Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Hello everyone! I hope you all managed to enjoy the festive season. Sod's law I was ill on Christmas Day (just the really horrible cold virus that seems to be doing the rounds), so thankfully my mum was cooking Christmas dinner as I definitely would not have been capable. We hosted a couple of big parties at our house this week and had some of hubby's family over on Boxing Day for food and games, so other than feeling a bit under the weather, it's been a busy couple of weeks.

I'm a bit partied out to be honest and if I never see another buffet again it will be too soon... BUT I will make room for just one more buffet on New Years Eve - a little tradition we have started with the kids. We haven't been out for the past few years and to be honest I think I actually prefer staying in, eating nice food, drinking nice wine and playing some games. Maybe I'm just getting old!

As well as getting old, I also crave routine and order in my life, so I'm REALLY looking forward to the decorations being packed away tomorrow (kids aren't impressed but they go up the first weekend in December so they can't really complain) and the house getting a good clean. Then it's a few more days of eating and drinking what I want before detox January begins. I've done dry January for the past few years as well a bit of a food detox. My body will be craving this come the 1st of January.

As a bit of a last hurrah though, I've made a batch of these yummy white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake bars, ready for our little party on New Years Eve and I'll enjoy them while I'm still allowed to eat naughty things. They are really easy to make, despite the rather long recipe and method and are most definitely worth the effort.

I hope you all have a good new years eve, whether it's an early night with a cup of tea or an all night party with copious amounts of booze! See you on the other side.

Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars


  • Try swapping the raspberries for blueberries or strawberries.
  • The bars can be made and then frozen for up to three months. Just take them out of the freezer and allow them to defrost fully before eating.
  • They can be served as part of a buffet or even as a dessert with some clotted cream or ice cream.


Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars


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Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 60 mins
An easy raspberry cheesecake bar recipe. Perfect for a buffet dessert.


  • For the raspberry sauce:
  • 100g Raspberries
  • 1 TBSP Caster Sugar
  • 1 TSP Lemon Juice
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 100g Full Fat Soft Cheese
  • 1 TSBP Caster Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • For the base:
  • 225g Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 200g Light Muscavado Sugar
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 150g White Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 50g Raspberries


  1. Put the raspberry sauce ingredients in a small pan and simmer on a low heat until raspberries burst and turn to a thick sauce. Sieve into a bowl and discard the seeds.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°c  (160°fan) and line a 20 x 30cm brownie tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Beat the cheesecake ingredients in a bowl until smooth and set aside.
  4. For the base mixture, put the butter, sugars and 100g of the white chocolate in a pan and melt on a low heat. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Beat the eggs into the cooled base mix then add the vanilla extract before sifting in the flour and baking powder. Fold in the remaining white chocolate chips and the raspberries then pour into the lined tin.
  6. Spoon the cheesecake mix over the base mix then swirl into the batter. Dollop on teaspoons of the raspberry sauce and swirl again.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool completely in the tin before cutting into squares.


Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars


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HelloFresh Ultimate Christmas Dinner Guide + Giveaway

HelloFresh Ultimate Christmas Dinner

I'm a bit of an organisation and list freak at Christmas (especially when it comes to Christmas lunch), but for those of you who aren't, HelloFresh can help! This year, HelloFresh have produced a very handy 'Christmas Dinner Guide' which gives information on everything you need to know about preparing for your Christmas feast, including all important timings and fail safe recipes. There's a nifty checklist on things you can do the night before, such as peel and chop the veggies, make the gravy and most importantly, make sure the turkey is defrosted! So, whether you're catering for 4 or 40, your Christmas dinner will be a success! Promise.

The cheat sheets also have some lovely recipes for your Christmas classics, including the perfect roast potatoes, a yummy sounding braised red cabbage and everyone's favourite - the brussels sprout (pancetta seems to be key here!).

roast potatoes


If you haven't heard of HelloFresh, they offer seasonal, fresh meal boxes all year round, to fit in with your lifestyle. You get to decide the recipes from a weekly menu and also how many you are catering for. HelloFresh will then deliver those recipes and fresh ingredients to your door, every week, so you can cook delicious dinners of your choice. They've got recipes to suit meat eaters and vegetarians, families to couples and for low calorie diets too.

The HelloFresh chefs create new recipes every week with buckets of flavour and take between 30 and 50 minutes to cook at home. Whether you want recipes from around the world, or classics with a twist, you control what's in your box.

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Easy Chocolate Orange Mousse

Easy Chocolate Orange Mousse

I'm usually not one to blow my own trumpet, but I have to say these chocolate orange mousses are AMAZING. So amazing in fact, I'm going to make them again for our Christmas Day dessert this year for all the pudding haters in the family (which is pretty much everyone except me and my Father in Law!). The most difficult part of the recipe is melting the chocolate, so it's a brilliant recipe to have up your sleeve whatever your level of ability in the kitchen.

I love Terry's chocolate orange, so I needed no excuses to buy a 'few' extra for recipe development purposes. However, if you can't get hold of a proper chocolate orange, you can use any other orange flavoured dark chocolate instead. Don't worry if you don't normally like dark chocolate either, because when it's been combined with the cream and condensed milk it really mellows the bitterness. My kids, who aren't massive fans of dark chocolate, gobbled them up and asked for seconds.

An added bonus with these mousses is that they are also suitable for people that can't eat raw egg....because they don't have any in.  A real winner on many levels and I know you are going to love them. We certainly do.

Easy Chocolate Orange Mousse


  • For a boozy version add a splash of orange liqueur instead of the orange juice in the recipe.
  • The recipe can be easily doubled to feed a crowd and the mousse can be served in a large dish rather than individual ramekins if you prefer. 
  • The mousses can be made up to three days ahead, perfect for the busy Christmas period.
  • For extra decadence, serve the mousses with Cornish clotted cream.


Easy Chocolate Orange Mousse


Yield: 6

Chocolate Orange Mousse

prep time: 15 MINScook time: total time: 15 mins
An easy, eggless, chocolate orange mousse recipe made with Terry's Chocolate Orange and condensed milk.


  • 157g Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange, broken into segments
  • 175g Condensed Milk
  • 250ml Double Cream
  • 2 TSP Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Chocolate Orange Segments and Icing Sugar to serve


  1. Place the chocolate in a large microwaveable bowl and melt in the microwave (I cook for 30 seconds then stir and repeat until it's melted).
  2. Place the condensed milk and double cream in a large bowl and whisk (I used a handheld electric whisk) until soft peaks form.
  3. Stir 1/3 of the cream into the cooled chocolate mixture and stir then gradually fold the chocolate cream into the whipped cream mixture before adding in the orange juice.
  4. Spoon into 6 ramekins and chill for 1 hour (or up to 3 days). Serve with a segment of chocolate orange and a dusting of icing sugar.


Easy Chocolate Orange Mousse served in individual ramekins


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Enjoy A Yummy Christmas With M&S

Enjoy A Yummy Christmas With M&S #mandsxmas17
 I collected a gorgeous hamper to review from my local M&S last week, full of products from their yummy Christmas range. Read on to find out what we thought....


Salted Caramel Pinecones
The kids absolutely loved these cute salted caramel pinecones and have instructed me to go and buy some more. They would make good grown up sweet treats at a Christmas drinks party too, so I might buy a few extra just for the adults.


M&S Cookies
All butter salted caramel flavour cookies with crunchy caramel flavour pieces and Belgian milk chocolate chunks, half coated in milk chocolate. A lovely all rounder, perfect with a mug of hot chocolate by the fire after a long winter walk.


Chocolate Coated Gingerbread Latte Cookies
All butter ginger spiced cookies with rich brazillian coffee, white and dark chocolate chunks and half coated in dark chocolate. These more grown up cookies would be ideal to take into the office this festive season to enjoy with your morning cuppa. It's up to you whether you want to share them with your colleagues.


Bucks Fizz
A fruity sparkling cocktail with flavours of citrus and berry fruit. At only 4% alcohol volume, it would make the ideal drink to serve with your Christmas Day breakfast (we usually have scrambled eggs with smoked salmon here but this year we're going sweet with some Cinnamon and Clementine Rolls made in my breadmaker).


M&S Crisps
Who doesn't love a posh crisp at Christmas and M&S have certainly delivered on this front. The Bloody Mary handcooked crisps are particularly stunning, made with Highland Burgundy Red British potatoes and seasoned with tomato, Worcestershire sauce and the all important vodka.


Paddington Bear Marmalade
Thanks to a new movie and his starring role in the M&S Christmas campaign, Paddington is more recognisable than ever this year! M&S have released this limited edition jar of Thick Cut Paddington Marmalade which would make a lovely stocking filler for any Paddington fans out there. The M&S website also has lots of recipe ideas for the marmalade, including the gorgeous sounding extra sticky marmalade glazed camembert!

Disclosure: I was given these products for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

Stokes Real Mayonnaise + Win a Foodie Trip to Greece

Stokes Sauces Real Mayo
Stokes like their food simple, good and delicious and they make their sauces that way too. Unique recipes prepared in small batches with top quality ingredients. Like Tomato Ketchup made with juicy Italian tomatoes, creamy Real Mayonnaise made with extra virgin olive oil and free range eggs, and a traditional British Brown Sauce built on a healthy splash of real date puree.

Founded in 2004 by Rick Sheepshanks, today Stokes Sauces employs over 40 people producing over 75 different lines, all hand produced to carefully created and closely guarded recipes in their Suffolk "Saucery".  

Mayonnaise was the first of the Stokes product range that Rick decided to perfect because other mayonnaise's just didn't deliver the quality he sought. "With a mere handful of simple ingredients to deal with, why do people get it so wrong."

Ingredients. That's it! There are so few, if the quality of just one fails, the whole thing fails.

Start with the eggs. Stokes found a producer farming high Welfare Standard British Free Range hens whose eggs are perfect and can be delivered to meet their strict regime of hygiene and quality.

Dijon Mustard - even easier ... they make our own (which is pretty darn good judging by the quality of the mayo).

Salt - after much testing of many varieties of salt, they decided that only the best would do. So, without compromise, they import salt from the Dead Sea which is natural, full of flavour yet without the harmful effects of sodium.

Finally the oil - a story in itself.....

The majority of the oil they use is British, from British Oil Seed Rape, which paints the fields with a glorious sunshine yellow in May and June. Great though this is, Rick felt on its own it wasn't enough. It made a really good mayonnaise ... just not a great one. They needed to add extra virgin olive oil (or EVOO) to make it great. Another huge challenge because there are so many of them. Spanish? Italian? Greek? And within all of these - which?

Which olives? Which island? Which hillside? Which producer?

They quickly decided on Greece, tried over 30 different EVOOs in hundreds of different ratio permutations of extra virgin to rapeseed oil. Eventually, they got it right and then quite literally stumbled on the producer in Crete who gave it just that edge. 3,000 years of history and its abundance on the hillsides of Crete can't be wrong - and nor were they.

Adding 5% Cretan Koroneiki extra virgin olive oil to the mayonnaise made it good enough to call it Stokes Real Mayonnaise.

And so Stokes Real Mayo was born...and it's just like homemade (in fact it's even better)!

Stokes Sauces


The Greeks consider the koroneiki olive to be the “queen of olives”. Although not good for snacking due to their bitterness, they produce a lush, velvety, dark green oil with a satisfyingly smooth flavour. Once the Stokes team had tried Greek extra virgin koroneiki olive oil in their recipe, nothing else would do.
As an added bonus, the koroneiki olive trees are incredibly beautiful. They have two-tone leaves - light and dark green - and one tree can produce both green and purple olives simultaneously. A grove of koroneiki olive trees with a breeze rippling through them is a truly stunning sight.
If you would like to see these trees for yourself, and to find out exactly how special the extra virgin olive oil is, just enter Stokes Sauces simple competition. The first prize is a three day trip for two foodies to Crete, including a personal guided tour to a koroneiki olive grove. There are also ten runners-up prizes of luxury Stokes hampers.

Stokes Sauces
It's not just about the mayo at Stokes Sauces though! They have an amazing range of other ketchups and sauces including 5 types of ketchup (the curry ketchup sound's amazing), 3 varieties of BBQ sauce, a sweet chilli sauce, salad dressings galore, traditional condiments such as cranberry sauce and redcurrant jelly as well as an abundance of relishes and pickles.

The good news is they are now available at Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Ocado, Booths and all good independent stores, farm shops and deli's. Their products can also be ordered directly from their website.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a hamper of Stokes Sauces and was compensated for writing this post. All thoughts are my own.
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

Microwave Mince Pie Fudge

Microwave Mince Pie Fudge
 An easy edible gift for Christmas, this mince pie fudge is made entirely in the microwave. Perfect for last minute gifts (you know the scenario, new neighbours turn up with a tin of chocolates and you've got to reciprocate pretty quickly) and also the perfect addition to a homemade festive hamper. It's a handy recipe to have tucked away and great for using up a half opened jar of mincemeat.

I'd never made fudge in the microwave before, but now I know how easy it is, I'm going to experiment. Next on the list to try is boozy chocolate orange fudge...one of my favourite Christmassy flavour combinations. If you're giving the fudge away as a gift, just pop it into clear cellophane bags once it's completely set and tie with a pretty ribbon. Alternatively, just scoff it all yourself! It is Christmas after all.

Microwave Mince Pie Fudge


  • I've given instructions for making the fudge in a 900 watt microwave. Times would need to be adjusted if your microwave is a different wattage.
  • Instead of mincemeat you could try adding dried cranberries and chopped pecan nuts or, for a boozy fudge add 2 TBSP of Bailey's. 
  • The fudge needs to be left to set for 2 hours before cutting. It may still be a bit soft after this time but will firm up a bit more after cutting into cubes. 
  • The fudge needs to be eaten within 3 weeks.


Microwave Mince Pie Fudge


Yield: 4 gift portions

Microwave Mince Pie Fudge

prep time: 20 MINScook time: total time: 20 mins
An easy microwave Christmas fudge recipe using mincemeat.


  • 400g Caster Sugar
  • 397g Tin of Condensed Milk
  • 140g Butter, cubed
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 3 TBSP Mincemeat


  1. Grease and line a 20cm square tin.
  2. Place the sugar, condensed milk and butter in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 16 minutes (or until the mixture turns a caramel colour) stirring every 2 minutes. Make sure the bowl is large as the mixture has a habit of spilling over.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and mix in then stir through the mincemeat. Pour into the prepared tin and leave to set for 2 hours (do not put in the fridge).
  4. Once cooled, carefully lift the fudge out of the tin using the baking paper and cut into small cubes. The fudge will still be quite sticky at this point but will firm up within an hour or so. Place in an airtight tin or gift bags.


Microwave Mince Pie Fudge


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Crispy Christmas Tree Lollipops

Christmas Tree Lollipops

So, hands up, who's finished their Christmas shopping? I almost have (just two more presents to collect, which I've already ordered) so there's just the wrapping left to do here (boo).... that will be a fun day! I try and be as organised as possible and get everything sorted before the start of December so the kids and I can enjoy some festive holiday baking, crafting and days out without the stress of buying and wrapping presents still on my mind. I'm also working right up to the 20th so I don't have much time to do anything after that, unless I want to drag 3 children around the shops with me (no thank-you).

These Crispy Christmas Tree Lollies are one of the recipes we like to make over Christmas.The kids love getting creative with the decorations so we raid our local supermarket cake decorating aisle before we start. Sprinkles, mini smarties, dragees and edible glitter are all used with copious amounts of icing! It's a fun festive rainy day activity for kids of all ages. Enjoy!

Christmas Tree Lollipops made with puffed rice cereal


  • We used a natural green food colouring for these crispy lollies but if you wanted a stronger green colour I'd advise using a gel colouring which will give a more vibrant, brighter green.
  • The lollies will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container and would be fine to freeze too.
  • Perhaps leave one of these out for Santa on Christmas Eve instead of the traditional mince pie.


Christmas Tree Lollipops


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Crispy Christmas Tree Lollies

The kids will love making, decorating and eating these crispy Christmas Tree lollies made with puffed rice cereal!
prep time: 30 minscook time: total time: 30 mins


  • 9 tea cups of Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 9 tea cups of Marshmallows
  • 95g Butter
  • Green Food Colouring, Cake Sprinkles, Icing Tubes
  • 16 Lolly Sticks


  1. Line 2 x 20cm round tins with baking paper.
  2. Put the marshmallows and butter in a large microwaveable bowl and melt (I do 10-15 second bursts and stir).
  3. Let the mixture cool slightly before adding the puffed rice cereal and green food colouring (add a few drops at a time until you get required colour).
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins and press down firmly. Place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
  5. Take the baking tins out of the fridge before removing from the tins and cutting into triangles (as you would cut slices of cake).
  6. Push 1 lolly stick in the bottom of each tree triangle and decorate.


Christmas Tree Lollipops


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Disclosure: I was asked by An Elf for Christmas to develop a festive recipe. I received an Elf for Christmas in return.
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Christmas Giveaway: Win a Morton's Traditional Taste Turkey

Morton's Traditional Taste Turkey

Morton's free-range turkeys, ducks, chickens and geese are special. They use traditional birds like Norfolk Blacks and Norfolk Bronzes which are slow to mature but full of flavour. The best things take time, and these birds are no different! They start off as day-old chicks in their “turkey hotel” – a large covered area to keep them protected from the elements. As soon as they’re old enough, they move off into the great outdoors where they’re free to scratch, peck and get into mischief. The young turkeys can often be found in the trees (they’re woodland birds after all!) and it’s this sort of environment that makes them happy and keeps them healthy.
Unlike supermarket birds, Morton's poultry is free to express all their natural behaviours. By having plenty of room and space to roam around they are far less susceptible to disease as well and when the time comes, the birds are dispatched quickly, humanely and in small batches to ensure the animals never get stressed.

Morton's Traditional Taste Turkey

Morton's are a small family run farm and have never set out to be the next “super shed” for turkey production. Their aim is to produce small, high-quality batches of poultry that taste the way poultry used to taste. Plenty of flavour, gamey and moist. That’s Morton’s Traditional Taste!
Morton's Traditional Taste have kindly offered one of their free range turkeys to one of my blog readers this Christmas. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note this competition is for UK mainland residents only please.

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Festive White Chocolate, Fudge & Cranberry Tiffin

A No Bake Festive White Chocolate, Fudge & Cranberry Tiffin
It's perfectly OK to post festive recipes now isn't it? Oh good, glad you agree because my first Christmas recipe for 2017 is a good 'un. These white chocolate, fudge and cranberry tiffin squares would make an excellent sweet nibble at your Christmas party, boxing day buffet or even your school Christmas bake sale (maybe even Santa would like a square of this on Christmas Eve instead of a mince pie?). Quick, easy, but absolutely gorgeous (but maybe not so good for your teeth...sshhh I wont tell your dentist), these tiffin slices will definitely steal the show. I've used ginger biscuits in this recipe and it gives the tiffin a lovely warmth that you just wouldn't get from plain biscuits but it also acts to cut the sweetness of the white chocolate too. If you LOVE ginger then a piece of stem ginger in syrup chopped up finely and chucked into the mix would be an AMAZING addition.

It's a pretty easy recipe for making substitutions. If you're not too keen on dried cranberries for example, add raisins instead. Or, just add the same quantity of nuts. It's very forgiving so have a play around and see what you come up with! The kids and their mates polished it off in no time at all which is always a good sign. This will definitely be made again in the run up to Christmas Day.

Festive White Chocolate, Fudge & Cranberry Tiffin


  • If you don't like ginger biscuits substitute for digestives or shortbread.
  • A handful of chopped pecan nuts to the mixture would give it some extra crunchy texture.
  • The tiffin can be made up to 5 days before it's needed and stored in the fridge (or a cold garage or shed if fridge space is short).
  • If white chocolate isn't your thing just use milk chocolate or a mixture of milk and dark chocolate.


Festive White Chocolate, Fudge & Cranberry Tiffin


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White Chocolate & Cranberry Tiffin

A festive no bake white chocolate, fudge and dried cranberry tiffin with crushed ginger biscuits, cherries and marshmallows.
prep time: 15 minscook time: total time: 15 mins


  • 450g White Chocolate
  • 50g Butter
  • 150g Dried Cranberries (plus a small handful for the top)
  • 100g Glace Cherries
  • 100g Mini Marshmallows
  • 100g Ginger Biscuits, crushed
  • 100g Fudge Pieces
  • 100g White Chocolate Chips
  • Icing Sugar to finish


  1. Line a 20 x 20cm tin with baking paper.
  2. Put the 450g white chocolate (broken into small pieces) in a microwaveable bowl with the butter. Melt in the microwave being careful not to burn it (I do 15 second bursts and stir).
  3. Stir in the dried cranberries, cherries, mini marshmallows, ginger biscuits, fudge and white chocolate chips and press into the tin. Scatter with the extra cranberries.
  4. Put the tiffin in the fridge and allow to set for 2 hours before cutting into squares and dusting with icing sugar.


Festive White Chocolate, Fudge & Cranberry Tiffin


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