Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Honey Cheesecake with Honey Crackle Base - Claudia's 22nd Birthday Cake

Sweet, salty, buttery goodness
Claudia is a friend of mine.

She has three stand out characteristics.

One, she has a fiercely romantic relationship with a whole squadron of fictional an historical creations, not the least of which is the Harry Potter books.

Two, she is a babe. I don't normally comment on my friends appearances because of the incredibly crushing stigma placed on women by the patriarchy; that their worth is based on their physical appearance. But she's a model so it's okay, right? Conflict is conflicting.

Three, she loves honey crackles.

Instead of making her a batch (which I think I have done for her last like five birthdays), I wanted to combine two of her loves. Her first; honey crackles. The other; cheesecake.

The base is straight off the box honey crackle recipe. The topping is a white chocolate ganache, with a condensed milk fudge covering, sprinkled with more honey crackles.

This may not be the prettiest cake I have ever made, but my gosh, was it delicious.

I had fears about the cheesecake recipe, which I adapted from Steph's (of raspberricupcakes.com, one of the BEST baking blogs of all time) maple and blueberry cheesecake. I was worried that the honey wouldn't be sweet enough, or would somehow react in the oven and become bitter or savoury (it happens!). But, boy, was I wrong. The cup of honey which I eventually ended up using added the perfect amount of flavour and sweetness to the finished product.

Steph's recipe is amazing. It produces a light and fluffy, but totally more-ish cheesecake.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

This is how it starts


My name is Meredith and I like to bake.

That's not as catchy as the line out of Kill Bill, but hell, it'll do.

This is going to be a blog where I post recipes I love, both ones I have put together and others I am road testing.

Well, if that isn't your run-of-the-mill first blog post, I don't know what is.

Have a cocoa-y, flour-y day,