Friday, 20 August 2010

The Aby Village Show - part 2

Just a quick update to show you what I managed today....

... it is amazing how you can both get so much done and also so little!  I tried to be stress free, relax and enjoy the experience but it can get so messy in the kitchen, both actually and mentally and I had so many recipes going round the brain... and trying to remember to photograph everything...

... anyway... my toughest decision was to make it all today or make it in the morning... but it's all about timings and whilst i'd like it all to be as fresh as a daisy it's totally impossible.

But I've got quite a bit done...

swiss meringue buttercream for both the cupcakes and the chocolate sandwich cake

red velvet cupcakes... ready for the icing

chocolate victoria sponge sandwich cake

my dough has risen for the cottage loaf

so... everything's ready to be decorated for tomorrow... i'll make my scones fresh in the morning and i'm going to make a shortbread round tonight... but do I make my bread now or in the morning?  If I form it into the bread shape, will it keep fresh till the morning before baking?



  1. I'm all excited Dom .... so hope you do really well!!!

    Everything looks wonderful so far.

    I can't be of any help on the bread question ... sorry.

    P.S. Love the Nigella bowl :-}

  2. Looking good, I think I would bake it tonight, that way if it does go wrong you can always whip up another starter tonight and bake fresh tomorrow. Good luck!

  3. thanks guys... having problems cos my dough is really soft... dont know what to do

  4. It's all looking really good. Looking forward to seeing finished articles. Good Luck and may your shortbread round be victorious.

  5. It looks great Dom - Best of luck for tomorrow - Im so excited for you - Im sure youre going to blow them away with that red velvet. Sorry I cant help with the bread question.

  6. I know it's the middle of the night there in Lincolnshire, but... I am able to make my Christmas bread and let it do one rise, then I shape the dough and put it in the pan, refrigerate it and then allow a short rise time in the AM while we unwrap presents. Then, I bake. It comes out fine every time ... I would think you could apply the same reasoning in your case ( in the future, I know because you've obviously decided already your strategy for Saturday's event). I'm just sayin' and hoping for a good outcome for you on Saturday!

  7. Thanks guys.. all very sweet... and I did stick my soft dough in the fridge for a couple or hours last night and then baked the loaves and they came out perfectly... so thank you x


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