Desserts for entertaining

Join the Fun – Behind the Scenes at Tray Bakes: A wonderful chocolaty chance and a demonstration too!

Tray Bakes

Dedication to the cause of cakes

Tour of the Penrith premises kitchens and a demonstration by Stirring Stuff on July 16th in aid of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.

 

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Stepping inside Tray Bakes kitchens is like being invited into the world of Willy Wonka. After a ceremonial dressing in protective cloths you step thorough double doors, across the threshold of reality into a different space. The smell of chocolate and baking is glorious. Tray Bakes dedicated and highly skilled workforce of bakers, mixers, pipers, spreader and finishers are deep in a happy and contented concentration. A mesmerising rhythm soothes, as vats of molten chocolate are stirred, and golden syrup is poured lava-like into cauldrons of melting deliciousness. In another room, ovens are industriously filled, and cooked goods expertly hand pressed before being passed to the finishing room, for the final spreading and piping of chocolate or fondant. The packing room is piled roof high with pallets of Tray Bakes for sending out across the UK (from ‘At Home in Cumbria’). Continue reading

One tub, several spoons. Orange and White Chocolate Ice-Cream, a treat for the May weekend.

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Scoops of White Chocolate and Orange Ice-Cream, served with amaretto biscuits

 

May bank holiday weekend and the sun is planning on shining. Sun shine and warmth conjure images of lazy days, bluebell walks and family time. And  is it my imagination, or can I hear the tinkling and familiar tune of the ice cream van approaching? This rich and velvety orange ice cream will definitely knock the socks of anything you can buy. The white chocolate adds a satisfying, slightly chewy texture, the sugar content  is reduced so that its not overly sweet. Cooking the orange zest strips with the milk translates into a mellow orange undertone and the fresh zest adds spark.  Continue reading

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