Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Raspberry Dream

Oooh la la! I had great fun making this yesterday; it survived the night in the fridge and looked quite well this morning I must say! Basically it's a cheesecake recipe, made up of a few ideas from one of those Women's weekly cookbooks (they make me feel like I'm 65 when I buy them, but grannies make the best cakes so it's ok).

You need:
  • 225g of delicious biscuits (I used Hob Nobs but I think ginger nut biscuits would be good too)
  • 60g melted butter
  • 300g raspberries (frozen will do)
  • 2 tsps gelatine
  • 2 tbsps water
  • 375g cream cheese
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • 300ml cream
  • a 22cm springform tin with cling film around the rim (but not the base, pop that back in after you put the cling film on).
Here's what I did:
  1. Smash up the biscuits in a sandwich bag with a rolling pin or something like that, and then add them to the melted butter and mix well.
  2. Spread this around the base of the tin and leave in the fridge for a half an hour while you make the other bits and pieces
  3. Mix the gelatine and water in a heatproof jug and leave to stand in simmering water for a few mins, stirring it until it's totally disolved. Leave to cool for a few mins.
  4. Beat the cheese, lemon and sugar in a bowl (yay for electric mixers), then beat in the cream and finally stir in the gelatine mix.
  5. Put the raspberries on top of the biscuit base and pour in your filling. It should look like this.

Then you can decorate with a few spare raspberries if you like.

Leave it in the fridge overnight and then you can pop open the tin, gently remove the cling film and be left with something like the picture at the top. A hoard of hungry teachers descended on mine and devoured it in 10 minutes flat. I manage to get a wee crumbly bit for myself... and it was good.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blue Skies and Brass Chains

It seems like only yesterday (actually it was, wasn't it?) I was anticipating a heat wave... and now look! Well, "heat wave" might be a touch on the hyperbol√© side of things, but at least there is sunshine! A good day all round actually -  make and do things arrived in the post, I got thank-you presents, plus got some good news on a prospective business venture... and made a cheesecake! (pics to follow, once it has set completely!)

Anyway, remember the turtle locket I got? Well the make and do stuff what arrived today meant I could put it on a chain finally! Have a closer look!

I actually think the clasp is my favourite bit though. You might not be able to see below, but the little twig holding it shut is also a little brass flower.

I may still add a little more to it, but I'm happy with it for now!