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

Strawberry Tarts

‘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

 

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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

 

 

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.

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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4: Layer Bakes 06/04/15

We gathered at Blend Tea and Coffee Merchants on Monday night to sample some lovely layered bakes – and there were some great layers on display!

Ilona’s lemon, lime and coconut layer cake

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Susan’s Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars and Peanut butter and jelly bars

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Kara’s Mini black forest gateaus (who if we were completing for the accolade of “most unique layers in a bake” would have won outright!) Read more