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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Making something out of nothing.......

There is one thing that my husband says that I can always do well..........and this is to 'make something out of nothing'. He is referring to my ability to rustle up a meal or dessert when the cupboards and fridge appear to be bare and not my ability to cause an argument when there is no grounds for one.............he wouldn't dare say that!!!

On a whole I try to cook healthily, using fresh & un-processed ingredients but often, towards the end of the week, when most of the fruit & veg has long since vanished, we may resort to something on toast and the kids love it when, as a special treat, Dad cooks tea.................... egg on beans on ham on cheese on toast!!

Today I was looking through the cupboards & fridge for some inspiration for dinner and noticed that we had an excess of tins of custard and packs of cream cheese left over from Christmas so I decided to put them to good use & make a pudding for the family,,....,,,, to follow the Dr Who pasta on toast......

Sort of a Cheesecake.......... 


40g butter, melted
9 digestive biscuits, crushed (I wanted to use ginger snaps but didn't have enough)
250g pack of cream cheese
425g tin of ready made custard
zest of one orange and juice of half of it

To decorate

small tin of sliced peaches or mandarins (you could also use fresh fruit such as kiwi, banana, strawberries)


Line a 7" pie dish with clingfilm
Add the melted butter to the crushed biscuits and stir until combined
Pour the mixture into the lined dish & cover the base & sides evenly & press down with the back of a spoon
Refrigerate the base whilst you make the filling.


Beat the custard and cream cheese together until smooth
Beat in the zest and juice
Pour the filling onto the base and spread evenly
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before removing from the dish, discarding the clingfilm & decorating with fruit

Serve immediately

It's not the most sophisticated of desserts but for a midweek treat it's ideal.......quick & easy.

Family Verdict :

Hanna : "mmmmmm, lovely" and 30 minutes later "can I have some more of that pie please, it's gorgeous"

Jack  : pushed the bowl away saying  "Mott to'"....Jacks favourite phrase at the moment which, roughly translated, means "I don't want to"......

Sam : when asked if he liked it he simply said "yeah". To be honest he has been unwell & not as enthusiastic about food as usual..... either that or he didn't like it & didn't want to hurt my feelings!!

Husband : "Lovely that"

Will I be making it again?

yes probably, although next time I will make in individual dishes as it was quite tricky to remove from the pie dish.

Please let me know if you try this out and tell me what you think.....

1 comment:

  1. well, I've not made any myself but tasted and distributed some from the great baker herself - have to say they were absolutely delicious - and caused riots in the village we live in!! Well done :D



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