Salted Butterscotch Popcorn Cheesecake

This salted butterscotch popcorn cheesecake from Rosie Birkett’s book A Lot On Her Plate must be the showstopper dessert of 2015. I have long wanted to try the recipe and last week whilst recovering from surgery finally gave it a whirl in a pre Christmas trial run. I will definitely be making this for the Christmas night buffet as its a very simple no bake cheesecake but it looks and tastes amazing.

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Tuna Cat Treats

I’m still alive! Sorry I’ve been so rubbish on the blogging front, I’ve been quite stressed recently with work and that and the never ending list of jobs to do on the house seems to have stolen my mojo and got me quite down. I also had a few baking disasters that didn’t turn out quite as planned so haven’t made it here yet (curses gas oven).

I’m trying to get into the Christmas swing and planning my edible gifts. Strictly these aren’t Christmas cat treats and to be honest I made them to try and bribe the two cats I rescued last month into being more friendly but I’m sure a jar under the tree wouldn’t go a miss with the felines in your life! The recipe comes from the marvellous Joy the Baker.

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Walnut & Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

So I’m back and mostly unpacked. I could say this amazing cake from Roger Saul’s Spelt cookbook is a seasonal cake arrived just in time for the walnut harvest but sadly I wasn’t that thoughtful. I made and shot this cake a month ago to christen my new kitchen and test out the inherited gas oven. I’m not sure whats worse, a painfully slow gas oven that takes twice as long to cook everything or the left handed sink that forces me to wash up like I’m wearing a straightjacket or so it seems. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get this post together but thankfully most of the work was done last week as my newly broken arm is going to hamper the return to cooking, baking and blogging, as well as the last of the unpacking, furniture shabby chic-ing and other DIY projects that are joining a growing list.

Those keen eyed amongst you will realise there are only walnuts atop this cake, my newly restocked cupboards didn’t stretch to oats at the time of baking so I had to improvise. I have been assured the streusel topping is worth the effort so will be trying that next time.

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Dairy Free Chocolate Layer Cake

Our houseguest is off backpacking round Europe from Wednesday so I decided to bake her a dairy free chocolate cake this weekend to bid her bon voyage. I used my go to chocolate cake recipe but swapped the milk for goats milk as Amber is just cows milk intollerant but soy or nut milk can be used instead. If you don’t need a dairy free cake you can swap 240g unsalted butter back in rather than the dairy free alternatives I used.

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Nectarine & Almond Friands

I feel bad posting these nectarine and almond friands as we have a dairy intolerant houseguest at the moment and she is really struggling to have the willpower to resist.

These friands are so light and buttery and looked amazing as I was flicking through an old issue of Waitrose Weekend before relegating it to the recycling bin. The original recipe used plums but any stone fruit would work well. 

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Salmon and New Potato Tart

I had my eye on this M&S recipe for Salmon and Cornish new potato tart for a few weeks and a picnic was the perfect excuse to make it. This tart has a really nice fresh flavour thanks to the lemon zest and travelled well too.

I made my own pastry but you could use 300g ready-made shortcrust pastry as suggested in the original recipe.

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Cheese Straws

I have found it really frustrating being off work and not being able to do much baking but I was really craving cheese straws and had some dried up cheddar in the fridge so thought I would put it to good use by grating it and drying it out a bit further as who likes soggy cheese straws?

If you don’t have dried and past its best extra mature cheddar lurking in the fridge you can use Parmesan cheese.

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Earl Grey & Orange Hot Cross Buns

My new landlady/housemate Kim asked me if I could make her some earl grey hot cross buns for Easter and as if by magic the March edition of Waitrose Kitchen magazine had these beauties by Izy Hossack of Top with Cinnamon fame so I gave them a whirl. Travelling down to Cornwall for Easter I didn’t get chance to taste one but I’ve been assured that they taste better than they look! Happy Easter folks!

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Cinnamon Buns

Posting has become sporadic way before I thought it might and despite my best laid plans to stock pile some new entries ahead of my impending move it’s all gone awry. I don’t move well and am even less of a fan of packing/unpacking.

This last weekend I could have got a gold medal for procrastination as I just can’t face dealing with finding somewhere else to live and unearthing long forgotten relics that have been in boxes in the loft since my uni days isn’t helping.

I also decided to make a fairly long winded cinnamon bun recipe this week but even if you are not trying to put something off these cinnamon buns are worth the effort!

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Lemon Curd Slices

After a busy few weeks which included swapping my usual food subjects for rock legends after getting my first press pit photo pass, I gladly accepted this baking request from my workmates. Although I never tried one, Eat used to sell a similar lemon curd slice and my workmates were missing them so asked me to recreate them after they found what I believe is a Bill Granger recipe.

Not the most photogenic of slices, I have again battled with the lack of light and after a brief trot round the house with the board and slices trying out the various lighting conditions settled back in my North facing kitchen.

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