Here's me thinking people are far too health conscious for cake in January...
Last year we had a disastrous start to the year, and our first meeting of 2013 ended up being a virtual meet up after Bolton received a foot of snow. I think about five of us managed to trek to our beloved Thyme Deli, whilst Corinne, Michelle and Mo had a mini meet in Farnworth, and Bev sent pics of her beautiful cake via Facebook.
No such dramas this year, although there was a horrible date mix up with the venue, which luckily was sorted out toot sweet by their manager - phew! We were at one of our favourite locations, The Rivington in Blackrod.
This month's meeting was inspired by the Shane Meadows film/The Clash song, This is England. We are a nation of bakers, each region with its own speciality and slight variations on common themes. This country has spawned some excellent practitioners too, ranging from the mother of the cookbook Mrs Beeton, to our modern day heroines like Delia and Mary Berry. We bloody love a good cake.
January is normally a bit of a quiet one, but we still managed to rustle up thirteen cakes between us. They included:
- Cream Tea - an English Breakfast Tea Cake
- Victoria Sponge - The Cream (Cheese) of Manchester
- This is England Battenberg Cake with English Rosewater and Raspberry Jam
- Cherry and Sherry Cake
- Tottenham Cake
- Lemon and Thyme Drizzle Cake
- Scrumptious Sticky Toffee Cake
- Devonshire Apple and Cider Cake
- English Custard Cake
- Manchester Tart Cake
- Lemon and Lavender Cake
- Yorkshire Parkin
- Bakewell Cake
Next month will see our little club turn two. As you can imagine, this will be a lively one - there is already talk of party poppers... If you're interested in coming, please email me as soon as possible, as I only have a couple of places left...
Details of our next meeting, Two.
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