Archive for July, 2014

Summer Fruit Genoise

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Karl Hudson 1 Comment

1. Heat your oven to 180°C. Use a little of the melted butter to grease two 20cm sandwich tins. Dust them lightly inside with flour.

2. Put the eggs and sugar into a heatproof bowl and place over a pan of simmering water. Whisk, using an electric hand-held whisk, for at least 7 minutes until the mixture is trebled in bulk, very pale and thick enough to hold a trail when the beaters are lifted. Sift the flour and salt together over the mixture and fold in gently, keeping in as much air as you can. Finally, very carefully fold in the remaining melted butter.

3. Divide the mixture between the prepared sandwich tins and bake for 25 minutes until golden and slightly shrunk from the sides of the tin. Leave the sponges to cool slightly in the tins for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

4.Meanwhile, put 200g of the strawberries into a blender with 2 tbsp of icing sugar and blitz to a smooth purée. It should be intense and sweet; add a little more icing sugar if necessary.

5. Whip the cream until it holds soft peaks. Roughly fold in the strawberry purée, keeping the mixture rippled rather than a uniform pink (or you can simply drizzle the strawberry purée onto the cream as you assemble the cake).

6. Slice each sponge in half horizontally. Lay one of the sponges, cut side up, on a serving plate. Spread a third of the strawberry cream on top, then put a quarter of the blueberries and raspberries around the edge. Add a second layer of sponge and filling, then repeat to create the third layer. Place the final layer of sponge on the top and dust generously with icing sugar.

7. Arrange the remaining strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on top of the cake. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve.

New Book!

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Harriet Low No Comments

So it’s been another super busy few weeks for me. As those of you who follow me on Facebook will have seen, I have been shooting photography for my new book! I love the process of working on a new book, developing ideas for recipes, testing them out and trying the results. And over the last couple of weeks my team and I have been working on all the official photography for the book, as you can see from the picture above. It’s very exciting to see it all come together and super exciting to finally let you all know what I have been up too. I am going to keep any further details of the book under my hat for a while, but keep an eye on my Facebook page and here on the website as I will be telling you more about it soon.

Of course filming for The Great British Bake Off 2014 continues to steam ahead. We are having so much fun and I wish I could tell you more about it, but of course that would ruin it for you! Lots of you have been asking about when it’s going to be appearing on your screens. I am afraid at the moment even I don’t know. But as soon as I hear I will let you know.

Till then off your sofa and back in the kitchen!

Baking for celebration events

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by Karl Hudson No Comments

Baked goods are synonymous with celebrations – think birthday cakes, Christmas cakes, hot-cross buns. Think sandwiches and sausage rolls, quiches and pies. This topic lets you explore cultural similarities and differences and set your students projects and challenges.

Underwater Party Pack

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by Karl Hudson No Comments

For a underwater themed party pack; complete with games, activities, recipes, invitations, thank you cards – Click here to download.

Make your own play dough

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by Karl Hudson No Comments

A great activity for a cold and gloomy afternoon. As there is no cooking involved in this recipe it can be something that the older children do with the younger ones. Let them be totally independent and weigh out all the ingredients themselves too (and show them how to clear up the mess afterwards!). Click here for the activity sheet.