BAKE WITH A LEGEND // VIRTUAL BAKING CLASS

BAKE WITH A LEGEND!

… That’s exactly what we did, and you can too!
Bake With a Legend is a fantastic company who allow the public to try their baking skills alongside former Bake Off contestants. What they offer is bespoke baking classes, both classes in person (pre Covid, they hope to resume these January 2021), & virtual classes. The virtual classes obviously can be attended from the comfort of your own home, whilst the classes/workshops are held in 2 locations, London & Manchester.

You can be a baker of absolutely any level to join in, as you’ll have guidance throughout, and you’ll be in the right hands clearly, as these legends have made it to tv, & have all the tips & tricks up their sleeves to help along the way, perfect if you’re an amateur (like we were, & still are).

Our particular class was with Howard Middleton & the ‘bake’ which we were making was Black Forest Chocolate Eclairs. They sounded delicious, everyone else’s looked delicious, but honestly, ours came out absolutely awful, to the point where it took 3 attempts of making the choux pastry & it was still a bit of a let down – we think we will probably swerve making any choux pastry in future! This was absolutely nothing to do with the class (it couldn’t have been as everyone else’s came out spot on), we put it down to how well we beat our mix. Trial & error!

The class itself was very useful. We had Howard there baking along with us, so any problems, or any questions, we were able to fire straight at him, & we had Josh (founder of Bake With a Legend) there to run the class, & make sure everyone knew where they were, & give everyone a chance to catch up if they’d fallen behind. Prior to the class, we were given a list of ingredients which were easy enough to source, we were also given a recipe to follow (this was really helpful to have to hand if you got sort of lost anywhere along the way & just sort of check we were in the right place without causing a disturbance) & we were given the Zoom login to attend the class. Everything was made really clear & really simplified, so a great way of learning. 

It was a little bit chaotic, but when isn’t it when baking? This was more because we got a little bit panicky when our mix wasn’t coming together as well as the others’ in the class, but Howard was there to reassure us we were doing okay!

We enjoyed the class, we found it extremely helpful to have the guidance & advice from a baking legend & it was lovely seeing everyone’s end results! We certainly won’t be applying for Bake Off any time soon however, we’ve learnt that choux pastry (although we can’t quite crack it) isn’t as daunting as you may think to make, takes few ingredients & it can be done. WE WILL GET THERE!

This is definitely an experience to get involved with if you’re an avid baker, or even if you just want to try something new. There are a whole range of classes available, & all can be booked online at bakewithalegend.com.

A huge thank you to all involved – Howard for helping us along the way, Josh for putting this altogether & Cait at Full Volume PR for giving us the chance to get involved! [GIFTED]

LAURA’S CAKERY // TREAT BOX REVIEW

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A couple of weekends back I received what I could only describe as the most SCRUMPTIOUS of deliveries. The very lovely Laura of @laurascakery very kindly dropped off a ‘treat box’ to me after a busy day at a farmer’s market. 
The box was made up of 4 different treats, all very traditional, but with such modern twists. Up on offer, there was…
– Jammie Dodger Rocky Road
– Freddo Cookie Dough Slice
– Millionaires Rice Krispy Treat
– Cornflake Brownie
As you can tell just by their names, they’re a bit of an edgier take on the classics. 
Every single thing was spot on – from their presentation, down to the last yummy crumbs, they just hit the spottttt! My favourite of them all was definitely the Jammie Dodger Rocky Road, the taste of this was just INCREDIBLE! I was also convinced that I could taste party rings in this but it turns out it was in fact iced gems! I loved this one the most simply because it looked MEGA, I can only imagine just how good this looks when it’s freshly made & ready to be sliced up! & also, it was soooo YUMMY! I love anything with white chocolate, & this was a fantastic way of mixing up the typical rocky road, it also meant that the treat wasn’t too sickly either, as white chocolate (I find) is nowhere near as rich as milk, in fact I probably could’ve worked my way through about 4 slices!!
The Freddo Cookie Dough slice was by far the cutest looking of all the treats (just look at his lil’ face!) The chocolate on this was indulgent & thick, & the Freddo DEFO too cute to cut through! (… I had to cut this one up because the cookie dough was very rich, & there was no way I was getting through a slice of this all by myself!) In hindsight, I think I should’ve maybe warmed this up to get the full cookie dough effect, nevertheless it was still delish! This one I know has also been a hit/is very popular as many of you replied to my story saying how adorable this looks.
The Millionaires Rice Krispie Treat… I LOVED the idea of this. Millionaires shortbread is amazing, don’t get me wrong but sometimes it can be slightly too much/too rich, so what a way to break it up, using Rice Krispies. You defo get the snap, crackle & POP with this, oozing with marshmallowy goodness. I would 100% recommend giving this a try, (not as rich = you can eat more!!) 
Aaand finallyyyyy… the Cornflake Brownie! This one was a straight up banger! I love a cornflake cake as it is, & I would’ve been more than happy just munching through the cornflake part on its own, but there was a decadent layer of chocolate brownie base & it was PHENOMENAL! The brownie was made just right, not too squidgy but not too tough, & just completed the treat perfectly!
All of the treats were an absolute delight to sample & I cannot wait to try out Laura’s other goodies!! (check her page/highlights just to see what other creations she’s come up with – you’ll be impressed, trust me!)
A huge thank you to @laurascakery – cannot wait to see what you’ll come up with next! [GIFTED]

GIN & TONIC LOAF // RECIPE

Thank you to Baking with Ames (@bakingwithames) for the following content

Dairy free gin and tonic loaf 

What you’ll need: 
For the loaf For the syrup
200g dairy free butter 125g caster sugar 
200g caster sugar 125ml tonic water
4 eggs, beaten 2 tbsp gin
200g self-raising flour Icing sugar
½ tsp baking powder
The zest of 1 lime
100ml (3 fl oz) gin

How to make: 
– Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Line base and sides of a 900g  (2lb) loaf tin with baking parchment, or insert a premade loaf tin case. In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until pale in colour and fluffy. 
– In a separate bowl / mug beat the eggs together, and gradually add to the butter and sugar mix. 
– Now, fold in the flour, baking powder and lime zest. Make sure everything is fully mixed in and add the gin. Spoon into your loaf tin and bake for around 45 minutes – you may need longer so always check with a skewer to check it’s cooked through. Your skewer should come out clean when its cooked. 
– While your loaf is cooking start making the sugar syrup. Heat the caster sugar and tonic water in a small pan, until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, boil the syrup for 2 minutes. 
– Spoon 3tbsp of the syrup into a small bowl and mix in 2tbsp of the gin – this will be used to soak your cake. Remove the pan of remaining syrup off the heat and let it cool. 
– When your cake is cooked, poke holes into the top with a skewer and drizzle the syrup/gin mixture. Once you’ve done this, take the cake out of the loaf tin and allow to cool on a wire rack. 
– Meanwhile, when the sugar syrup has cooled mix in some icing sugar until you have a glossy white mixture perfect for drizzling over the top of your cooled loaf. 
– When the loaf is cool drizzle your icing and leave to set before serving.

FLOUR GIRLS CAKEHOUSE // POSTAL BROWNIE REVIEW

Thank you to the lovely@flourgirlscakehouse who sent me these delicious brownies! I was lucky enough to sample both Oreo chocolate brownies & Nutella blondies. In particular, I really enjoyed the blondies – these are ever so tasty but aren’t as heavy as your standard brownie (which means you can devour more 😋) and anything Oreo related is a hit in my books!
Thanks @flourgirlscakehouse for posting these out to me! Make sure you check out the page & get your orders in!

#AD #GIFTED