Bounty Cheesecake

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Yes, it has been a while since I have blogged.  I’m afraid life defeated me for a while.  However, once again, my thoughts turned to baking. I couldn’t decide what to do, and in the end I thought cheesecake.  I love cheesecake, a nice stodgy, densely cheesy pudding. Baked or not, it’s a luxurious, comforting eat.

Today I chose a no-bake cheesecake, and it is a recipe new to me.  Of course, I did the few obligatory tweaks, I can’t help myself!

This starts with a biscuit crumb base and I used milk chocolate Hobnobs.  My preferred method for crushing the biscuits is to put them in a strong plastic bag, put it on the floor and stamp on it – just being careful not to burst the bag.  Who says baking isn’t physical! Mixed with melted butter, the chocolate on the biscuits melts nicely, and makes the difference from being a plain crumb crust. A bit of desiccated coconut adds to the texture.

A few chopped bounty bars on top of the crust and then the cheesecake mixture (cream cheese, vanilla, icing sugar, a jar of bounty spread, double cream) goes on top.  This goes into the fridge to set for a couple of hours. Once set, I melted some Galaxy milk chocolate and poured it over the top, and once again back into the fridge to set.

And there you have it.  Now I wonder how it would turn out if I replaced the vanilla extract with a coconut liqueur…..?

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂

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Lime & Coconut Cupcakes

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My head is still spinning with recent events, and with my chronic pain and insomnia, I am craving flavours that lift my spirits. So, baking it is!

Lime and coconut are one of those marriages made in heaven, they compliment each other beautifully.  This also happens to be one of my three go-to cupcake recipes.

The cupcakes themselves are lime and coconut, whilst the buttercream frosting is lime. And I like my lime nice and sharp, so I managed to double the quantity of fresh lime juice in the recipe.

Fresh and zingy, and coconutty 🙂

Coconut Chocolates

It’s about time I did some food.  Although this is not technically baking, all the ingredients were just mixed together.  I have looked at this recipe on and off for a while, but I just knew I had to give it a try.  Coconut and chocolate? What’s not to love!! Bounty Bars, as we all know them, that lovely coconutty, chocolate…………..dreams of tropical paradise!

I found the recipe in the wonderful Baking Heaven magazine’s supplement “Chocolate Heaven”.  As I said, what’s not to love?!

I took these in to work and they were snapped up in an instant.  I must confess to using Lindt dark chocolate to coat them (yes, the luxury) but if you want something to taste good, you need to use the best ingredients.  I should have tempered the chocolate, but really, life is too short to temper chocolate when you are not a pro!Home made bounty bars