Recipe for Maltesers Cheesecake

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This week’s guest blog is a recipe for a scrummy Maltesers Cheesecake from Pixie Hall Cakes.

Maltesers Cheesecake

Hasn’t the weather been glorious!  I love this time of year. It coincides nicely with lots of new projects I’m working on and waking up to blue skies is a sure fire way to feel energised and enthusiastic for the day ahead.

There are lots of things coming up over the next few months (look out for a tasty Easter treat next month) but I thought I’d focus on something for Mothers day.  I wanted to pick something tasty that the kids could easily knock up (with a little adult supervision) for their lovely mum and that everyone would enjoy. I think I’ve got all that covered with this super easy, super delicious Maltesers cheesecake.

It’s a cinch to put together, requires no baking and is so delicious and creamy and rich that you might not believe it only requires a handful of ingredients including loads of Maltesers which can’t really be a bad thing can it? This is in no way a healthy option. It has a ridiculous amount of cream cheese, butter, chocolate and other tasty things in it and should be enjoyed in moderation. It is for a special occasion though, so don’t worry too much!

Maltesers Cheesecake

For the base:

125g butter

100g chocolate sandwich cookies (I used Oreos as they were on offer but supermarket own brand is fine)

200g Maltesers

For the Cheesecake

800g full fat cream cheese

200ml sour cream

200g icing sugar, sifted

1tsp vanilla extract

100ml double cream

150g Maltesers

Method:

Grease and line the base of an 20cm/8 inch springform pan.

Melt the butter gently either in a saucepan over a low to medium heat or in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a food processor, pulse the cookies and Maltesers until they are in fine crumbs.

Pour in the butter and pulse a few more times to ensure everything is nicely coated.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread it evenly. Shake the pan to level the mixture and place in the fridge to set for at least 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, soured cream, icing sugar and vanilla with a whisk until smooth.

In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it forms medium peaks (don’t over whip it).

Put the Maltesers in a sandwich bag and crush them lightly with a rolling pin. You want some large chunks to add texture to the cheesecake.

Fold the cream and Maltesers into the cheese mixture until combined.

Pour the creamy mix over the set base and chill again for 1-2 hours until set. Decorate with any extra Maltesers you’ve not eaten yet.
Serve and enjoy.

Maltesers Cheesecake

Linds Hall runs Pixie Hall Cakes in Fakenham and can be found selling her delicious baking at Fakenham Farmers’ Market on the 4th Saturday of each month.

Twitter: @PixieHallCakes

Photographs by Keith Osborn Photography

Carpet Wear and Phenomena

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This week’s guest blog is from Glyn Charnock, Owner of Chameleon Cleaning.  Glyn is also Training Director of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, helping to keep members up to date with the latest cleaning methods and products.

Carpet Wear Areas

The biggest mistake any Carpet & Upholstery cleaner can make is to tell their customer they can make their carpets like new, especially when they haven’t been cleaned for several years. Over time carpets will have natural wear areas.  Like the main walk areas to and from rooms, the area in front of a favourite chair, along the front of stair treads and at the bottom of the stairs where people turn as they change direction.

The unknowing public can believe their carpet is still dirty, even after it has been cleaned. It is not the dirt that remains but damage to the fibres that absorb and deflect light in different ways to the rest of the undamaged carpet. Sometimes the wear areas don’t show signs of damage until after the carpet has been cleaned.

Untrained carpet cleaners will often go over and over these damaged areas trying to get them clean, this is not a good idea as this can over wet the carpet causing long drying times, making the carpet re-soil rapidly and even damaging the backing.

I must admit though, many a carpet cleaner including myself in the early years of my career, have tried cleaning a dark patch on a carpet, only to realise that it was a shadow caused by a light shade. I once spent 20 minutes trying to remove a red mark from a cream carpet, only to realise it was sunlight shining through a red vase on the window sill but I am happy to say I am a lot wiser these days!

Carpet Pile Reversal

Some carpets can suffer from a problem called pile reversal. The pile of the carpet drops in different directions, often quite soon after being installed, causing what look like water marks. Mostly occurring in high traffic areas, these can appear anywhere, even areas which are never walked on, like under stairs. This phenomenon can appear in all sorts of carpet fibre types, in rugs and some fabrics like velvet and silk too. Dark areas look light when looked at from the opposite direction, and the light areas look dark. This is not a manufacturing fault, as no one knows what causes it to happen and oddly enough, the better the quality of the carpet the more likely it is to happen.

These are pictures of a hotel reception carpet suffering from pile reversal which is only a couple of months old.

Carpet Pile Reversal

The sight of pile reversal can be minimised by choosing a carpet with a highly patterned design, or one with a loop pile instead of a cut pile.