Monday, 31 December 2012

Ring out the bells for 2013

Scrumptious St Clement’s Pie
As the bells (and fireworks!) ring in the New Year, I’ve lots of memories to cherish from 2012. Talking about Grandma’s recipes always brings fond recollections for devotees of traditional baking and has yielded even more forgotten recipes from the past for me to share. Demonstrating Grandma’s simple baking skills is inspiring a whole new generation and raising funds for various charities including Teenage Cancer Trust to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Grandma’s Doncaster Butterscotch recipes,  MS Cake Break, BBC’s Children in Need and Marie Curie Cancer Care at various book signings and talks. 

My Gamesmaker experience at the London Olympics 2012 has to be high on the list of memorable moments including the Olympic Orange Cake I made for our final evening’s shift. How fitting that the start of the London 2012 Olympics began with the now Sir Bradley Wiggins ringing the bell. It reminded me of the London singing game we used to play in the school playground in the 1950s. This popular nursery rhyme starts off with ‘Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St Clement’s....’  The citrus fruits were unloaded in the quaysides close to the city of London and the churches nearby.

Grandma had a recipe for St Clement’s Pie. She made it just like her Lemon Meringue Pie which you can find this on page 93 of  Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking but used both oranges and lemons in the filling. She would line a pastry base with baking paper and dried beans or peas, bake it blind as in the photo and then pour in the filling. When this cooled a little, she would whisk up the egg whites for a sumptuous meringue.
Bake it Blind
So what will 2013 bring? I’m finding new ways to share Grandma’s baking all the time. The ebook versions of Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking  are now ready with more recipes and photos so I hope that you’ll be downloading Grandma's ebook right away. I’m also excited about filming some of Grandma’s signature baking with students from the University of Huddersfield and sharing more experiences of traditional baking across the country.   

It only remains for me to wish you all a very Happy New Year 2013 and lots of happy baking! 

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