Oh dear Dovey, I could be here all day....but I'll start off with Lemon Cheesecake, easy to make and great for either dinner parties or general family dinners..
You will need:
4oz digestive biscuits
1 level teaspoon caster sugar
for the filling:
Half pint of fresh double cream
6ox can of condensed milk (carnation preferably)
3/4 large fresh lemons
For the topping:
Lightly whipped fresh double cream (taken from above)
fresh or crystalisedlemon slices
Preparation time is 15 mins or thereabouts
Cooking time is about 8 minutes @ oven setting 310F, 150C or gas mark II
Crunch digestives ( I put my biscuits in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin, saves on mess..*g*)
Melt butter in a saucepan, add sugar then blend in the biscuit crumbs. Mix well. Turn mixture into a 7" glass dish ( like a pie plate but looks better) and press the mixture down with the back of a spoon, bake in the over for about 8 minutes (this can also be done in a microwave for about 2/3 minutes) then remove dish from oven and leave to cool...do not turn out into other dish as mixture will crumble.
Squeeze the juice form all lemons but remember to remove the pips (LOL)
Mix together cream, condensed milk and finely grated lemon rind (use the peel of about 2 lemons) Slowly beat in the juice of the 3/4 four lemons (the mixture will start to curdle and taste divine...(I'm hungry..LOL) Pour mixture on top of the flan case you took from the oven and put in the fridge for about 1 hour (depending on how cool your fridge is...
Just before serving add a few swirls of double whipped cream and scatter chocolate flakes or equivalent on top....
This is my own variation on cheesecake but goes down so well I get asked to make it all the time and it is so quick to do, costs about £1.50 not sure about dollars....
Tip: Grease the dish before adding the crumb mix as when you serve it, it will come out like a dream.. )
You can keep this in the fridge for about 2/3 days and will still taste wonderful, the topping can also be added few hours before so long as kept in a cool place.
I forgot, this is not for those on a diet as each portion is about 1000 calories...ROFL and it makes about 6/8 depending how generous you are...*g*
I'll follow tomorrow with a great Russian recipe for a mushroom appertif, takes about 10 minutes and is mouthwatering...yummmy...ooops, did say you would get me started, forgive the pun!!
[This message has been edited by RainbowGirl (edited 11-08-2000).]