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Baked Raspberry Cheesecake

I'm really not keen on this in-between time between Christmas and New Year - I hate not knowing what day it is for a start, which definitely doesn't suit someone that thrives on routine and order like I do. I try and muddle through the days by going on long beach walks with the kids, cleaning and sorting the house out (aka finding homes for all the new presents) and doing lots of 'kitchen pottering' as I like to call it (I was organising the cutlery cupboard at 7am this morning). This amazing Baked Raspberry Cheesecake was made in one such kitchen pottering session yesterday to celebrate our wedding anniversary today (9 years and counting). It's hubby's favourite dessert (barring a date-less Sticky Toffee Pudding - don't ask!) and has never failed me.

It has a to-die-for light moussy texture and the tangy red raspberries contrast so well with it's creaminess. It's heaven on a plate that I could just keep eating and eating if given the opportunity. …

Giveaway: Nostalgic Delights by William Curley

Award-winning chocolatier, William Curley is passionate about taking classic recipes and modernising them through his own creations. Creating top-quality confectionery, cakes and patisserie are often seen as something only a trained professional can do, however with patisserie equipment now easily accessible to all, you can join William in creating traditional favourites and childhood treats in your own kitchen.

William’s ethos is very much about using the best ingredients and techniques available, while making delicious creations accessible to the home cook and in this his third book, Nostalgic Delights, he guides us through making simple Hazelnut Rocher and Bakewell Tart, to comforting Arctic Roll, decadent Black Forest Gateau, French classics such as Charlotte Royal and truly nostalgic twists on chocolate bars of our childhood, such as Toblerone and Walnut Whips.

The stunning photography by Kevin Summers illustrates each recipe and technique and the straightforward, well-set out, st…

Giveaway: Tropicana Little Bottles + Lunchbox Goodies

To mark the launch of the new Tropicana Little Bottles range, I've teamed up with Tropicana to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a bundle of lunchbox goodies - just in time for the new term in January.

NEW Tropicana Little Bottles come in a compact 150ml serving size, making them ideal for families on the move - whether it's adding one into the kids lunchboxes or popping one into your bag for work. Available in two classic flavours, Smooth Orange and Pressed Apple, each 150ml serving offers one of your five a day with absolutely no artificial flavours or preservatives - just 100% pure juice. The new Little Bottles range offers an oh-so-easy way to brighten up on-the-go lunches for the whole family.

Tropicana Little Bottles - Smooth Orange and Pressed AppleA Coolbag lunchboxA selection of Mini Jackson Snack BoxesA Mini Spiralizer
With the launch of the Little Bottles range, Tropicana are also championing people to give their lunchboxes a bit of a healthy…

Cinnamon and Clementine Rolls... in your Breadmaker

If you're still looking for a special Christmas Day breakfast to make for your family then these Cinnamon and Clementine Rolls should definitely be on your radar. To make life easy (particularly helpful at this time of year) you can make the dough in your breadmaker (although I do give instructions below for making by hand too) and then it's just a quick assembly job before you get to taste the most amazing sticky sweet buns you could ever imagine. If you didn't want to be up at the crack of dawn to get the dough made, then just make it the day before and pop it in the fridge (in a large bowl covered tightly with clingfilm), ready for the following morning. You might just need to bash it down a bit before rolling it out.

I'd usually make a simple icing sugar glaze for yeasted buns like these, but I tried out a cream cheese icing this time....and OH MY it wins hands down. Just make sure the butter you use for the cream cheese icing is salted. It really does make all th…

Christmas Week Meal Plan 2016

One of my favourite weeks of the year! We've all finished work, school and nursery for the holidays and we're planning a lovely Chrismassy week at home with lots of Christmas baking, crafting and general pottering. It's really mild here in Cornwall at the moment so the weather doesn't feel particularly festive but I shouldn't complain. At least the heating bills wont be too high! We'll make a few visits to the beach for walks to blow away the cobwebs and maybe a trip to our local swimming pool too.

On the baking front I made some AMAZING Cinnamon and Clementine Rolls today and I'll be posting the recipe on the blog in the next few days. I've also got some Cranberry Granola Bars and another batch of Mincemeat Slices on the to-do list this week, ready to offer to friends and family next weekend.

What are you planning to cook and bake this week?

Monday 19th December Slow Cooker Pork Steaks with Egg Fried Rice and Broccoli

Giveaway: O-teas 24 Tea Gift Set and Pyramid Glass Teapot

Did you know it's International Tea Day tomorrow (December 15th 2016)? To celebrate, speciality tea company O-teas is donating 20% of all sales tomorrow to the Tea Leaf Trust who provide educational programmes to young people growing up on tea plantations around the globe. O-teas have also kindly allowed me to giveaway one of their fab 24 Tea Gift Sets and a stylish Pyramid Glass Teapot in a tea themed competition.

International Tea Day aims to raise awareness of the issues in tea production, whilst also celebrating the much loved beverage. The Tea Leaf Trust offers a crucial support network for children that are raised in tea plantations by offering them access to education and academic programmes that improve employment options for these young people in the future.

O-teas is an innovative and ethical speciality tea company taking the tea world by storm with their unique and unusual variety of flavours. Expertly blended with the highest quality ingredients, O-teas ha…

Squidgy Gingerbread Loaf

There's nothing better than a soft squidgy slice of gingerbread cake at this time of year. Dark, fragrant and warming it's perfect with a cup of tea or for serving as part of a festive buffet at Christmas. You could even reheat slices and serve it with clotted cream or custard for a quick and easy pudding. It's definitely up there as one of my all time favourite cakes and it's so simple to make too.

The gingerbread cake needs to be made a few days in advance of when you want to eat it to ensure a lovely sticky moist loaf. I also stash one away in the freezer which I can pull out at a moments notice for unexpected guests. You really can't go wrong with this recipe!

TIPS FOR MAKING THE GINGERBREAD CAKEGingerbread cake tastes better if left for a few days before eating. So once its cool, wrap it up in some baking paper and foil and store away in a dark place for up to 3 days.Make an easy orange icing for the cake by mixing sifted icing sugar with some orange juice an…

Review: The Chelsea Hamper from Harrods

Everything you need for a decadent and luxurious Christmas morning - the exclusive Chelsea Hamper from Harrods will wow your guests even before the first present is opened.

Harrods exclusive spice blend (with the warming scents of cinnamon, cloves, orange and ginger) flavours the loose leaf tea, with cinnamon, hazelnut and chocolate giving the ground coffee a very festive feel too. There's luxury clementine biscuits made with real honey (with a surprise golden sparkle), a classic fruited Christmas pudding to be enjoyed after your Turkey, a jar of strawberry jam with champagne, brandy butter (the only accompaniment you need for mince pies) and a big bar of milk chocolate made with the finest Belgian chocolate and nougat pieces (you don't need to share this one)! Oh, and I mustn't forget the very lovely red Christmas bauble, now hanging proudly on our tree!

The items come beautifully packaged in a wicker hamper with faux leather lid and I'll definitely be utilising it f…

Slow Cooker Christmas Spiced Red Cabbage

Ever had a cooker crisis on Christmas Day? I think we've all been there haven't we, with too many dishes and too little space. I try and make as much as I can ahead of time these day's  - I cook my meat the day before (and the gravy too), pre cook my sprouts, par boil the potatoes and make and cook the stuffing in a loaf tin. It all helps come Christmas morning and this year I've called on my slow cooker for help too.

This slow cooker red cabbage dish is absolutely delicious. You just bung everything in the slow cooker before you go to bed on Christmas Eve and you wake up on Christmas morning to the most amazing festive fragrance imaginable. The red cabbage takes a good 8-10 hours to cook and you might want to give it a stir every now and then, but other than that you can just leave it to do its thing. Once it's cooked to your liking, just turn the slow cooker to the 'keep warm' setting until you're ready to serve. One large red cabbage will serve 8 as…

Meal Plan 12th - 18th December 2016

A busy week ahead here with kids Christmas parties, end of term activities and carol services. I've had a mammoth batch cook session this weekend so the freezer is now bursting with lots of home cooked meals which will be handy to call on over the festive season. We've got sausage casserole, beef chilli, chicken korma and lasagne. I've also made and frozen our favourite raspberry cheesecake too. Hubby wanted to take a few cakes into work this week so I've made a lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownies and a gingerbread loaf. Diet is starting for us on 1st January!!

Monday 12th December Macaroni Cheese with Broccoli and Carrots
Tuesday 13th December Homemade Pizza
Wednesday 14th December Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry
Thursday 15th December Chicken Kievs, Sweet Potato Mash
Friday 16th December Spaghetti Bolognese and Garlic Bread
Saturday 17th December Brie, Bacon and Cranberry Panini's
Sunday 18th December Roast Beef and all the tr…

Festive Fudgy Chocolate Tiffin

Regular readers of the blog will know I'm a bit obsessed with chocolate tiffin and I have a fair few recipes on the blog already (Malty Mini Egg Tiffin Bars are still my all time favourite). It's certainly not something I'd ever pass up when offered, that's for sure! Anyway I thought it was about time I gave my regular tiffin recipe a bit of a festive makeover with some shortbread, Christmas spiced fudge (from Copperpot), brazil nuts, orange zest and glace cherries. All my favourite flavours of Christmas in one bite.

I'll warn you, they are very very rich so make sure you cut the slices on the smallish size, but they are real winners in taste. These no bake tiffin bars would make an ideal sweet treat on a Christmas buffet table and I'm sure Santa wouldn't mind exchanging a few mince pies for one of these bars either.

It's just a shame one's waistline has to suffer for the privilege!


How To Cook The Perfect Christmas Ham

I love a nice Christmas ham during the festive season - you can't beat it for taste. I always serve one alongside the turkey on Christmas Day as we're a greedy bunch here and like plenty of choice in the meat department. If you don't manage to scoff the lot, there are plenty of options for the leftovers too. I like to stir leftover ham into macaroni cheese or make a warming ham soup but other ideas include putting it in quiches, toasties, omelettes or on a homemade pizza. If you're really desperate there's no reason why you couldn't slice and freeze it for use at a later date (as long as it hasn't been frozen before)....but I'm never that desperate. There's always someone sneaking into the fridge for a piece.

In terms of the perfect way to cook a gammon (gammon is the term for the raw form of the joint), I always poach it in a festively fragrant cooking liquid with cinnamon, star anise, clementine and cloves. Then it's into a roasting tin with …

Meal Plan 5th December - 11th December 2016

The Christmas Tree is up...which means the festive season has officially started here at Jam and Clotted Cream.

I've been busy in the kitchen this weekend developing a lovely festive ham recipe with a smoked chilli honey glaze - it's good. I've also experimented with making my red cabbage in the slow cooker and it worked really well, so I'll be blogging that soon too.

The kids have got several Christmas parties this week so I'm making a couple of batches of my Mars Bar Slices (with a festive twist) to take along. Is anyone else doing any festive baking this week?

Monday 5th December
Leftover Gammon Mac n Cheese

Tuesday 6th December
Pea Risotto (or Peasotto as we call it here)

Wednesday 7th December
Chicken Kievs, Mash and Broccoli

Thursday 8th December
Carbonara with Garlic Bread

Friday 9th December
Brie and Cranberry Toasties

Saturday 10th December
Slow Cooker Chilli and Rice

Sunday 11th December
Leftover Chilli Nacho's