Eton Mess Cheesecake

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If you’re a fan of being British it truly is a weekend to celebrate: the start of the Euro 2016 football championships with England, Wales and Northern Ireland all being represented (let’s not dwell on England’s result too much) and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations this weekend with Trooping the Colour yesterday and The Patron’s Lunch today. It’s a weekend to feel proud of all that’s good about our country. Yesterday we were off to a barbecue with some of my husband’s friends to watch the England game. Of course I offered to make a dessert and opted for this Eton Mess cheesecake. I first found this recipe when I was looking for recipe for an Eton Mess sponge cake which I made back in April when it was the Queen’s proper birthday for our school tea party.
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Banoffee pavlova

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This is my second banana based post in a row – a sign that we always seem to have some bananas that need using up in the Little Birdie household! A couple of weeks ago we were off to dinner at our friends house so I rustled this up as a dessert. If you like banoffee pie you’ll definitely like this pavlova. I had originally bought the caramel I used for this pavlova for the banana and caramel bundt I made – luckily a can was enough to make both. It’s a recipe from the Tesco food website that you can find here. You can of course use any meringue recipe to make the base – I did consider trying a brown sugar meringue to add to the caramel flavour but then decided that might be caramel overkill.
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Treacle apple tart

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It has been a rather crazy week of work: reports, data, lesson observations and meetings have meant my evenings have been taken up with work so I’m only just getting round to writing this up. I made this last weekend as we had friends round for Sunday lunch. Mr Birdie had some apples he’d bought and then forgotten about that needed using up and after a little research I found this BBC Good Food recipe for treacle apple tart.
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Lemon meringue pie

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My Dad has been staying with us over the last few days to help me with something at school (thank goodness he has technological know-how as I have absolutely none!) I wanted to make something for dessert on Sunday and as Aldi had lemons for 59p it had to be something lemon based. Mr Birdie is partial to lemon meringue pie so I decided to give it a go. I was informed by Mr Birdie that it would not be as good as his Mum’s (I have a lot to live up to!) and indeed he did declare that this was the case (he has however polished off three slices so I don’t think it can be that bad). I’m not overly experienced in making pastry so it was a good opportunity to give it another go.
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Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

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First of all apologies for the photos in this post. They were taken with my mobile phone as I was at home in North Devon without Mr Birdie’s DSLR and they’ve not turned out the best. Anyway, on with the recipe! To me a Terry’s chocolate orange says Christmas. The smell, the taste, the packaging make me think of this time of year. I made this as a dessert for Christmas day lunch. It’s a recipe from a blog called What Jessica Baked Next that I follow that you can find here. I saw it back it in November and mentally filed it away as a possible Christmas day dessert.
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Sticky toffee pudding

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Well it may be Spring but I’m not sure the weather is quite aware of this. It was a blustery, wild day in Hampshire yesterday – it was definitely not been feeling like Spring at all. We had our friends Simon and Louisa over for dinner so I made this sticky toffee pudding for dessert. With yesterday’s weather a comforting, warm pudding was definitely needed!
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Chocolate lime pie

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This post should have been Mary Berry’s lime and blueberry drizzle cake but as you will see from the photo and title it’s definitely not a cake! Limes are part of Aldi’s current super 6 fruit and vegetables offer so I duly stocked up on them thinking that during half term I would have lots of time to bake. Sadly tidying the house and all the other jobs I don’t seem to have the time to do during term time got in the way of baking. Hopefully now the house is tidy this situation will be rectified!
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Frozen raspberry and honeycomb pie

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I saw this recipe in this month’s BBC Good Food magazine and thought it looked interesting. Today we had some of our good friends round for a barbecue and decided this would make a good dessert. Unfortunately, the weather decided it was not going to agree and we had to make a mad dash inside when it started raining. This was a shame as this dessert would be much more suited to warm, sunny, al fresco dining rather than sitting in a lounge with the rain beating at the windows!
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Red berry meringue roulade

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Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there! My Dad came to stay with us this weekend and I was determined to redeem myself after last year’s disastrous rhubarb cheesecake. After the lovely weather this week I decided something summery was needed. I did consider making a pavlova but then decided on a roulade. This was a brave choice as my Dad is a big fan of my mother-in-law, Dot’s roulades that she makes and I was wasn’t sure I could compete. Luckily today was a success and hopefully any memories of last years disaster have been banished (it’s just a shame the weather didn’t match the summery-ness of the roulade!)
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