My friends allotment is awash with strawberries. Delicious plump, sweet, ruby-red berries – she could open a pick-your-own! She generously gave me so many (and some plants) that I had enough for this cake, the strawberry and mascarpone tart from a week or so ago […]
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 few minutes and it looks like you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen for hours to produce a decadent dessert. What could be better? This tart has a rich, flaky crust topped with a creamy cheesecake filling, sweet fresh strawberries and fragrant basil.
1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
2 tbsp sugar
few basil leaves
Preheat your oven to 220°c and grease or line a large baking sheet.
Unroll the pastry onto the baking sheet and use a sharp knife to score about one centimetre in from the edge all the way around.
Beat together the mascarpone and the sugar until nice and smooth. Lightly beat the egg and add most of this to the cheese mixture, keep bake just enough to brush around the edges of the tart. Beat the egg into the cheese mixture, ensure it is well combined. Spread this over the tart base, keeping within the scored lines. Slice the strawberries and spread these over the cheesecake topping. Brush the edges of the tart with the reserved beaten egg and sprinkle with a little sugar to give the crust a nice glaze and crunch.
Bake the tart for 20 minutes, until the topping has set and the pastry is golden-brown. Leave to cool before dusting with icing sugar and scattering on a little shredded basil and serving.
I’m quickly learning that it’s entirely possible to make delicious cakes without having to use eggs or any dairy products. This flavourful cake is light and fluffy with a lovely soft texture, like a traditional ginger cake but it’s completely vegan, using dates and vegetable […]
This is quite an unusual dessert, but very tasty. The base is fudgy and chewy and the topping is rich and meltingly creamy. It tastes far more indulgent than the ingredient list might suggest. Whilst I’m not actually vegan I’ve been getting really into exploring […]
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 proper treat. It’s got a crunchy, buttery biscuit base smothered in a creamy, malty cheesecake studded with crispy maltesers and topped with a light chocolate cream. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?!
200g crushed digestive biscuits
75g melted butter
400g full-fat cream cheese
200g white chocolate
200ml double cream
2 tbsp malted milk powder (I used Horlicks)
100g crushed maltesers
100ml double cream
50g milk chocolate
extra chocolate & maltesers to decorate
Combine the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and press firmly into the base of a loose bottomed 20cm cake tin. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a tin exactly the right size, it’ll only make a difference to the thickness of the layers, it can also be any shape you like. Chill the base in the fridge whilst you make the topping.
Melt the white chocolate and let it cool for a minute or two. Mix the malted milk powder with a tablespoon of hot water to make a paste and beat it with the cream cheese until smooth. Beat the melted chocolate into this. Whip the cream to soft peak stage before folding it into the cream cheese mixture. Gently mix through the crushed maltesers and then spread the mixture over the chilled base, making the top as smooth as possible. Put the cheesecake in the fridge to chill and firm up for several hours, or even over night.
Remove the cheesecake from the tin and place it on a serving plate. At this point you can drizzle over a little extra melted chocolate for decoration if you like. Melt 50g of milk chocolate and set aside to cool for a minute or two. Whip 100ml of double cream to a firm peak and then fold the melted chocolate into it, making sure that it is well combined. Transfer the chocolate cream to a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe the cream on top of the cheesecake, finish decorating the cheesecake with plenty of extra maltesers.
This is a really delicious dessert. Like a combination of rhubarb and custard and bread pudding. I actually think it’s much nicer than the traditional version made with dried fruit, it’s not quite as sweet. The rhubarb gives it a nice tang whilst the strawberries […]
For my birthday this year I thought that I would keep things simple and just make this lovely loaf cake, to be sliced and enjoyed with a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Obviously being a drizzle cake it’s lovely and moist (sorry but there isn’t a more appropriate word when it comes to drizzle cake) but it’s the lime and coconut combination which makes this a little bit special, a little bit more tropical than the classic lemon flavour. It’s got a light, tender crumb from the coconut and a wonderful fragrant tang from the lime. Delicious!
zest of 3 limes
pinch of seasalt
150g self-raising flour
50g desiccated coconut
splash of milk
juice of one lime
75g granulated sugar
Grease and line a loaf tin and pre-heat your oven to 180°c. Combine 175g sugar with the lime zest before creaming it together with the butter and salt until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then sift in the flour. Briefly beat the batter to combine everything and then stir in the coconut. Loosen the batter to a soft dropping consistency with a splash of milk and then pour it in to the prepared tin. Smooth off the top and bake the loaf for 50 minutes, by which time the top should have a deep golden crust and a skewer should come out clean if you poke the cake with it.
Combine the juice with the remaining 75g of sugar. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack , making sure that it is the right way up. Use a skewer to poke tiny holes all over the top of the loaf and then spoon the juice and sugar over the top of the warm cake (it’s a good idea to put a plate/tray underneath the rack to catch the drips). Leave the cake to cool and soak up the drizzle before slicing and serving.