Thursday, 5 November 2015

Biscoff Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake

Calling all Biscoff and peanut butter lovers! This recipe is perfect for you!

Serves 12
200 grams digestive biscuits crushed (you can use Lotus Biscoff or Oreos if you prefer)
80 grams unsalted butter (melted)
360 grams philadelphia cream cheese (full fat)
300 ml double cream or whipping cream (lightly whipped)
1 jar (380-400g) of Biscoff biscuit spread, original or crunchy
2  1/2 tablespoons of cold water
2  1/2 teaspoons of gelatin
1-2 packets of peanut butter Oreos
Extra cream for decorating (optional) 

  • Lightly grease a 8 inch springfoam tin or a mousse ring with unsalted butter. Put the crushed  biscuits in a bowl. Add in the melted butter and mix till well combined. Lightly press the mixture over the greased tin evenly. Refrigerate while you make the cheesecake mixture.
  • You can use 1 or 2 packets of Oreos, up to you. Cut 12 Oreos into halves and place them in a airtight container for decoration later. Cut the rest of the Oreos into small pieces.
  • Put 2 1/2 tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl, add in the gelatin and place the bowl into a saucepan of simmering water (water bath) but make sure the water in the saucepan doesn't bubble into your bowl of gelatin. When the gelatin have dissolved, turn off heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whip the philadelphia cheese until smooth.
  • Add in the dissolved gelatin and mix well.
  • Add the Biscoff spread and mix till well combined.
  • In another small bowl whip the cream till soft peaks (make sure not to over whip the cream) Gently fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture till combined.
  • Depending how you want the cheesecake to look inside, you can just fold in the pieces of Oreos into the mixture and just pour the mixture onto the biscuit base. Or if you a want a neat layer of Oreos in the middle like in the picture, divide the mixture into two equal bowls. Pour one bowl of cheesecake mixture onto the biscuit base, spread and smooth it out with a angled blade pallet knife. 
  • Place the Oreos on top leaving about a centimetre away from the edge and carefully pour the other bowl of cheesecake mixture on top. Spread and smooth out the mixture evenly with a palette knife trying not to move the Oreos below.
  • Chill for 4-5 hours, ideally overnight.
  • Remove from tin. Cut into 12 pieces. Decorating with cream, Oreos and biscuit crumbs.

  • Enjoy! :) xx

    If your not a fan of Oreos you can leave them out, taste just as good :)

    Monday, 26 January 2015

    Favourite Bakes of 2014

    Made this chocolate Nutella cake for my friends birthday. I love that its a just a simple cake decorated with hundred & thousands but it looks so fun! 

    Was a little bored so went on Youtube looking at patterned Swiss rolls. My first attempted, so kept it simple with hearts and polka dots.

    Made this for my mum's birthday. A Chestnut filling chiffon cake with a layer of stripy sponge around the cake.

    This is a cake I made inspired by a lovely piece of chocolate green tea cake I had in Hong Kong. Layer of green tea cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache and green tea mousse. A bit disappointed with result because the chocolate overpowered the green tea so I couldn't really taste much of the green tea flavour.

    Some pretty cupcakes made for Mother's day, love these two colours together but I always have very sore wrists after piping these but I guess its worth it when you see the finish result.
    Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting is always a all time favourite for me! Tried it with raspberries in the frosting in the layer cake, so lovely.

    My niece from Scotland came down to visit during the summer holidays and made these for her to try. Toblerone cheesecake, green tea swiss roll and Nutella macarons.

    Making a panda face with left over cupcake. I'm a little obsessed with pandas...

         Made red bean mochi and mango marshmallows for the first time, actually quite fun to make. 

    Digestive base, swiss rolls on the side filled with mango mousse made for a friends birthday.

    Choc-mint Christmas tree cupcakes and I love making these strawberry snowmen every Christmas, a lot of people say they are strawberry Santa's though.

    This one have got to be one of my favourite cheesecakes i've ever made! Been thinking about Neapolitan ice-cream but fancied cheesecake so made this one with a Oreo biscuit base, Nutella, white chocolate and raspberry layers.

    Short video of my bakes from 2014

    Sunday, 17 August 2014

    Garden Party Theme Afternoon Tea At The Celtic Manor, Newport

    After my last afternoon experience at The Celtic Manor I was so looking forward to going back to try the Summer Party menu as I throughly enjoyed the Spring menu back in May. I always feel so full after the afternoon tea so its always a good idea to arrive with a empty stomach.

    I absolutely adore this Summer Party theme afternoon tea! The tables were layed with a cute red and white checked tablecloth and the first part of the afternoon tea came in a miniature hamper with savoury picnic treats. Sausage rolls, leek and cheese tartlet, egg mayonnaise brioche roll and chicken and basil wrap.

    Serve with a beautiful glass of  Welsh lemonade.

    Second part of the afternoon tea, sandwiches, cakes and desserts.

    Finger sandwiches, honey roast ham, cheese and pickle, cucumber with lemon and mint mayonnaise and smoked salmon with cream cheese.

    A super soft sponge meringue slice.

    I loved this so much! Baked elderflower custard served inside a eggshell on top of a piece of white creamy chocolate. I was trying to tip my shortbread into the custard hehe! Best tasting custard ever, so light and fluffy!

    A lovely wineberry trifle and a raspberry tart. 

    The tart was another favourite. The shortcrust pastry was perfectly made, thin and crispy filled with a thin layer of raspberry and creamy custard and topped with fresh raspberries.

    Lastly the vanilla and raspberry scones served with clotted cream and jam. I've always enjoy the afternoon tea at the Celtic Manor but I did mention that the scones are always a little over baked but this time they were perfect! Loved the smell of the vanilla as the scones were brought to our table.

    Since my cousin was back in Wales this month, I had already planned ahead to treat her to a belated afternoon tea at another hotel but after trying this menu with a friend I asked my cousin if she wanted to try this Summer menu instead because I know she will definitely enjoy this one more and I really didn't mind making another visit because everything was so delicious! The Celtic Manor have a different afternoon tea menu for each season this year. You have until the end of August to try this Summer Party menu before they bring out the Autumn Afternoon Tea menu. 
    This is definitely one of my favourite afternoon teas i've had, I highly recommend! Perfect if you want to treat someone for a special occasion. With beautiful views, lovely atmosphere and delicious food. It's nice to have a bit of luxury now and again.
    For more information on The Celtic Manor Afternoon Tea, click here

    Saturday, 9 August 2014

    Afternoon Tea at Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

    This is my second visit at the Hilton Hotel for afternoon tea. I made a visit earlier on in the year and I quite enjoyed it, especially the scones! Since my sister is back in Wales visiting last week, I asked if she fancied having afternoon tea in Cardiff before we go shopping and the best choice would be The Hilton Hotel.Sandwiches were lovely and soft, triple layers and generous fillings. Smoked salmon and cucumber, ham & mustard, cheddar cheese & tomato and egg mayonnaise.

    The warm buttermilk sultana scones were beautiful just like last time! Lovely and fluffy inside served with clotted cream and jam.

    I don't normally eat welsh cakes as I do find them a little dry but these were okay, maybe because they were freshly made.

    Time for dessert!

    A selection of miniature cakes. My favourite was the caramel shortbread, bit like a millionaire shortbread but it had this soft smooth caramel/chocolate ganache on the top layer which made it extra delicious.

    Lastly a mini pot of fresh strawberry eton mess dessert and macaron. Macaron was lovely and chewy with a smooth vanilla filling.

    I love the conservatory style open feel to the restaurant. 

    Me and niece really enjoyed all the food, sis loved the sandwiches and scones as she doesn't really have much of a sweet tooth but we all had a lovely afternoon.

    Over all a very pleasant afternoon tea. Very nice atmosphere especially because it wasn't that busy when we visited. Service was good and the food was lovely. Perfect place to relax after a busy day shopping in Cardiff or a lovely place to catch up with friends over afternoon tea. 

    This is the Welsh Afternoon Tea and its normally £15 per person but sometimes you might be able to get offers on this hotel if you book online, click here to see if there are offers on. We had 25% off per person using the offer code. 

    Thursday, 24 July 2014

    Afternoon Tea at the Celtic Manor (Spring Menu)

    Back in May, me and the girls decided to catch up over afternoon at The Celtic Manor. I was so happy that we were just in time to try the Spring Menu before they switched to the Summer menu. I've already tried the afternoon tea at the resort in summer 2013 and it was one of the best ones i've had in Wales, so I was hoping this years Spring menu would be just as good if not better.

    You get a choice of teas from their speciality tea selection or freshly brewed coffee. I went for a jasmine tea.

    First the finger sandwiches. Some lovely light fillings, cucumber with lemon creamcheese, honey roast ham, chicken with basil pesto mayonnaise, smoked salmon.

    I love bagels so this was definitely my favourite.

    Cakes and desserts next. As some of you might know, I love my cake and these were so impressive! A mini orange and ginger cupcake. A red berry white chocolate truffle on top of a shortbread, very creamy inside.

    This banoffee fudge cake with chocolate ganache was delicious! The sponge was so soft and fluffy and not too sweet, I could have done with a bigger piece hehe!

    Honey spiced madeleine, a little pot of apple dessert and the cappuccino pecan layer cake was also lovely, a little sweet even for my liking but loved the flavour.

    As soon as we finished the cakes, the waiter came over and asked if we were ready for our scones and we told him if we could wait at least half before they bring them over as we were all so full at this point. The scones were warm when they arrived at the table but just like last year, I found them a little over baked.

    Over all another lovely afternoon tea here at the Celtic Manor. I was especially impressed with the cakes! Definitely worth a visit if your in Wales. I'm looking forward to next week to try the Summer menu, I know its going to be just as good!