Aunty Helen?EUR(TM)s Cream Cheese Cake – Step By Step Recipe

Back in July I wrote about making cheese cake like how my mother made it.

After I wrote that post, mummy lent me a proper pan for setting the cheese and some words of advice.

So I tried again, and this is a step-by-step pictorial guide for making my mother’s cream cheese cake.

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need:

Cheese cake ingredients

  • A packet of Marie biscuits
  • Half a packet of butter
  • A packet of Philadelphia cream cheese
  • Gelatine
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 cup of Evaporated milk
  • Vanilla essense
  • 1 cup of fine sugar

Making the Crust

Crush half a packet of the biscuits until fine. You could use a rolling pin or blender, but I had to crush it in a bowl.

Making cheese cake - crush the biscuit

Make sure the butter is soft, then mix the butter in the biscuits.

You don’t have to use a fork and spoon… I had to improvise a bit cos my butter was still frozen in the middle. You could also use better quality butter if you want.

Making cheese cake - mix the butter and biscuits

Line the biscuit in a six inch pan to create the crust. You may have to compress the biscuits at the bottom gently using a spoon.

Store any leftover biscuit crumbs in the fridge for sprinkling over the top.

Making cheese cake - line the bottom of the pan

The pan should now be placed in the fridge for 8 hours to let the butter set. I didn’t want to wait so I just put it in the freezer for a while.

Making the Cream Cheese

Add the sugar and the cheese in a mixing bowl and cream it until it becomes smooth. You could use an electric mixer if you have one.

My mother reminded me to mix in one direction to avoid forming lumps.

Making cheese cake - cream the cheese until smooth

When the mixture is smooth, add the milk, lemon juice and a few drops of vanilla essence. Stir well.

Making cheese cake - add milk and vanilla essence

Prepare a table spoonful of gelatine and add to the cheese mixture. You may have to adjust the measurement depending on your brand of gelatine.

Mix well and pour in the pan you prepared earlier.

Making cheese cake - pour in the pan

Cover the pan with a plate and place it in the fridge until the cheese sets. I waited 24 hours to be safe, but it might not take that long.

Making cheese cake: cover and place in the fridge

The Result

Sprinkle any leftover biscuit as a topping for the cheese cake.

Making cheese cake: sprinkle biscuit crumbs on top

It was cold and tempting, and smelled so appetizing. I could smell the cheese, butter and lemon.

Half the cake was gone before I could snap a photo of the result.

Here’s a photo of a slice from the side.

Slice of cheese cake

Here’s a photo from a different angle.

Slice of cheese cake

My mother took a bite as I anxiously waited her comments.

Cheese cake judge

Her comment was, it was better than the last one I made hehe.

She also gave some advice to make it better the next round.

Try out mummy’s recipe and let me know what you think!

Spaghetti Blog-naise Quick and Easy Recipe

Last Saturday my wife the talented cook decided to whip up some spaghetti for lunch, and I decided to photograph and blog about it. This is a quick recipe that you can prepare in less than 20 minutes.

Before I begin, I know some purists out there will say that this isn’t pure spaghetti bolognese (or bolognaise if you’re French). That’s why I call it Spaghetti Blog-naise a special pasta recipe for bloggers 🙂

Ingredients

You need:

  • Pasta (spaghetti)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Corned Beef / Minced Beef / Beef Burger Patty
  • Ketchup
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Campbell Cheese and Herbs
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Preparation

  1. Cut up your onion and tomatoes into cubes

Cooking

  1. Put the spaghetti soaking water into a pot and bring to a boil. Remember to cover the pot, and you can reduce the heat once it starts to boil (Another tip, once water reaches boiling, additional heat is wasted)
  2. Heat up your oil in a pan and start frying your onions and tomatoes.
  3. Put in your meat and make sure it gets cooked.
  4. Add your tomato paste. We used half a jar. Add some ketchup, then stir to make a consistent sauce.
  5. Once the water is boiling, add a little olive oil to the water. This will stop the spaghetti strands from sticking together. Put in your spaghetti. It will be ready in 3 or 4 minutes.

  6. When the sauce starts to simmer, add in some Campbells Cheese and Herb Mix. As an alternative you may add cheese later.
  7. Serve while hot.

Feel free to customize this recipe with your favourite ingredients!