Day 26 Washing Up & Afternoon Tea Demo

Some might say that I  had spent years and years practicing for the mornings activities this passed Wednesday. Starting to work at Honeywell Meats as I did at 9 years of age by washing up and sweeping the floors you could say I could do the job with my eyes shut and with 1 hand tied behind my back! It was really good to be able to help out Marion, Suzanne and Jonathan though as they finished off their exam menu. It was great to see them all finish on-time and with great looking food too. Our afternoon was a great demo again from Tim with a theme of Afternoon Tea.

The demo list had lots of treats that personally I had no idea what they were. First off, I’ve never had “Afternoon Tea” and secondly, I don’t speak French! The first may come as a shock to those outside Britain that a Brit doesn’t have this every day. As for the second count, even though French is the second official language of Canada, I do not speak French very well. What became clear though was that I didn’t need to be fluent in French to realise that these offerings were going to be extremely tasty!

Day 26 Demo Egg & Cress Sandwiches

Day 26 Demo Asparagus Rolls

Starting out there were a couple of classics in the form of some Egg & Cress Sandwiches and Asparagus Rolls.

Day 26 Demo Herb Scones with Smoked Salmon

Our other savoury was in the form of Herb Scones with Creme Fraiche, Smoked Salmon and Caviar. These were tasty little mouthfuls, but if I’m honest I wanted to get to the sweet items that are to follow! :-)

Day 26 Demo Bouchee au Chocolat - Biscuit a la Cuillere

First up were the Bouchee au Chocolat. These little “bite-sized” morsels were 2 little sponge discs sandwiched together with Creme Patissiere and covered in an amazing layer of Chocolate Fondant. O – M – G these were extremely tasty and quite devilish!

Day 26 Demo Tartelettes Aux Fraises au Fromage

You may have seen the Tartelettes aux Fraises au Fromage (Strawberry Boats!) peaking in from behind the Bouchee au Chocolat in the previous photo but here we see them in full view. Sugar Pastry with a sweetened Cream Cheese filling and topped with fresh Strawberries. Great little food but I have to say, with the Redcurrant Jelly, somewhat sticky-finger food! ;-)

Day 26 Demo Country Fruitcake

Being a Northern lad I think the Country Fruitcake was definitely calling to me. I think some may know this one as Tea Loaf but this is one I just wanted to sit down and enjoy with the cake in one hand and a cup of tea in the other! I say that because I’m sure I remember my Grandma making this as part of her cake stand. I should also say that my Grandma’s cake stand was one that was always being demolished just as quickly as she could build it…maybe that’s where I get my sweet tooth from!?!?

Day 26 Demo Frankfurter Kranz with Praline

And finally Frankfurter Kranz. When I initially read the running order for the demo I wondered what Frankfurters were doing on there. As you can see though, this is nothing like any Frankfurter you may have seen before. The base of the cake is a very light sponge and then the assault begins! :-) The Butter Cream icing is a Beurre a la Meringue, which has been flavoured with a little Vanilla Sugar and Grand Marnier.The cake is cut into 3 or 4 layers and there’s a layer of the B a la M between each one and also over the entire cake. It’s all topped off with Praline and WOW is this cake light and extremely tasty!

Another awesome demo and I can’t wait to get to make these items for myself :-)

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About richardpholden

Chef living in Henley-on-Thames working for Weber BBQ's UK. Passionate about food and championing local/niche suppliers. Available for private catering, in-home cooking lessons and menu consultation. In this blog I hope to honestly share some of my journey with you, the highs and the lows, as well as post thoughts that have provoked me and made me think about something in my life, or in the larger world, in a slightly different way. These are my thoughts and my interpretations and questions on any given topic. I love the kinds of questions that make us look at an aspect of our life and delve into it more than usual. I hope you enjoy!

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