One of the good things about these long dark evenings and the nights drawing in is cosying up indoors with a nice hot drink and a slice of cake. This month we combined the two, with our theme of Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate. Unsurprisingly, it did lead to a lot of brown bakes! But comfort food is another one of the things that’s good about winter, right?
Most of our bakers went for sweet bakes for this one, but (determined to do something savoury) Chelsea tried her hand at smoking some chicken and then used it to top some homemade blinis so we were able to start the evening with canapés! (Although she did say it would have been easier to smoke the chicken if she’d had a round rack…)
Many of our bakers thought this was a difficult theme to bake a savoury for – what would you have baked?
Representing tea, Earl Grey was certainly the order of the day featuring in no less than five bakes.
We had an elegant iced tea loaf from Naomi and a simpler version from Chelsea (made as a back up in case she oversmoked the chicken and it was too acrid). Jayne wasn’t a fan of her Earl Grey and Citrus Knot Rolls but the rest of us loved them! For her first time joining us Rose gave us a tasty Earl Grey and Chocolate Torte and Heather’s offering (yay – not brown!) was an Earl Grey and Lemon Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream.
Also using two of the three flavours were the Coffee and Chocolate Iced Squares, the Irish Cream and Chocolate Cheesecake and Cat’s complicated frozen dessert of Chocolate Meringue with Espresso Parfait and a Whisky Caramel Sauce. I wish I’d got a better photo of it! Vicky was determined to do something other than a cake this time, giving us some beautifully presented Coffee and Nutmeg Biscuits whilst poor Jan made her Mocha and Hazelnut Cake twice as it didn’t rise properly the first time. I’m pleased to report that this one was absolutely divine. (In fact it was so good, we asked her for the recipe – here it is: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1900/mocha-hazelnut-cake )
We’re all looking forward to our next meeting on Tuesday 10th December when we’re baking to the theme of Christmas Traditions – can’t wait to hear all the lovely Christmas memories that go along with the bakes.
The full list of bakes for our Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate event was:
Marina – Coffee Squares with Chocolate Icing
Jan – Mocha and Hazelbut Cake
Vicky – Coffee and Nutmeg Biscuits
Rose – Earl Grey and Chocolate Torte
Heather – Earl Grey and Lemon Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
Chelsea – Tea Smoked Chicken Canapés with homemade Blinis, and Lady Grey Tea Loaf
Jayne – Earl Grey and Citrus Iced Knot Rolls
Naomi – Iced Earl Grey Tea Loaf
Cat – Chocolate Meringue with Espresso Parfait and Whisky Caramel Sauce
Tina – Irish Cream and Chocolate Cheesecake