Let’s Bake 18: Biscuits & Bars Round Up

Another great meeting on Wednesday at our usual spot in town, Blend.  We had a good turn out of familiar faces and lots of delicious biscuits and bars to accompany our teas, coffees and juices.

We were of course very sad to bit farewell to co-founder/organiser Susan, as this was her last meeting before she and her husband head north on a new adventure.  We wish them all the best and can’t wait to hear about how they get on.

On to the bakes!

Heather’s sticky Butterscotch & Mashmallow Bars tasted like nougat and were delicious!

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Let’s Bake 18: Biscuits & Bars


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Biscuits and Bars is the theme for the next Let’s Bake event so it’s time to get thinking about what treats fall into that category!  Anything from chocolate chip cookies, sandwich biscuits, caramel shortbread…maybe even savoury biscuits with oatcakes and cheesy crackers!

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

Date: Wednesday 18th October 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Venue: Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants

Theme: Biscuits & Bars

 

Image credit: Ever So Sweet

Let’s Bake 17: Pies and Tarts roundup

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Kara made a goats cheese and leek tart, and a pomegranate milk tart. The pannacotta like texture was one of the lighter desserts of the afternoon!

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Chloe brought along a vegan roasted vegetable tart which was very tasty. Chloe nailed the pastry with a perfect fluted edging.

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Continuing the vegan theme, Marion made a vegan apple pie which was reminiscent of those found in the Netherlands.

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Susan made a Cullen skink tart and some jam tarts.

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Mairi had recently seen Nadiya Hussain’s crisp, chocolate and peanut tart and brought that along. It was super rich!

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Kirsty made a Lemon Shaker Pie, which contained a whole lemon to create a marmalade-esque filling!

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Eunice made mini coconut tarts and mini apple, sultana and cinnamon pies, both made with German pastry which apparently can keep in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks!

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Karen made a beautiful peach and almond tart, despite having to make a last minute run to the shops for peaches!

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All wonderful bakes, and not a soggy bottom in sight. It was lovely to see some new faces amongst our regulars too.  Our next meet will likely be in November, check out our Facebook or keep an eye on our schedule page for more information!

 

Let’s Bake 17: Pies ‘n’ tarts

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‘Pies and Tarts’ is the theme for the next Let’s Bake event – giving us all lots of scope for sweet or savoury fillings, either to celebrate the end of summer or to look forward to filling autumnal bakes. We’re giving you lots of notice so you can put your thinking caps on!

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

Date: Sunday 27th August 2017, 4pm-5:30pm

Venue: Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants

Theme: Pies and Tarts

 

Image credit: Ever So Sweet

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Let’s Bake 16: Cheese Round Up

Last week we got together for our first ever cheese themed evening.  Quite shocking it’s taken this long for cheese to come around but it was worth the wait…everything tasted great!  The balance of sweet to savoury was much more even than usual so it meant we could eat even more than normal, always a good thing.

Thanks to everyone for coming along, it was a fun evening as always and I hope to see you all again soon.

 

Karen made Apple, Cheddar and Oat Scones, which tasted great with the lemon cream cheese and cucumber that she brought along too.

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Mairi made some very more-ish cheese and herb biscuits.

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My Welsh Rarebit Muffins were a recipe from the BBC Good Food website and are especially good when warmed through.

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Susan brought along some very welcome chocolate in the form of cheesecake brownies and some strawberries to ‘cleanse the palette’!

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Heather’s baked Oreo and Ricotta Cheesecake was yummy and very popular amongst the bakers.

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Swenja put us all to shame by bringing along two different bakes, one sweet and one savoury!  Some cream cheese, white chocolate cookies and cheese, sage and onion scones, which were delicious!

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Let’s Bake 16: Cheese

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( Ever So Sweet Blog – Black Pepper & Parmesan Oatcakes)

Apologies for the long (long) break since the last meet-up….that’s all my (Kirsty’s) fault!  Hopefully, though, the break means everyone is eager to get together again for an evening of baking and chatter.

This months theme is … CHEESE!  About time, right?!  Anything that includes cheese will be welcomed, sweet or savoury, as long as it’s baked.

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

Date: Wednesday 31st May 2017, 7-8:30pm

Venue: Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants

Theme: Cheese

Look forward to seeing you there

Let’s Bake 15: New to You Round Up

We had a fab time sharing our ‘new to you’ bakes recently along with lots of baking chat! First up were the breads!

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Dawn brought along two varieties of focaccia, which she had recently learnt to make at a local breadmaking class!

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Sharon shared her cornish saffron bread, and Karen delivered a huge Kanellangd (swedish cinnamon bread) inspired by her swedish friends!

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Fruit and vegetables were incorporated into bakes too – Kirsty’s twist on a carrot cake saw grated parsnips integrated into a loaf cake topped with maple frosting.

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Gwynneth’s Banana Cream Pie featured a huge layer of chocolate!

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Susan made an American classic – red velvet cake…

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and Swenja brought along a Russian Medovik caje which was made up of lots of thinly layered chocolate cake sandwiched with pastry cream!

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To finish, Mairi’s mint chocolate macarons were enjoyed by all!

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Our next meeting will be in March/April, so keep an eye out for details!

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Let’s Bake 15: New to You

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

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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

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Susan – Beremeal Cheese Scones

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Swenja – Irn Bru Slice

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Mairi – Dundee Cake

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Gwynneth – Clootie Dumpling

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Sharon – Ecclefechan Tarts

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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.

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

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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

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

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

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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!

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Finally, Swenja impressed everyone with a cherry strudel!

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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.