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Tuesday 10th December, Komedia Main Room, Doors 7pm, show 8pm. (min 16 years) Charity Chuckle Christmas Special: 16 Days Comedy Finale Stand Up to End Violence Against Women
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Featuring some of the best female comedians working on the live comedy circuit today, TV favourites: Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Angela Barnes, Zoe Lyons, Miss London and more.
The 2013 Charity Chuckle Christmas Special celebrates the grand ÞnalŽ of Brighton & HoveÕs 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women with a sprinkle of magic from some of the best female comedians working on the live comedy circuit today.
Guaranteed to put the fun into This is Charity ChuckleÕs third annual #16days event and itÕs fundraising and the craic in your always an exciting show with a thrilling political edge. At last cracker . An exciting show with a thrilling edge!of Charity Chuckle, Kerry Herbert, arranged a for dancing ßashmob to yearÕspolitical event, the organiser
spring out of the Komedia audience - the Þrst ever ßashmob at a UK comedy club - as a precursor to
the international Billion Rising campaign in February 2013. The end result was an estimated 250 Proceeds will be shared between Brighton & HoveOne domestic women dancing on Brighton Pier and in Churchill Square, including Caroline Lucas MP! violence charity, Rise UK; the rape crisis centre & the Survivors work thatin celebrates ThereÕs bound to be some extra fun at this great “Wonderful night of comedy and laughter the best comedythe Network. club in the country, the Brighton Komedia, and possibilities proceeds will be shared between Brighton & Hove of theatre.” domestic violence charity, Rise UK, and rape crisis centre, Survivors Network.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian Charity Chuckle is the Southeast’s only regular comedy Come to the Charity Chuckle Christmas Special at the Brighton Komedia on Tuesdsay 10th December fundraiser and since 2009 has raised £10,000 for itthe Christmas time show and how lovely will be when next watching aPinocchio, comedy show onathe telly, or listening to R4, to be for all able to say, ÒI saw her, live!Ó community – through laughter. the family - Inventive, visually and verbally BOOK NOW! 16+ witty with a big heart.
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Pinocchio is carved on stage, brushes become a fox and the shadow of two saws transforms into a giant shark. An element of improvisation makes each performance unique. Puppetry, shadows, illusion and especially composed music combine to create a show with something for all ages.
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Want to be one of the hundreds of people to raise money for Rockinghorse by dressing as an elf on the 12th of December? Companies, schools and community groups are asked to dress in red and green and raise money whilst creating some festive fun…. This year, schools, businesses and community groups will take part in the second annual Christmas fundraiser, Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth. Where companies and schools alike will dress in red and green on the 12th December to help make this festive season special for the children of The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. As well as providing gifts for the inpatients at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, this year Rockinghorse want to provide a very special portable sensory tower, for children who are too poorly to visit the sensory room in the play centre on level ten. If you’d like to find out more about Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth, register your interest or request a fundraising pack, please call Charlotte on 01273 330044 or visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk Rockinghorse does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of individuals, community groups, companies and trusts.
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Old fashioned Tweeting It was popular in the 15th century to give human names to familiar species and the name Robin Redbreast, eventually shortened to Robin, was coined. Interestingly, the robin’s breast is more orange than red, but there was no name for that colour until the 16th Century, when the fruits were first introduced to Britain. During winter, you may see robins with duller looking breasts and a grey rather than brown tone to their upper body – these may easily be Russian or Scandinavian robins fleeing the harsher winters at home. British folklore has meant it has been unthinkable to harm a robin for many centuries. It may be for this reason they are relatively unafraid of humans in the UK - often staying close to gardeners in search of newly unearthed insects and worms. Reportedly, they are more
wary in Continental Europe where robins are hunted along with other small birds. Robins have a lovely song; they are often confused with Nightingales. Diurnal, they naturally sing during the day and even into the evening but studies have revealed they also sing on full moons or at night in areas where the background sound is too great for them to compete during the day. Singing at night when it is quieter is thought to give them a greater reach. The robin has a rich association with Christmas; Victorian postmen wore red uniforms and were nicknamed “Robin”. They began to be featured on Christmas cards as a visual pun and an endearing emblem of the postman delivering the card as well as providing a welcome splash of colour.
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Henry Tuppen and how giving to the Poor a This Christmas story was first posted on the Brighton Mortiquarian website on the 22 December 2010 and is reproduced here with their kind permission. The particulars of this seasonal tale of thwarted charity can be found in the Brighton Herald of Saturday January 21st 1826, of which the following is an edited extract. It was Boxing Day 1825, and Henry Tuppen was enjoying a midday meal with his family at a house on Grand Parade. One of the ladies present, Miss Faithful, was sitting at the window of the drawing room, and seeing a poor boy passing she observed to the company “that poor boy does not appear to have fared so well as we have done today” Putting her hand into her pocket she withdrew some pence and requested Miss Tuppen would send them to the boy, and at the same time tapping on the window to detain him. Miss Tuppen went to the door and handed the money to the boy, at which moment a Peace officer was passing, and he demanded (of the
boy) what business he had begging there. The young lady assured him that the lad was not doing so, but that a lady inside, who saw how wretched he appeared, sent him a few pence, upon which she retired. In the course of a few minutes after, a crowd of people was assembled a few doors distant. The young lady observed to Mr Tuppen “I fear they are using that poor boy ill, one of them has him by the collar” and requested he would go out and interfere. Mr Tuppen accordingly went to the door at the moment the Peace Officer and the boy were passing; he asked the officer what he had to do with the boy, as he had
committed no offence. The officer said he had been begging. Mr Tuppen repeated what the lady had previously said. The constable insisted that he had been begging, and that he had a great mind to take him up, and summon Mr Tuppen for his interference, at the same time using very insulting language to Mr Tuppen; on which the latter told him to go about his business, for an impudent vagabond. The consequence of which was that Miss Faithful’s act of Christmastime charity earned her host a summons to appear before the Magistrate on a charge of interfering with a Peace Officer in the execution of his duty. The hearing at the Bench took place on Monday January 17th 1826, before Sir David Scott. Sir David Scott animadverted with great warmth and severity on the impropriety of Mr Tuppen interfering with the civil power. Mr Tuppen
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at Christmastime set him up before the Beak – in his defence – replied that he had not realised that the person in question was a Peace officer, but some officious person, he having no badge of an officer or appearance of a constable. Sir David remarked that it was not necessary for a peace officer to have his badge, and that even if he had it, he might take any person to prison without showing it ; and further observed that in future the constables should carry handcuffs about in their pockets and clap them upon all prisoners no matter who they might be ; he
would issue instructions to that effect. Sir David observed that no person had a right to dispose of their money as they pleased by way of charity; that if he found anyone doing so he would punish him with the utmost rigour of the law.
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The case was then dismissed with Mr Tuppen paying the expense of the summons and making a suitable apology to the bench. Mr Tuppen was buried in the Garden of Rest at St Nicholas in 1852 and his monument remains in place to this day.
Bethlehem is an ancient city, called Beit Lachama in 3000BC, Bit-Lahmi in 1400BC and Beth– Lehem in the book of Micah, 700BC. It is the City of David in the Hebrew Bible. Two accounts in the New Testament describe Jesus as being born in Bethlehem, his parents having travelled there from Nazareth for the Census of Quirinius.
The Church of the Nativity - now in Manger Square - is the oldest church in the Holy Land and is still in use. Construction first began in 326 AD, aided/prompted by the locals’ belief that the location of Christ’s birth was originally in a cave at the village edge.
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WATCHING OUR FLOCKS... by Caroline Dovovan
“Do you have to wear a funny outfit?” If I had a pound for each time someone has asked me that since I’ve volunteered as a Lookerer, helping out with the sheep that are dotted about in the parks and open spaces of the city, I’d be, oh, a little bit better off. No, I don’t have to wear a funny outfit, or a frilly cap, or a smock, or carry a shepherd’s crook - although I would recommend a pair of Wellingtons and, on occasion, some secateurs. Sheep duty, as I have come to call it, generally happens in the early morning. It can seem as if I’m the only one in Stanmer Park but, in reality, I’m sharing the space with dog walkers, tradespeople, joggers and, those who are determined to find a parking space in Brighton at all costs, even at that early hour. This morning it’s windswept and cold but the sheep that graze the downland are hardy creatures. They’re Herdwicks, amongst the toughest sheep in Britain, bred by the Vikings and originating from Cumbria. Bought in at six months old (they are, at that stage, adolescents in the sheep world) they come from the northern hill-farms. Sussex, even when wet and windy must seem a picnic by comparison. It’s no wonder they can’t be sent back once they’ve experienced the ‘soft life’ down south. Grazing starts in September, with a mixture of the older sheep from the previous year and the new arrivals. The flock is moved between 10
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sites and their role is to conservation-graze the council managed downland. Were it a purely commercial flock, spring would bring the lambing season and, although occasional little surprises are found in the Brighton flock, these sheep are generally non-producing ewes. At age twelve to twenty-four months, Herdwicks go for meat (there is no market for breeding Herdwicks), whilst ‘mules’ will go to better pasture, before being sold off as breeding ewes in the autumn. But in Brighton and Hove, all sheep are taken off the sites in the late spring, to allow for the wild flowers and orchids to come through. Today, I expected to come upon the sheep being blown in all directions by the wind, or suspended above, as fluffy balloons! I’d like to believe that they are Zen-like creatures, with their inscrutable expressions but, sadly I don’t think so. They don’t appear to be the sharpest in the animal tool box (shepherds and sheep owners may disagree with me). They are sweet, in a shaggy woolly way but let a collie near them and it will run rings around them. Sheep on the downs is not a new idea. It is not, as some believe, a typically Brighton alternative-for-the-sake-of-it notion. Sheep have been grazing the downland for thousands of years. The landscape that we walk, drive over and gaze upon has been shaped and managed by man and his animals long before we came
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along with our quest for all things organic and sustainable. Without grazing, the land would revert to scrub, with the loss of the wide variety of wildflowers and insects that are now dependent on it. It can either be kept clear by mechanical means which involves noise and fossil fuel and requires machinery to be transported from site to site, or it can be grazed by sheep; quiet & eco-friendly - even producing a free and organic, flower-improving by-product along the way! Magpies and sheep seem to go together. Whenever I go to visit a site, the magpies are also there, hopping about and darting between the woolly grazers. Walking the fence, to check for damage or fallen sections, I need to be mindful of rabbit holes; scanning the sheep as they walk away from me. I sometimes just miss catching a foot in a hole and tumbling over, not down - very un-Alice like. Luckily, there is rarely anyone around to notice. The sheep share their space with all manner of man-made objects as well. Today I noted: two golf balls (hopefully relics from before they moved into this section of field); a cigarette lighter; the plastic container of a micro-wave dinner and the ubiquitous plastic bottle and coke can (always at least one of each). Sheep are wary creatures and difficult to sneak up on. If you make any move towards them, they move off - which is a good thing if you’re a lookerer, as you can then check for
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any limpers and stragglers. Sheep should be alert and unrestricted in their movements; once you get close to them if they don’t move away then something is wrong. It could be any of several problems, including an injury from a dog attack (thankfully rare) but one of the roles of the lookerer is to talk to dog walkers and ramblers about the conservation grazing project, the reasons behind it and the benefits to the downland. The training for a lookerer only takes a day of your time, is straightforward and interesting with the opportunity to meet the rangers and the shepherds. To find out more, contact the rangers via the city council web-site: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/lookerers. The role attracts all sorts of people from all walks of life. There are now over one hundred lookerers at any one time, who volunteer over 12 sites. With a flock of roughly 800 sheep, spread out across the city, the council needs volunteers to check on them twice a day. The project couldn’t run (or at least not on that scale) without volunteers. The sheep even have their own twitter account, @ BHSheep, should you want to find out where they are and where they will be heading to next. At the moment, I volunteer once a week but you can do as little or as much as you wish. Some lookerers are able to visit the sheep every day, others are more constrained by working hours, family commitments. For me the changing of the clocks means it is
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too dark when I finish work to go and look in on the flock. But, however much time I spend, I get to feel that my contribution is helping to maintain this project; manage an environment that I love, preserve an eco system and support the conservation work of our city rangers. Conservation grazing is a partnership between the shepherds who own the sheep and the council which manages the land. The shepherds will decide on the state of the grazing and take the decision to move the sheep off site if this is insufficient, or if the ground is too wet. After attending the training day, all lookerers are given the phone numbers for the rangers and the shepherds; and veterinary surgery should there be any problems or concerns. I don’t always feel like getting up and going out to see the sheep. I sometimes wonder why have I volunteered to do this, especially when I am warm and comfy in bed on a wet and windy morning. Haven’t I got enough to do? But, having committed to go, I will. I guess that is the responsibility of having animals (pets or livestock) and it’s what farmers and shepherds have to do every day. I also believe that if we keep animals, then we have a duty to make sure that they are well-cared for, not injured or wanting for anything. It can seem like a chore, to pull out of bed but, then again, especially on those crisp and frosty mornings, when it’s just me, the magpies and the sheep, I’m glad I’ve made the effort.
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Christmas pudding has its culinary origins in the medieval period. The onset of winter and accompanying loss of fodder meant surplus animals had to be slaughtered. And, in the 1400s, the pudding was not a dessert but a way of preserving meat. It was kept in a pastry case with dried fruits acting as the preservative. It was eaten originally as part of Harvest Festival and likely to be the source of mince pies. As preservation techniques improved and it was stable for longer, the pudding gradually became less savoury and sweeter. King George I in 1714 asked for plum pudding as part of his first Christmas feast in England. The first published recipe using the term ‘Christmas Pudding’ was by East Sussex born cook, Eliza Acton in 1845. It is known as “plum pudding,” despite the fact it does not contain any actual plums. Plum is the pre-Victorian term for raisin. Like so many of our Christmas traditions, the pudding took the form we now know in the Victorian period.
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And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them at the inn. - Luke 2:6 There are depictions of swaddled babies in artifacts over 4000 years old and many believe the practice took place in the Paleolithic period. During Tudor times babies were swaddled until 6-8 months, in a belief it would help them develop straight limbs. As time passed, swaddling began to be associated with neglect and there were tales of wet nurses immobilizing the infants in their care by its use. Scientific opinion, at first controversial, began to doubt any benefit. Today, there is concern about the effects of swaddling as there has been something of resurgence. The thought is that holding children tightly increases a sense of security (considered “womb-like” even though babies in the womb are of course curled not straight) and that it promotes sleep. Professor Nicholas Clarke, an orthopedic surgeon from Southampton University Hospital, warns that swaddling may damage the normal development of youngsters’ hips. He says it is important to allow babies to adopt the foetal position for the first six months of life and that forcing the hips into a straightened position where the legs are pressed together can lead to a condition called hip dysplasia; perhaps also osteoarthritis and eventually hip replacement.
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Party Frocks & Evening Wear Fashion History at Christmas By Jayne Shrimpton
As Christmas and the New Year approach, the fashion magazines and shops are bursting with festive occasion wear, those must-have sequinned tops, statement dresses and stylish suits for the party season. Christmas celebrations began in earnest in the early Victorian era and here we look at how formal dress for dinners, dances and other evening functions evolved over the following century. Historically, it was considered important to dress correctly for each different occasion, the etiquette of dress and social behaviour becoming more significant and complex in Victorian Britain. Numerous publications set down ‘regulations’ concerning conduct and appearance, guidelines aimed at maintaining traditional standards and class hierarchy in a rapidly-shifting society. For balls and formal evening receptions, young unmarried females were advised to wear white gowns of fine gauzy material such as muslin, organdie or tarlatan – delicate fabrics suggestive of youth, purity and innocence. Conversely, extravagant tulles and handsome silks and satins in rich colours, embellished with lace, were thought more suitable for married women. These sartorial distinctions signalled whether or not a young lady was ‘available’ in the marriage
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market – of great importance at a time when introductions to potential suitors were often made and courtships conducted at evening social events. The style of Victorian evening gowns broadly followed prevailing fashion, hence ladies’ skirts grew fuller during the 1840s and 1850s, the crinoline frame, introduced in 1856, supporting the vast, circular skirts of the late-1850s and 1860s. In the early 1870s and again during the 1880s a fashionable bustle (or tournure) formed a projection at the back of the skirt, the back drapery cascading into a sweeping train. Evening ensembles exposed more
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Black velvet beaded evening cape, 1880
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flesh than did concealing day wear, although the low-necked dresses worn for relaxed dinner parties and intimate gatherings of friends were more modest than the full-dress toilettes required for balls and formal dances, public dinners and grand assemblies. Ensembles for such occasions featured a gown with plunging décolletage and short sleeves, a sumptuous evening cape or cloak, jewellery, hair ornaments, white gloves and a fan. Jewellery should also express age and marital status: it was recommended that unattached girls either wear no jewellery at all, or choose simple, chaste pearls, whereas married women might indulge in gold, diamonds and glittering gemstones. As late as 1899, the Illustrated London News asserted: ‘All that a girl wears should be gay and lightlooking, the opposite to the touch of stateliness and the settled air that become her young matron sister.’ Edwardian evening wear followed similar conventions. The wealthy still had their costumes made by the haute couture fashion houses of Paris or London, the middleclasses purchasing the latest French designs in up-market department stores or having personalised versions made by their favourite ‘little dressmaker’. The sinuous art nouveau aesthetic of the early 1900s favoured a curvaceous female silhouette, this expressed most strikingly in lavish evening gowns with e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toilette de diner, 1901
narrow shoulder straps, hourglass bodices and clinging skirts that flared towards a fish-tail hemline. Fashionable materials included silk, satin, chiffon, muslin and net, ornamented profusely with lace, embroidery and sequins. This ultra-feminine ensemble was completed with long fitted gloves, a fan, a pearl or diamond choker necklace, and, for the most formal events, a tiara – the evening accessory of the Edwardian era. Menswear can seem insignificant besides the gorgeous apparel paraded by women at dinner parties, dances and balls, yet gentlemen’s evening dress was also considered important. Until the 1850s coloured coats might be worn, but by the mid-19th century a black dress or tail
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Silk chiffon beaded flapper dance frock, late 1920s
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coat and close-fitting black dress trousers were customary for full dress or evening wear. The coat was usually tailored from fine milled cloth and finished with silk or velvet collar and facings, its long lapels revealing the waistcoat and starched white dress shirt beneath. The waistcoat was black or white, a white waistcoat and white tie considered correct for full evening dress worn to the most formal functions. Accessorised with a silk opera (top) hat, white gloves, cane and evening cloak or coat, this ‘timeless’ style continued into the 20th century, its enduring popularity owing much to the evening dress worn on stage and screen, especially in musicals featuring Fred Astaire. From the 1880s an alternative, more relaxed evening suit also evolved, featuring the short evening lounge or dinner jacket (called the Tuxedo in America), tailored in cloth or velvet. By the 1920s a dinner jacket and black bow tie were popular for informal events such as private dinner parties, the theatre and concerts. The First World War changed society and a young, pleasure-seeking generation frequented the dance halls and new jazz clubs opening in major towns and cities. Women’s evening wear of the early 1920s was striking, yet quintessentially elegant, as seen in the recent TV series of Downton Abbey, set in 1922. Inspired by the exoticism and imagined orientalism of Léon Bakst and the Ballet Russes, pioneering fashion designers like Paul Poiret created luxurious calf-length evening dresses of floating chiffon, rich velvet and shimmering silk, in dramatic black or vibrant, sensuous colours, ornamented with exquisite appliqué work, tassels and beads. After mid-decade, as the craze for jazz music and energetic dancing became more pronounced, new tubular, kneelength flapper dance frocks in dazzling white, jet black, jade green, lacquer red, deep rose, burnt orange, even metallic fabrics were all the rage. Layered, split skirts, tiers of swaying fringes, glittering beads and sequins, jewelled and diamanté trimmings, strings of eyecatching beads and long feather boas reflected the light and accentuated movement. Bars, dancing and cocktail parties epitomise
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fashionable 1930s nightlife and under the influence of Hollywood films, evening wear acquired a new allure. Hemlines of graceful evening gowns lowered to ankle length or trailed languidly on the floor, while soft, draping materials such as shimmering satin and clinging crêpe de Chine in shades like coral, powder blue, eau de nil, taupe or classic black were bias-cut to mould to the figure. At the high end of fashion, scintillating dresses featured asymmetrical necklines worn off one shoulder, or plunged to a daringly low V at the back, revealing golden, newly-bronzed skin. Accessories of the decade included gleaming gold and silver lamé dance shoes, velvet evening coats, deep fur stoles and slinky shoulder capes. Shining waved hair framed glowing faces made up with moviestar cosmetics: bright lipstick, rouged cheeks, mascara, glossed eyelids and arched plucked eyebrows. A far cry from the petticoats, crinolines and fans favoured by the demure white-clad maidens and stately matrons of an earlier age, bold 1930s evening styles expressed a more modern concept of glamour.
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Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne
Mincemeat Cheesecake Here is a delicious cheesecake for Christmas. The mincemeat goes so well with the cheesecake and the cinnamon adds to the flavour. It can be made ahead of time if you wish and be kept either in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen for a week or two, perhaps even for New Year entertaining. You will need a 20cm (8in) round shallow loose -base cake tin or springform tin. Valerie Hedgethorne taught cookery and cake decorating for many years in Brighton before becoming a Home Economist. She now writes recipes monthly in Cake Craft and Decoration Magazine and is also a member of the Sussex Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild.
Line the sides of the tin with a strip of baking parchment paper or Bake-O-Glide. Crush the biscuits finely, put them in a bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon and press very firmly into the base of the tin Put it into the refrigerator
175g (6oz) digestive biscuits 40g (1½ oz) caster sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 75g (3oz) butter
Heat the oven to Gas 5 /190C. In a bowl beat together the cream cheese and sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Gradually mix in the beaten eggs.
Filling 250g (9oz) full fat cream cheese 40g (1½ oz) caster sugar 2 large eggs 3 rounded tablespoons mincemeat 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix the mincemeat with the lemon juice and spread it evenly over the biscuit base. Pour the cheesecake mixture on top. Place the tin on a baking tray and cook for 25 minutes then remove it from the oven
Mix together the soured cream and the cinnamon, and carefully spread it on top of the partially set cheesecake. Return it to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the cheesecake is almost set and the topping slightly coloured. Don’t cook it any more than this as it will set further as it cools.
150ml (5 floz) soured cream ½ level teaspoon cinnamon
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