Sunday, 24 April 2011

Cakes for Gunby Hall


i've been baking cakes all day... Belleau Kitchen is like a little old-fashioned work-house...

... Gunby Hall is a Grade 1 listed, 18th Century country house near Spilsby in Lincolnshire... it's one of those magical country houses where you could imagine seeing a character from a Bronte novel swishing along the manicured lawns or disappearing behind a topiary hedge, fluttering a lace fan and giggling softly... it was once the seat of Sir William Massingberd and more recently the home of Jack and Betty, the dear sweet old couple who now live in our little village after they found it too much to care for such a vast estate.

... the house belongs to the National Trust and a few months ago its tenancy became available once more...

...yesterday The Viking and I met with the new tenants to talk about helping them with their plans to utilise the estate for events such as weddings, concerts and themed parties... it could be a brilliant new venture for The Viking and I, allowing us to use our 14 years knowledge in the event production world whilst combining it with our obvious love for Lincolnshire and its beautiful countryside...

... the great thing about it is that we could get to build a new business from the ground up, designing event packages, photographing brochures, building a website, sourcing local suppliers, all this and working alongside some lovely new friends...

banana loaf with cream cheese icing

... of course I couldn't help also thinking about the on-site tea room and providing them with some of my cakes, so I took some samples with me, just in case I could tempt them.  I made a banana and walnut loaf, a carrot cake and some rhubarb muffins topped with white chocolate... and this morning I got a text asking me to provide cakes for the next few days...

carrot cake muffins

carrot cake

...i'm pretty knackered now but rather pleased with the results... I've added 2 chocolate cakes into the mix as well as some carrot cake muffins, so there's lots on offer... i'll let you know how they sell.

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