Saturday, 10 May 2014

Morrisons And Mel's Marbled Cheesecake

I have been picked to be a Morrisons mum. A short drive to my local store in Baglan, I wasn't sure what to expect. I have to admit I thought it would be a 'bargain basement' type supermarket but I was pleasantly surprised.

I was actually impressed with the display of the fruit and veg. It looked fresh and was displayed effectively, so much better than my local supermarket. Not one bruised apple or mouldy carrot to be seen. The herbs had cold air being sprayed over them, how cool was that (in more ways than one). I guess it's a sure fire way of keeping the herbs fresh and in peak condition.

Morrisons have been working hard to lower the prices on a number of items. I was impressed to find 3 assorted peppers for 99 pence and 6 white bread rolls for 32 pence. They weren't in 'value' packaging either. I don't know about you but I want to get the best produce for my money but sometimes if the packaging screams out 'cheap!" It puts me off.  Although they have been cutting prices they still have the carefully trained butchers and bakers in store too, they are certainly not cutting corners, that's for sure.

Morrisons have actually cut the prices of 1200 of their products by on average 17 per cent - they are serious about bringing in new customers and keeping them.


Colourful displays of veg and great bargain prices

So I was give £80 to do my usual shop and plan a bank holiday meal. Did my basket cost me more or less than my usual shop? I do actually think that it cost me less. My local supermarket isn't particularly cheap although they have special offers and I always take notice of these. For example in my local supermarket 3 assorted peppers there cost £2 and the cheapest bread rolls 60 pence, comparing these prices to 99 pence and 32 pence you can see the saving really do add up. I would certainly go again and it's a bit of a shame that there isn't a Morrisons closer to me.





My planning for my bank holiday meal was based around a friends and family get together. I would have loved to have had a barbecue but I live in a flat, so I decide to do a pub quiz and decided to cook comfort food such as Quorn lasagne, chicken and bacon pie and a marbled chocolate cheesecake, add to this salad and chips and I think I was onto a winner.

The cheesecake I made is based on a recipe from Mary Berry. The intense chocolate flavour, complimented the smooth vanilla cheesecake, and the chocolate digestive crunch was spot on. Served with raspberries and vanilla cream it was scrumptious! Making a luxurious dessert like this baked cheesecake is well worth the effort and with ingredients like Morrisons butter for 99p 
surprising cost effective too. 

Morrisons, Mel's and Mary's Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake





Serves 10

Cost per serving 72 pence

Ingredients
- 150g plain chocolate digestive biscuits, crushed
- 75g butter, melted
- 150g plain chocolate
- 700g full fat soft cheese
- 225g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 medium eggs, beaten

Method


Preheat the oven to 160 degree C.
Grease a loose bottom or an 8 inch spring form cake tin lightly.
Mix together the melted butter and the crushed chocolate digestives and press into the bottom of the cake tin.
Beat the soft cheese in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is smooth.
Add caster sugar and vanilla essence and beat until nice and glossy.
Slowly add beaten egg until it is all incorporated.
Melt the chocolate in another bowl and cool slightly. You can do  this in a bowl over a pan of hot water or in the microwave for a minute or two.
Put half of the cheesecake mixture in a bowl and add the chocolate slowly. Stir until combined.
Then spoon the vanilla cheesecake mixture onto of the biscuit base, making sure you separate the spoonfuls.
Spoon the chocolate cheesecake mixture into the gaps.
Swirl the top to give a marbled effect.
Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes.
Turn off the heat but let it cool in the oven.
Once cooled put in the fridge overnight.
Eat and enjoy with berries, whipped double cream or vanilla ice cream.


If you think my cheesecake looks delicious, and you try it out, please let me know how you get on.

Do you shop at Morrisons? What do you think of their new everyday lower prices? If you don't already shop there, would you in future?

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28 comments

  1. I think this cheesecake looks amazing!! I found the displays at Morrisons good too and the fruit and veg is always good and lasts a good length of time. I still need to write my post up! :-O

    Helen XX

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    1. Thank you Helen, that is very kind. Yes the fruit and veg looked so fresh, I agree.

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  2. I only clicked through because you mentioned cheesecake ;) It was worth it!

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    1. It's very easy to make as well! Let me know if you give it a go.

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  3. That cheesecake looks amazing! How does it fit with the diet? ;-)

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  4. OOOo that cheesecake, yum, will give that a try!! I do shop at Morrisons sometimes but generally have home delivery groceries, which our local Morrisons doesn't yet offer. Those times I do go into store they always have good offers and I often stock up on longer life products. The misting of their fresh salads etc looks soo enticing too. msedollyp

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    1. Good idea to stock up on longer life products when they have the offers on.

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  5. Wow - I want that cheesecake and I want it now. Your pub quiz sounds fun and comfort food is always good. Thanks for the feedback on your Morrisons experience. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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  6. Your cheesecake looks scrummy:) I like Morrisons, sadly it is a bit far from us - I used to work very nearby and I miss it! (who ever thought as a child you would talk about missing supermarkets as an adult!)

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    1. Ha Ha Vicky! I know. I was just talking to my friend about the fruit and veg at 10 o clock at night!

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  7. Corrrrrr Mels that looks awesome! I am so going to let Ev lose with that recipe! We are cooking in the morning for our Morrisons post... Hope it turns out as yummy as yours! Lovely post and I totally agree - great store!

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    1. Ev is a great cook and this recipe is so easy I am sure he could make it with no problems.

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  8. The cheesecake looks amazing! Sadly there nearest Morrisons for me is about 20 miles away so we never shop there - wish we had one closer, they seem like good value!

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  9. I haven't been to Morissons for ages but I am impressed with how fresh and lovely the vegetables look.

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    1. They were lovely, no mouldy vegetables or bruised fruit.

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  10. I don't shop there, apart from occasionally. Definitely sounds like the peppers are a good deal (although where are you shopping usually? Even Waitrose wouldn't be £2 for peppers). For me, I prefer places with loyalty cards, plus most price match anyway, especially now Morrisons are online. Discount prices are bad for suppliers, so it'll be interesting how long they can keep it up before annoying suppliers/competitor supermarkets

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    1. I shop at Co-Op so peppers are expensive.

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  11. I am definitely a recent convert to Morrissons - I really love Market Street - they always have such interesting array of vegetables. I really love the graffiti aubergines!

    I'm going to not look at the cheesecake recipe too long - it looks very tempting!

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    1. I didn't see the graffiti aubergines - now I am intrigued!

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  12. Oh I love a bit cheesecake . lovin the new fresh market they have .x

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    1. I find cheesecake is almost universally loved by all!

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  13. Cheesecake is always my dream bake! But its so scary and intimidating to do! This one looks so pretty and yummy! I am going to ogle at other peoples bake for now. Still not brave enough to try baking one =) #recipeoftheweek

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    1. This one is very easy, hope you give it a go :)

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  14. That cheesecake looks delicious Mel.

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