Friday, November 19, 2021

Masterbaking in the Kitchen

It was our Hairdresser Friend who suggested we make Christmas cakes together. A few discussions about masterbaking in our kitchen ensued. A day and time was arranged. HDF would take her cake mix home to bake it in her own oven. They were going to be single mixes but at the last minute it was agreed to double the ingredients and then divide the mix. 

It was a really nice afternoon and R prepared and served a dip with savoury biscuits, cheese. He also made some rather pretty drinks, Ginsecco, that is pink gin, pink prosecco wine, ice and pink lemonade, decorated with strawberries and a slice of lemon. I am not much of one for cocktails but I had a second one. HDF loved the drink. 

I cut up the glace cherries and manged the pot of fruit and other ingredients on the stove. I helped with measurements, as the recipe was taken from various sources. A shot of brandy is an ounce, nay 30 ml. A pound of butter is a bit under half a kilo. No R, 400 g of brown sugar will not fit into a cup sitting on the scales. No R, 300 ml of brandy won't fit into that measuring jug. I was so terribly helpful. They couldn't have done it without my knowledgeable advice.

I left the masterbakers to their masterbaking and went to my bedroom to my own device as Master Bruno in Bratislava wanted to tell me what terrible things he would like to do to me. You know, he wanted to ....!!! Oh dear. I am an innocent young boy.

HDF was prepared to leave a bit before six, leaving us to watch the old person's six o'clock commercial tv news. I was supposed to go down with her but the single working lift was not working. She walked down the stairs carrying her left over ingredients and cake batter. She came back into the building and left the visitor parking permit in our mail box. 

It is many many months since someone else has been in our apartment. We will give it a good airing tomorrow. 

Chin chin.


No royal icing or marzipan this year, just almonds and glace cherries.

52 comments:

  1. Well done you. I have also started the baking marathon. No pretty drinks or nibbles provided for the baker here though....

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    1. EC, making a cocktail for yourself would be expensive. Do they come in cans?

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  2. Perhaps the title of "The Great British Bake off" should be changed to "Masterbaking". That Paul Hollywood fellow even looks like a man who has spent much of his life masterbaking. I am surprised he's not blind!

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    1. YP, while I know Mary, I had no idea who he is. I don't like the look of him.

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  3. I say, terribly impressive. I'm in cooking mode too but I haven't done fruitcakes in years though I do love the homemade kind.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, let me send you my boiled fruit cake. It is to die for and would probably be fine for delivery with basic postal service. Except, I haven't made it for over twenty years. You'd be taking a chance.

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  4. It sounds like you had a delightful time.

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    1. It was nice and fun too Sandra.

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  5. Anonymous11:13 am

    That does sound like a fun afternoon. I need to get onto baking my Christmas cake... Bunyip

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    1. Bunyip, do you add some local seaweed to the mix?

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  6. Sounds like a lot of fun. Those cocktails are pretty! So is the cake.

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    1. Strayer, the particpants weren't so pretty but still know how to have fun.

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  7. You sound like the perfect supervisor. The cocktails look a bit sweet for me but beautifully presented.

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    1. Caro, I don't like sweet and the cocktails weren't too sweet. I just checked that the masterbakers were getting it right. I made the Christmas cake for over twenty five years.

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    2. I have to say it. I keep reading masterbakers as something else.

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    3. My job is done.

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  8. Now that was a great idea making a Christmas Cake with a friend, having cocktails too..looks good the cake..

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    1. Margaret, it was fun and the cake by my expert? eye looks like it will be good.

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  9. Never heard of pink gin. When I was young I remember sloe gin and getting total bomb on it. I was playing with ideal of making fruit cake this holidays.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Gin is huge here Dora. I've heard of sloe gin but I don't know what it is. It sounds potent.

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    2. I think sloe gin is the original gin made from sloe berries, unless I am mistaken they are the same as, or similar to, juniper berries.

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    3. I think that sloe gin is made by soaking sloes (a relative of plums) in gin.

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    4. That's right EC, so it is. I had forgotten.

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    5. River, yes. They do look like juniper.

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  10. Well done; that looks wonderful. Shop-bought for us this year, Lady Magnon's just not organised enough (that's her excuse anyway).

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    1. Cro, so much time spent looking after you and not enough time to make a Christmas cake.

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    1. Thanks luv, I say pet, I say luv.

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  12. We don't do Christmas of course, but your almonds and glace cherries look delicious. Goodonya!

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    1. Hels, on one of your most boring days of the year, you could indulge in some christmas cake and half a glass of sherry.

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  14. If you are an innocent young boy then I am Queen Victoria, although unlike her I AM amused.
    The drinks look pretty and the cake looks very yum.

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    1. River, a crown rather suits you. You look very imperious. Please smile a bit more often.

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  15. That sounds like great fun, to make the Christmas cakes with others.

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    1. Debby, three cooks in a small kitchen can be fun.

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  16. SOunds like fun, I usually bake alone

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    1. TP, I think that is the most appropriate way to do it.

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  17. That must have been a fun afternoon Andrew. Love the pink drinks :) I haven't started on my cake yet, but I let the dried fruit simmer in the alcohol for a few days...before baking.

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    1. Sami, I've soaked the fruit in the past but I can't remember if it was worth it.

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  18. Master Bruno in Bratislava?! So many questions!

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    1. Anything less than keeping my lips sealed Steve would endanger my life.

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  19. We can get cocktails in cans. Love Paul Hollywood. Hate fruitcake.
    Other than the cleaning lady and the bar install guys we haven't had any one in in forever!

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    1. Jackie, we aren't really into cocktails. I kind of know you can buy them in a can but I've not looked at them.

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  20. Love the cocktails and the bread or Christmas Cake looks yummy.
    I have my German Stollen already and will have it for Christmas and New Years. Actually on New Years I will bring part of the Stollen with me when I go to get Heidi!

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    1. Maribeth, I thought of you when I saw Stollen in Aldi yesterday.

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  21. I wonder if Julian Clary is looking for a scriptwriter.

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    1. Tasker, are you suggesting my sense of humour is puerile and juvenile? Of course it is.

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  22. I would have loved to watch you baking ! The cocktail sounds good, although I don't drink any alcohol since 18 years ! I only baked once in my life an apple cake which I left on the table to cool down and next morning the cake had disappeared and I found some crumps and little pieces on ghe floor cat Arthur was apparently hungry ! Therefore we never knew if my cake was good or not !

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    1. Arthur lacked the means to say, Mummy, I have a bad pain in my stomach.

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  23. Your pun is great and the fruitcake looks very good. It's so nice to get together with congenial people; I never thought of having a baking party. My sister-in-law makes the fruitcakes in our family, and I make oatcakes (a Nova Scotia delicacy).

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    1. Pun Jenny? I'm afraid I found it elsewhere and it amused me. I kind of know oatcakes, but if the NS oatcakes are so nice, they must be different to what I know.

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    2. They are not healthy - they contain butter and shortening and sugar and melt in your mouth. The only nutritious thing about them is the oats!

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