Day 26 Washing Up & Afternoon Tea Demo
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!
Starting out there were a couple of classics in the form of some Egg & Cress Sandwiches and Asparagus Rolls.
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! :-)
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!
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! ;-)
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!?!?
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 :-)
Posted on October 30, 2011, in Updates and tagged Biscuit a la Cuillere, Bouchee au Chocolat, Country Fruitcake, Day 26 Washing Up and Afternoon Tea Demo, Frankfurter Kranz with Praline, Herb Scones with Smoked Salmon, Richard Holden Blog, Tartelettes aux Fraises au Fromage. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.