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No Bake Cheese Cake

Seeing as how classic new york cheese cake is in my top 5 favourite desserts of all time, it comes as a bit of a surprise that I actually like Gordon Ramsay’s no bake cheese cake even more. The original recipe can be found here: http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/chefs/gordon-ramsay/vanilla-cheesecake-recipe however, I had some left over Captain Morgan from the weekend among other things:


For the topping:

  • 6 – Mr. Christie’s Arrowroot Cookies
  • 6tbsp – Sugar
  • 75g – Unsalted Butter

For the cake:

  • 400g – cream cheese
  • 6tbsp – icing sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600ml – double cream
  • icing sugar to dust
  • fresh mint to garnish

For the berries:

  • 200g – blueberries
  • 100g – pomegranate
  • splash of rum




For the topping:

  • crush arrowroot cookies into tiny pieces
  • melt the sugar into a light caramel
  • to prevent the caramel from becoming too dark, take it off the heat as soon as the colour is right and add in cold butter to cool down the caramel
  • add the crushed biscuits and coat them in the caramel

For the cake:

  • Combine all of the ingredients except for the icing sugar and the mint in a large bowl
  • Keep cool in fridge to make it easier to shape

For sauce:

  • Combine berries and pomegranate in a pot and bring to a boil
  • After some of the berries burst deglaze the pan with a splash of rum and turn down the heat to a simmer
  • take off the heat when the sauce reaches desired thickness

I finish the cheesecake with the crushed arrowroot cookies on top and some fresh mint. This lighter take on a cheesecake works well when you don’t want to go into an everlasting food coma.

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Pancakes with Maple Berry Compote

Earlier in university I remember a phase when my housemates and I used to make pancakes every Sunday. One of my housemates was obsessed with traditions and pancakes on Sundays in my opinion was on the threshold of becoming one (much to his delight I’m sure). Few things were more exciting than pouring Aunt Jemima Original Pancake Mix into a bowl first thing in the morning after what was usually a more rowdy Saturday night. It was so exciting that we always made way too much. We then had our little quibbles over whether pure maple syrup or Aunt Jemima table syrup was better while we ate. Being a Canadian a ton of generations deep I would have had expected our tradition loving friend to prefer pure maple syrup but in the end it turns out hes insane.

Pancakesw:Berry Compot

The berry compote is just a medley of cooked berries with some maple syrup. Reducing this down intensifies the sweetness.

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