Baking is definitely the new rock and roll, with the added bonus that you can whisk along to the beat. What with Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off, there’s more inspiration than ever to get baking.
For my friend Ruth’s 50th, as well as making her a cake, I bought her a session at a cookery school so she could learn a few more baking skills from a professional. And as I’m partial to a bit of baking myself, I joined her.
We turned up at the Simply Cooking Harmony House Cookery School, near York, ready to bake everything anyone could ever want for an English afternoon tea. I made my first ever batch of crème patisserie, the semi-set custard of vanilla slices. It turned out to be quite simple, though unfortunately I over-catered, so Ruth and I had to eat the leftovers right out of the bowl. Waste not, want not, eh? The same went for the battenberg which had oodles of excess marzipan and cake cuttings, we were like human Hoovers. Though at least I didn’t disgrace myself and eat the cake mixture left in the bowl, not that I’m owning up to, anyway.
Great fun, with edible results. Ruth confessed that she was relieved I hadn’t gone with my other option for her present, a day’s gardening tuition, which would have included digging and weeding. That, she admitted, was definitely too much like hard work!