White Chocolate and Pistachio Cheesecake...
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I am a sponge girl through and through, sponge cake, sponge pudding, sponge is my go to! Therefore, it seldom happens that cheesecake creeps into my mind. But for all of last week, cheesecake was haunting my every thought! I just could not get it off my brain! There was only one thing to do! Get baking!

To make a cheesecake that was going to fully satisfy these cravings, it was going to have to be exceptionally good! So I threw one of my favourite ingredients at it for luck, the pistachio! The humble pistachio, you may have noticed, creeps its way into a fair few of my baking creations. As does white chocolate. So it may not be a great surprise that I have paired them together again and they work beautifully in this deliciously creamy cheesecake. 

If you have never made a baked cheesecake before, don't worry! They are much easier than you may have been led to believe and take minimal time as well! Just follow this step by step recipe and you can be indulging in sweet creamy nutty heaven in no time at all. Enjoy...

Ingredients...

  • 200g rich tea biscuits
  • 75g shelled pistachios
  • 80g melted butter
  • 300ml double cream
  • 400g full fat cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 400g white chocolate 

Method...

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180 or 160 fan. Line the base of an 8inch round spring form cake tin with baking parchment and lightly grease the sides. 
  2. Put your pistachios, saving a couple for decoration later, and your biscuits into a food processor and blitz until fine crumbs. Mix together with the melted butter then pop into your tin and press down evenly and firmly to form the base. 
  3. Pop this into the oven to bake for 10 minutes and then leave to cool. 
  4. Heat the double cream gently in a saucepan over low heat, then add in the white chocolate and stir until fully melted. 
  5. Leave to cool slightly before blending with the cream cheese, eggs and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth. 
  6. Now the only slightly technical part, your cheesecake needs to be baked in a bain-marie, to ensure it is evenly baked. All you need to do is wrap the base and sides of your tin in a layer of clingfilm and then a double layer of foil, to ensure your tin is watertight. Then pop the tin in a deep roasting tin. 
  7. Pour your cheesecake mixture over the biscuit base. Then fill the roasting tin with boiling water, going half way up the level of the cake tin. Pop this into a slightly cooler oven, 140 or 120 fan and bake for 1 hour. 
  8. Once your hour is up, turn your oven off, leave the cheesecake in, with the oven door slightly open and leave to cool for a couple of hours. This should prevent any cracks forming on the top. 
  9. Your cheesecake may still appear to be slightly wobbly, don't worry, it just needs to chill and fully firm up! Leave it in the fridge overnight and the next day it should be firm. Un-clip your tin and pop the cheesecake out and onto a serving plate. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios over the top for a pop of colour. And then dive right in and enjoy the smooth silky creaminess of your cheesecake! 

 

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May in Cake...

May in Cake...

Huge apologies for the lateness of this post! Sometimes life just gets in the way a bit too much! But as an apology I shall follow this post up with an exclusive recipe blog post! So keep your eyes out for that in, hopefully, the near future! So, onto May...

 

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Step into Spring...

I love the colours of this cake. The perfect Spring time cake to reflect the sunshine we've finally had this month! This cake was a gluten free sponge cake with classic jam filling and vanilla frosting. 

I love this style of buttercream piping, adding the layers and details to create an intricate beautiful design. Check out some of my other similar styled cakes here!

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Meringue magic...

Light lemon sponges, filled with zesty lemon curd and topped with a snowy mountain of meringue. Need I say anymore?!

I also had some fun playing around with these meringue kisses. Not sure why I had never made them before, but beginners luck gave me a perfect bake to create a crisp shell with a delightful chewy meringue centre. 

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Happy Birthday...

The colours, the flavours, the doughnuts. This was a very fun cake to make! The sponge was pistachio and white chocolate with fresh raspberries baked through and layered with raspberry jam! The doughnuts were peanut butter flavoured and layered up on top with plenty more with chocolate, of course!

Louise Boddie
April in Cake...
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She said Yes...

April has been a month of love in the Louise's Cakes kitchen! Starting off with this lovely cake for the engagement party of two beautiful friends of mine. After a very romantic proposal (at New Years in Paris!), they invited us all to celebrate with them and every celebration, of course, needs a cake! A classic Victoria filling with gold drip detailing. I'm already excited to start planning the Wedding Cake! 

 

I Do...

I told you it was a month of love! 

This was only my third ever wedding cake and I can now say I've done them all, a naked cake, a fondant cake and now a buttercream cake! This simple yet striking 4 tier was made up of a vanilla base, then a chocolate layer, then a very special cherry bakewell layer and topped of with a lemon sponge.  

Wedding cakes are the cakes of all cakes and being able to be a small part of someones special day will always be an amazing feeling! 

March in Cake...
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March 1st- Website goes live!

After editing, tinkering and applying the finishing touches for over 2 months, I finally felt ready to go live! I am in no way a technological whizz kid, nor do I really know the first thing about making a website, but here I am... and I am pretty proud of my efforts. So if you haven't yet had a look around please browse at leisure through all my cakes and cupcakes and cookies, a big cup of tea and a small snack may be needed to stop you getting too hungry! 

Chocolate and Mermaids...

My first order of the month was for a lovely ladies 21st birthday. This was a special order, as just three short years ago I was making her 18th birthday cake! I love following clients through their lives and being there to help them celebrate all their special occasions. This cake order was also a lot of fun, as it involved 3 of my favourite things- chocolate, cookie dough and mermaids! A 3 layer moist chocolate cake sandwiched together with cookie dough buttercream and dripping with chocolate ganache... drooling yet?! 

Accompanying the cake was some very fabulous mermaid cupcakes. A Disney girl at heart, Little Mermaid has been my favourite for many many years and I like to think of myself as a bit of an Ariel! I love how big the mermaid theme is at the moment and was very excited to have an excuse to unleash my inner mermaid upon my cakes! 

 

Nutella, Nutella, Nutella...

Nutella is one of the great loves of my life. On toast, on a spoon and especially in cakes. This decadent delight is a chocolate lovers dream. Moist chocolate sponge, nutella ganache, chocolate buttercream, ferrero rocher, hazelnuts... the list of delights goes on! I will never grow tired of making this masterpiece! 

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Golfing into retirement...

One of the things I love about doing bespoke cakes is just how personalised they can be. This cake would make little sense to anyone else. But for the lovely lady who was retiring to Anglesey, to relax by the coast and play golf, it was perfect! 

 

Ice Cream, You Scream...

Having complete free reign on a cake is pure joy for me. It is where my childish, bright and sweet filled imagination can run wild. This cake, created for my best friends 25th, was brilliantly bright, cheeky and childish and certainly a sweet treat. Beneath the hundreds of hundreds and thousands was a cherry bakewell cake and the top tier dripping with hot pink ganache, was a heavenly raspberry, white chocolate and pistachio cake. 

So now we are in April already! The sky is currently, for once, very very blue and the hope of Spring, sunshine and blossom has finally returned. With a month of engagement cakes and wedding cakes ahead, love is definitely in the air! 

 

 

Hot Cross Bun French Toast...
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Easter is finally on it's way! I think we are all desperately hoping that it will bring with it some sunshine and signs of Spring! But whilst it is still cold and miserable outside, I have got a recipe which will bring rays of joy to your kitchen! Where there is Easter, there is hot cross buns, and as delicious as they are toasted and slathered in butter, I have found a way to elevate them to new heights.  

French Toast is one of my go to brunch options. What I love about it is its versatility. You can add so many different flavours, different toppings and any bread base you choose. I like to be extra naughty and use chocolate hot cross buns, but traditional fruit ones will pair beautifully with the cinnamon in the custard mix. Enjoy...

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Ingredients…                                                    
(Serves 1)                                                          
2 hot cross buns
1 egg
4 tbsp milk or cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tbsp butter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Method
 1.  In a shallow dish, whisk together the egg, milk/cream, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar.
 2.  Heat the butter in a frying pan on a medium heat.                                               3.  Slice each hot cross bun in half and flatten out slightly, dip each half in and out of the egg mixture, on both sides and then place straight into the hot pan.
 4. Fry for 2-3 minutes and then flip over and cook through on the other side. The bun will start to go golden brown when ready.
 5. Serve with some fresh berries, ice cream, chocolate sauce, maple syrup… whatever takes your fancy! Enjoy…

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Sticky Toffee Banana Bread...
Banana Bread

You wont find too many recipes in my repertoire which could be classed as healthy! I am a girl who likes her indulgences! But, when a cake still tastes delicious, who am I to complain that it is also pretty much fat free?! It simply means I can eat twice as much with half the amount of guilt! 

The sticky toffee aspect of this particular banana bread come from the very essence of sticky toffee pudding itself, the delicious dates! Dates are one of mother natures kindest gifts to us. Sticky, sweet and splendidly gooey. The taste pairs beautifully with banana and they add moisture and a perfect natural sweetness to the bread. So, if you've got some over ripened bananas to use up, or you simply fancy a sweet treat with your morning coffee then look no further, enjoy...

Ingredients...

  • 3x ripe bananas- the riper the better!
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 2x eggs
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 60g dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp cardamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method...

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180/ 160 degrees fan and grease and line a loaf tin.
  2. Soak your dates in a bowl in some boiling water.
  3. With an electric whisk, beat together the bananas, sugar and eggs until light and creamy.
  4. Fold through the flour, baking powder, vanilla and spices until thoroughly combined.
  5. Finally, stir through the soaked dates, with a little bit of their liquid. 
  6. Pour into your loaf tin and pop into the oven on a low shelf for around 45-50 minutes until springy to touch. 
  7. Leave to cool in the tin and enjoy at your leisure! 
My Road to Nigellahood...

Welcome to my new blog! Here you will find all my musings, recipes, photos, reviews and thoughts, all on my very favourite subject... food! I have been food blogging far too infrequently for about 4 years now, over on my previous blog 'Feeding My Inner Fatty'. As I was designing my new cake website, I felt a fresh start all around would be just the kick I needed to get back into the blogging habit!  So whether you're an old follower who's joined me on my journey or you've just stumbled across my ramblings, welcome! 

I had made multiple promises to myself to be an avid and frequent blogger this year, promises I thoroughly intend to keep! So for now, I shall leave you with a few photos of my favourites creations, brunches, dinners and bakes from last year, whilst I start to plan all the blog posts to come! Enjoy...

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