So, I’ve started a blog and this is my first ever post about the Delicious Magazine baking journey that I have embarked on. I promised myself that today this would be up and online ready for my tens of followers to read, digest and clap themselves on the back for knowing me, but, it’s 6.30pm and numerous distractions such as phoning my Mum, playing with the dog, or fighting rampant hoards of French teenagers on Call Of Duty online have managed to keep my baking bon voyage firmly anchored.
One of the worst questions you can ask me is ‘who’s Tina?’. I’ll be nice to your face, but behind your back or in the safety of the cafe kitchen my eyes will roll. The one true answer is this:
Tina was painted by a British artist called J H Lynch in the 1960’s. Myself and Danny wanted a cafe name that had no reflection as to what we did or sold. We had a picture of Tina, drank a bottle of wine and harnessed the creative power of alcohol. Tina We Salute You was the first name we thought of! Apologies that the name history isn’t hugely exciting or even that interesting, and feel free to never ask me about it again.
My ego is currently trying to dictate that I enthral a captive audience with tales from my childhood, but lets save those for another post. We are here for cake!
My first ever bake in this Delicious adventure is from the February 2013 issue. I decided on trying the Chocolate Cheesecake (p.100). This recipe is straight forward and easy to follow, but I doubled the measurements so as to get a really deep chocolate cheese layer. The cooking time was significantly increased, but the resulting cake is perfectly dense, not too rich and full of flavour.
Chocolate Cheesecake with Orange and Apricot
200g dark chocolate digestive biscuits, finely crushed
3tbsp cocoa powder
100g unsalted butter, melted
200g apricot paste sheet, chopped (found in Turkish or Middle Eastern food stores)
Juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
Zest of 1 orange.
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
600ml whipping cream
250g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), broken into pieces and melted
700g full-fat cream cheese
300 caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 – Blitz or bash biscuits into fine crumbs and mix with the cocoa and melted butter. Spoon into a greased, 18cm round springform tin and press down until smooth. Put in the fridge to chill and set.
2- Break chocolate into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Bring cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Stir until melted and mixed, leave to cool slightly.
3- Cut apricot paste sheet into small pieces using scissors. Place in a small saucepan with the lemon and orange juice and stir until melted and smooth. Pour this over the chilled biscuit base, spread evenly and return to the fridge.
4- Put cream cheese, cornflour, eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla seeds, orange zest and stir to combine.
5- Add the warm chocolate mixture to the cream cheese and fold together. Pour this over the base and level.
6- Bake in a 130C oven for 1 hour, or until the edges are set, but it is still wobbly in the middle. Remove from over, allow to cool and then place in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
If all goes to plan, and you havn’t embarked on this bake after a few vodkas you should end up with a cheesecake to make Mummy proud.
*recipes for this blog have all been taken from the awesome Delicious Magazine. Adaptations to the recipes and pictures of the bakes are all mine!
*large Tina picture created by Ant Carver http://www.antcarver.com/