Heather asked why I haven't blog for so long and I have been asking myself that too. Laziness most probably sums it up but that is not the entire reason.
I love the part about the food - cooking, eating and even the photo sessions (have tons of photos waiting to be posted) but not so much the latter part of blogging, ie the photo editing, composing and typing. The most daunting task for me is converting my Chinese thinking mind into English hardcopy. To put down in English words what I am thinking in Chinese calls for some major reconstruction thinking (a lot of brain cells) and so very time consuming. I told hubby I need to go for English course. Hubby sometimes helped to correct my grammar and punctuation!
So, when I do not appear in this space for a while you know I am taking a break from thinking... in English only ie :-p.
I have done this cake three times for different occasions and always a crowd winner. The recipe came from a cook book Mui Fung gave me 4 years ago for my birthday. It is called 'A Touch Of Classic Baking' by Kevin Chai.
This is a simple basic cheesecake but with the addition of the peach and the crumbles on top, the humble cake gained superstar status in my book.
Here is the recipe.
Peach Crumble Cheesecake
500g cream cheese
100g caster sugar
250ml whipping cream
2 T cornstarch
1 can (825g) halved peach, drained and wiped dry
250g digestive biscuit, crushed
120g butter (melted)
150g plain flour
40g caster sugar
Preheat oven to 160C
1. Combine finely crushed biscuit (I put all the biscuits in the food processor and gave them a good 1 minute blitz) and melted butter well. Press evenly and compactly into the bottom of a 9" cake pan.
2. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is properly mixed in before adding the next.
3. Stir in whipping cream and cornstarch, mix well.
4. Spread a thin layer (about 1/2 cm thick) of the cheese mixture on top of biscuit.
5. Arrange peaches onto the layer and pour in the remaining cheese mixture to cover the peaches.
6. For the topping, combine flour and sugar, rub in butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs.
7. Sprinkle over the cheese mixture.
8. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate. Serve cold.