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Kenwood Christmas Menu: No Bake Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

This is the second installment in my Kenwood Christmas Menu feature. This weeks theme was preparing the pud......however as most of my family aren't Christmas Pudding lovers I decided to make an alternative Christmas themed dessert using my Kenwood Chef Titanium.

This Chocolate Orange Cheesecake is no bake and so easy that even my husband could make it.....I think! I used the Kenwood Chef Processor attachment to blitz the biscuits and then the standard bowl and paddle attachment to mix the cream cheese and chocolate together. I've used a combination of dark and milk chocolate but if this is for adults only I would probably use all dark chocolate.

Don't forget to have a look at what Karen at Lavender and Lovage, Sian at Fishfingers for Tea, Becs at Lay The Table and Eliza at The Recipe Blog have created this week too.

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No Bake Chocolate Orange Cheesecake by Beth Sachs November-25-2012 Easy Christmas dessert for pudding haters Ingredients 175g DIgestives50g Bu…

Kenwood Christmas menu: Chocolate Chestnut Squares

I'm one lucky blogger. Kenwood kindly chose Jam and Clotted Cream to take part in their Christmas Menu Blogger campaign. This meant I got sent a very big early Christmas present - a brand spanking new Kenwood Chef Titanium. A big thank-you to Kenwood.

Over the coming four weeks I, along with Karen at Lavender and Lovage, Sian at Fishfingers for Tea, Becs at Lay The Table and Eliza at The Recipe Blog will be creating festive recipes using the Kenwood Chef under the following themes: Week 1 - Getting Ready (favourite recipes for delicious wintry treats in the run up to Christmas). Week 2 - Preparing the Pud (recipe for an extra special Christmas dessert) Week 3 - All the Trimmings (recipes for accompaniments to the big Christmas feast) Week 4 - The Main Event (I'm planning a vegetarian centrepiece)
This weeks recipe is a festive chocolately square using chestnuts and dried cranberries to give an extra special Chrismassy spin. The bonus with these squares is that they can be fro…

Chocolate Spotty Traybake for Pudsey

A quick and easy chocolate traybake for Children in Need.

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Chocolate Spotty Traybake For Pudsey by Beth Sachs November-16-2012 Great for a Children in Need Bake Sale Ingredients 250g Butter300g Golden Caster Sugar1TSP Vanilla Extract3 Large Eggs, beaten200g Self Raising Flour50g Cocoa Powder100g Milk Chocolate Drops FOR TOPPING85g Butter85g Caster Sugar200g Condensed Milk 50g Milk Chocolate Drops20 White Chocolate Buttons Instructions Step 1: Butter and line a traybake or small roasting tin, about 20 x 30cm. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan, cool for 5 mins, add sugar, vanilla and eggs, then beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, cocoa and ¼ tsp salt. Stir in the milk chocolate drops and bake for 35 mins until risen all over and a skewer comes out with a few damp crumbs. Step 2: For the top, gently heat 85g butter and 85g caster sugar together until both are melted. Stir in 200g light condensed milk…

Meal Plan 12th November - 25th November 2012

Ooops a day late again!

Monday 12th November
Sausage Casserole

Tuesday 13th November
Leftover Sausage Casserole


Wednesday 14th November
Quick Chilli


Thursday 15th November
Chilli Pasta Bake for hubby and the kids - I'm presiding officer at the police elections so will be snacking all day)


Friday 16th November
Fish Pie with a breadcrumb topping


Saturday 17th November
Macaroni Cheese


Sunday 18th November
Pizza and Salad

Monday 19th November
Spaghetti Bolognese

Tuesday 20th November
Leftover Spaghetti Bolognese


Wednesday 21st November
Sausages Braised in Cider

Thursday 22nd November
Chip Van!!

Friday 23rd November
Roast Chicken

Saturday 24th November
Chicken Curry

Sunday 25th November
Out for a meal

Christmas Gifts from The Handpicked Collection

I was lucky enough to be sent this Olive Wood Heart Board from the lovely ladies at The Handpicked Collection last week. I'm going to be giving it as a Christmas present to my parent along with the hamper of Cornish Cheeses I'm putting together for them.

As always looking at the Handpicked Catalogue is dangerous - too many things I need (well, want) and too little spare money this close to Christmas.

Here are just a few things I wouldn't mind receiving in my Christmas stocking (if any of my family are reading this!)

Bird Cake Stand
Silver Plated Jug

Duckling Doorstop

Giveaway: Beouf Bourguignon Seasonal Box from Knorr

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Banana Blondies

I inevitably end up with overripe banana's in my fruit bowl at the end of the week and after getting a bit bored with my usual banana bread recipe I went in search of something a bit different. What I found was a lovely recipe for Banana and Cinnamon Blondies on Ren's blog. However, the kids are not great fans of cinnamon so I adapted the recipe from the original and these are what I ended up with. Lovely, moist bananary squares - perfect for a mid morning snack.
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Banana Blondies by Beth Sachs November-4-2012 A great mid morning snack Ingredients 125g Butter325g Light Brown Sugar2 small Eggs, beaten1 TSP Vanilla Extract150g Self Raising Flour1/4 TSP Salt25g Ground Almonds3 small Over-ripe Banana's, mashed Instructions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper.Step 2: Melt the butter and sugar in a pan. Take off the heat.Step 3: Beat in the eggs, banana's and vanilla extract then sift in the flour. Stir in the groun…

Chocolate Clementine Brownie Cake

I've just started to plan my Christmas menu's and while I was sorting through my mountains of files I came across this recipe that I made last year and never blogged. It makes an ideal alternative to Christmas pudding and can also be frozen so perfect for a make ahead dessert. Obviously you don't need Christmas as an excuse to make this....its good any time of the year.

Feel free to use orange zest instead of clementines and even a few drops of orange liqueur to make it extra luxurious.



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Chocolate Clementine Brownie Cake by Beth Sachs November-3-2012 A gorgeous chocolatey dessert perfect for Christmas Ingredients 100g Butter175g Golden Caster Sugar75g Light Brown Sugar100g Dark Chocolate1 TBSP Golden Syrup2 Eggs, beaten100g Plain Flour1/2 TSP Baking Powder2 Heaped TBSP Cocoa Powder2 Clementines, zested Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and line a 20cm tin with baking paper.Step 2: In a pan melt the butter, sugars, chocolate and syrup togeth…