So...on Saturday we were so very lucky to be allowed to attend The Cake and Bake show at Earls Court! It was a truly amazing day. So many people wanted to have pics with us and we signed lots of 'autographs'...needless to say this was unbelievable, so unexpected and flattering, we couldn't believe it! If you were there and saw/spoke to us..."hi, and thank you" such an overwhelmingly wonderful response from people
We met up with our gorgeous fellow baker John for a little potter around!
It was a spectacular show, with so much going on. Highlights included seeing the very very lovely Paul Hollywood (sadly we didn't see Mary as she was there on the Sunday) who cheekily watched a little of one of our demos from the sidelines (this added to the nerves but was a huge honour). We also met and saw so many other amazing people.
We did two demos, one for The Grain Chain:
grainchain.com is a curriculum linked education resource for teachers and parents to inform school-aged children about the story of grain-based food - from the farm to mill to plate. Find tailored teaching materials, worksheets, videos, quizzes, recipes and activities about farming, milling and baking.
We showed some recipes great for baking with and for children and here they are.....
Ingredients for the base:
16 plain digestive biscuits
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
75g unsalted butter
For the filling:
6 large ripe bananas
50g milk chocolate chips
50g white chocolate chips
For the sponge:
170g unsalted butter
170g caster sugar
170g Self raising flour
80g desiccated coconut
For the topping:
50g white chocolate
50g milk chocolate
You will need a Swiss roll tin lined with greaseproof paper.
Preheat the oven to 160 °
First make the base by crushing the digestive biscuits, either with a rolling pin or in a food processor.
Sprinkle in the cinnamon.
Melt the butter and pour over the crushed biscuits. Mix well until all the crumbs are coated with butter.
Press the crumbs into the base of the tin in an even layer and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
While the base is cooking, chop up the bananas.
When it’s baked, take it out and arrange the bananas in an even layer over the whole thing. Sprinkle over the white and milk chocolate chips.
Make the sponge by first creaming together the butter and caster sugar. In a separate bowl, sieve together the flour and baking powder, set aside.
Add one egg at a time to the butter and sugar mix with one tablespoon of the flour mixture. When all the eggs are incorporated add the remaining flour and the milk. Stir until just combined. Carefully fold in the coconut.
Spoon the sponge batter over the top of the bananas and chocolate chips and spread flat with a palette knife.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
While the cake is cooling, melt the milk and white chocolate. Then drizzle over, first milk and then white and leave to cool and harden completely.
Cut into bars and serve.
Pizza and flat breads
For the base/breads:
500g strong white bread flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1x 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
300ml warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
For the sauce:
1 carton Creamed tomatoes
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and pepper
Pinch of sugar
For the toppings:
Red and yellow peppers
*or any other preferred
For the flat breads:
A large handful of raisins
A knob of butter to griddle
Sugar and cinnamon to dip in when hot
Preheat the oven
Put the flour, sugar and yeast in a bowl and mix
Dissolve the salt in the warm water, add the oil and then add this to the flour
Bring together, knead for 10mins, put in an oiled bowl, cover and leave for an hour or so (until doubled in size)
Make the sauce, prepare the toppings
When the dough is ready, divide in half. One half to use for pizzas and the other which will be used for the sweet flat breads
For the pizzas
Pat, press and pull the dough into shape on baking paper
Turn oven up to maximum with trays in ready
Top the pizzas
Transfer on the paper to the hot trays and bake for 15mins
Add some fresh basil and serve
Meanwhile for the flat breads
Knead in the raisins
Divide and shape
Heat large flat griddle pan
Add a little butter
Shape and cook the flat breads for 2mins each side
Dip in cinnamon and sugar
We then went onto the even bigger stage 'Cake Kitchen' where the most incredible people had been giving demos all day. we had an incredible turn out! We made a (slightly disastrous) very delicious Autumnal apple cake with pecan praline and mini toffee apples
PLEASE TRY THIS RECIPE IT REALLY IS GOOD!
after this demo I note the '5 P's'....Planning and Preparation Prevent a Pants Performance!!!!!
Here is the recipe
Autumnal apple cake
For the cake:
3x 8inch sandwich tins, lined with baking parchment
5 Bramley apples
350ml sunflower oil
200g caster sugar
200g soft light brown sugar
400g plain flour
200g dried apple
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Grated zest of ½ an orange
For the icing:
350g cream cheese
100g unsalted butter (very soft)
500g icing sugar
100ml maple syrup
For the pecan praline:
250g caster sugar
For the miniature toffee apples: *optional as quite fiddly
5 granny smiths (melon baller needed, which we can bring)
Caramel (x2 one for toffee apples one for praline)
200g catser sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons water
Few drops of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170˚c
Core and roughly chop the apple, pop in the processor along with the dried apple, put in a bowl and squeeze over lemon juice
Beat the oil and sugar until combined and smooth
Gradually add the egg
Squeeze most of the juice from the apples and stir this, orange zest and chopped dried apple through the mixture
Sift the flour, b.powder, bicarb and cinnamon into the bowl and fold through with large metal spoon, making sure its all incorporated
Divide into the three lined tins and bake at 170 for 35mins
Meanwhile make the praline and icing
To make icing, cream the sugar, butter and syrup until light fluffy and smooth, then add the cream cheese and beat until just combined (don’t over beat or it goes runny)
Now make mini toffee apples, ball the apples popping into lemon water
Dry, and pop in the freezer briefly, make the caramel, bring out the apple balls spear, coat in icing sugar and dip, pop on greaseproof paper to set
make caramel by putting ingredients in a heavy based pan, stir ONLY UNTIL SUGAR DISSOLVES, then leave to heat to 'hard crack' stage (if no sugar thermometer just until a golden caramel colour is fine!!! and pour over pecans on a lined baking sheet, allow to cool/harden
using the same caramel method dip the apple balls in when ready and pop on greaseproof paper to harden
Ice and layer the cake, covering top, middle and sides
Pat the praline around the sides
Finish with mini toffee apples and icing sugar dusted pralines!
The Cake and Bake show will be in Manchester on the 5-7th April 2013...don't miss it!