Saturday, 18 August 2012

it's competition time...



... as long-time readers will know, this weekend marks the annual Aby Village Show... it's the time when all the locals gather to show off their prowess in the kitchen and garden as well as photography and needlecraft... it's a time for us all to gather as a community with fingers crossed and breath bated waiting to find out who's scones have favoured the judges this year... who's victoria sponge has risen to perfection and who's fruit pie has ticked the right boxes... and you may say, 'well Mr Franks, you're sure to walk away with the gold medals... we love your cooking and your cakes are excellent' but what none of you realise is that the judges of these kinds of village shows are not looking for creativity or flair... they are looking for perfection... with rules... rules that I am not very good at following... rules laid down by the coven of witches known in this country as..... The Women's Institute...

... scones have to be a certain size (believe me... I have fallen foul of this one before)... victoria sponges must be made with three eggs, just jam filling and no cream (and not four like this...) and a small loaf must be small and you must understand what this means...

... I was actually at a wedding last year so I couldn't enter or enjoy the genial ribbing we all give each other after the judges have given their decisions and the items are all put up for one of the most raucous auctions you'll ever attend... so this year i'm planning on going out guns blazing and entering quite a few items...

4 scones - recipe can be found here...


4 cheese scones - recipe can be found here...


a deep-filled cherry pie with a chocolate lattice pastry top - this is my we should cocoa entry this month and I will post a full recipe later next week...


a small loaf - recipe can be found here...


a victoria sponge made with three eggs - recipe can not be found here...


6 biscuits - I went for gingernuts which are sublime!



it is now Saturday morning and after a full day and half a morning of baking I have been down to the village hall and submitted my bakes... by the time you've read this I will probably be biting my nails in anticipation of a result... I will update this post this afternoon when I return from the brou-ha-ha...

... well... not a bad haul after-all... First Prize with my cheese scones (about time I bloody won the scone prize)... First Prize with the bread... and Third Prize for the Cherry Pie, which if you ask me is a fix... that pie is clearly a winner!... Vic Sponge and Biscuits didn't even hit the scoreboard although i'm not really surprised about the Vic Sponge as it was a little dark around the edges... what a day!


eat and of course, enjoy!

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