The First Cricket Tea

 

Yep that’s right the Cricket Season has started and the first game was a friendly against Warnham and Holmbush Park, which is the team I do the teas for.  Anyway it was at home and I was asked to cater for the teas.     As it was a game on home turf for both teams it game me an opportunity to test out some new recipes and bring back some old favourites too.

Now I normally start baking cake on a Thursday for the Saturday game, however I was completely dis-organised and still had not done the food shopping until after work on the Friday.  So I left work on that Friday and popped to Tesco to do a Cricket Tea shop.

I had a menu planned and it consisted of Cheese and Caramelised Onion Puffs, Cheese, Ham, Egg and Chicken Sandwiches, which I always cut into finger sandwiches, Cookies (Oat and Raisin) Brownies, Salad, Eton Mess and Crisps.

LETS START WITH THE CHEESE & CARAMELISED ONION PUFFS

These are so easy, as its just puff pastry, which I bought as its a faff to make rough puff and to be honest the bought stuff is good.   I cut this in to rectangles and popped a little grated cheese in the middle, then added a bit of the Caramelized Onion and again I cheated and bought it.  Wrapped it up like a little parcel, egg washed it, added more grated cheese and then baked until golden in a hot oven (200’c) Easy and quick.

Cheese and Caramelised Onion Puffs

NOW MOVING ONTO COOKIES

This is the only thing I can thank my StepMonster for, as this is the best recipe for Cookies ever as they keep and you can freeze them too.  I change the recipe a lot for these as it is very adaptable and you could use anything and I have been known too from Peanuts, to Walnuts to chopped up Mars Bars, I think you get the idea.  Anyway these are easy and more recently I have been known to chuck all the ingredients into a bowl and just mix.   I have written up the recipe for this and you can find it at:Cookies

Cookies

BROWNIES

Now I am not going to tell you how to make a sandwich so lets move onto Brownies and to be honest this is now the only recipe I use and again it can be adapted.   I normally add any type of chopped up choc bar or raspberries or nuts.  I generally have a look in my cupboard or fridge and roll with it.  This time I used the last of the Monty Bojangles Choccy Scoffy, which I had sitting in my baking cupboard and some nice big marshmallows.  Once the batter was ready to go in the oven I pushed the Marshmallows and Choccy Scoffy and popped it in the oven.   As I have said this is a tried and tested recipe which I have used a number of times out of the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook (1st one in their titles) I will pop the recipe on this website.

Marshmallow Brownies

ETON MESS

Right lastly I did an Eton Mess, I know you are thinking crazy! why! well these are really easy and went down really well too…  I whipped the cream at home and also got the strawberries and meringues ready too before we left.  Once I was there all I had to do was pop the mix into individual cups, add a spoon and the Mess was ready..

Eton Mess

So there you go first Tea done and I have done another one since which I will write up soon.

 

Thanks for Reading

T

Cupcakes for a Play Date

A week ago, yep I know I am late writing this but, I’ve been waiting for inspiration and then realised actually I should post a blog about Cupcakes a great Cricket Tea item but also a great treat to take to a Play Date too..

So last week my oldest Pixie was invited to her school friends for tea and I suggested bringing cupcakes.. So that day, before I started work at 8am I had baked 12 cupcakes, oh did I mention Chocolate Cupcakes too and from my favorite cook book as well – Hummingbird Bakery and I will post pictures to show how much its been used too at the end of this post.   I have tried many cupcake recipes over the years and I always come back to this one.  Its easy to follow and the ingredients are what you have around if you like a touch of baking.

I will post the recipe at the end of this blog too but before I discuss the ingredients I am going to share some tips when you follow the method.   It says to add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and marg/butter at once and mix until it turns to sand, and you really must do this stage as it produces a lovely light sponge.  Then it says to add the egg in batches, then the milk and vanilla. To be honest I lightly whisk the egg in to the milk and vanilla and then add gradually.  I don’t mix for long probably 30 secs once its all in and then using an ice cream scoop I dish it into the cases.    I also cook these at 160c for 19mins but it depends on your oven and I have a fan oven.

To the icing, which is another recipe I use from the Hummingbird book and I add all the ingredients in one go and first mix lightly with a spoon to get the icing sugar covered before the mixer goes on as I don’t like the cloud of icing sugar it produces.  Anyway I mix on a very low speed in my Kenwood for around 10mins and it goes light and fluffy.

Once the cupcakes are cooled I use a bag and pipe and make what I call a ‘Mr Whippy Swirl’ see in the picture above.  Please note on these cupcakes I ran out of time as I only had 5 mins to complete them and did not have time to whip the butter icing…

Anyway did they go down well I hear you ask, well yes they did its a fab recipe, very easy and very effective too.   I can not recommend enough…

So to the Recipe:

So it states its a devils food cake recipe in the book and it also says don’t over beat which I completely agree with.  I almost treat it like a muffin when I am mixing it.

100g plain flour

20g cocoa powder

140g caster sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

a pinch of salt

40g of unsalted butter at room temp / I have been known to use marg

120ml of milk and it states whole milk, however I do use semi skimmed sometimes

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

300g of icing sugar

100g of unsalted butter

40g cocoa powder

40ml milk

I don’t sift anything by the way and it makes no difference.

Right so there you go a great recipe and for more information please head too Hummingbird Bakery

The mixer I use – Kenwood Prospero

Thanks for reading

Tx