This year Hampshire Farmers Markets are celebrating 20 years, so we thought we’d join in with our June event themed ‘Love Local’. Each bake had to include at least one ingredient grown, made or produced in Hampshire and as usual our bakers did us proud.
Most of us edged towards the sweet stuff this time, although Cat gave us sunshine on a plate with this beautiful Goats Cheese, Tomato and Wild Garlic Pesto Tart, featuring Isle of Wight Tomatoes and locally foraged wild garlic. Tina also gave us a savoury treat of Cheese Muffins featuring Old Winchester from Lyburn Cheese.
A good variety in the sweet bakes too, with Gin & Lemon Meringue Tarts featuring Bombay Sapphire gin, distilled in Overton just up the road from our Winchester base, a Honey Cake, Courgette and Lemon Muffins, an unusual (and tasty) Rhubarb Cake with a meringue topping, Lavender Scones with Longbarn Lavender (grown in nearby Alresford) and a Gingerbread made thick and sticky as it should be with Old Thumper Beer from Ringwood Brewery.
Adding a touch of colour to the proceedings, we also enjoyed this Strawberry & Cream Swiss Roll, made with Hampshire strawberries. There’s nothing quite like the taste of an English strawberry in season, is there?
The full list of bakes for our June meeting was:
Cat – Goats Cheese, Tomato and Wild Garlic Pesto Tart
Tina – Old Winchester Cheese Savoury Muffins
Jenny – Gin & Lemon Meringue Tarts
Faye – Honey Cake and Courgette & Lemon Muffins
Chelsea – Strawberry & Cream Swiss Roll
Emma – Rhubarb Cake
Jan – Longbarn Lavender Scones
Vicky – Sticky Gingerbread with Ale