The first meeting of Winchester Cakes and Bakes was held on Tuesday 12th September , with the theme of ‘Your Signature Bake’. Twelve bakers attended for a relaxed evening of sharing food and chatting. Our hosts, Toscanaccio, made excellent suggestions for wines which would complement the food, whilst those who were driving enjoyed hot drinks.
For some reason, this month’s theme led all of us to cake so it was a very sweet evening. We had a great time sampling each other’s bakes – most of us managed to try a little bit of all 12!
There were some good stories as to why this particular bake is a signature bake. Jayne brought a cake that goes well with her favourite tipple (red wine) and Lynn treated us to her school Carrot Cake recipe which she has been using with reliable results for years. Vicky made an unusual cake with parsnips because she is always trying to use up vegetables that she has grown, whilst Amanda’s cake is a favourite because it has only four ingredients and can easily be made from the store cupboard so is ideal for last minute visitors.
On the other hand, some of us had difficulty in choosing a Signature Bake as we constantly try out new recipes so rarely bake the same thing twice.
Instead, we chose bakes related to the signature theme in other ways – Cat, our expert in Italian wines and drinks, produced a Campari and Orange Cake, I chose a bake sharing my name and Bailey made a cake from her favourite film, Walter Mitty!
Although this month it was all about the cake, we still managed to produce a good variety of flavours. The full list was:
Rey – Chocolate and Banana Bread
Deb – Lemon Cheesecake
Lynn – Carrot Cake
Bailey – Clementine Cake
Jan – Dutch Apple Cake
Vicky – Parsnip and Syrup Cake
Cat – Campari and Orange Cake
Louise – White Chocolate, Lemon and Passionfruit Tart
Amanda – Orange and Almond Cake
Jayne – Chocolate and Fresh Ginger Cake
Chelsea – Chelsea Buns
Caroline – Lemon and Blueberry Cake
Next month our theme is ‘A Tribute to the Great British Bake Off’. With over 400 recipes in the Bake Off archives we are hoping there will be something there to inspire everyone. Perhaps there will be more of a mix of sweet and savoury but we shall see when we meet again on Tuesday 10th October. I’m looking forward to it already.