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Knitting again from 8 January

The Fenton Knitting Group meets for the first time in 2019 tomorrow, 8 January, with a warm welcome to our returning members as well as any new knitters or anyone wanting to learn to knit.

So if you want to get crafty with your needles, Fenton is the place to be on Tuesday evenings.

Although the festive season is officially over once again for another year, our cake this week will be Mary Berry’s Twelfth Night Cake. See for yourself Soo’s very first attempt at ‘posh’ filigree icing. It may not look quite as smart as Mary’s version, but I promise you it will taste good!FKG postcard

A sweet little fairy cake

In preparation for my Garden Open Day I’m planning which recipes to use for our cake stall. These were suggested by one of my lovely knitting ladies, so we tried them at Knitting Group this week. They were a success.

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Elder flower cordial flavoured sponge, combines with lemon curd and elder flower butter cream fillings to create this sweet little fairy cake. Sugar craft and finesse are not my thing – but they really were delicious!

Wool swap!

With thanks to Gill and her kind donation of some lovely yarn, the ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group enjoyed another great wool swap this week.

In honour of Gill and her fundraising endeavours, we have donated our subs this week to her Justgiving page.

Don’t worry, B, we have saved some wool for you!

wool swap

We also enjoyed a slice of Mr handmadebysoo’s birthday cake with our tea!

Happy Valentine’s Day from handmadebysoo

The ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group will be meeting this evening as usual. There will be a very special chocolate mousse cake, courtesy of the lovely Mary Berry, and a few other chocolatey treats. And yes, despite our slightly sticky fingers, we will be working at the table as usual, underneath the Valentine hearts hanging from the ceiling.

 

Pumpkin pie

The Trumpkin outside our door attracted a lot of attention and did indeed stop traffic at one point! But now the Trumpkin is no more. It went into a pumpkin pie. I used the basic recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and added some very non tradtional whipped double cream and chocolate shavings to the top. The pastry was buttery and crisp. The filling set well and was spicy, sweet and delicious.Yum! I served it up to my American brother-in-law with some trepidation. I hope he enjoyed it.

Great British Bake Off first timer

I realise I must be something of a rare breed, but I have never watched GBBO before. Yes, I make cakes (a lot of cakes!). Yes, I watch TV (mostly whilst knitting!). But a TV programme based on the premise of competitive baking?!

So why have I decided to give this season a go? The answer is simple! Nadiya! I was vaguely aware that Nadiya was the winner of the last series … and then I heard her speaking on Dessert (sic!) Island Discs and I thought ‘If someone as engaging as this is involved in that show then maybe I am seriously missing out!’

So tonight I will be watching and I will even put my knitting aside. Mel, Sue, Mary and Paul – I am (finally) ready. Let the baking begin!

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Here’s 2 I made earlier! So far this week I have already baked a Victoria sponge for my husband’s lunches and a jam swiss roll for my knitting ladies. And yes, I even have the gingham!