Bacon & Chestnut Savoury Cheesecake Recipe with Laughing Cow Extra Light

Savoury Cheesecake

Just before Christmas I was contacted by the lovely folks over at Laughing Cow to tell me about their new product ‘Laughing Cow Extra Light’. They challenged me to create a recipe using Extra Light with any leftovers I had. One wonderful and slightly more unusual way to use leftover food is to make a cheesecake, that’s right a cheesecake! I looked in my cupboards and dug out leftover Chestnut Puree (I’m a bit obsessed with Chestnuts at Christmas) cooked bacon in the fridge and a myriad of random crackers. So today I’m sharing my Bacon and Chestnut Savoury Cheesecake Recipe!



200g Crushed Crackers

500g Laughing Cow Extra Light

125g Melted Butter

3 Large Eggs

100g Cooked Bacon

1 Tsp Chopped Garlic

2 Tbsp Chestnut Puree

4 Tbsp Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix + extra for sprinkling

Shake of Parsley

Small Plum tomatoes


Salt & Pepper


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 170C/ Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a spring form tin.

Time to work out all your stresses with some dedicated cracker destruction. I used a mixture of crackers that were left in the box, cheese, herb, salted and so on. Pop in a bowl and whack them with the end of a rolling pin until crushed. Mix in the melted butter and then press into the base of the tin. Pop into the fridge to set.

Step 2

In a large bowl whisk together the Laughing Cow, Eggs and Chestnut Puree. If your using leftover bacon then add it now, if your bacon is not already cooked, then fry up with the chopped garlic, cool then add to the mixture. Add the Sage and Onion Stuffing mix, Parsley and Basil and season with salt and pepper. Grab the tin from the fridge, give one final whisk then pour the mixture over the base.

Step 3

Sprinkle the extra stuffing mix over the top of the cheesecake, then slice the tomatoes and lay over the top for decoration. Bake in the oven for approximately 40 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from the tin (sliding a sharp knife around the edge of the tin before removing will help). Chill for several hours before serving. Serve with salad and extra tomatoes.

Tip. This cheesecake is hugely adaptable so just have a play with it. Change the meat to chicken, add extra cheese, whatever you have leftover or fancy using!


And for Dessert!

I discovered that Laughing Cow Extra Light makes superb (and somewhat less guilty) Cream Cheese Frosting! I spread it liberally on top of a carrot cake, which is the perfect way to use up all those carrots hiding in the veg drawer.IMG_5688

Cream cheese frosting is basically just butter cream with soft cheese added, start by mixing together the butter and icing sugar then add in the cream cheese, don’t over mix though or it will go runny!


I forgot to mention earlier that I was very surprised by Laughing Cow Extra Light, I don’t think you’d ever guess it was lower in fat (in fact my Mum didn’t!) the taste and texture and both fantastic. I’m far more accustomed to ‘light’ cream cheeses being a bit weak and almost watery. So thumbs up even if you’re just eating it on toast (like me right now!). It has just 19 calories per triangle and only 2% fat which is wonderful.

For more Info

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Inkodye Printing

I recently read an article in the Mollie Makes magazine about a really unique printing ink called Inkodye and I instantly wanted to have a go.  Unfortunately there is currently only one company in this country that stocks it and the postage is quite high but I felt really impatient to try it out!

Inkodye comes out of the bottle colourless, you then apply it with a brush and then leave it to the sun to develop, almost like a fabric photograph. In theory it allows you to create beautiful prints using anything that casts a shadow. Of course I bought it in the winter when sunlight is sparse but I have still managed a few goes with it. At present it only comes in three colours: red, orange and blue, but you can mix them so it’s not too restrictive.

My first attempt was using the red, I placed some old keys onto a small bag which I put outside for about 45 minutes. There wasn’t really enough light so it turned out pink and I don’t think I painted enough dye onto the fabric either.

My next attempt was using the blue and the same old keys. This seemed to go a dark colour very quickly, so I panicked and washed the ink out too early and again it was rather pale.

Once your piece has developed the depth of colour you desire you have to wash it really well otherwise it continues to develop! I washed the blue bag by hand (really scrubbing it) and then put it through a machine wash. Despite this after leaving it on my table folded in half for a few days I noticed that it had still continued to develop and one half was darker and some of the keys had started to turn blue 🙁

My third attempt was more successful. I cut some shapes out of cereal box and put a sheet of glass over the top to weight it down. I left it outside for one and a half hours but again there was not much light. The mistake I made with this one was washing my brush in my white kitchen sink and finding later in the day that I now have an orange and white sink!!!

Dyed sink aside I’m very pleased with the third piece and how it turned out. I think Inkodye is going to take me a little while to completely perfect but it’s definitely worth a try if you’re interested in trying out a new form of printing. Just remember my top tip…. wash that ink out until you can wash no more! Otherwise be prepared to see further colour development 🙂