Manchester Picnic…

Today me and the O/H stumbled across the manchester picnic.  The event is running Friday to Sunday at Piccadilly Gardens with an array of food vendors such as Matilda’s, Fire & Salt BBQ and Piggy Smalls.  There’s also entertainment on such as DJs and singers.  We caught a gent doing a fantastic acoustic set, unfortunately I didn’t catch his name.  The food is fab, good prices and a lovely atmosphere.

Get yourselves down there!

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My poor attempt at pictures!

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Baking my Sister’s wedding cake…

One of the things that has kept me busy over the last few weeks was making my Sister’s wedding cake.  I have never undertaken anything of this size or importance but although a very  stressful time this melted away when I saw the look on her face.  She loved it!!

After much research I decided on a Madeira sponge.  It’s a dense sponge that handles the weight of extra tiers well but keeps moist too.  In the middle i used buttercream and strawberry jam.  Mmmmmm.

 

Yes I did use all these eggs!

Yes I did use all these eggs!

 

 

 

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Don’t forget to grease your tins

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Tin is wrapped in a newspaper blanket so the outer cake mix doesn't cook to quickly.

Tin is wrapped in a newspaper blanket so the outer cake mix doesn’t cook to quickly.

 

 

 

Woo hoo!

Woo hoo!

Brought my friend along for the ride!

Brought my friend along for the ride!

 

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Had to get my Sister's poodle on the cake!

Had to get my Sister’s poodle on the cake!

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Ignore the mess!

Ignore the mess!

 

Tired but very proud of our achievement.

Tired but very proud of our achievement.

 

Voila!!!

Voila!!!

We had a fantastic time.  My Sis looked like a Princess and the cake went down a treat!

 

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Baby baby baby ohhh.. Shower…

Yesterday my good friend had a baby shower for her impending bundle of joy.  It was a great day for everyone to get together, have a good old gossip and eat cake!

To celebrate the new baby, me and my friend created a cake fit for a little Prince.  It was a great success and there was only a few crumbs left by the end.

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Cake, cake and more cake!

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On the way home we we’re all given favours..

 

Oh, what could this be?

Oh, what could this be?

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Too cute to eat!

Diet starts on Monday!

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Cheesecake.. the result..!

Well, I hadn’t really realised what a massive array of cheesecakes there are!  After looking through various recipes I decided on a traditional New York Vanilla Cheesecake.

Because Cheesecake is so naughty,  my god it’s bad for you!  I decided to choose a ‘healthier’ version.

Here’s the link to the recipoe I used: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5878/the-ultimate-makeover-new-york-cheesecake

Listening to some tunes while baking

Listening to some tunes while baking

 

I always start by getting out as many ingredients/equipment as possible, it saves on stress and sticky finger marks all over your kitchen!

2014-05-11 20.10.23Ingredients:

For the base

  • 35g butter
  • 85g reduced-fat digestive biscuits, finely crushed

For the filling

  • 2 x 300g/11oz tubs light soft cheese, we used Philadelphia cheese, at room temperature
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 1½ tsp finely grated lemon zest, preferably using a Microplane grater
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • 150g fromage frais

For the topping

  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • 225g punnet blueberries
  • ½ tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 100g fromage frais

Please check the website link for the method…

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Be rude not have a biscuit!

Be rude not have a biscuit!

 

Pretend it's someone you don't like!

Pretend it’s someone you don’t like!

 

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Birthday candles!

 

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TA DAH!!!

 

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It was lovely!!  I was very impressed considering it was my first attempt.  I would definitely recommend this recipe.

 

Happy Eating!

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