Baking, I don’t do it often enough and if I did, I would have to buy a new wardrobe. I do love baking though, not just the wonder of seeing a recipe come together but the lovely smells wafting through the flat.
This week I made a Chocolate Cheesecake. This was for a Bake Off bloggers’ challenge hosted by Russell Hobbs using their new “Creations Kitchen Machine”. This is a stand mixer that is in direct competiton to the more expensive ones on the market like KitchenAid and Kenwood.
The challenge was to use Chocolate and the theme was Summer Cakes.
Here is the Chocolate Cheesecake recipe I used from Lucy Cufflin’s book, Lucy’s Food. Her recipes are easy to follow and are very well tested.
I used the Creations Kitchen Machine to mix up all the cream cheese mixture on the setting at #5 for about 5 minutes. I had to stop and scrape the bottom as all the cheese was stuck at the bottom. I probably shouldn’t have used the whisk extenstion as pictured here and should have used the mixer one. It also come with a dough hook for kneading bread which I shall be trying out next.
The Kitchen Machine is really straight forward to operate. Everything slots in intuitely and is easy to clean. I am very interested to find out what other attachments are available for this as I see some other places to plug things in.
Back to the cake, to fit the criteria of Summer Cakes, I served raspberries on top which not only looked stunning but also helped to counter the richness of the chocolate. All this was dusted with icing sugar which just makes everything a touch more professional, even though it’s not. It could have done with some pouring cream or ice cream too.
In the book, she suggested serving it with hot chocolate sauce too.
On the night of the judging, the cakes were presented:
The judges took a lot of notes, tasted the creations and finally retired to another room to decide. It was quite Xfactor like.
The winner was Heide from Kitchen Secrets who made this amazing Chocolate Pecan cake with Maple Cream.
The Russell Hobbs Creations Range will launch later this year and I was sent one for this challenge and to review.