COOK OFF FRIDAY
|Please join me for a new group meeting " Cook Off Friday" by Zoom on the 3rd Friday at 11am each month|
Contact me beforehand for a zoom link, and we all follow the recipe and then click on the zoom link that will be sent to you that morning, so 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.
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.
The May recipe from Denise Cioffi, is for a lemon drizzle traybake.
For June Chris Timmins will supply a Blue Cheese Biscuits recipe.
In July please be aware that we have booked Ashley Pavilion as a get together.
So bring your cooked recipe (not yet available) and have a coffee together at last to sample the items and have a chat. 10.30-12noon July 16th.
Recipe for Cook off Friday 21 May at 11.00 a.m.
Lemon Drizzle Traybake
225g/8oz baking spread, straight from the fridge, or butter at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
225g/8oz caster sugar
275g/10oz self-raising flour
2 level tsp baking powder
4 free-range eggs
4 tbsp milk
2 lemons, zest only
1 heaped tsp very finely chopped lemon verbena (optional)
For the glaze
175g/6oz granulated sugar
2 lemons, juice only
1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/160oC Fan/Gas 4. Grease the tin with baking spread and line the base with baking paper.
2. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat for 2 minutes or until well blended. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top.
3. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the cake has shrunk a little from the sides of the tin and springs back when lightly touched with a fingertip in the centre of the cake.
4. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Mix the granulated sugar with the lemon juice and stir to a runny consistency.
5. Leave the cake to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then lift out, with the lining paper still attached, and place on wire rack set over a tray.
6. Brush the glaze all over the surface of the warm cake and leave to set. Remove the lining paper and cut into slices to serve.
1. It is important to spoon the glaze on to the cake while it’s still warm so the lemon juice soaks in properly.
2. Lemon balm works well as an alternative for lemon verbena if you can’t get hold of any, or you could use finely chopped lemon thyme leaves.
3. This traybake can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days and frozen for up to a month.
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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.|