Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Perfect Lemony Cheesecake

Before I left home to go to music university, I couldn't really cook at all. I knew how to make a cake and could do pasta and jacket potatoes, but that was pretty much it. However when I had to cook, I realised I really enjoyed it and baking in particular. Mr Makes would come to visit every other weekend and I'd make a big effort to bake a new dessert each time. This was the first cheesecake I ever made, just a simple recipe from a student cookbook but it was a big winner and quickly became one of his favourites! Its super quick and easy to make, just needs to be made in advance of any dinner plans so it can set properly. Its also very light due to the jelly, so its pretty easy to consume a whole one between a couple of people in a short space of time.... I'm assuming of course...I'd never do such a thing.

For the base:
200g of digestive biscuits
85g of melted butter or margarine
1tbsp of brown sugar

For the filling:
A pack of lemon jelly
200g of cream cheese such as Philadelphia
4tbsps of caster sugar
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 300ml carton of double cream
Pinch of cinnamon

  • Grease a loose bottomed flan/tart tin.
  • Break up the lemon jelly into a mug and fill up the mug with boiling water. Tip into a jug and add another 1/4 of a mug of boiling water. Stir until the jelly is dissolved and set aside to cool.
  • Crush the digestives and mix with the brown sugar. Add the melted butter and pack into the bottom of the tart tin. Chill in the fridge.
  • Whisk together the caster sugar, lemon juice and zest and cream cheese.
  • Whisk up the cream in a separate bowl then mix into the cheese mixture. Add the cooled jelly mix gradually until it's fully incorporated.
  • Pour into the tin and put in the fridge to set for at least 5-6 hours.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and add a lemon slice for decoration before serving.

Emily Kate.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Tote Bag from Great British Sewing Bee Book

I've been sewing like a fiend this summer (although not blogging like one!) as I bought lots of fabric with birthday money and have loads of new patterns to try out with my two new books. However I realised if I carried on at the rate I was going my little flat was going to end up full of clothes and maybe it was about time I sewed something other than dresses and skirts. The bag featured in the first GBSB has been on my list for ages so I decided to get around to it. You can always do with another tote bag, especially as its the perfect size for books or in my case, music.

After rather a long time looking at all the exciting upholstery fabric in Fabric Galore, I settled on a oldly world map print, which suits me pretty well being a bit of a geography geek.
The pattern was relatively easy to follow, even if the wording was confusing in places. Although I realised it only told you to stitch the tabs on to the front of the hag, with no mention of the back. Luckily I realised, but again mistakes that could be easily rectified with a good proof reading GBSB!
It was also my first go at sewing leather, or in my case pleather, which I found a bit tricky. Tip: practice on scraps first to get the stitch length/tension correct!

Anyhoo, overall I'm happy with my bag and intend to make it again. I think I would add a zip or popper though for securities sake, maybe even a pocket or two for the oyster card...

Emily Kate.