Friday, 2 December 2011

Hands on in Chiswick


Get set and ready to bake
It was all hands on in Chiswick when I was invited to give a baking lesson. Rose had invited friends and members of her Boot Camp group to sample home baking. She has an amazing kitchen with an island station which Grandma would have loved. It was perfect for everyone to gather round and join in. I’d chosen to bake Marmalade Spice Cake  as the tangy combination of marmalade and ginger is always very popular. There were lots of opportunities to have a go at weighing, stirring, mixing and tasting and get some baking tips before the cake went in the oven.

While it was cooking, I talked about the story of Grandma’s life and home baking and there were some samples of the recipes I’d made earlier from   Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking book : Boxing Day Cake, Dream Cake and mini Mince pies

Dream Cake is fast disappearing
I’d made all the recipes with less sugar as in Be sweet without the sugar  In fact the Boxing Day Cake has only 1 dessertspoonful of sugar in it. One of the guests commented :  ‘I came and tasted a gorgeous (not overly sweet) cake and have been reading the book and showing it to friends ever since. It’s a gold mine of fantastic recipes. You won't get this from any TV chefs and it’s a breath of fresh air. Thank you Meryl.’

Once the Marmalade Spice Cake  came out of the oven, there was hardly time for it to cool before that too had disappeared. Who can resist the smell and taste of home baking warm and aromatic and straight out of the oven? Having a baking lesson is fabulous idea for a party! Huge thanks to Rose for being the perfect host. Let’s get baking!
Boot Camp team photo -  traditional baking experts!

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