Strawberry Cheesecake

This is probably the easiest recipe in the world, anyone can make it, even those that burn beans on toast!  The best thing about it is you can add whatever flavours you like.  I made plain old strawberry but it would work with any fruit you wanted or you could add chocolate, the possibilities are endless!

Without adding in the cost of any fruit, I have estimated the cost of the other ingredients to be around £2.50-£3.00 depending on where they are purchased and the quality.  I find cheap, shop brand digestives and soft cheese work just as well as branded items.

Ingredients:

250g digestive biscuits

100g melted butter

600g soft cheese (although you can make it with less, I only used about 400g)

100g icing sugar

284ml double cream

Plus whatever fruit etc. you want to add

Recipe:

1.  Put the digestive biscuits into a food bag, then bash them to crumbs with a rolling pin.

2.  Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter until they are all covered then press into a cake tin (the ones with the removable bottom are the easiest to use).

3.  Put the base into the fridge whilst you make the topping.

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4.  Mix together the soft cheese and icing sugar until mixed thoroughly.

5.  Mix in the double cream until you have quite a stiff mixture.

6.  Add whatever fruit or other flavourings you are using then mix in.

7.  Spread the topping onto the base and you have a delicious cheesecake ready to eat after chilling.

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It is not the best dessert for your waistline but is so delicious!

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Sausage & Bean Cobbler

This is the first time we have tried this recipe and can honestly say it was delicious!  The whole family thoroughly enjoyed it!

I have roughly estimated the dish (for 4 people) comes to around £4.00 depending on where you buy your ingredients and the quality.   I used relatively cheap ingredients for the dish, including fairly cheap sausages and I really don’t think the dish warrants expensive ingredients.

Ingredients:-

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6-8 Sausages – skins removed

1 large onion – diced

2 garlic cloves – chopped

2 celery sticks – chopped

Pinch chilli flakes (optional)

1 tbsp tomato puree

400g can butter beans

400g cannellini beans

400g chopped tomatoes

225g self-raising flour

100g butter – cubed

150ml milk

2 tsp dried oregano

Recipe:-

1.  Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan (gas mark 6).

2.  Place sausages in pan with a little oil, breaking with a wooden spoon.

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3.  Add the onion, garlic, celery and chilli flakes (if using) then cover and cook for 6 minutes.

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4.  Add the tomato puree, beans and chopped tomatoes.  Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.

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Whilst the cobbler base is cooking you can make the topping…

5.  Put the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter cubes until you get a breadcrumb like texture.

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6.  Add the milk and oregano and mix until it becomes a smooth, firm dough.

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7.  Once cooked, spoon the sausage mixture into an ovenproof dish.

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8.  Tear off small balls of the cobbler topping and place them on top of the sausage mix.

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9.  Bake for around 30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

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You can then serve with whatever sides you want.  We had ours with some butternut squash that needed using up.  The other great thing about this recipe is you can make it in advance, put it in the fridge and bake it later in the day.  I tend to do this quite a lot so I am not rushing around after the school run!

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I give this recipe 4/5.

 

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Hello and welcome to my new blog.  My aim is to share with you all the great recipes that we love as a family.

I know how difficult it can be to find new and interesting meals that the whole family will enjoy (and actually eat!) and I hope that you can find some inspiration here.

Although my skills have gradually improved over the years, I am not the greatest cook in the world so the recipes won’t be too taxing and I hope you will give some of them a try!

Having recently given up my job to become a stay at home mum, I also know that keeping to a budget is important and I am always looking at ways I can save money when it comes to the food shopping and most of the recipes I share should be very budget friendly.

I would love if you could share your recipes with me and hopefully we can all get some great ideas from each other to create some really exciting, budget friendly, family friendly meals!