01 May 2012

Snickers Cheesecake Loaf


I bet the photo of my cake got your attention. It certainly got my attention when I saw the original in Saved by Cake a cookbook by the novelist Marian Keyes.

(make sure to keep reading, there are photos of wee Cooper helping me bake the cake, at the bottom of the post)


I have probably read all of Marian Keyes books over the years, but the one thing I wasn't expecting from her was a cookbook. I suppose I didn't really know much about Marion, other than that I enjoyed her books and that she was an Irish author.



It seems there has been a whole host of people writing cookbooks, including quite a few actors and a part of me always thinks they are just jumping on the bandwagon. Writing a cookbook seems to be the latest fad, but after reading Marion's book I came to realise pretty quickly that this wasn't the case here. Marion gives a very honest and at times amusing account of how she has been battling with depression and how baking helped get her through each day by giving her a focus. She admits to starting out a novice and picking up skills as she went along, but then isn't that true for all of us? The result is a pretty impressive book filled with mouthwatering bakes.

* Chocolate, Chilli & Cardamon Tart
* No Bake Ginger and Lime Cheesecake
* Tiramisu Macaroons
* Ginger & Pineapple Pavlova
* Coconut Milk Cake
* Chocolate Baklava

Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes
Format: Hardback
Pages: 232
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Date of Publication: 16 Feb 2012
ISBN: 978-0718158897


print recipe
Blokey Snickers Cheesecake Loaf
Chocolate, biscuity base topped with a baked cheesecake filled with chunks of snickers, a fudgey top layer all finished of with a drizzle of toffee and a scattering of peanuts.
Ingredients
  • 150g dark chocolate digestive biscuits
  • 50g salted peanuts
  • 75g butter
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 250g philadelphia or any soft cheese
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200ml sour cream
  • 4 snickers bars, chopped into chunks
  • enough toffee sauce from a squeezy bottle to drizzle over the cake
  • a generous handful of salted peanuts
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 170c fan/190c/325f/gas mark 3.2. Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper, I use inserts, they are much quicker.3. In a food processor, whizz the biscuits and peanuts until they are crumbs, you can leave it a little rougher with some chunks remaining.4. Melt the butter and stir it through the biscuit crumbs. Pour into your loaf tin and press down firmly, then pop in the oven for 15 minutes. Leave to cool then pop in the fridge until you need it, or overnight.5. Before you make your filling, you will need to heat the oven again to the same temperature you used for the base.6. Whip together the mascarpone, sour cream and philadelphia with a wooden spoon, then add the sugar and eggs. Keep whipping until it is well combined and smooth. Add the chunks of snickers and mix in.7. Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit base and bake for an hour and a half. Turn the oven off, but leave the cake in. A fudgey topping with develop. Don't worry about how long it needs left in the oven, just take it out when you see the top has browned a little.8. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then lift it out carefully and pop it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. 9. Before serving, drizzle the cake with toffee sauce and a scattering of peanuts.
Details
Total time:
Yield: 1 loaf cake

 

 

The original cake recipe used milk chocolate digestives, but I prefer dark chocolate digestives, so I used them instead. It also used ricotta. I forgot to buy ricotta, so I substituted it with Philadelphia soft cheese. I also re-wrote the instructions in my own words as Marian's instructions had a lot of chat, which was lovely, but I wanted to give you the bare bones of the recipe. 

I can tell you it really is a blokes cake. My hubby thought it was great, but while I enjoyed it, I would have preferred a simpler cake.

I've also made Marian's Chocolate Fudge Pudding, which is self-saucing.Unfortunately I left it in the oven after I had turned the heat off, as I had no room to put it anywhere, so the sauce sank in, but I can tell you it was still really delicious. I served it with custard, mmmmmmm.

As you can see Cooper helped me to make the Cheesecake Loaf. He is proudly sporting his new apron that the online gift shop, Not On The High Street sent him. They have some really gorgeous aprons for children and adults. He is as proud as punch, as you can see. It's a bit big for him yet, so I just folded it up in the middle and tightened the neck straps.


Here are a few more loaf cakes for you to try:
 
This is also my rather late entry for this month's We Should Cocoa.

Choclette is hosting it this month and the theme is chocolate and cheese. The roundup is already live!

Choclette was so shocked that I actually had an entry that she has agreed to add it. Thanks Choclette.






Disclosure Statement: I received the cookbook and apron free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

45 comments:

  1. What a yummy looking cake, I bet I could get my Lovely Hubby drooling if I showed him the picture :-)

    Cooper looks adorable in his new apron, a very happy little helper.

    Sue xx

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    1. He is a happy wee helper, a happy wee boy in general Sue and I am sure your hubby would drool over this cake. It is an easy one to make too :)

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  2. What a great cake!!!
    Happy 1st May...

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  3. This looks stunning! I know my bloke would love this. Marian is very clever and I've been eyeing off her book for a while now.

    Your little man always makes me smile, he's so sweet.

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    1. Aww thanks Emma, oh and the book is good too, I am eyeing up a few recipes from it.

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  4. Yep, caught my attention. Even better that Cooper was helping out.

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  5. Looks like a killer cake, Jacqueline! Sounds like a nice cookbook too.

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  6. That loaf looks amazing - I think I might just be a bit blokey myself if it is the sort of thing blokes love :-) But seriously what woman doesn't love chocolate and caramel and cheesecake!!!! Sounds like an interesting book. And I love cooper in his new little apron - and his hair is growing too!

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    1. Bet your hubby would like it too Johanna. Cooper's hair is growing, he has had it cut a few times now, but never short, I love his curls too much :)

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  7. Man, that kid!
    I always wonder what kind of person I would grow up to be had my mother had the time/means(I was third kid, so those things were not bountiful) to let me help her out a bit in the kitchen. Coop looks like that apron is The Best Thing, Ever, I mean, just to get that grin, I would whip up cookies.

    Well, also, because, you know, cookies.

    The cake definite looks to be a bit much for me - but I can see G. thinking it was a must-eat!

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    1. You might not have been into your books as much and missed out on the opportunity to become an author. I am sure it was meant to be. Cooper was so chuffed and he always loves to bake.

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  8. What a gorgeous post and your little guy is so precious. Cooper is blessed indeed with such a sweet mommy. Love you!

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    1. Awww thank you Lisa, what a lovely thing to say xxx

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  9. oh look at Cooper and how sweet he looks in his elephant pinny... such joy on his face... mind you, with the way the photo of the cake is making my teeth ache with its sweetness you may find he'll be running around like a madman after one slice of this baby!

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    1. What, you think I gave him a slice of this? Are you mad? No, he got a teeny wee taste and his lunch box got a carrot flapjack in it, hehe :D

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  10. Oh I can't look at that cake, its looks so darn rich, but Cooper is another story - I can look at that little man for ages, and that smile is captivating.

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  11. Wow, wow and double wow - this was truly worth the wait Jac. I want that book and I want to come around to you and Cooper for tea right now. He looks very fetching in his apron. Thank you for sharing this amazing treat with WSC. I've added it now.

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  12. Awwww thanks Choclette. We would love to have you over for tea :)

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  13. Dammit, Jac, I am supposed to be on a no-sweets diet. That picture has just shot it all to heck... :)

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  14. Waw, I am so impressed here! That cake looks just stunning, fabulous & sounds heavenly! All what not good is for your hips and waist but ooh so wonderfully for your mouth! Just so beautiful!! xxx

    Cooper is loving it too, he's a lovely & good sous-chef! :)

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    1. Hi Sophie, Thanks and yes he is a lovely sous chef, one who fell asleep while eating dinner tonight :)

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  15. Gosh won't you look at that. Looks LUSH. Cheesecakes are my favourite thing!

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    1. It is definitely lush Sarah. I think I would try it again with a thinner base, no snickers and a fruity topping, just for a wee change :)

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  16. That looks very calorific and morish. Yum.

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    1. Thanks, well at least for the moreish part, hehe :)

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  17. I really like the book, and it is so refreshing that Marian is so open and matter of fact about depression and mental illness. Issues that are all too frequently swept under the carpet, as people tend not to like talking about them.

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    1. I know, it was really brave of her and such a good book. She certainly deserves some respect :)

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  18. Oh my gosh... I saw the title of this post and thought "I have to make that" and was so pleased when I scrolled down and saw which book it's from, as I got that book for my birthday on Sunday! My sister knows I'm a massive Marian Keyes fan and we both own all her books so I needed her cookery book to complete the set! I will definitely be baking from it as soon as I can work out how to incorporate it into my Slimming World diet... lol!
    Just out of interest, you say you published the recipe with permission? Did you email the publishers and if so how do you find their contact details and how long do they take to get back to you?

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    1. That was a lovely gift to be given.

      As to the publishers, it is standard to have permission to publish between one and three (depending on the publisher) of the recipes on a blog, if you have been given a review copy of a cookbook. After all it is being advertised with links, whether the review is good or bad.

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  19. Oh my gosh your little boy is so grown up!

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    1. I know, he is growing up way too quickly :)

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  20. snickers cheesecake loaf...what's not to love?????

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  21. Am in the process of making this cake and cannot see in the instructions where you use/add the 200ml of sour cream.

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    1. You are right! Just at the same time as the cream cheese. Hope you enjoy it :)

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  22. You are so right. The photograph of your cake really got my attention. It practically looks sinful.

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  23. OMG!! this cake is amazing!! I totally love peanuts, now i save this recipe and try to bake soon as possible!! in Italy there isn't toffee sauce, maeby I can cook caramel sauce homemade! xo Valentina

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  24. Oh my goodness!
    I just came across your blog and this looks and sounds amazing!!
    I will have to make it soon.



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  25. Ummmm ......... Yummmmm!

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  26. What's not to love here Jacqueline. Just look at that smile on Coopers face!!!

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x