COOK OFF FRIDAY
|A new group meeting " Cook Off Friday" previously via Zoom but now from September on the 3rd Friday at 10.30am each month|
We all follow the recipe and then we have a coffee and look at everyone's efforts.
Your only outlay is if you need any ingredients and you could cook them the night before should you prefer.
I look forward to seeing you.
We hope to resume face to face meetings in September.
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There is no meeting in August but we will start face to face, fingers crossed, at Ashley Pavilion ON FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER, NB: AT 10.30 AM. **NEW TIME**
8 oz (200g) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 oz (50g) butter
2 oz (50g) lard
3 oz (75g) castor sugar
2oz (50g) currants
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk
Sift the flour, baking power and salt together.
Rub in the fat until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar and fruit.
Lightly beat the egg, and add with enough milk to give a firm paste.
Roll out to a thickness of ¼ inch (½ cm) and cut into 3-inch (7½cm) rounds.
Cook on a greased hot griddle or thick frying pan for about 3 minutes on each side until the cakes are golden brown. Sprinkle with castor sugar and cool on a wire rack.
winner of May's Cook off Friday was Grace Crump with a very well presented cake, decorated with lemon slices. We all loved the very tasty cake and Annemary gave a lovely tip to make your own slices of lemon for topping by heating them in the sugary glaze.
Grace's choice will be Welsh Cakes for us to try in September.
April’s meeting was the traditional friendly event. The social aspect was highlighted by the discussions which started with baking, but soon drifted to COVID-19 vaccination, history, books, and future U3A activities for when we are able to meet face-to-face. The moist apple cake was considered a success, although comments did vary from ‘easy’ to ‘some difficult bits’. As usual members varied the constituents to suit their tastes. The winner
was Kath Gifkins, who will supply a flapjack recipe for a future meeting.
March 19th meeting was the usual social and chatty event. The cheese straws were a great success, with members showing their ‘cheese stacks,twisted straws and sticks like fish fingers’! The winner was Chris Timmins, who will supply a Blue Cheese Biscuits recipe for a future meeting.
our meeting on Friday, February 19th we had a lively discussion on the merits or not of the Mary Berry muffin recipe. We decided to give it the thumbs down as so many of us had had problems. In fact Julie had used a completely different recipe from another Mary Berry book.
Our winner with choc chip muffins was Rosemary. As a previous winner, Rosemary deferred the choice of recipe for the May Cook off Friday to another Group member, who will select a recipe for lemon drizzle cake
THE CHRISTMAS COOK OFF on 22nd December
The Cook Off Friday bakers were the stars for the interval for the Digital Christmas with their mincepies. They proved to be very tasty but a bit fiddly (from a single person who doesn't bake that often now - me!)
We had some different offerings so I chose 2 winners this time:
Ann Molloy who used the Mary Berry recipe throughout. Well done. Ann's choice will be cheese straws in March and the recipe will follow in the New Year.
Julia Brunning who adapted her topping to suit her taste making a pastry star instead of marzipan. Well done! She has chosen muffins, a Mary Berry recipe again to follow next year.
I wish you all a healthy 2021!
|THE WINNER FOR THE FIRST MEETING OF COOK OFF FRIDAY ON 20TH NOVEMBER WAS was Rosemary Foreman with her cat biscuit and she has chosen for us for our Friday 22nd January meeting a cheese scone recipe.|