To give you some idea of just how ridiculously easy it is to make this lovely summer tart, I prepared it with a two month old baby strapped to my chest! This is the kind of recipe that you can just sling together within a […]
Generally I’m a baked cheesecake kind of girl but after my white chocolate and berry cheesecake proved so popular I thought that it would be nice to make a variation on that recipe. This malty, chocolatey malteser version is really indulgent and decadent – a […]
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 that bothers me though, it’s the texture. If you cut up a mushroom small enough there’s a chance that I will actually enjoy it. And I know that they’re really good for me so I’ve been trying to sneak more of them into my diet, disguising them in bolognese and the like. This is a recipe that I actually really enjoy and will happily tuck into any night of the week. Lots of lovely, chewy, nutty grains and rich flavours from the marsala, mushrooms and miso. Nutritious and delicious!
This requires a lot less babysitting than a traditional risotto, there’s a lot less stirring for a start! I’ve used wheatberries but use whatever quick cook grains you like…
serves 2 generously
1 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
200g mushrooms, diced
200g quick cook wheatberries (like Ebly)
2 tbsp marsala
1/2 tbsp shiro (white) miso
500ml vegetable stock
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried sage
70g grated parmesan
2 tbsp creme fraiche
Heat the oil in a large lidded pan and gently fry the shallots, carrots and mushrooms until the shallots are just starting to take on a little colour. Add the garlic and the wheatberries and cook for a minute or two longer before pouring over the marsala.
Add the herbs, stock and miso paste and bring the pot to boiling point. Reduce the heat a little, pop the lid on the pan and let it simmer until the wheatberries are tender and the stock has been absorbed.
Stir in the creme fraiche and most of the parmesan (keep a little back for serving) and season with black pepper to taste. Serve whilst piping hot, topped with a little sprinkle of cheese and perhaps a few freshly chopped herbs.
Something about the onset of the cold grey weather makes me want to eat cheese. ALL THE TIME! Toasty, golden, melted cheese is my favourite and these scones, warm from the oven, fit the bill perfectly. They have a lovely combination of flavours. The rich nutty Gruyère paired with slightly tart, sweet cranberries and the crunch from the pecans is just delicious. I’ve added some wholemeal flour to the dough too, to add even more rich nutty flavour.
They’re very nice cold but absolutely delicious when eaten warm.
Makes approx 14 depending on size
150g plain flour
80g wholemeal flour
3 tsp baking powder
100g Gruyère cheese, grated
80g dried cranberries
80g pecans, roughly chopped
splash of milk
Pre-heat the oven to 220°c and place a large baking sheet in there to pre-heat.
Sift the flours together with the baking powder into a large bowl. Cut the butter into small chunks and rub into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add most of the cheese (keep some for the tops) and mix well so that it’s evenly distributed. Stir through the pecans and cranberries.
Lightly beat the egg and gradually incorporate this into the dry ingredients. You may find that you need to add a splash of milk to the mixture in order to get a nice soft ball of scone dough but it shouldn’t be sticky.
Gently pat the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1 inch thick and stamp out your scones using a cutter, being careful not to twist it. Carefully grease the hot tray or line it with a silicone mat and spread the scones out on it. Brush with a little more milk and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake the scones for 10-15 minutes, allow the cheese on top to bubble and brown a bit. Leave to cool a little and enjoy whilst warm, spread with butter.
These are a lovely savoury twist on a sweet tea-time classic. You don’t have to limit them to afternoon indulgence though – these have proved very popular for breakfast and brunch topped with fried or poached eggs. You can use any hard, medium-fat cheese you […]
I think baked cheesecakes might be my super-power. (Making them and eating them). I never really have any problems with them and they always turn out well, slightly soft and rich and creamy, the way a baked cheesecake should be. This one is no exception – I mean just look at it… You know you just want to grab a fork and get stuck in to all that gooey toasted marshmallow!
There are a few very simple rules to follow when making a baked cheesecake which should more or less guarantee you dessert success. Always make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start. Wrap the base of the tin really well in tin foil and bake the cheesecake in a water bath. Finally let it cool in the oven before you chill it in the fridge – a good cheesecake cannot be rushed!
200g digestive biscuits
500g full fat cream cheese
200g sour cream
150g dark chocolate
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Start by lightly greasing a spring-form cake tin and securely wrapping the base with foil. Pre-heat your oven to 180°c. Crush the biscuits, either in a food processor or if you’re feeling a little tense then by putting them in a plastic bag and bashing them about with a rolling pin (Baking can be so therapeutic!). Melt the butter and combine this with the biscuit crumbs before pressing the mixture firmly into the tin. Pop this in the fridge to firm up whilst you make the filling.
Melt the chocolate (in a double boiler or microwave) and set this aside to cool a bit. 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 and then add the chocolate, making sure that it is well blended. 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 40-45 minutes. Once it’s done it should still be a little wobbly in the middle but be a little puffed up and brown 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.
Make the marshmallow topping by combining all of the ingredients in a spotlessly clean heatproof bowl. Place this over a pan of gently simmering water, be careful not to let the water touch the base of the bowl. Use a hand whisk to whip this continuously whilst it heats up. The mixture should become quite foamy and increase in volume. When the marshmallow is ready to come off the heat, it will feel hot to the touch and the sugar should be totally dissolved. Take the bowl off the pan of water and then use an electric whisk to whip the marshmallow until it is thick and glossy. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin and place it on a serving plate. Pipe or swirl the marshmallow on top, creating a peak effect. Use a kitchen blowtorch to toast and brown the marshmallow before serving.