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

 

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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

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 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

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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.

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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!

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

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I (Susan) made chocolate dipped Banana Biscotti.

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

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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.