Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snow and Nice

Arctic weather conditions are still with us here in Ireland, with the north and east of the country are experiencing the worst of it.Here in Cork city we did eventually get some snow which has now frozen.I should have been out this morning but we are being warned to only make essential journeys as schools have been closed in and around the city.
Rome was built on 7 hills according to legend but Cork is all hills so we tend to come to a standstill when snow falls!
My snap dragons which I grew from seed and were late flowering are still in bloom at home and out on the plot, despite snow frost and ice!
While I was usurped from my computer I took up baking again and baked nearly every evening. This is a simple Cheesecake using marshmallows instead of gelatine.
Irish Coffee Cheesecake:
Base: 3 ozs Marge/butter
8 ozs digestive biscuits (crushed)
Melt the butter and mix in the crushed biscuits.Line the base of a greased dish with the mixture, put into fridge to set.
8 ozs of Marshmallows
3 fl ozs milk
1 dessert spoon mild coffee
3 tblsps Whiskey or Baileys
1/2 pint cream
8 ozs cream cheese
2 ozs castor sugar.
Put marshmallows,coffee granules,caster sugar and milk in a saucepan over a medium heat.
Keep Stirring!!
Wait until marshmallows melt and leave to cool
Put cream cheese and whiskey/baileys in a bowl and beat until smooth
Whip cream until it stands in soft peaks
Mix cheese mixture and marshmallow mixture, leave until nearly set,
Fold in whipped cream mixing well.
Pour over biscuit base and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours until set
Cupcakes are a firm favourite since SATC made them sexy!
BASIC CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
Pre heat oven to 350F, 180C, gas 4
line a 12 cupcake tine with paper cases
5 oz marge/butter softened
5 ozs caster sugar
6 oz self raising flour
3 eggs
2tbls cocoa powder (I prefer drinking chocolate powder)
1tsp vanilla extract

Beat eggs together
place all ingredients including beaten eggs into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until light and fluffy
Fill cases evenly
Bake for approx 20 mins
Leave cool fully before icing

Icing
4 oz icing sugar
2 oz butter
1 oz plain choc
1 tbsp milk.
Melt chocolate and leave to cool
Beat sugar and butter until soft
Add cooled melted chocolate and milk and mix well.
Spread or pipe over cakes and decorate as liked.



Kathryn and the girls went to London for a couple of days to shop and see the sights as they had never been to London.Hyde park was transformed into a huge winter market and playground with skating rink etc. It was very cold as can be seen from the layers of clothing but dry and sunny, they enjoyed the whole experience.

7 comments:

OneStonedCrow said...

Believe it or not, I've only experienced snow twice in my life and then it was only about six inches - but I remember how the whole world seemed transformed - everybody was friendly and playing in the snow, having snowball fight and trying to make snowmen ...

I guess you can't imagine a searing hot Christmas hey? ... like we have here in Africa ...

Theanne and Baron... said...

Snapdragons are very hardy aren't they...they look so pretty against the icy snow. Pie and cupcakes...so tempting...yet I must resist! My age old problem has been if I cook it, I usually end up eating a lot of it and now being by myself I'd eat all of it :) It's lovely to look at your baking though! We're supposed to be having a cold front come through here in central Florida...maybe some frost here and there but no snow...I believe I've left that behind in Virginia!

PeggyR said...

That sounds delicious! We are cold here today especially since yesterday we were in the 50sF..

Why I garden... said...

Your cheesecake and cupcakes look delicious. I grew snapdragons from seed as well (Antirrhinum Intermediate Mixed, Carters Seeds) and they have only recently stopped flowering. I'd say now that we've had -9C in Co Antrim (belfast area) they'll finally die down.

Ann said...

Must try that cheesecake, looks delicious and sounds fairly easy.

Yes, it has been cold and snowy here, London is at a virtual standstill according to the news. It's the same in most places isn't it, lots of schools shut same as you.

Matron said...

Oh Peggy! I just have to try that Irish Coffee cheesecake!

Kellee said...

Your cheesecake looks fab thank you for posting the recipe will have to try it.