Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Our own 'Great British Bake Off'

This week Tom's sister turns 30 (happy birthday Mick!) and to celebrate Tom's mum organised a fun packed weekend for us all! Claire, the Food Technology teacher at the school she works for in Cambridgeshire also teaches group cookery classes, so we were treated to a 6 course menu how-to. I'll share a couple of the super simple recipes below, including an ice cream with only three ingredients that we'll definitely be making again.

First up - bread! Tom and I have really struggled to make the perfect loaf before. I'm not sure if we over-kneaded or didn't allow it to rise enough but we always ended up with a rock solid loaf. At the cookery demo, Claire made it look so quick and easy! For this she used real yeast (we've always used dried) and didn't seem to knead for all that long. The result was delicious light, fluffy rolls. Yum!

Tom making bread rolls & me stirring the risotto... and stirring..

The full list of food we made: ice cream (recipe below), bread rolls, smoked salmon pate (recipe below), mushroom risotto, red thai curry, sweet potato roulade, Delia's melted choc puddings (these were really delicious), lemon possets. After learning the recipes we got to taste them all - needless to say we were all very full by the end of the afternoon! 

Left: sweet potato roulade

The finished mushroom risotto

Here are a couple of really quick recipes that we made on the day. Both use a food processor, which made me realise I really need to buy one as they make things so much quicker.

200g double cream
5g vanilla extract (optional)
500g frozen berries of your choice (note you must use frozen not fresh)
100g icing sugar

1. Whiz fruit and icing sugar in a food processor for 30 seconds
2. Add cream & vanilla, whiz again for 30 seconds
3. DONE!  Eat and enjoy or stick in the freezer for later.

As well as this we also learnt how to make a really quick pate (that i forgot to photograph too, oops!) This  makes a lovely starter with fresh bread to dip into it.

200g packet of smoked salmon (alternatively you can use peppered mackerel)
200g soft cheese
1 tbsp horseradish
1 lemon juiced & zested 
Black pepper

1. Flake the salmon into pieces and place in a food processor with the soft cheese, horseradish sauce & lemon juice. Blend into a smooth paste. Season with plenty of black pepper.
2. DONE! Serve with toasted or fresh bread.


  1. This looks like such a fun birthday celebration! I would love to do something like this for my own birthday. Gah, us 'mericans went and stole the Bake-Off, it was on tv this year and had the whole set up completely the same, including having it in tents! haha.

    1. Ha! I just googled it and the American version had a whole round dedicated to peanuts! I don't think i'd like it without Mel & Sue as hosts though as they don't take it overly seriously..

  2. Awww, this is SO lovely! Looks like you all had a great time :) xx


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