Sunday, 13 September 2015

It's Pastry week - eeeek!

Week 6 of GBBO and the greater Didcot Bake Off!! I've gone back to the standard formula of trying out the signature challenge, particularly as I *love* frangipane, mmmmmm almonds :D

I chose a lemon and coconut recipe which I followed pretty much to the letter (you can find that here) and for the first time I had an attempt at making pastry! Normally I don't bother making my own pastry because a) who has the time and b) I have a Nanna for that and she is really good at it! The recipe I used was great and had some good tips like the egg white coating to avoid a soggy bottom; one step ahead of you this week Paul ;) I added some raspberries to the frangipane and didn't bother with the icing because I like a frangipane naked (tehe).

I had fun with my new baking beans, a new experience! Stuart was very excited too until he found out they weren't anything edible, mine are ceramic. Sherlock also seemed to think they sounded like treats in the package so that was two disappointments in my kitchen already :-/ Also a little tip, ceramic beans get very hot!!! I don't think I'll forget that again in a hurry.


The frangipane was a success - yay! Except for the part where I made too much of the actual frangipane mixture and it end up overflowing and decorating the oven. Still it could be worse :) Also due to the frangipane explosion my perfect raspberry arrangement went a little squiffy... the taste test was positive though and the gang definitely approved.

Really pleased with the star baker this week! Mat did amazing and I'm so happy for him #Matforthewin Also I really felt for Nadiya this week, those vol au vent flavours sounded amazing, it was such a shame that she had timing issues and you could see how disappointed she was when they were praising what would have been a fantastic showstopper. I was sad to see Alvin leave as he is such a lovely guy but I think he was getting out of his depth so it was the right decision.

I think our dinner knew it was pastry week and decided to show off....
I haven't had any time for fabric creations this week sadly, but I did have a lovely day out adventuring with Stu and his niece at Longleat Safari park. The car is still in one piece thankfully despite the many hitch hikers we picked up on our way through the monkey enclosure! One of which was a little cute baby...

This guy was scary..... what a face!
And we got to walk through the areas where two of my favourite animals live! I really want a pet lemur and a pet penguin now :D I'd never realised before how lemurs are like cats with thumbs and extra long tails, amazing!!

I'm just a 'bit' excited to be hanging out with all the penguins!
On the Sunday Mum and I when to a fat quarter festival in Henley at the Lady Sew and Sew warehouse. We really went to town topping up our stash with some incredibly important (hehe) and beautiful fabrics! I have got some excellent stuff to do fussy piecing with so watch this space!

The Henley warehouse and some fabric cakes :D

And we finished it off with a trip to the Chocolate Cafe and a sit by the river in the sun. Best Weekend EVER.

Except that the kitties didn't see so much of us :( But bless her, Mori was trying to help with my step count when we got home so it would look like I deserved my cake....

Until next time I will leave you with this funny thought I had the other day in my kitchen....
Just for lols - a question I ask myself most evenings #sangriaorcake

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