Monday, January 11, 2010

TWD - holiday catch up

Well, not only have I been a slack blogger over the Christmas break, I have also been a slack baker! It has been a busy but relaxing Christmas period and I have been doing lots of reading and resting, quite focussed on the arrival of our wee one, and not so much baking.

I did do the last two TWD recipes. I made the low and luscious chocolate cheesecake for Christmas day. It made the perfect accompaniment to the other puddings I made which were individual pavlovas, red and green jellies, strawberry trifle and lots of fresh strawberries. The cheesecake was very rich and made a rather large cheesecake, but with 11 of us for Christmas, we ate the whole thing over a couple of days. I actually made the base with arnotts rice biscuits to make it gluten free so my Mum could eat it too.

I have to confess I only made the cocoa buttemilk birthday cake yesterday afternoon and my husband and I had a small piece each as a last holiday treat. The cake was baked for the second anniversary of TWD – we could choose between the cake and tarte tatin. Tarte tatin is not one of my favourite puddings, so I opted for the cake. I actually halved the recipe and made the cake in little oval tins. Half the recipe still made a rather substantial cake.

I didn’t fill the cake with the buttercream Dorie suggested, but simply filled it with whipped cream flavoured with icing sugar and vanilla. Dorie is right, this is a great cake! It’s denser than a sponge, but still light enough to taste fabulous with whipped cream. I will definitely be making this cake again.

You can see what the other TWDers thought of this recipe here.


Cakelaw said...

Hi Tammy, Welcome back! Both your cake and cheesecka elook delish, though I especially fancy the cake.

Rebecca Tuck said...

Hi Tammy, I am new to your site and think its gorgeous. I heard about it from the article in the Sunday magazine. Just wondering if you have the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the blog which you mentioned in that article - my husband is often critical of my choc chip cookies so I would love a new recipe! Thanks Rebecca

natalia said...

Ciao Tammy ! It seems to me you baked a lot !!

natalia said...

Dear Tammy, I have to mail my card to you but the later it got the more guiltier I felt so now I'm feeling really really bad !! Sorry !!!

Tammy said...

Hi Rebecca

The recipe for my Nana's chocolate chip biscuits is: 120g butter, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp condensed milk, 1 c flour, 1 tsp baking powder and about 1/2 c chocolate chips. You simply cream the butter, sugar and cond milk and then add teh dry ingredients, roll into balls, flatten slightly with a fork and then bake at 160c for about 15 minutes. I hope you enjoy them!


TeaLady said...

Good for you to catch up. These both look delish.

Thanks for baking the cheesecake with me that week.