Let’s Bake 15: New to You



To celebrate a new year starting, our fifteenth (!!) Let’s Bake event will take the opportunity to bring in 2017 with a ‘New Year, New to You’ theme. 

Whether it’s a recipe that you’ve always liked the look of but never got round to making, a recipe from a recipe book you got for Christmas, or a new technique (making meringues always phased me until I bit the bullet and tried making them!), you have completely free rein on what to bring along. It’s a brand new year, so a perfect time to try something brand new to you!

Here are all the details – as usual, please email letsbakeinverness@gmail.com to book your place. 

Date: Sunday 29th January 2016, 4pm-5:30pm

Venue: Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants

Theme: New to You



Lets Bake 14: Scottish Bakes Round Up


In honour of St Andrews Day our most recent these was Scottish Bakes.  These were to be inspired by Scottish ingredients or be classic Scottish recipes and we ended up with a fairly wide range of bakes!

Thanks to everyone for coming along and to Blend for hosting us!  Everything tasted delicious and we’re looking forward to meeting up with everyone again in the new year.  Have a great Christmas!

Kirsty – Girdle Scones


Susan – Beremeal Cheese Scones


Swenja – Irn Bru Slice


Mairi – Dundee Cake


Gwynneth – Clootie Dumpling


Sharon – Ecclefechan Tarts


Let’s Bake 13: Pastry Roundup


A small group of six enjoyed a leisurely afternoon of pastry chat and sampling shortcrust, choux and strudel pastry this weekend. We had a mostly sweet turnout, but some savoury was most welcome in the form of Mhairi’s palmiers. Inspired by the Great British Bake Off no less, these two varieties included parma ham, parmesan and mustard.


Kara also bought along some dainty savoury choux buns, filled with salmon mousse and smoked salmon.


Onto the sweet and there were two shortcrust tarts!

Kirsty brought along “June’s tart” a recipe which was passed along by a family friend. The filling contains margarine, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and raisins


Heather brought along a rich chocolate and raspberry tart which is a favourite recipe of hers to make.


Susan bought along some profiteroles – coated in a gingerbread salted caramel sauce and drizzled with dark chocolate.


Kara had made some vanilla slices, complete with intricate feathering work on the top. Despite not travelling too well, everyone agreed that the vanilla custard was very tasty!


Finally, Swenja impressed everyone with a cherry strudel!


Thanks as usual to Blend for hosting us. We hope to have another event before the end of November so keep an eye on our schedule page for more details.

Let’s Bake 13: Pastry


As the darker, colder nights are already drawing in, it’s time to step away from the salads and tuck into autumnal comfort food. So our theme for our next Let’s Bake event is… Pastry!

Whether you choose puff, choux or shortcrust (or any other kind of pastry!), go for full-on pie, elegant tart or mini patisserie, is totally up to you. We’re looking forward to trying a mix of sweet and savoury fillings!

Here are all the details – as usual, please email letsbakeinverness@gmail.com to book your place!

Date: Sunday 23rd October 2016, 4pm-5:30pm

Venue: Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants

Theme: Pastry

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Let’s Bake Inverness does Cakefest Scotland 2016


Over the last few months, Kara, Kirsty, Mairi and I have all been on a little baking adventure! Back at the beginning of the summer I saw an advert for ‘Cake Fest Scotland‘ which was organised as part of the 2016 Festival of Architecture which has events happening all over Scotland this year.


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Let’s Bake 12: Olympic Baking

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I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, whether you’ve been on holiday or are just enjoying a stay-cation (sorry about the weather!).

The Olympics are due to kick off next month so we thought they would make a fun theme for our next Let’s Bake get together.  The brief is a baked good from a country participating in the Olympics – so that’s pretty much free rein to do what you want! 

Use your imagination with the decorating, or pick a lesser known countries recipe.  With such a vast range of options we can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Here are all the details – as usual, please email letsbakeinverness@gmail.com to book your place!

Date: Thursday 18th August, 7-9pm

Venue: Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants

Theme: Olympics


Let’s Bake 10: Chocolate Round Up


Thanks to Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants for hosting another Let’s Bake Inverness meeting! We enjoyed an intimate group meeting with 5 bakes being shared around the table.

We also had a break from eating to hear Debbie from The Chocolate Place tell us all about the process from cocoa bean to chocolate bar, and the ins and outs of being a chocolatier. Did you know that Inverness has its own Chocolate Tour? Debbie also organises these too!

On to the bakes and we had a good mix of textures and flavours.

Kirsty made a lovely Jaffa Loaf Cake which as well as having the perfect chocolate drizzle topping, also had a clementine syrup glaze.


Swenja made these ‘Chocolate Overload Bars’ by cleverly making a white chocolate, marshmallow and rice krispie base, making them just a little bit lighter than anticipated!


Dawn made these excellent fudgy salted caramel brownies – these were a big hit with everyone!


I (Susan) made chocolate dipped Banana Biscotti.


Finally Eileen wowed everyone with her delicious white chocolate and pistachio baked cheesecake!


Thanks to everyone for coming, details about the next event will be publicised shortly. To join our mailing list/ask questions, please email letsbakeinverness@gmail.com!

Let’s Bake 10: Chocolate

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Our next Let’s Bake event (our 10th, can you believe?!) will celebrate all things connected to the humble cocoa bean, which was a suggestion of one of our members  (thanks Dorothy!) considering the meeting is shortly before the Easter holidays.

You may have your own favourite chocolate recipe already in mind, but if not, you may like to check out our very own Kirsty’s recipe index for ideas (there’s a whole chocolate section if you scroll halfway down the page).

Anything goes, as long as there’s some form of chocolate featured in the recipe. Milk or dark, a drizzle for decoration or full on chocolate frenzy – you decide! Honarary brownie points will be given to anyone who can incorporate chocolate into a savoury bake!

As an added bonus for this meeting, there will be a short talk all about chocolate from Debbie who runs local business The Chocolate Place, so be prepared to be educated as well as enjoy some lovely bakes!

Date: Monday 21st March

Time: 7-9pm

Venue: Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants, Drummond Street, Inverness

Theme: Chocolate

To sign up: Email letsbakeinverness@gmail.com to book a place (a comment on this post doesn’t guarantee you a spot, we like to keep all the sign ups in one place for the sake of accuracy!) and we’ll remind you nearer the time to let us know what you are bringing so appropriate labels can be made. If you are bringing something that needs slicing at Blend, please bring your bake pre-sliced or bring your own knife/cake slice.  As usual we’ll provide the plates. Blend will have hot and cold drinks available for purchase.