Garden produce ‘bake-off’

What a night!  This was our first ‘bake-off’ event which proved to be a huge success – the rain held off and the edible entries made for a truly delicious feast.

Lizzie and James were wonderful hosts giving us a very warm welcome.  The garden was looking beautiful, the ‘croquet’ lawn although slightly sloping was perfect in every other way!  In this walled garden, the borders were packed with flowers and neat rows vegetables nestled there too, a bug hotel and  coop with two white hens complete the garden scene.

Entrants were given leeway when choosing what to bake and therefore the judging was simply: a) best savoury on appearance b) best sweet entry on appearance then we were allowed to taste (feast) and judge again a) & b) on taste.  We use ‘people’s choice’ judging so as to involve everyone - it was not an easy task…

In the savoury category we had scones, goats cheese & beetroot tarts, many quiches, several Spanish omelettes, garlic & onion flat bread…

Wendy wins 1st prize in first round of voting for her ‘rustic scone’

Connor and Sue win joint 2nd prize in the 1st round of voting for their quiche and flat bread respectively (sorry there is no photograph of Conor’s (our youngest member) quiche)

2nd prize in first round of voting for Chrisi’s goats cheese & beetroot tarts and 1st prize in second round of voting for the her blackcurrant summer meringue roulade.

Alessandra wins 1st prize in first round of voting for her kumquat and almond cake

Ruth wins 1st prize for her quiche in second round of voting (tasting)

Ellie wins 2nd prize in first round of voting for her gooseberry tart (top left). (& a proud mother in the background!)

A late entry that caused a stir and unfortunately missed judging – Simon and Dominic’s blackcurrant ice cream with rosemary meringues – both delicious and beautifully presented – a perfect end to the evening feast

Thank you Lizzie and James for helping to make this such a successful evening and for doing all the washing up.