Love Local – June 2019

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.

cakes, tarts and scones made with Hampshire ingredientsMost of us edged towards the sweet stuff this time, although Cat gave us sunshine on a plate with this beautiful Goats Cheese, Tomato and Pesto TartGoats 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, Strawberry Swiss Rollmade 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

Harvest Festival – October 2018

With all the lovely produce abounding at this time of year, we thought we’d celebrate with a ‘Harvest Festival’ theme for our October event, with bakes celebrating different kinds of fruit, veg and grains.  We were a small but perfectly formed group, managing to evenly balance the sweet and savoury offerings.  Another meeting ‘on safari’ away from our usual venue which was unavailable this month, but Greens Bar and Kitchen were very friendly and welcoming.  Some of us very much enjoyed their Gin & Tonic Tuesday promotion!

A Harvest Feast!

We started of course with the savouries: a very cheesy Cauliflower Cheesecake from Jayne, Jan H’s Spinach Quiche with innovative Sweet Potato base instead of the traditional pastry (probably much healthier, and certainly very tasty)

Savouries – cheesecake, quiche and quinoa

and, celebrating the grain harvest not with bread but with quinoa, a twist on falafels made with quinoa, tomato, egg, chard, garlic and onion from Jan T.  Given that there were only six of us there we managed to make quite a big dent in all of these so I guess they must all have been good.  Luckily the Cheesecake was huge, so there was enough to take a slice home for the lunch the next day.  That’s one of the lovely things about Cakes and Bakes – sharing the leftovers means you get to enjoy the great tastes for a day or two afterwards!

Pumpkin, Banana and Maple Cake

Seasonal fruit was the theme for the sweet bakes, with both Chelsea and Vicky opting for pumpkin and Faye celebrating apples and pears with a Tarte Tatin.  Despite both using pumpkin, the other two bakes were quite different – a Pumpkin, Banana and Maple Cake and a classic American Pumpkin Pie with Maple Pecan cream.  There wasn’t much left of any of these either!  We even persuaded the bar staff to sample one or two of our creations.

A Slice of Pumpkin Pie
Apple and Pear Tarte Tatin

Thinking caps are now on for our next event – Bright Sparks on 13th November!  Celebrating the many festivals of light at this time of year (from Diwali to Bonfire Night) or, now that the long winter evenings are drawing in, just baking something bright and cheerful to liven things up.  New bakers are always welcome – it’s not a competition, we just bake because we like to.  (And because we like eating the results!)