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Mushroom grain risotto

Mushroom grain risotto

I am not a mushroom fan. The fact that they are so often the go-to veggie option actually makes me a little mad. Seriously, who decided that whacking a portobello mushroom in a bap made for a decent veggie burger? Yuk! It’s not the flavour […]

Chocolate and miso caramel sponges

Chocolate and miso caramel sponges

Look me in the eye and tell me that you don’t want to eat one of these right now. Rich, fluffy chocolatey sponge absolutely smothered in sticky, salty miso caramel. Sounds pretty delicious doesn’t it? This is perfect comfort food. It’s cosiness on a plate! […]

Orange and passionfruit tart

Orange and passionfruit tart

We all need a little extra sunshine at this time of year. I think that might be why nature made it that oranges only take on their beautiful colour once the weather turns cooler… This is a lovely dessert, a rich, buttery, chocolate crust topped with a sweet creamy fragrant filling and finished off with tangy passionfruit. Scrumptious.
The crust for this tart is a little unusual because it’s not a traditional pastry dough that can be rolled out but it is incredibly delicious. It’s very rich, crumbly and buttery, almost like shortbread, and totally worth getting a few messy fingers for. I made this particular tart with blood oranges because I love to use them when they’re in season but you can use any type of orange you like. You’ll need the lemon juice to add a little extra acidity to create the chemical (magic) reaction which thickens the filling.

Ingredients
can be prepared as 1 full size or 4 individual tarts
crust
180g softened butter
40g icing sugar
30g cocoa powder
180g flour
filling
400g condensed milk (1 tin)
170g creme fraiche
120ml of citrus juice (about 2 oranges and 1 lemon)
zest of 2 oranges
2-3 very ripe passionfruit
2 tbsp icing sugar (or to taste)

Start by making the rich chocolate pastry case. Beat together the softened butter and icing sugar before sifting in the cocoa powder and flour. Mix together to leave you with a very soft dough, it’s okay if it’s a little sticky. Thoroughly grease your tart tin/tins and use the back of a spoon to spread the pastry dough evenly into it. Cover the surface with baking parchment and chill the dough for 15 minutes. Pre-heat your oven to 180°c. Pile some baking beans onto the parchment and blind bake the case for 20 minutes. Uncover the pastry and bake for a further 10 minutes.


Once the case is baked you can make the filling mixture, you don’t really need to wait for the case to cool. Whisk together the condensed milk and the creme fraiche in a large mixing bowl, making sure that they are really well blended. Add the orange zest and the juices and whisk again until the mixture thickens slightly. Pour the filling mixture into the pastry case, give it a little shake to level it off and bake for 10 minutes.
Let the tarts cool on a wire rack. Remove the seeds from the passion fruit and mix them with the icing sugar, use as much or as little to suit your own taste. Spoon this over the top of the orange filling, spreading it out in a thin layer. Pop the tarts in the fridge to chill completely before serving.

I’ve added this to the #bakingcrumbs linky hosted by www.applytofaceblog.com and www.joskitchenlarder.com

 

Peanut butter and banana pancakes (vegan)

Peanut butter and banana pancakes (vegan)

It’s the last day of veganuary. How did you do? If you just started to have one meat-free day a week I think you can be pretty proud of yourself. Getting a bit more fruit and veg into our diets can only be a good […]

Roasted veggie grain bowls with creamy tahini dressing

Roasted veggie grain bowls with creamy tahini dressing

This is one of my new favourite dinners. Not only is it truly tasty but eating it makes me feel all sorts of virtuous! I love the chewy, nutty fibre rich grains paired with the slightly sweet roasted vegetables but it’s the subtle spices and […]

White chocolate & berry cheesecake

White chocolate & berry cheesecake

This is a recipe I made recently for Mr C’s grandad’s birthday. By all accounts it’s the best cheesecake he’s ever eaten and at 81 years old I reckon he’s tried a few!
You won’t tell him how easy it is to make, will you? It really is a doddle and he’s not wrong – it’s really tasty! A crumbly buttery base, layered with sweet creamy no-bake cheesecake and finished off with a fragrant sweet berry compote. What’s not to enjoy?!

Ingredients
base
200g digestive biscuits
50g butter
cheesecake
400g cream cheese
200g white chocolate
zest of one lemon
200ml double cream
topping
300g berries (frozen work fine)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornflour

Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and then press them firmly into the base of an 8″ spring-form tin. Pop this into the fridge to firm up and set whist you make the topping.
Carefully melt the chocolate and then set this aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese with the lemon zest until it is smooth and soft and then mix in the cooled chocolate.
Whip the cream in a second bowl until it holds a soft peak. Fold the cream into the cheese and chocolate mixture, making sure that everything is well blended. Spread this on the prepared base and smooth off the surface. Pop the cheesecake in the fridge for several hours or preferably overnight.
Make the berry topping by roughly chopping the fruit and combining it with the sugar and cornflour in a small pan. Gently heat it until the juices from the fruit have thickened to leave you with a glossy compote. Leave this to cool completely.
Run a pallet knife around the edge of the cheesecake before releasing it from the tin and transferring it to a serving plate. Spread the berry mixture on top of the cheesecake before serving.

Jackfruit pancakes

Jackfruit pancakes

Just because you’re taking part in veganuary doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your favourite Friday night treats. I’m a big fan of jackfruit, it’s so easy and convenient to prepare and is a great base for all sorts of marinades. I […]

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

I absolutely adore this recipe, it’s wonderfully versatile and makes great use of whatever seasonal produce is available. You can switch the vegetables in and out depending on what you have, what’s in season and what you do (or don’t) like. For example I can’t […]

Christmas Cheesecake

Christmas Cheesecake

The big day may be over with for another a year but that doesn’t mean that we’re done with the feasting – as far as I’m concerned that doesn’t finish until the clock strikes January!
This rich, creamy cheesecake is the perfect dessert for this time of year and it’s full of festive flavours. It’s also a handy way to use up any leftover mincemeat that you might have hanging around.

Ingredients
200g biscuits (anything you like but ginger nuts or speculoos are nice)
100g butter
600g cream cheese
100g sugar
3 eggs
100g sour cream
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 tbsp rum (or brandy)
200g mincemeat
dark chocolate decorations

Start by lightly greasing a spring-form cake tin and securely wrapping the base of it with foil. Pre-heat your oven to 170°c. Crush the biscuits and melt the butter before combing the two. Press this mixture firmly into the base of the tin, pushing it slightly up the sides. Pop this in the fridge to firm up whilst you make the filling.
Put the cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat them together until they are smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Mix in the sour cream, alchohol and vanilla, making sure that it is well blended. Stir in the mincemeat by hand and then pour the mixture over the biscuit base. Give the tin a little shimmy to level things off before giving it a couple of sharp taps to knock out any excess air bubbles. Put the tin in a bain-marie and bake the cheesecake for about 1 hour.

 

 

Once it’s done it should have a little wobble in the middle but be a little puffed up and a little golden around the edges. Turn off the oven and take the cheesecake out of its water bath but leave it in the oven to cool. Once it’s room temperature move it to the fridge to chill for several hours, preferably overnight.
To serve, carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin and add a few dark chocolate decorations and perhaps a touch of sparkle to the top.

Gingerbread truffles

Gingerbread truffles

Spending the first few years of my life living in Germany has definitely had a big influence on the way I celebrate Christmas. Even the baubles hanging from my tree are the ones that I inherited/pinched from my mum which she bought when we lived […]