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What to do with those Leftovers – Cheesecake!

Spiced Apple Cheesecake
Spiced Apple Cheesecake

My daughter made a gingerbread house for Christmas but it went uneaten with so much food in the house. There was a large bowl of assorted apples too, as well as a tiny quantity of almonds. So on my last trip to the grocery store, I picked up some cream cheese.

The Gingerbread Base
The Gingerbread Base

I smashed up the gingerbread adding it to some cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, nuts and melted butter, stirring to coat the crumbs, pressing into a spring-form baking pan.

Roasted Apple Slices
Roasted Apple Slices

Next, I made the applesauce adding some butterscotch liqueur. I cut some apple slices to roast for the topping.

For the filling, I used 500 grams of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugars, some more cinnamon, cardamom, & nutmeg. Two eggs and 1/4 cup of flour. It was then baked for an hour at 375 degrees in the middle of a gas oven or here is the conversion for temperature  

375 190 5 Moderately hot

Assembled with a dusting of icing sugar, it was delicious!

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Diet Plus Leftovers – It can all go Pear Shaped!

Diet Plus Leftovers
Pear Shaped

The New year’s resolutions of starting a diet as soon as January 1st dawns seems a sure way to set anyone up for failure. Not to mention the cold weather when you want some comfort food! It is now halfway through January and I still have some Christmas fare to use up, Stilton, fancy crackers, cream and some desserts. Unless I want to give/throw it away I have to be practical and use what I can’t freeze, otherwise it all goes pear shaped, literally.  I popped the Christmas cake in the freezer, made a Stilton butter again freezing for later, after adding some grated to salads and a homemade carrot and fennel soup. (I am trying to eat my fruits and veggies). With the cream I made a sauce adding it to the leftover turkey, made a fool with fresh blueberries and invited neighbours over for coffee and dessert. I still have some wine in a wine box so I will have to make a wine jelly and add those figs to wine to make a preserve to save for the next holiday, Valentine’s Day which can be another fattening one! No chocolates please! Planning on consomme, salmon and asparagus and strawberries for dessert!