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Nectarine Cheesecake

Shona is like my own personal Rachel Khoo, except she bakes in my big Glasgow kitchen as opposed to a little Paris kitchen. This time Shona made a nectarine cheesecake, which suited me as nectarines are one of my favourite fruits. She also topped it off with almonds, but worry not, I’ve included the full recipe below.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 3 large nectarines
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • Approximately 200g of caster sugar
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 300ml whipping cream
  • Approximately half a pack of crushed digestive biscuits (leaving the other half for Ashley to eat)
  • Approximately 100g melted butter
  • Flaked almonds

And here’s the recipe:

  • Melt the butter on low heat on the hob
  • Meanwhile crush the buscuits (a hammer is overkill, maybe, but it feels good) and place in a round baking tin
  • Pour the melted butter onto the biscuits and mix until combined, then pat down until the mixture covers the bottom of the tin
  • Place tin in the fridge to allow the cheesecake base to firm up
  • Chop the nectarines into rough chunks and place in a pot with half of the sugar and the water on medium heat
  • Cook until the nectarines are soft, remove from the heat then blend to a puree and set aside
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and remaining sugar. When combined, add the whipping cream and whisk until thickened
  • Remove the tin from the fridge and spread the cheese mixture onto the biscuit base. Fold in the cooled nectarine mix (swirl to get a marbled effect) and sprinkle the flaked almonds on top
  • Return to the fridge until cooled and firm, then serve and enjoy a sugar coma
 
 

Lunch at The Hidden Lane Tearoom

Shona often texts me spontaneously to say “Hey, I’m at Uni, let’s get coffee”, then the lazy me drags her to my side of town for some caffeine. I just find the city has little to offer in the way of independent coffee houses, and I find chains don’t stock as good coffee. The Hidden Lane Tearoom is a perfect blend of good food, beautiful light and smooth lattes, and it gets me way more excited than I should be.

I had tomato soup with a carrot, beetroot and goat cheese sammich, and a big pot of Chai tea.

 
 

Autumn Cake

My friend, Shona, is amazing in the kitchen. In fact, I’m going to ask her to marry me when I’m older. We thought it would be fun to welcome the new season with apple and roasted hazelnut cake, which we’ve otherwise dubbed as Autumn cake.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 4 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 200g softened butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 140g flour
  • 50g ground hazelnuts
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Brandy

Okay, this is the first recipe I’ve ever written, even though I’m copying from Shona’s notes. Here goes…

  • Soften the apples on a low heat with some water and the brandy
  • Mix the butter and sugar until creamy, then add the eggs
  • Fold in the flour
  • Add 1/2 the apples and spoon into cake tin
  • Top with the rest of the apples
  • Bake for 1 hour at 180°C / gas mark 4
  • Halfway through, top with the ground hazelnuts and cinnamon
  • When ready remove from the cake tin an top with apple slices
  • Sprinkle with sugar and caramelise top
 
 

The Hidden Lane Tearoom

The Hidden Lane Tearoom is true to its name, tucked away in a charismatic courtyard that you have to venture down a discreet alley off of Argyle Street to get to. I went with Shona, who was the perfect person to discover this gem with as she enjoys her vintage crockery, classic tea and so on. We went late afternoon when it wasn’t busy, which was good as this place is tiny. The food was good, chai tea was on the menu, and the general atmosphere of the place was… different, but definitely in a good way.