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Food with friends

August 31, 2010

(apologies for the poor quality phone photo!)

Sitting down and sharing food with friends is the perfect way to spend an evening, don’t you think?  That’s what we did on Saturday night, and my friend made this amazing blueberry cheesecake gateau.  She said she was really nervous about making a cake for me because I’m so into baking – pfft.  I do love baking but I’m no expert!  I can however say (with as much authority as I can muster) that this cake was absolutely delicious – so much so that I had to steal the recipe to share with you!  Make it tonight, make it the next time you have guests, make it to take into work … just make it.  You won’t regret it.

Blueberry Cheesecake Gateau (from a BBC Good Food recipe book)

1.  Put 225g self raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 200g caster sugar, 200g butter, 4 large eggs and 2 tsp vanilla extract into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on a low speed until everything is mixed together.  Increase the speed and whisk for 2 mins then stir in 1 tbsp milk.

2.  Put the mixture into an 18cm cake tin (greased and lined) and bake at 180C/gas mark 4 for 50-60 mins until risen and springy.  Once cooled, cut into layers (the recipe suggests 3; my friend did 2).

3.  Beat 400g medium fat soft cheese until soft, then beat in the grated zest of 2 limes and the juice of 1 and 100g icing sugar.  Sandwich the cake back together with two thirds of the cheese mixture, and spread the rest on the top.  Arrange 200g blueberries in circles around the top of the cake.

4.  Produce with a flourish and prepare to be showered with compliments from your very impressed dinner guests!

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