#NATIONAL CAKE WEEK – 2nd – 8th OCTOBER…

It’s National Cake Week this week in the UK so get out your scales and pop on that Pinney to make your special cake this week.

A movable feast that is always celebrated in the first full week of October. National Cake Week was founded by Lynn Hill in 2011, with the sole purpose of celebrating and sharing a whole cake together with family and friends. You will find a cake at the heart of almost every formal and informal gathering, whether in the office, a family birthday party, or a wedding and who doesn’t love a slice or two?

Cakes come in all shape sharing sizes, round, square and rectangular. Semi-naked, the cake of course, not the baker, with a feather-light sponge, filled and topped with fresh fruit, or a chocoholic overload that is sure to send you into a sugar rush high.

Whatever the occasion, National Cake Week is the time to celebrate the humble cake in all its glory. Share your creation on social media using the hashtag #nationalcakeweek

Also, share in here for us all to admire.

 

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CHOCOLATE WEEK 9th-15th OCTOBER 2017…

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Chocolate Week 9-15th October 2017

If you love chocolate (like I do) then you have to go over to the Chocolate Week website to check out what events and tastings are going on during this week.

The Chocolate Show – London Logo

The Chocolate Show takes place at the Olympia National Hall on the 13th-15th October where some of the delightful and delectable things happening at The Chocolate Show include:
– A selection of the finest chocolatiers and pastry makers from the UK and around the world
– Celebrity chef demonstrations
– Workshops for adults and budding chefs
– Tastings
– Sculptures
– A pop-up chocolate restaurant
– a Chocolate Bar with chocolate and drink pairings
and much more!

There is also a Participants Page which lists all the chocolate makers who are staging events during Chocolate week ( all based in London).

There is also a page just on chocolate where you will learn things you never knew about chocolate.

TEA & CAKE AT TIMMERMANS GARDEN CENTRE IN WOODBOROUGH, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE…

After being indoors for over 5 days with a throat, chest and ear infection I decided a breath of fresh air was the next best medicine. Hubby decided a trip over to our local garden centre ‘Timmermans’, would be a better option then we could have a cup of tea and a cake.

Timmermans has been updated a great deal over the last twelve months and have won awards from the Garden Industry. They have a delightful eating area which is called ‘Belle & Joe’s Kitchen’. Belle & Joe’s Kitchen was voted as the ‘BEST GARDEN CENTRE CAFE IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE’ by the Nottingham Post (May 2013).

They say that ‘Our homemade cakes are gaining a following all of their own and we make an effort to provide a varied range of freshly baked cakes with unusual flavours our speciality; elderflower, courgette, frosted blueberry. We communicate what has just come out of the oven on the ‘Just Made’ chalkboard at the entrance to the restaurant We use quality ingredients from local food producers and suppliers – our eggs come from Peter in the village, our milk and dairy come from the local dairy, our aim is always to use fresh, seasonal produce which is locally grown wherever possible.’

I had a slice of my favourite which is ‘carrot cake’which was delicious and worth every penny. The tea for two came in a pot which gave us both two cups and it was all extremely good value for money. I don’t think it will be long before I am back sampling their mouth watering afternoon tea.

We love Timmermans for their plants and never manage to go for a visit without bringing something back with us but all their plants are extremely good so it’s hard to not buy something.

 

CHOCOLATE…

Chocolate is …

Luscious

Decadent

Divine

Seductive

Heavenly

and tastes good with…

Almonds

Walnuts

Hazelnuts

Pecans

Peanuts

Ice-cream

Strawberries

It’s also …

Velvety

Dark

Rewarding

Delicate

Exciting

And it makes the world go round ! and so say all of us CHOCAHOLICS…

 

EASY PEASEY CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE RECIPE……..Mmmmmm

INGREDIENTS

50 g Plain Chocolate (grated)

4 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

85 g Ground Almonds

140 g Self Raising Flour (sieved)

3 Large Eggs (beaten)

175 g Castor Sugar

175 g Softened Butter or Margarine

100ml Milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD

Preheat oven 160C 140C Fan Gas Mark 3

Grease or line a 2lb loaf tin ( or use loaf liners)

Put all the above ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for no more than 2 mins.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 45 – 50 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

Leave to rest for 5 mins before taking out of loaf tin and placing on a wire rack.

This loaf can be coated with sieved icing sugar when cold or you could melt some chocolate and drizzle over the top of the cake.

Enjoy