It has been an amazing day. It all started at 5 o,clock this morning getting everything ready and then off to the Priory at 11.00 to Watch Frances Quinn make her amazing marzipan bees my mind is working overtime on ideas for new cake decorations. Her book Quinntessential Baking has some amazing ideas.
Then a quick dash to check in with the Abergavenny Food Festival Team before going to the Market Hall to do my demonstration with Frances. I was very nervous but love every minute of it.
Then off to do a book signing along with Frances.
Then a quick twenty minute break before going to the castle and getting ready for my Pizza demonstration.
It has been an amazing day and so many people have been behind me – it will take a lot to beat today. Thank you to Mam, for holding my hand, Libby & Millie for covering for Mam so she could be with me. Francis for letting me be her Sous Chef, Kirsty for inviting me to demonstrate at the Food Academy but my biggest thank you is to Scott Grant Crichton for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Abergavenny Food Festival.
My blog is a little bit late this week as I’ve been getting busy for the Abergavenny Food Festival today where I am going to do two demonstrations. The first is with Frances Quinn (who won the 2013 Great British Bake Off) and the second is on my own in the Castle where I am making Pizzas with forty children.
The only reason I am writing my blog now is because I am very nervous and wanted to think of something else!!
Because I’ve been practising for the Food festival I only managed to do two of the three bakes this week.
The first was a Blueberry Frangipane and I managed not to get a soggy bottom on my shortcrust pastry. This is a lovely pudding with creme fraiche or a thick jersey cream.
My second bake was vol au vents and I loved making these as I find the laminating in the puff pastry fun.
Saturday was Abergavenny food festival where there are many lovely stalls selling lots of lovely food. As my Mam has a shop in Abergavenny I asked her if I was allowed a stall outside her shop selling some of my bakes.
Mam said yes and I decided to have a Brownie stall.
I then had to figure out what type of Brownies I would bake and also make sure that I would have enough to sell. I also had to think about keeping them fresh which meant i could not cook them too soon before the food fest.
I started baking last Tuesday and made four batches every night after school (I managed to drop one batch that had to be thrown away). On Friday I didnt feel very well so I couldnt make anything. There was a chance I wouldn’t be well enough to sell all my brownies, which would have meant all my work would have gone to waste.
Mam said she would get everything ready for Saturday so that if I was well enough I would at least be ready to sell all my baking.
On Saturday I felt a lot better and ready to sell my bake.
On my stall I had four diffrent types of brownies which were:
Triple chocolate chip
We went into work early and by 10 o,clock my stall was ready and I was all set up to sell. I didnt stop until about 3 o,clock when I had nine brownies left. I was so tired and just wanted to pack up but then a lady came and bought eight brownies and saw the the last brownie on the tray and asked if that was the last one. I said yes so she bought it.
Choclate orange was the best seller followed by triple chocolate chip
Although I was tired it was a great experience I had lots of lovely comments and I would love to do it all again