Thursday, 16 December 2010
We have our carol service at The Welbeck Abbey tonight and then our final presentation tomorrow, quick trip to the Farm shop and then Im coming home for Christmas - I can't wait:-))). Although, im just looking out of the window at the snow flakes coming down again....hope lucy will make it !
Merry Christmas everyone xx
Saturday, 11 December 2010
I was reading the beautiful book that Miele got me for my leaving present, Larousse Gastronomique and I came across this amazing photo of a 3 layered Black Forest Gateaux. Having never made one before, I really wanted to test myself and see if I could. It was Matt's birthday so I had the perfect excuse. The cherries were soaked in brandy and once the chocolate sponge had been baked, I soaked them in Russell's sloe gin syrup. To make the Chantilly cream, I hand whisked the double cream, cold milk, icing sugar and vanilla sugar. Then I got to work with the layers; sponge, cream, cherries, sponge, cream, cherries, sponge, cream, cherries and then finally a sprinkling of grated chocolate shards. I was really pleased with the end result, it was so impressive.
|Have been trekking in knee-high snow to school (Im in the hi-vis!) through the Creswell Craggs enjoying the winter scenes and thinking about the Christmas holidays. With not much to do but bake, I have been busy making Christmas cakes laced with brandy, gin soaked damson jams and generally practising my baking/drinking skills!|