16 October 2008

Rasberry and Almond Cupcakes

As promised here is a photo of the Rasberry and Almond Cupcakes I made this week. Its a cross between a Friand and Angel Cake, so it has a nice texture and has less calories so you could eat more. Hee! Hee! It past the Husband test (he doesn't normally eat cake) who asked for seconds.

13 October 2008

Wemake Fair, More Truffles and the Disappearing Strawberries

I've been quite busy working with the lovely Mary Mcdermot from Wemake on the admin side of the fair in Christmas. So far:

  • I have sent her my food safety and hygiene certificates - very important
  • Agreed that the Choir should get some treats from us for volunteering to sing at the fair
  • Wemake has sent us the invite for the Christmas fair
  • Discussing the 50p voucher (some of the summer fruits will not be in season during Christmas time, so the photos on this draft voucher may change to more seasonal cakes)
  • Providing information on the name badges
  • Sorting out what we can and can not sell in the Church
  • Writing the Seller Feature

I have also been making more truffles, this time the chestnut milk chocolate coated in dark chocolate and coating in chocolate shavings. The verdict was that most people could not taste the Chestnut, so I may think of something else.....

I also managed to buy some lovely strawberries at my local supermarket, which was great considering they are out of season now. So I made my Mum her favourite strawberry and cream swiss roll. I used half of the strawberries in this cake and I thought I'd use the rest in an almond strawberry cupcake. When it came to making the cupcakes, my strawberries were gone? Shock, horror, my husband and rascal had eaten them all. I think I will have to use rasberries or black berries next time.I will post the photo of the cupcake when I buy some fruits.

12 October 2008

Cheesecakin' around...

Well, I mentioned last time that I had got a new baking pan… so this has been my toy recently, and with it I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with mini cheesecakes.
I have settled on a lovely vanilla cheesecake filling and I took a wander down the biscuit aisle in the supermarket for inspiration to move away from the typical digestives base… I am now happy with the variation I have come up with; nutty and crunchy - adds a nice twist!
So armed with the basics, I have experimented with adding various flavours to varying degrees of success. The banoffee was lush, and the cookies and cream also seemed popular… rum & raisin didn't have the kick I was anticipating... though my personal favourite was a combination of fresh raspberries topped with caramel swirls and more berries…