As I have mentioned G was sick on his birthday, and as I have also mentioned chocolate Guinness cake is part of the birthday tradition. So, the Wednesday prior I prepare for the G-birthday by a supermarket trip for cream cheese and a can of Guinness (most other ingredients found in house by rote). So when I find myself stocked but without cake audience I have to consider my options :
[Lucky am I that the dairy product purchased in August does not expire until the following January - is it just me or is this just a tad alarming?]
So cream cheese then, obviously the Guinness is easily dispensed. How to use? With smoked salmon? Yes, but there is only so much one can eat. So to baking I go :
Vanilla Cream Cheese LogsWe find these biscuits a bit like a sweet cakey bread - yum!
makes 2 dozen
200g cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Cream the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix the egg and vanillas in lightly but thoroughly. Blend in the flour, baking powder and salt, but only until mixed - no more!
Roll into log shapes, marking tops as you like, and bake for 15 minutes or until firm and turning golden.