A Cornish girl's food adventures

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Chocolate and hazelnut flapjack bites

Chocolate and hazelnut flapjack bites

Who doesn’t love a good flapjack? Soft and chewy and gooey with all sorts of delicious treasures hidden amongst the sticky, syrup drenched oats. These are especially indulgent with their combination of hazelnuts and rich chocolate. You can use any chocolate you like but I […]

Souffle pancakes

Souffle pancakes

There are pancakes and then there are souffle pancakes! These aren’t the enormous Japanese style souffle pancakes (I’m not together enough in the mornings to make them) but they are gorgeously fluffy, pillow-like pancakes made by whipping the egg whites into a meringue before folding […]

Clotted cream shortbread

Clotted cream shortbread

It’s nearly St Piran’s Day, which means a day of fun and feasting in Cornwall. I always like to mark the occasion with some form of Cornish themed treat, after all we really do produce some amazing food down there. Previously I’ve made wonderfully fragrant soft saffron buns, crisp and chewy Cornish fairings and indulgent Cornish splits filled with jam and clotted cream (amongst other scrummy things!). This year I’ve opted for rich, buttery clotted cream shortbread bites, decorated with dark chocolate to look like the St Piran’s flag. I like my shortbread to have a little bite to them so I always add a little semolina into the mix for texture while the cornflour keeps them just melting enough to feel indulgent, not that a biscuit made with clotted cream could ever be anything but!

Ingredients
yield varies depending on cutter size (I baked 40 bite sized biscuits)
75g butter (room temperature)
75g Cornish clotted cream
75g sugar
pinch of seasalt
160g plain flour
25g cornflour
40g semolina
dark chocolate to decorate

Beat together the butter, cream, sugar and salt until they are quite fluffy. Add the flour, cornflour and semolina, and mix to form a crumbly rubble. Use your hands to bring this together to form a dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 20 minutes or so.
Pre-heat the oven to 170°c and lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with a silicone baking mat. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface so that it is a few millimetres thick. Use a biscuit cutter to stamp out the biscuits and spread them out on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space in between them. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the biscuits are just starting to turn golden-brown and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool and crisp up. Once they are cooled drizzle them with a little melted chocolate. Leave to set before devouring!

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! […]

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? […]

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.

Gruyere, pecan & cranberry scones

Gruyere, pecan & cranberry scones

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 […]

Squash & apricot loaf

Squash & apricot loaf

What better Autumn teatime treat could there be than a slice of sweetly spiced loaf cake baked with butternut squash and sweet dried apricots? This cake is deliciously moist (sorry, I don’t have another word for it!) and a little like a fruitier carrot cake. […]

Lime, coconut & ginger shortbread

Lime, coconut & ginger shortbread

As far as I’m concerned shortbread of any description is pretty irresistible but this recipe is especially so.
These biscuits are buttery and crumbly with the luxurious touch of rich dark chocolate. The combination of tender coconut, warming crystallised ginger and zingy lime is just delicious and works fabulously in biscuit form.
These are a perfect treat to brighten up an Autumn day!

Ingredients
makes 18-20 (depending on size)
115g butter, room temperature
50g sugar
pinch of salt
zest of 1 lime
120g plain flour
20g cornflour
30g semolina
40g desicated coconut
25g crystalised ginger, finely chopped

dark chocolate to decorate (about 50g should do it)
extra coconut

Cream together the butter, sugar, salt and lime zest until they are quite soft and fluffy. Whisk together the dry ingredients to ensure that they are well blended and then mix them into the butter mixture together with the finely chopped ginger. Using your hands if you find it easier bring everything together to form a nice soft dough.
Roll the dough into a sausage shape, about 4cm in diameter, and wrap securely in clingflim. Place in the fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes.
Pre-heat your oven to 150°c and line a large baking sheet with a baking parchment or a silicone mat. Slice the dough into rounds, about half a centimetre thick and spread them out on the baking sheet. Bake the shortbread for 20-25 minutes until it is just starting to turn golden brown at the edges. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate and pour it into a shallow dish. Place the extra coconut in another shallow dish and dip the edges into the chocolate, followed by the coconut. Leave to set. Store in an airtight container for as long as you can resist eating them!

Fairing lime creams

Fairing lime creams

Who would have thought that you could improve on a fairing? Well it turns out that you can! And all it takes is some creamy, tangy lime frosting. These will give some serious oomph to your morning tea break! If you’re not familiar with them […]