Great Bloggers Bake Off Week 4 Desserts

I’m not a big fan of any of the desserts made in GBBO this week so I’ve gone for a no bake cheesecake.

I could have cheated and linked to my old post for lemon cheesecake as this is my favourite but I need to push myself a little as that’s why I joined this bake along business in the first place.

So I’ve made a vanilla cheesecake, which is delicious and I will be making this one again.


Vanilla cheescake

The original recipe needed tweaking and I ended up changing it all!

Vanilla Cheesecake

200g digestive biscuits, crushed
100g butter, melted
500g full-fat cream cheese
100 g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
300ml double cream, lightly whipped


•In a mixing bowl, mix together the biscuit crumbs and the melted butter.

• Press the biscuit mixture into a lined 9″ spring-form cake. Use a metal spoon to press the biscuit crumbs down firmly and evenly. Pop into the fridge until set. 

• In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract until well combined. 

• Fold in the double cream.

• Spoon the cream mixture onto the biscuit base. Smooth the top of the cheesecake.

• Put the cheesecake in the fridge for 1 hour until set. 

• To serve, remove from the cake tin and cut into slices.


While vanilla cheesecake

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#GreatBloggersBakeOff 2015 Week 2 Biscuits


Bake off is back!!!

My mum was a brilliant baker and we always seemed to come home from school to freshly baked cakes or biscuits. In fact I don’t remember her buying anything like that when I was little at all. I’ll probably be using a few of her recipes throughout the bake off challenges.

My sister came round to help me to bake my biscuits this week. So I thought I’d go for something she hadn’t tried to make before. Viennese biscuits. Lovely crumbly buttery bites of deliciousness.

I’ve made these a few times before but not many using this recipe. (I have a confession to make….the best bit of making these biscuits for me is the piping.)

So we made these and then we had to wait for them to set in the fridge before they could be baked so we whipped up a quick batch of chocolate chip cookies too.

I don’t really get to spend much time with my sister even though she lives well within walking distance from my house. I enjoyed it and I’ve realised that I miss her and I need to make some time for my family.

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Vienesse Biscuits

225g self raising flour
225g salted butter, softened
75g icing sugar

• Preheat the oven to gas 4/160° fan
• Cream the butter and sugar in a warmed bowl until very soft (or you won’t be able to pipe it)
• Fold in the flour
• Put the mixture into a piping bag with a large star nozzle and either pipe fingers or rounds (I like rounds) onto a tray
• Pop the trays into the fridge for 30 minutes
• Bake for 15 minutes
• Cool on a wire rack
• Eat!!

These can be coated in chocolate or flavoured but they don’t normally last long in our house so I don’t normally bother with that.