberries

Instructions: 

  1. Crush the biscuits into small pieces, or use a food processor until a powder is formed.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave and combine the crushed biscuits.
  3. Stir these two up until a doughy texture is formed.
  4. Place the dough into a cake pan, preheat at 180°C.
  5. Cut up the white chocolate into pieces, and let it melt in the microwave.
  6. Mix the melted white chocolate, whipped cream, and cream cheese together until a stronger texture is formed.
  7. Add fruit and whipped cream to your preference on top of the biscuit base.
  8. Let the cake cool overnight.

Two-word summary: Effortless and heavenly.


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