24 November 2013

Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake & Caramelised Fruit and Nut Tarts

I was very excited about the Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake, although I'm not sure why. I love lime, although admittedly it is normally (ok, always) when combined with alcohol - Tequila and Long Island Iced Tea being my poisons of choice. I dislike cheesecake. I've 'forced down' a couple this year, most recently the Pumpkin Cheesecake. People often don't understand why I make things I don't eat. You see I'm used to it now. Back during lent I couldn't eat ANYTHING I baked as I went sugar free. All my life I've learnt to say no to things with cream. When I literally can't eat something I just let it blow over me. It's a shame I can't say no to things I do like. Cheesey chips, hazelnut rolls, nutella...

Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake

I'm going to start off with a bit of a spoiler. It was a catastrophe. Truly truly bad. In a split second it was over. 






Words cannot describe the frustration that you feel when something out of your control goes wrong. Or rather something that you think you should be able to control goes wrong. My godparents were due to arrive within a couple of hours and here I was venting at a cheesecake. Less that dignified to say the least.

Caramelised Fruit and Nut Tarts

A quick flick through the book and a phone call to my godmother got a pudding back on the menu - this time Caramelised Fruit and Nut Tarts. I wish I had more photos to show for it, but I'm afraid between chilling and starters and rolling and chilling and clearing and mains and melting and clearing and cooling and melting again and assembling at the table, there really wasn't much of a photo squeezed in. My mixture of fruit and nuts:
Peacan Nuts
Walnuts
Hazelnuts
Almonds
Cranberries
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I hear very good things, surprisingly not just about the tarts, but also about the 'Lime Cheesecake Mess' as it's been nicknamed. The guests dutifully asked for some to take home. I was a bit like when you frame a child's artwor - you reward the effort, not the asthetic itself... Or when they used to give you I tried my best stickers on sports day when you didn't place. Either way it diffused my frustration and allowed me to focus on more important things, like the wonderful company I was in.


If ANYONE can help me crack (oh the irony) the cheesecake I BEG you to come forward.
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