Ah Friday, a hectic day and the last day of a hectic week. I had a few bits of baking to do for orders for collection yesterday. All three of the orders were for the Friday Treat of the Berries and Cream Swiss Roll. They were collected on Friday lunchtime so that was a job well done which left me the rest of the day to play at the dining table.
I set up all the sugarpaste, modelling paste, cutters, moulds, rolling pins, sugarpaste utensils etc,. that I owned and set about modelling flowers with the help of Youtube. I was quite pleased with what I managed to do as it has been some years now since I had last made any decorations like this. In my market days I would make ice a dummy cake with sugar paste decorations of various themes just to show my customers what I was capable of. The themes I did were flowers, Frozen, cupcakes and lollypops, the seaside and autumn leaves. All of these themes were made up as I went along so my own idea completely. I loved changing the design on the two tiered dummy cakes which I used at the stall. I have an idea going around in my head for decorating my dummy cake that I own now so I am intending to crack on with that soon.
The last couple of days I have spent pushing the social sites of things with regards my baking pictures and recipes just to see if I can increase the viewers to my blog and visitors in general to everything that I do. It is quite hard work marketing yourself and what you do to an invisible audience but something which has to be done and looking at all these recipe sites and blog lands allows me to have a look around at what others are doing in the big wide world of baking. I have really enjoyed using the computer for something other than pricing, blogging, photos, video editing and so on. Now I just need to sit back and see what happens?
Well the Royal Wedding has been and gone but the FA Cup Final is still on the television so I am just sitting down to the dulcid tones of the football commentator. Don’t think there is long to go which is a good thing. 🙂 Tomorrow is “National Quiche Lorraine Day” so I am going to share my Quiche Lorraine recipe for this savoury, summer dish. It is such an easy bake to do and is perfect for picnics, packed lunches or as a light supper with friends ans family.
- For the pastry:
- 8oz plain flour
- 2oz Trex
- 2oz butter
- 1tsp salt
- water to mix
- milk for glazing
- For the filling:
- 3 eggs
- 200ml milk
- 3oz grated cheddar cheese
- black pepper
- 3oz bacon pieces
- Step 1 For the pastry:
- Step 2 Mix together the flour and salt.
- Step 3 Add the butter and Trex.
- Step 4 Rub the fats into the flour to resemble breadcrumbs.
- Step 5 Mix to form a dough with the water.
- Step 6 Preheat the oven to Gas 6.
- Step 7 Lightly oil a loose bottomed round cake tin.
- Step 8 Roll out the pastry to fit the tin.
- Step 9 Line the tin with the pastry.
- Step 10 Prick the pastry base with a fork and brush with the milk.
- Step 11 Bake for 20 minutes to bake the base as the filling is very liquid and you don’t want a soggy bottom?
- Step 12 For the filling:
- Step 13 Mix the eggs, milk, cheese, bacon pieces and seasoning together.
- Step 14 Pour into the baked pastry base and return to the oven.
- Step 15 Bake for a further 30 minutes until golden brown on the top and set firmly.
- Step 16 Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin.
On the day I made this Quiche Lorraine I baked another one but a Vegetarian Quiche instead so that all the tastes in my house were covered. I will share the ideas and the recipe for this other quiche on Monday. That’s me signing off for the night as Grease is on the TV and I love this film.:)