The Pommery champagne cafe bar

@EdinburghBakers at the Pommery bar, photo courtesy of @DantoBlaBlaBlah x

This Saturday was a day of glamour and self indulgence for me with an extremely lavish trip to the pop up Champagne bar hosted in the Signet Library just off the royal mile in the centre of Edinburgh x The Pommery champagne cafe bar have created a very sophisticated and decadent little space in the Library for those looking for a bit of luxury during the Festival and I revelled in the opportunity to get dressed up and head out in to town in my finery and I felt perfectly at home in my surroundings and company.

We were there to partake in one of their Champagne afternoon teas and had been extremely well organised Β by the very busy Alison on behalf ofΒ The Edinburgh BakersΒ to enjoy as a group during this years festival. And it was a glorious afternoon of laughter, CAKE, tea and Β of course Champers and lived up to all of my expectations.

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Firstly they brought us these pretty little glasses of Fizz, which tasted divine, I could certainly get used to Champagne on a regular basis I think πŸ™‚ x

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Then our sandwiches arrived, I think my favoured bready delight was the cucumber and mint sandwiches funnily enough, not a combination I can say that I have ever tried before, but they were closely followed by the cheese scones of yumminess x

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And then there was CAKE!!!!!! And they all lived up to the very high standards that we as Edinburgh Bakers have come to expect in a quality cake, the chocolate brownies were absolutely sensational!!! But my favourite by far of all these goodies was the little lemon possets………..mmmmmmmm…….It was just so creamy and…….Well……lemony!!

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Thought you may like to see these pretty’s a little closer, just to get you salivating!! πŸ˜‰

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And of course the Lemon Posset too………even I’m salivating again now x

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So all in all a huge thumbs up from Lucy!!! The surroundings were just so pretty and ornate that it just set the scene for our enjoyable Afternoon tea and allowed us to have some great fun with all the other lovely people in our company x Thanks again for organising Edinburgh bakers, you excelled yourself again x I can’t wait for the next Event at Cafe MusaΒ to see you all again x

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Victoria Sponge, several new outfits and many catalogue poses!!

It’s time for my weekly baking challenge! Yeah!!

This week I decided to attempt a Victoria Sponge.

It went really well again this week and the sponge tastes rather yummy, I would have liked it a little moister but I think that can be easily remedied next time!!

This is the recipe I followed:

  • 175g/6 oz butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g/6 oz caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 175g/6 oz self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 1 tbsp caster or icing sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180β—‹C/350β—‹F/Gas mark 4. Grease two 20cm/8-inch sandwich tins and line with greaseproof paper or baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or hand-held mixer until the mixture is pale in colour and light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding in with a metal spoon or a spatula. Divide the mixture between the tins and smooth over with the spatula.
  4. Place them on the same shelf in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until well risen, golden brown and beginning to shrink from the sides of the tin.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 1 minute, looken the cakes from around the edge of the tins using a palette knife. Turn the cakes out onto a clean tea towel, remove the paper and invert them onto a wire rack (this prevents the wire rack from marking the top of the cakes).
  6. When completely cool, sandwich together with the jam and sprinkle with the sugar.

I have been picking up lots of bargains in the sales lately and thought it might be a Β fun and different way to present my baking adventures this week if I tried on a few things through the course of the evening and took some photos to show you all x In order to decide which of my many buys to wear I decided to narrow it down a lot and chose to wear only my new skirt (Which is a size 10…OMG!!) and try out some of my new tops and shoes with it!! Β In this first photo of me I have everything together, including my new food processor (which I just had to have now that I am taking baking so seriously) and am ready to get going!! Note my new top from George at ASDA, only Β£3!!

With the batter thoroughly mixed and ready to put in to the tins, I suddenly realised that I hadn’t put the oven on to heat up and it was a getting little chilly, so I had put on my cardi and scarf for a while until I warmed up a little x Oh and I changed in to my newΒ moccasinsΒ  from New look too!!

I got this really lovely light green oversized T in New look as well so I thought I would try to make a more casual outfit by wearing my oversized cardi with it!! Whilst pointing at my beautiful cake obviously!! heehee xx Just in case you didn’t know where it was, follow the finger!! x

The obligatory pretending to eat a piece of the yummy cake pose……..I love this photo for some reason, perhaps it’s because it shows a little of the twinkle that I have found lately, now that I have some motivation and clear goals for my future! Or maybe it’s because I’m about to stuff some cake in my face!! x

Then finally just hanging out with my cake in a slightly more dressy outfit!!

I love this colourful top from New look and this photo actually shows off the skirt in it’s full prettiness too, I teamed them with my navy heels for an outfit fit for a night out on the town xx

There we are for another week!! I don’t know if I can keep up the photo shoots along with the baking, but it was fun xx So I may try……..heehee