Saturday, 11 January 2014

Butterscotch & Pecan Cheesecake


Hi Guys!

So, I know I haven't blogged for ages but if you know me, and as I've explained before there's a lot been going on in my personal life and haven't really found the time to anything, let alone blog. But, seeing as it's a new year I thought I should once again get back into it and start sharing all of my favourite recipes, reviews and adventures with you all. So to kick off the new year, here's my Pecan & Butterscotch cheesecake.

This recipe is from The Hummingbird Bakery 'Cake Days' cookbook. I've been to Hummingbird a couple of times when I've been to London, and I must say the cakes there are amazing! I got given this cookbook a couple of years ago from my Nana because she knows how obsessed with baking & cakes I am and I thought this seemed like the perfect recipe to try.

Now, at this point, I should share that I am not a huge cheesecake fan. Luckily my boyfriend is, and he had been asking for me to bake him something for ages. Since we both love pecans & butterscotch I thought this cheesecake might be the one to change me!

Ingredients
Base

  • 220g digestive biscuits
  • 100g melted butter
Cheesecake Filling
  • 700g full fat cream cheese
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 large eggs
  • 80g pecans (I double this amount to make my cheesecake really nutty)
Butterscotch Glaze
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 45g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
I should say that the recipe does state to use vanilla essence but, I always use extract because it gives a much better flavour but use whichever you can find. 
1. Start with the base, crush the digestives until they're as fine as you want them. I think cheesecakes bases work best when the biscuit is crumbled quite fine as it's easier to squish down and help absorb some of moisture that the cream cheese might let out.
2. Add the melted butter to the biscuit and mix together. If you have quite fine biscuit the mixture will feel a bit like damp sand.
3. Pack the mixture into your cake tin.

4. Leave the base to set in the fridge for about half an hour, or as long as it takes you to prepare the filling.
5. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until it's nice and smooth, then add the eggs in, one at a time.
Look! It's a double yolker! My first one ever!

6. Chop the pecans then stir them in. 
7. Pour the mixture onto the set base and make sure the filling is spred nice and evenly.
8. In the book it now says to wrap the cake tin in foil and place in a water bath, to prevent cracking whilst cooking. I did not have any foil, nor did I feel brave enough to put my cheesecake in a pool of water. So in order to create a little steam in the oven I put an oven tray with water in it, in the bottom of my oven, instead of putting my cake tin in it. 
9. Forgot to say that you should preheat your oven to 160 at the start of this recipe (oops).
10. Place your cheesecake in the oven for 35-45 minutes. If you're not too sure about time, your cheesecake should have a little colour round the edge and a wobble in the middle.


11. When the cheesecake is done, allow it cool then place in the fridge for a good few hours to completely set. I left mine in overnight because for some reason I decided to make this cheesecake at 11 at night.
12. When the cheesecake has finally chilled, make the butterscotch glaze.
13. Melt the brown sugar, milk & butter in a pan and bring to the boil.
14. When boiling, remove from heat and the icing sugar & vanilla, stir until it becomes velvety and butterscotch like in colour.
15. Pour the butter scotch glaze onto the top of the cake, and decorate!
Pair of socks thrown on the floor are optional.

There you go! As easy as that! Lovely scrummy cheesecake!

Hannah x 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

What Happen in London Part 2.

To carry on from where I left off last time, I though I would share the final part about what I did in London! I'll be going back in a few days so I'll be uploading what happens there, but for now, here what happened in the summer!

So, day 3 in London was mine & my mutti's last whole day to have a feast and a good shop. During the morning we went shopping, and somehow ended up on Bond Street. I didn't manage to take any pictures, probably because of the vast amount of window shopping we did.

Luckily, it wasn't long until we got hungry and realised, Hard Rock Cafe wasn't too far away! There was a pretty long queue when we arrived and were told we would have to wait. We didn't mind, and eventually only ended up waiting about 15 minutes. In the meantime we grabbed a couple of cocktails and sat outside until our buzzer rang.


I had the Electric Iced Tea which, was ok. I had expected more from such a hyped up place, it tasted a little soapy and plain, but still drinkable, so I didn't waste a drop. My mum had the purple haze, which wasn't very purple but did taste a bit better than mine!

About halfway through drinking our drinks, our little buzzer thing they gave us (really don't know what they're called) started buzzing and we were shown to our table. One thing I must say about the staff in Hard Rock is that they're really lovely and helpful. Since it was our first time at Hard Rock, we decided to get starters and a main, which in hindsight was a huge mistake!


For starters we had the jumbo combo, which as I said, in hindsight was a mistake, this wasn't because it didn't taste good, but because of the sheer size of it! I would not recommend getting this for two unless you're competitive eaters!My favourite part of this starter was definitely the Santa Fe spring rolls and the hot wings. I must say that the starter was really delicious!

For mains we both had Texan pulled pork burgers, which were also really tasty! Unfortunately we could only manage a bite each of the burgers! But we were given trays each to take them away! Just to let you know, they weren't wasted, we ate them in Hyde Park half an hour later!

After people watching in Hyde Park for a few hours we headed back to the hotel for a while, and surprise, surprise.. We were hungry again. This time we decided to stay around Belsize Park and try and find a Thai. After a short walk we found a tiny little Thai restaurant called Little Thai (haha), that was hand down one of the nicest Thai restaurants I've ever visited!




I had a Prawn Pad Thai and my mum had Thai Green Chicken Curry with sticky rice. Both meals were absolutely delicious. My pad thai came with a gorgeous crunchy chilli seasoning on the side and crushed peanuts, which was nice as I love not having all my food piled on top of each other. My mothers' sticky rice was the best cooked sticky rice I have ever tasted, it was sticky but not gloopy and perfectly cooked! I would definitely recommend this restaurant as the food was a great price and really well cooked.

I'll leave this post here for now, even though I could ramble on a bit more. Keep your eyes open for part 3. Hope you enjoyed my first post for a while! Don't for get to leave a comment!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Where have I been!?

It's been a while. So I haven't blogged for over 2 months now, I'm sorry to anyone that's been visiting looking for new posts! I've been through a tough couple of months and really haven't found much time to blog, but hopefully that will soon change! I won't elaborate on why I've been asbent, if you follow me on twitter or know me personally, you'll know why. Anyway, this is just a little post to say I'm still here and have many good blog posts scheduled for this week. I'm so happy to come back to blogging and hopefully, a few of you are happy to see me back too!! Thanks to anyone who has visited the blog over the past couple of months. There will be a new post very soon so keep your eyes peeled! Thanks, Hannah :)