By now everyone who has any sort of interest in baking is aware the Great British Bake Off is back! This year has kicked off with some amazing bakes and some equally amazing disasters (poor Toby and his salt mix up)! The 2nd episode has been and gone and I’m still catching up with the first challenge.
Whilst watching the first episode and seeing the buzz on Twitter, I thought it would be great fun to follow the series by baking some of the challenges the contestants face (hopefully then one day I’d be brave enough to enter myself)!
The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of change! The biggest and best was the arrival of our beautiful godson, Little Roo! He joined us in May and from that point onwards I have been mesmerized! When we arranged a family get together I wanted to create a quirky cake to match my quirky best friend’s (Steph, Roo’s mum) personality. I happened to have some beetroot in our veg box so I thought using it in baking would help build Steph’s strength to face the challenge ahead. Of course, I also needed to fulfil her chocolate craving at the same time!
Six weeks have passed and now it’s time for the next Chester Clandestine Cake Club, this time the theme was British Tea Party. As soon as I found out the theme I began researching and I was looking forward to the challenge!
My initial thoughts were to do a Rose Garden Cake but rose is not my favourite flavour so I decided to go down the more seasonal route, strawberries came to mind instantly and to give it a twist I added in elderflower.
I love brownies, who doesn’t? I’ve been meaning to make some brownies for a while but I wanted to experiment with some other flavours rather than go down the typical chocolate route (although this would be good too). Routing around the cupboard I had a few ingredients I wanted to use up, after some looking around I found this recipe.
I’ve been given a vintage jelly mould from Dales mum and dad so the first opportunity I got I wanted to give it a try. I had a pile of oranges to use up so I knew I was making orange jelly but I wanted to add another flavour. I raided my cupboards and found some ginger ale I needed to use up, although it does not compare to some of the infusions my friend over at Infusapalooza does, it worked. I hope she can inspire me to come up with some better jelly flavour combinations.