Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Five Recipes: American-Style Cheesecake

If you've read The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, you'll know about Maddie's idea to host speed dating nights with a difference - the difference being the addition of a dessert to accompany each date.

Last week, I posted a series of short stories centring around Natalie and her experience of the speed-dating-with-a-difference night, and this week I'll be sharing the recipes of the desserts she enjoyed.

All the desserts mentioned were part of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, and today's recipe is Little Jordan's favourite: American-Style Cheesecake!

American-Style Cheesecake
To make the base:
Place the biscuits into a plastic food bag and thwack it repeatedly with a rolling pin until you have a bag of crumbs.
Melt the butter and granulated sugar together in a saucepan using a gentle heat. Add the biscuit crumbs and combine.
Transfer the buttery crumb mixture into a 24cm round cake tin and push down with a wooden spoon until all the space is filled and the mixture is flat (ish - no need for a spirit level or anything).
Pop in the fridge to chill out for an hour or two so it can set.
Make a cup of tea and stick the telly on for a bit (optional)
To make the filling:
Pre-heat the oven to 150C.
Chuck the cream cheese into a bowl and beat with an electric whisk until soft. Add the caster sugar, vanilla extract and salt and beat until light and creamy.
Add the eggs and continue to beat.
Finely grate the zest of the lemon and stir into the mixture. Transfer the mixture into the tin over the biscuit base.
Bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
Turn off the oven but don't remove the cheesecake yet. Open the oven door and leave the cheesecake to cool in there for an hour.
I'm really sorry, but you still can't scoff it. Pop the cheesecake in the fridge to chill and set overnight.
The next day:
Enjoy that bad boy!


You can find all the recipes here

 About The Book


From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

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