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Tea and Cake at Peggy Porschen

My lovely father treated me to a lovely little trip to the Peggy Porschen Parlour earlier this week to eat some lovely lovely cakes. We had been planning to go for ages so it was good to finally find a time to do it. I hadn’t been there before but apparently he walks past it all the time and thought that as I’m someone who loves making cakes and loves cake shops that it would be a good place for us to go, and we do both love a cup of tea and cake. The parlour is a pretty little cake shop close to Victoria station in London. Even from the outside it looks wonderfully pretty and pink! Inside is very small but just big enough at the same time and you are greeted with a beautiful display of cakes at the counter as soon as you walk in including strawberry and champagne cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes and some gorgeous layered cakes decorated with stencils. There is also a tea and coffee menu so you can sit and enjoy your cake with a drink at one of the tables in the shop. The cakes aren’t cheap but they are very delicious. I opted for a dainty and delightful lemon chiffon cupcake with a floral rose tea and my Dad went for a huge slice of lemon and passionfruit cake with a peppermint and green tea, he certainly gave it the thumbs up. They sell books, cake stands, cookie cutters and cake filling as well in the shop, I loved the little cupcake cake stands, I think one of those might have to become an addition  to my cake stand collection at some point. The Peggy Porschen recipe books were gorgeous and may have to be my next recipe book purchase, some lovely looking recipes! We had a walk past the Peggy Porschen Academy too with its lovely display of wedding cakes in the windows, tiered cakes are something I want to master. I had a look at the Academy online, there are so many fabulous sounding courses on offer….maybe one day when I’m not a student!

Peggy Porschen

 

Cake Display

 

Lemon Chiffon Cupcake

 

Lemon and Passionfruit Cake

 

Academy

 

So next time you are near Victoria and have a fancy for tea and cake, I can recommend Peggy Porschen! You can find it on the corner at 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia. Enjoy!

Lottie xx

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Lottie’s World of Cakes Down Under – Bakeries in Sydney

Hello from Australia! I have to tell you about some amazing bakeries in Sydney. It has been a little while since I last posted anything here, the reason being that I have spent the last few weeks having an amazing time travelling in Oz! So I hope you will forgive me! Russell and I flew out over Christmas, spent a couple of days in Singapore, followed by a week in Sydney (we were there for the NYE fireworks, which was amazing!). From Sydney we hired a station wagon and spent the next couple of weeks working our way up the East Coast of Australia, camping each night until we reached Cairns. It was the most amazing time and there are some truly beautiful places along the coast. I have been blogging photos of our travels on Tumblr, and there is a photo from every day on our East Coast drive. You can find the blog here at The Adventures of Russ and Lotts. For me some of the highlights of our trip were the absolutely stunning blue mountains, flying over Fraser Island and sailing around the Whitsundays but really it was all fantastic. We are now in Melbourne for several weeks where I have started my elective placements and Russell has started work but there is still plenty of time to explore in and around Melbourne and we will be updating the travel blog with photos from here as well.

I thought it would be a nice idea to blog about different cakes and bakes that we have tried while in Australia, seeing as I am currently unable to bake, so I have been collecting photos of things we have tried along the way. First stop … Sydney!

Bakeries in Sydney- Blog - Sydney Harbour

 

In Sydney I had heard about the Bourke Street Bakery and that it was a must visit for any baking fan. This was the first Sydney bakery we visited, and I can tell you there are many many bakeries in Sydney. Every corner we turned had a cake shop! When we arrived at Bourke Street Bakery (in Surry Hills) there was a queue of people out the door so I knew it must be good. We grabbed a table and ordered some coffees and pastries for breakfast. The bakery itself is tiny, the queue is on the street, it is slightly chaotic ordering inside and seating is outside. But no wonder there is a queue, the breads and pastries that you can see through the window look delicious.

Bakeries in Sydney- Blog - Bourke Street Bakery

 

 

I opted for an apricot danish, Russell for a chocolate and raspberry muffin. Both delicious, lovely flaky pastry and a lovely moist muffin. Its just a shame we didn’t get to try the bread there too, the sourdough in the window looked fantastic.

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If you are looking for a yummy breakfast, lunch, loaf of bread of afternoon treat then I can recommend Bourke Street Bakery, as long as you don’t mind a short queue, I’m sure you will have  a hard time choosing what you want from everything on offer.

Our second bakery trip in Sydney was to a completely different bakery, it was Adriano Zumbo’s Patisserie in Balmain. Where as Bourke St Bakery sells traditional and simple breads, cakes and pastries, Adriano Zumbo’s Patisserie sells complicated creations that each look like little works of art and rows of macarons. Although the cakes here were also twice the price, but when you see how much detail has gone in to each one you can see why. We heard about Adriano Zumbo once we were in Sydney, he became famous after appearing on Masterchef Australia. His shop in Balmain is tiny, without seating but with a stunning display of cakes. Another store we came across of his was in Pyrmont, this shop is bright pink, with cakes on their own tall stands and macarons in ‘in case of emergency break glass’ boxes and pastries in mini ovens, a very fun looking shop.

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We chose the eric is bananaman cake consisting of chocolate banana mousse, lemon and banana creme, flourless chocolate cake, caramelised almonds, banana milk chocolate glaze and salted chocolate. Very rich but utterly delicious and a mini masterpiece!

 

 

Bakeries in Sydney- Blog - Eric is Bananaman

If anybody has any suggestions on bakeries we should visit in Melbourne then please let me know! I think I am spoilt for choice at the moment.

Lottie xx

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Bake Off Challenge Round Up 1! – Great British Bake Off

When The Great British Bake Off was back on our screens this year, I thought it would be a good idea to start a challenge to collect people’s Bake Off inspired bakes. After I have watched an episode I always want to make what they have been making. I can’t imagine how busy they must be practising their bakes each week, I hardly have time to just to one bake at the moment! There were some fantastic entries into the Bake Off Challenge this month, so thank you to everyone that entered. Each round up is done after 4 episodes of The Great British Bake Off, so the deadline for the next round up is 5th October. You can find out how to enter the challenge here.

First up was LauraLovesCakes with this absolutely delicious looking Peaches and Cream Upside Down Cake. I love the idea of filling an upside down cake and think peaches and cream sounds like a great combination to use.

Next was my entry. I was inspired by the Upside Down Cakes on The Great British Bake Off because I hadn’t made one for ages! I made a Spiced Vanilla Nectarine Upside Down Cake with Honey Roasted Pistachios.

Next up is 52 Bake n Cakes with a gorgeous Strawberry and White Chocolate Cream Cake, using a recipe from The Great British Bake Off book!

The next 3 entries came from Lindsay at Baking, Making and Crafting with Mrs M. She has been very busy baking Bake off inspired bakes! First up is a fabulous Rainbow Cake, although baked a little while ago she was reminded of it by the hidden design cakes. The layers look fantastic!

 Lindsay’s next entry was an excellent attempt at Paul Hollywood’s 8 strand plaited loaf. Well done!

Lindsay’s final entry to this month’s Challenge was Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart, it looks great, with a lovely woven top and not a soggy bottom in sight!

The next entry came from Beckie at Bees Teas, she made a delicious Quick Cheese, Chilli and Walnut Bread using a no yeast and no knead recipe. It sounds like a great combination.

 Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food for Families made a GBBO inspired Peach Upside Down Cake. It looks yummy!

The next entry was from Nicola at Nic’s Feasts and Treats. A lovely new blog that you should take a look at. She made a gorgeous Zingy Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie inspired by the tarts they made on GBBO.

 Sally at PiggyBakes was inspired by the Bagel making on Great British Bake Off and made some fantastic Blueberry Bagels using John’s recipe. They look great!

Vikki from Cake Fairy Blog made a fabulous looking Team GB cake for the Opening Ceremony, with a hidden design of red and blue layers. It looked beautiful but unfortunately she dropped it and didn’t manage to try any of it, although she did manage to get a photo to show the layers inside.

I was also inspired by the bagels on The Great British Bake Off and made some Sun dried Tomato and Parmesan Bagels.

Thank you for the amazing entries, I can’t wait to see all of the entries for the next round up! Read how to enter the challenge here.

Lottie xx

@lotts_louise

 

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Paralympics Opening Ceremony – Angola Team

Paralympics Angola Team – Placard Bearer

Last night was one of the most amazing nights ever. I was lucky enough to be a part of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony and honoured to have the job of leading some of the athletes around the stadium, a job given the title of ‘Placard Bearer’. The whole experience was fantastic and I will remember it forever, the atmosphere at the stadium was incredible and the show was stunning. My job was to walk out into the Stadium with the athletes from Angola (this meant I was one of the first out!) and to lead them around the stadium. While doing so I also got to wear a rather fabulous dress and to carry a big umbrella with the country’s name on it, it was great!

The floor was wet from the rain and we had to wear some rather tricky heels but fortunately my walking all went smoothly without any trips and I even got 10 seconds on telly! I’ll be honest, I had the biggest grin on the whole way round, I loved it! Here are a few photos from last night:


I cannot wait for the closing ceremony now!

Lottie xx

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Tea and Cake at Sketch!

I had a lovely day out with my Mum and sister recently. We had booked tickets to the V and A ballgown exhibition, a fabulous display of beautiful gowns since the 1950s. It is worth a visit if you like dresses, there are some stunning dresses in the exhibition, and also some dresses more suited to the catwalk! I’m not sure I could see myself in Gareth Pugh’s silver leather dress but I would quite like to zip back a few decades, there were some gorgeous 50s and 60s dresses that I would have just loved to try on! I also loved the exhibition outside of this one where they were displaying historical dresses, they were fascinating.

After a bit of a wander around the jewellery exhibition where there are some seriously sparkly rings, we took trip to Sketch on Conduit Street, just near Regent Street. I didn’t know about this part of the day, it was planned by Mum and Rose so it was a lovely surprise, it is a fantastic place. The whole place has a magical feel and the decor is amazing. We sat in the Parlour a gorgeous room with a wonderful collection of chairs! It is also home to some interesting art work on the walls. The menu in the Parlour is lovely and for a menu is very pretty. I opted for a Mango Tea (which smelt delightful!) and a Strawberry Hill (my first choice was a Royal Rose but unfortunately they didn’t have this). A Strawberry Hill is a sable biscuit with, almond cream, kiwi compote, lime mousse and strawberries. My Mum went for a Provence which is Almond mousse, apricot compote, almond sponge cake and crunchy praline and my chocolate loving sister chose the Chocolate Tartlet which is sweet pastry dough with Macae chocolate ganache, chocolate jelly and dark chocolate. They were delicious and were all so pretty! Almost too pretty to eat, they were lovely and delicate cakes. There was also the option of choosing an Olympic themed cake which was 5 profiteroles in the shape and colours of the Olympic rings. If you are looking for somewhere a little bit different to go for some tea and cake or afternoon tea then I can recommend Sketch, we had a lovely time. We had a little bit of a wander around too and I have looked on the website, there are some lovely rooms. I quite fancy the Gallery, which is a gastro-brasserie. I love the design of the room and the random mix of furniture.  All in all it was a lovely day and I look forward to returning to Sketch in the future, I would recommend it!

 

This trip was at the same time as when the Olympic torch had made it back to London and as we stepped out onto Regent Street and saw the crowds we realised the torch was just about to come past. Perfect timing. We got a great spot and realised that was actually where the torch was going to change hands, perfect!

The only thing I wasn’t so sure about was this staircase that looked like it was covered in blood!

Have you been to Sketch? Let me know what you thought in a comment below!

Lottie xx

@lotts_louise

 

 

 

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Cheese scones with courgette soup and a ‘Soup Walk’

Surely nobody knows how to make a good scone better than Mary Berry. So where else to turn to for a scone recipe than Mary Berry’s Baking Bible? I have been in a bit of a savoury mood lately so fancied making some cheese scones – a lovely savoury treat! And I knew they would go down well with my boyfriend who is always asking for more savoury baking. He pretends he doesn’t share my sweet tooth, but when presented with a cake he can never resist! Mary Berry suggest serving the scones with soup so I decided to make a Roasted Courgette soup to go with the scones for a lovely weekend dinner.

So here is the recipe I used for Cheese Scones, from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

The recipe is to make a cheese scone round, of 6 wedges. I used the dough to make round scones instead.
You will need:

225g self-raising flour

1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp baking powder
25g butter
150g mature cheddar, grated
1 large egg
milk


Preheat the oven to 220C and grease a baking tray.

Mix the flour, salt, mustard powder, cayenne pepper and baking powder. Add the butter and use your fingers to rub it into the flour until you get very fine breadcrumbs. Stir in 100g of the cheese.
Break the egg into a jug and make it up to 150ml with milk. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients until you get a soft dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly. Roll out the dough to a 1cm thickness and use a cutter to cut the dough into circles of whatever size you want. I misplaced my cookie cutter so used a wine glass, which was a nice size! Or if you are making a round, roll out the dough to a 15cm circle and mark into 6 wedges.
Brush the scones with a little milk and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake the scones for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and eat fresh!

Cheese scones

To make the courgette soup I used 2 courgettes, 1 onion, vegetable stock, 2 small potatoes, flat leaf parsley, lemon zest, black pepper. Slice the courgettes and the onion and roast in the oven with some olive oil and black pepper until starting to go brown and nice and soft. Meanwhile boil 2 small potatoes until soft and make up some vegetable stock. In a blender add the cooked courgette, onion, potato and vegetable stock. How much you add really depends on how thick or thin you like your soup! Blitz it until quite smooth. Add some chopped parsly and lemon zest and season to taste. Blitz again. Pour into a saucepan and heat up. Serve with some cheese and warm cheese scones.

Courgettes

Courgette soup

The Soup Walk

My sister decided that we should go on a soup walk. This being a walk in the countryside, talking a stove and some tins of soup (and cheese scones!) and making some soup half way!n So we did and here she is enjoying her soup walk!

Rose

Soup time

Look who we found on our walk!

Llama

Lottie xx

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My very first blog!

Well welcome to my world of cakes and bakes (and anything else I might fancy posting!). I have decided to venture into the world of blogging, and what better to blog about than cakes!

I’m a medical student in London but one of my favourite hobbies is baking and I would like to share my creations with you through this blog.

So look forward to lots of yummy cakes and recipes!

Lottie xx