Deszczowy początek / Rainy start

W dni takie jak dziś, gdy za oknem pada, wieje i wszystko wskazuje na to, że przez najbliższe kilka tygodni nie ujrzymy słońca mam ochotę poprawić sobie samopoczucie czymś pysznym…

On days like today, when it’s rainy, windy and everything outside says we won’t see sunshine for several weeks, I’d love to treat myself with something delicious…

 

Prawdę mówiąc, nie potrzebuję jesiennej pluchy by chcieć zjeść coś pysznego – deszcz to tylko wymówka by zaszyć się na kanapie z książkami kucharskimi w poszukiwaniu przepisu, który rozgrzeje i napełni cały dom zapachem przy którym deszcz przestanie mieć znaczenie….poza tym przy takiej pogodzie i tak nigdzie się nie wybieram, a w kuchni czas upłynie mi szybciej.

SERNIK CZEKOLADOWO-LIMONKOWY


Osobiście lubie słodycze i ciasta, kóre łaczą smaki kwasny i słodki – dzieki czemu mozna go zjeść więcęj. Wolę tez ciasta ‘mokre’ od suchych. Nie ma nic bardziej soczystego od sernika!

Oryginalny przepis wymaga pieczenia w kąpieli wodnej…bez obaw, nie należę do purystów jesli chodzi o trzymanie sie ściśle przepisów, poza tym nie posiadam odpowiednio duzego naczynia żaraodpornego, w ktorym moglabym ‘wykąpac’ tortownicę z sernikiem.

Postanowilam zaryzykować i upiec ciasto w tradycyjny sposób. Dumnie donoszę, że sie udało, ciasto bylo puszyste i jak najbardziej zjadliwe!

Użyłam blachy o średnicy 25cm, około 10-12 porcji

Czas pieczenia: 50-65 min w temp. 180°C

To be honest, I don’t need beastly weather to want to eat something delicious – rain is just an excuse to curl up on the sofa with cookery books. Looking for a recipe which will warm up my house and fill it with a smell compare to which rain no more matters…anyway I’m not going out and time always passes quicker in the kitchen.

CHOCOLATE AND LIME CHEESECAKE

Personally, I like sweets and cakes that combine sour and sweet flavors – so you can eat more of them. I prefer cakes ‘moist ‘ rather than dry. And nothing is more moist than the cheesecake!

The original recipe calls for a bain marie…but don’t worry I’m not a culinary purist when it comes to following the recipe and on top of that I don’t have a dish big enough to fit my baking tray.I decided to take a risk and bake the cheesecake in traditional way. I proudly inform that it worked out pretty well. The cake was still fluffy and very edible!

I used the ø25cm baking tray, serves 10-12

Cooking time: 50-65 min, 180°C

Ingredients:

·         75g soft butter

·         200g chocolate cookies (digestive or any crunchy one)

·         750g Philadelphia cream cheese (or any other cream cheese)

·         200g icing sugar

·         4 eggs

·         2 egg yolks

·         juice of 4 limes

·         crushed chocolate / chocolate chip (optional)

Method:

1. Crumb the cookies in the blender

2. Add soften butter and mix again

3. Transfer  cookie mix into baking tray, make sure it covers the tray evenly – you can press it with your hands

4. Keep the tray in the fridge

5. Heat the oven  for 180C

6. Mix cheese with sugar until fluffy and light

7. Add eggs, yolks and lime juice. Mix well again

8. Take the tray out from fridge. Transfer cheese mix onto the cookie base

9. Throw some chocolate chips on the top (optional)

10. Put the tray in the oven

11. After about 50 minutes check on it. The cake should be set but still wobbling (time of baking depends on your oven – in mine it took 75 minutes for this cake to set)

12. Cool down the cheesecake and keep it in the fridge until serving

13. Transfer the cake from tray onto the plate.

14. Slice it with knife dipped in hot water, use another knife or slicer to make it easier.

Aaaaa! I’ve just burnt the pot! It’s been a while since that happened to me… I was so much into writing my very first post I forgot about my dinner – for the next recipe you’ll have to wait longer then I thought.

Well, that exactly how the kitchen life goes or should I say life in general. Sometimes things will burn or break, not everything will appear as beautiful as it’s shown on the photos in cook book. Nevertheless, as long as you dedicate your heart to cooking and you are not afraid of minor failures the whole culinary world is your (and my) oyster!

The bottom line is not to lose the sense of humor and have the irresistible urge to create everything which is edible. However if you don’t feel at all like chopping, stirring  or using a bain marie today just say to yourself game over* and order a pizza!

*An English expression ‘game over’ could be translate in Polish as ‘pobite gary’ which literally means broken pots

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