5 Aug 2015

Of Kenwood, Currys, Cakes and Bakes

The new series of The Great British Bake Off starts today, so the timing of this post could not be better. I enjoy watching GBBO and I love to eat cake. My baking prowess sadly, extends only to baking the odd banana loaf. I have never put anything in a bain-marie before. And the only soft and stiff peaks I am know of have nothing to do with baking.

Of Kenwood, Currys, Cakes and Bakes

So when the lovely people at Currys and Kenwood invited me to an Introduction to Baking course (#CurrysInTheKitchen), I wasn’t about to refuse. The fact that the venue was the beautiful Wilmslow Cookery School in Cheshire, a few doors down from a Ferrari showroom, was added incentive.

As it happens, all baking on the day was done using the Kenwood kMix that, not unlike the Ferrari, is sleek, sophisticated and simply stunning. And comes in a bright scarlet in addition to other pretty colours.

#CurrysInTheKitchen

It was my first time using the kMix, and the thing that appealed to me most was the glass bowl. It is almost magic to watch the eggs and sugar double up in size, and a glass bowl offers the perfect ringside view.

The kMix by Kenwood
The Kenwood kMix works its magic
The KBeater at work - Kenwood kMix


Sarah, David and their team of professionals at the Wilmslow Cookery School were on hand every step of the way as we bloggers worked in pairs to create the perfect meringues and the fluffiest swiss rolls. Laura from Don’t Judge Me But was my partner in crime as we whisked, folded, stirred and poured.

The professional touch
Whisk, mix, pour and bake
Partners in crimePartners in crime

It wasn’t long before our bakes started to take shape. I was soon standing with my beautifully decorated swiss roll and not-so-dainty cream-filled raspberry meringue bites on the table in front of me. My personal favourite was the dark chocolate tart served with a piece of tempered chocolate on top. So much, that I took some left-over chocolate pastry home and have since used it to make biscuits with my son.

Swiss roll and meringue bites

Of Kenwood, Currys, Cakes and Bakes

I think the whole experience left me feeling a whole lot more confident about my baking than I ever did before. I am absolutely certain I will be putting my new-found skills to good use over the coming weeks and months. All with a little help from the fabulous kMix hand-held mixer that Currys and Kenwoods were so generous to pop in our goody bags.

Who knows, I might even end up on the next series of GBBO. Ready, set, bake!

Disclaimer: I was invited to a beginner's baking class at Wilmslow Cookery School in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.












14 comments:

  1. I would love to attend something like that. What a great experience and just why I adore blogging and the opportunities it brings us.

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  2. This looks absolutely delicious! My Mum used to have a Kenwood, it lasted for many, many years and she used it every day. This looks like a great baking class. Yummy!

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  3. This looks amazing !! And Now I want cake

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  4. I have a Kmix, it is 6 years old now and bought in a sale for a fraction of the price it should have been an d mine has a metal bowl. I think I need to invest in a glass one. I love Kenwood

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  5. Oh me oh my, those cakes look amazing - I really want one of those mixers too

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  6. I have a Kenwood Chef at home, it has lasted me for years - they are brilliant machines!!

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  7. I have always wondered how good the Kenwood Chef is compared to a Kitchen Aid, I have to say, I do like the look of this x

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  8. What a fun event! I love those little meringues - so pretty! x

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  9. Looks like the sort of thing I need. I am quite good at old fashioned, farmhouse baking, but the fancy stuff eludes me.

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  10. it looks like you had loads of fun and came away with something yummy too, Mich x

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  11. Ooo I love the presentation of your roll! Mine started off with plenty of meringues around the edge, but somehow they seem to have "disappeared" hehe ;) x

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  12. Wow looked like an amazing event and the food looks yummy! I would love a kitchen aid they look great

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  13. i would love to attend things like this but i simply have nothing aorund my area like it, i think its the tasting part ide enjoy most though lol

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  14. Oh my gosh that looks amazing - what a fantastic sounding event.

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