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Cute and portable cheesecakes with a generous swirl of homemade blueberry jam are sure to be on your to-do list this summer. The recipe, from Evil Twin Kitchen, is easy to assemble ahead and keeps well for a week in the fridge and up to months in the freezer so that you can have cheesecake anytime you feel like without having to worry about having ingredients or time for baking one. Switch to strawberries, cherries, chocolate or any of your favorite flavors if you do not like blueberries, though it beats me how one would attempt to fiddle with such a heavenly pairing.

MINI BAKED BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKES

For the Crumb Crust

1 cup (125g) graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 cup (60g) melted butter

For the Cheesecake Filling

2x 227g packages full fat cream cheese

3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (115g) 14% fat sour cream

1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons corn starch

6 tablespoons blueberry jam

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar.

  • Pour in melted butter and stir until well combined. Divide equally between 12 paper lined muffin cups.

  • With a glass or flat object roughly the same size as the bottom of the muffin cup, press mixture down.

  • Press firmly to form a crust and set aside. Combine all the ingredients for the filling except for the jam.

  • Mix till the filling mixture is super smooth and creamy and completely lump free for about 2 minutes.

  • Divide mixture equally between the prepared muffin cups, filling each cup almost all the way to the top.

  • Make a small well in the center of each cake with a spoon and drop in about a teaspoon blueberry jam.

  • With the help of a skewer, delicately mix the blueberry jam into the cheese filling, making little swirls.

  • Do not go all the way to the bottom with that skewer or you might end up damaging the crumb crust.

  • Bake for 20 minutes until tops start to get colored, edges start to set but centers remain a little jiggly.

  • Do not overbake, otherwise your cakes will be dry. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour.

  • Cover the cakes loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 2 hours before serving time.

  • Serve cold, topped with an extra spoonful of blueberry jam and fresh blueberries. Makes 12 servings.

  • Leftover cakes will keep in the refrigerator for about 10 days, or in the freezer for up to a few months.

Mini {Baked} Blueberry Cheesecakes

 

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Made with almond milk and dark Lindt chocolate, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, this hot chocolate from Sweet and Savory by Shinee is a indulgent warm drink you will be making again and again this winter as you pull on your favorite pair of patterned socks and reach for that faded patchwork quilt to keep you cozy all night.

SPICED ALMOND HOT CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoons ground cardamom

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

85g semi-sweet chocolate

Pinch of kitchen/ kosher salt

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon caster sugar

Method:

  • In a medium pot, simmer milk with spices over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in the chocolate until it is melted. Remove from heat and add a small pinch of salt.

  • While the milk is simmering, whip the heavy cream with sugar using an electric mixer.

  • Whip cream until hard peaks form and set it aside in the refrigerator until serving time.

  • Pour the hot chocolate into a large mug. Top with dollops of prepared whipped cream.

  • Decorate with slivered almonds or chocolate curls or cinnamon and serve immediately.

Spiced Almond Hot Chocolate

Waking up early on Sunday to make crêpes or pancakes for breakfast is something of a ritual at my place. Crêpes are and still remain in my belief, delicate, lacy creations that one can gracefully flip over on a crepière until they are just golden and ready to be served with a spoonful of pineapple jam. The idea of savoury crêpes struck me as being absurd and I was never tempted to try one till I was pleasantly surprised by a salmon filled crêpe at the Pancake Festival held at Grain d’Sel restaurant years ago. In a feeble attempt to recreate this rich gastronomic experience, I managed a close replication of the flavours as I remember them using a basic crêpe recipe from Nigella and deliciously creamy seafood filling from Kraft Cheddar cheese. Not all crêpes have to be sweet, right?

SEAFOOD CREPES

Ingredients:

For the Crêpes

30g unsalted butter, melted

150g all purpose flour

375 ml full cream milk

1 egg, room temperature

For the Filling

3/4 cup cooking cream

150g Cheddar cheese, grated

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

100g smoked salmon, sliced

300g peeled shrimp, cooked

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons spring onions

Method:

  • For the crêpes, put the flour, milk and egg into a blender and whiz to amalgamate.

  • Pour the mixture into jug and stir in the melted butter. Heat a seasoned crêpe pan.

  • Ladle 1/4 cup batter into pan, then quickly hold it up and swirl it around carefully.

  • The batter should form a thin pancake covering base of the pan. Cook for 1 minute.

  • Flip crêpe over and cook for another 20-30 seconds on the other side, then remove.

  • Stack the crêpes between layers of baking paper on a hot plate until ready to serve.

  • For the filling, place cream in a small saucepan and heat gently over medium heat.

  • Stir in grated cheese and stir until smooth. Stir in lemon, pepper and spring onions.

  • Gently fold seafood through sauce. Place a spoonful of seafood sauce on each crêpe.

  • Fold in half, then in half again and serve immediately with extra cheese. Serves 5-6.

Seafood Crêpes

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