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Afternoon Tea

Next Meeting
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st August at the new time of 7.30pm in our new venue, Dechmont Memorial Hall. The hall is close to the primary school on the main street of Dechmont, if you need better directions please let me know.
At the meeting we will be focusing on the Afternoon Tea and asking those who are taking part to have a practice of what they are making on the big day.
Once you’ve signed up to your Afternoon tea items please bring a sample of what you are baking, maybe 15/20 pieces and we will mock up a cake stand and see how it all looks.
However if you’re not able to take part in the Afternoon Tea please come anyway and bake something that you would make if you are having friends round for coffee.
Afternoon Tea
The Afternoon Tea will take place on Saturday 5th October at 2.30pm in the High Church in Bathgate. Tickets cost £7.50 and there will also be a prize draw.
We have selected Cyrenians as our charity – one of their Social Enterprise projects is a farm near Kirknewton that specialises in growing food and growing people. It is home to a residential community of young people who have come from a background of homelessness or other complex needs and provides opportunities for supported day volunteers, work placements, schools and community groups and helps over 90 people annually. Due to reduced funding and weather-related issues such as flooding, they are experiencing some difficult times so we are keen to raise as much money as possible to allow them to continue their good work.

This is going to be a local event, sponsored by a local business (David Stein Butchers) for a local charity and we would be delighted if you were involved.
So now we know where and when we need you to sign up to what (baking and help on the day) you will be willing to contribute.

For Action

Please have a look at the list below, we have chosen fairly traditional afternoon tea items that will show our skill as bakers and hopefully be a real treat for our guests. Although we are asking each baker to make 40 of their chosen item we’re talking about mini, dainty pop in the mouth sized items.
Please email me back to let me know what you would like to bake. I will keep this list updated for you to check what’s left.

West Lothian Bake Club Afternoon Tea
Please select an item from the list below that you feel confident to bake for our Afternoon Tea on Saturday 05 October 2013.

Parmesan Biscuit – 1 Baker required to make 80 = Gillian Brown

Mini Savoury Muffin – 2 Bakers required to make 40 each =

Mini Sausage Roll – 1 Baker required to make 40 = Rose Marsh

Mini Quiche – 1 Baker required to make 40 =

Mini Scone (plain) – 2 Bakers required to make 40 each = Julie Zasada & Eleanor Swan

Mini Scone (fruit/treacle etc) – 2 Bakers required to make 40 each =

Mini Biscuit (eg Shortbread, Viennese Finger, Melting Moment) – 2 Bakers required to make 40 each = Janette Symonds & Jenna Beadle

Traybake (eg Tiffin) – 2 Bakers required to make 40 each = Sheena Cole &

Mini Cupcake – 2 Bakers required to make 40 each = Joanne Cook &

Macaron – 1 Baker required to make 80 = Janice Earl-Summers

Mini Meringue – 2 Bakers required to make 40 each = Sheena Earl &
(ie 2 meringues sandwiched together x 40)

Loaf Cake – 2 Bakers required to make 40 slices each = Jenny Galbraith & Delyth MacDonald
(ie 2-3 loafs per baker)

If you have any questions please get in touch at wlbakingclub@yahoo.co.uk.



A foreign Adventure – 29th May



















Our last ever meeting at Murieston Village Hall before we move onto pastures new in Dechmont was held on the 29th May. Having dispensed with Team Paul (boo) and Team Mary (hurray!), our theme this month was ‘bake from another country’. 15 people turned up with a selection of weird and wonderful unnamed dishes from as far afield as Mexico, Finland, and Australia, and after the usual welcome and introduction from Gillian, we got out the paper plates and set about putting them to the taste test – everyone’s favourite part of the evening! As ever, our competitive streaks were put to the test when we had to guess the name of a cake and which country each one came from in a competition with Janette scooping first prize – although we had hoped to offer an all expenses paid trip to a destination of her choice in keeping with our travel theme, we soon found that the petty cash sadly didn’t stretch that far!

There were further discussions about the charity afternoon tea which has now been confirmed for Saturday 5th October, with David Stein Butchers confirming their generous sponsorship. Further arrangements will be made over the coming months.

The next meeting will be held on Wed 10th July. Please get in touch if you would like more information.

Team Paul vs Team Mary: The Great West Lothian Bake-Off

We gathered at our regular venue in Murieston, in larger numbers than normal, to compete in our very own version of “The Great British Bake-Off”. It would appear that the King Paul vs Queen Mary theme captured the imaginations of several new bake club members – either that or they were there under false pretences and were hopefully not too disappointed when their baking heroes failed to put in an appearance! The theme generated a good amount of healthy competition with a definite sweet/savoury divide in the bakes that were on offer. Chocolate Brownies, French Apricot & Almond Tart and Swiss Roll went head-to-head with Malt Loaf, Italian Layer Loaf and an 8-Plaited Loaf – it appeared that the Queen of Cakes would easily defeat the King of Breads. In the end though, Team Paul pulled-off a shock victory which was most likely down to Joanne’s stunning 8-Plaited Loaf – it looked perfect and it tasted amazing and was easily the most talked about bake of the night, it’s just a shame that the Silver Fox himself wasn’t able to be there in person to enjoy it!
There were further discussions around the proposed Charity Afternoon Tea on Saturday 5th October with some positive feedback from the group regarding the types of items that we would be comfortable baking and the charity that we should represent. Janice has been in on-going “discussions” via Twitter with Tony Singh and he has declared an interest in participating. Since the meeting, Janice has also secured sponsorship of the event from David Stein Butchers in Bathgate. Further details to follow at our next meeting.
Bake surgery generated an interesting discussion around whether or not it is necessary to sieve ingredients, particularly flour, prior to use and the merits of using an expensive brand of chocolate vs the supermarket’s budget range. Janice shared her recent experience of attending a macaron class, whilst Gillian Brown was due to participate in a Patisserie course and will report back on how she got on at the next meeting.
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 May when we will be on “Bakeation” – so have a go at a bake from another country or something that you have enjoyed whilst on holiday. The world is your oyster!
Please see the Facebook page for all the photo’s from the night.