Friday, 9 April 2010

Cheesecake galor!

Raspberry Cheesecake

Surprisingly enough, you may have guessed that this is about raspberry cheesecake. The other day my boyfriend and I spent the day revelling in the joy of the Welsh sun and decided upon cheesecake to make. It is horrendously easy, exceptionally tasty, but no doubt painfully fattening. But whilst eating it you certainly do not think about that - merely have fantastically amazingly tasty it is!

Ok, so you will need the following:

1 packet of biscuits (Hobnobs or ginger nut biscuits work quite well, the ginger giving it a bit of a twist)
50g butter, melted
50g soft brown sugar
250g mascarpone cheese
250g Philadelphia cheese
50g caster sugar
Juice and zest of half a lime
100g or so of raspberries


1) Crush the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin / can of baked beans / heavy glass until they are crumbs. Put into a bowl.

2) Melt the butter and mix to the biscuits making sure there are no massive clumps of biscuits. Add in the soft brown sugar and mix.

3) Using a cake tin (I think we used a 15cm diameter one? 'Regular' size, anyway) line the bottom with greaseproof paper as this way you won't cut the bottom of it. If you have a tin which has a removable base, even better. Press the butter / biscuit mixer into the bottom of the tin and place into fridge whilst doing the next section.

4) In a bowl, mix together the mascarpone and Philadelphia cheeses, along with the caster sugar and lime. Mix thoroughly.

5)Retrieve your base from the fridge, and put the mixture over the base, spreading evenly.

6) Finally, put the raspberries on top for decoration and place back into the fridge for a few hours to set a bit.

7) EAT IT!!!

You can obviously make your own variations to this. We for instance, mixed raspberry juice from the frozen raspberries with the cheese mixture to make it pink! I personally think it makes it taste more magical somehow... We used frozen raspberries for ours, purely because we didn't have any fresh ones, which would have made the overall final presentation a lot better.
Another variation we have made in the past is getting a bag of frozen mixed fruits, and roughly separating the summer fruits from the forest fruits, blending each up, and then using the summer fruits as a topping with lemon rather than lime, and the forest fruits with the lime mixture. This second one has a wonderfully bitter sweet taste and is certainly my preference. If all else fails, we are going to spend all our time baking! And maybe selling it...

At all possible stages, bowl licking is mandatory! :)

Voyage, Voyage

Voyage, Voyage

Just edging onto the Easter weekend, myself, Dreamy, and our friend Sophie finally made our Mini Adventure to Paris!
It was everything we wanted (some we didn't) and so much more! Music on the Metro, glass pyramids French Legion soldiers, the Eiffel Tower, vintage shops, and my personal highlight - finding the fruit and veg shop from Amelie (still one of my all time favourite films...ever!).

The rather modern/ancient fusion of the glass pyramids designed by I. M. Pei in 1989 at the Louvre.

Henrik Vibskov for the Space For Fantasy exhibition inside Galleries Lafayette.

The stained glass window inside Lafayette. Absolutely stunning, although you do tend to get neck ache from looking up at it for such a long time. I suggest going higher up, and then you don't have to strain so much!

Every aspect of this building is decadent Art Nouveau beauty. I wouldn't really want it in my house personally, but it is most certainly beautiful. I will put more photos up of the interior at a later date when I haven't got so many deadlines looming over me! (3 alone for this Friday!!!)

Sophie making the most of our gorgeous hotel down it's little courtyard. The Hotel Andre Gill, in the Montmatre area is comfortable, friendly, family run, with scrumptiously retro decorated rooms. For being so close to the very heart of Paris, it is very well priced; although personally they need to expand on the size of the breakfast room in order to accommodate the (mostly) students. Oh, less of the bread and more of the fruit maybe?? Although the croissants are heavenly and freshly baked each morning!

My faithful backpack which is slowly but surely travelling the World with me :) So far it has been to Canada, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland - and I'm sure that there's more. A true companion!

There will be another French instalment, just as soon as I have slept and done a bit more work. In the meantime, listen to Desireless or perhaps MC Solaar for some French inspired music. The MC Solaar song La Belle et le Bad Boy is the one featured in the final episode of Sex & The City, but check out his other work - easy to listen to French rap - how could it not be good!?