Hallowe’en Spooktacular – October 2019

There were ghosts, ghouls and gore galore at our Hallowe’en Spooktacular event in October!  Our bakers really entered into the spirit of the evening, producing some fun and colourful bakes and a great mix of savouries and sweet treats for us to enjoy too.

Using the pumpkin as her centrepiece, Cat made some tasty pumpkin houmous accompanied by homemade savoury cracker biscuits.  We enjoyed rye and pumpkin seed Frankensteins and scare-dey cats, plus fennel and poppyseed pumpkins and spooks, all beautifully presented as well.  Pumpkin was also the base for Heather’s Spooky cupcakes featuring spiders, cobwebs and tombstones.  Heather also treated us to Strawberry and White Chocolate ghouls as a little extra!  Vicky’s Chocolate and Ginger cake, dripping with blood, also featured broken ‘glass’ inventively created from melted Glacier Mints!

Jayne’s monster Eyeball Pie was suitably gory as well as satisfyingly tasty – packed with pork and apricots and served with a fruity rhubarb chutney.  And Frankenstein featured again with Chelsea’s little Mint Chocolate Mini Rolls which were a fun addition to the evening.

We may have been a small gathering this month, but I think you’ll agree the bakes looked great!

Next time, we’re meeting on Tuesday 12th November and the theme will be Tea, Coffee and (Hot) Chocolate.  If you fancy joining us, new bakers are always welcome.

The full list of bakes for our Hallowe’en Spooktacular was:

Cat – Rye & Pumpkin Seed Crackers plus Fennel & Poppyseed Crackers with Pumpkin Houmous

Jayne – Pork and Apricot Eyeball Pie served with Rhubarb Chutney

Vicky – Chocolate & Ginger Gore Cake with Glass Shards

Heather – Spooky Pumpkin Cupcakes and White Chocolate Strawberry Ghouls

Chelsea – Mint Chocolate Frankenstein Mini Rolls

Sweet Treats and Edible Gifts – December 2018

Our December event was a real treat – Sweet Treats and Edible Gifts to be precise!  Naturally this led most of us towards the sweet end of the baking spectrum but there were also a fair few cheesy favourites too!

Gift Boxed Savoury Biscuits

Some contributions came beautifully packaged– stilton shortbread in a box with a bow from Jan, individual packets of vanilla fudge from Abigail, and a stunning canape most of us had never tasted before from Sue: olives stuffed with smoked anchovies encased to cheese pastry.

Pastry Wrapped Olives

Can you imagine how fiddly it is to wrap olives individually in pastry?  They were seriously tasty though.

Continuing our occasional efforts to create colourful food and avoid an all ‘brown food’ evening, Jayne tried her hand at Raspberry Caramels.

International Bakes

Red, sticky and surprisingly made with Belgian fruit flavoured beer!  The international influence continued with Stollen, Black Forest Gateau (from newbie Annabel – she can definitely come again!) and Lebkuchen from Germany, and Italian ‘Baci di Dama’ (Ladies Kisses) – little hazelnut biscuits sandwiched together with chocolate.

Sweet Treats and Edible Gifts

There were also more traditional Christmassy flavours with Mince Pies, Oat and Mincemeat Cookies,

Florentines and muffins

Mincemeat Muffins, Cranberry and Macadamia Florentines and Clementine Fudge plus sweets in the form of Rose Marshmallows, Peanut Cookies and Tablet.

Traditional Sweets – fudge, tablet and marshmallows

This theme seemed to inspire a number of bakers to try out a couple of different bakes so we had a huge ariety to choose from.

 

The whole evening was given a true flavour of fun by Jayne who kindly supplied everyone with light up Christmas necklaces to get us truly into the spirit of the season.

Festive feeding!

For me, a delightful evening with an abundance of tasty treats that provided a great start to the season of parties and overindulgence!

Full List of Bakes:

Jan H – Stilton Shortbread and Cheddar Stars

Faye – Star Topped and Traditional Mince Pies plus Stollen

Mandy – Clementine Fudge, Peanut Cookies, Rose Marshmallows and Tablet

Abigail – Vanilla Fudge

Sue – Pastry Wrapped Olives Stuffed with Smoked Anchovies

Chelsea – Cranberry and Macadamia Florentines

Jayne – Raspberry Caramels and Cheese Stars

Vicky – Oat and Mincemeat Cookies and Mincemeat Muffins

Annabel – Black Forest Gateau

Cat – Lebkuchen and Baci di Dama