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Have you ever tried to make a swiss roll?  I’ve never ventured into the realms of rolled up cake – I’ve seen enough disasters on Bake Off to know that it was way out of my range of skills…or so I thought!

I recently spent a gloriously sunny afternoon in the open kitchen at Wilmslow Cookery School and I’m very pleased to say that THIS is my creation!!!!

swiss roll wilmslow cookery schoolI wasn’t alone in my pursuit of baking excellence, Currys had gathered myself and a number of other bloggers so that we could try out their classic piece of kit the Kenwood K-Mix (swoon!) and try our hand at a few new recipes.  Together we made Swiss Rolls, mini Raspberry Pavlovas and Dark Chocolate Tortes.

vintage style baking butter sugar

Sound posh don’t they, sound like the kind of bakes that would strike fear into the heart of even the most confident bakers…..?  Ok maybe not, but we were a little scared!

the bakers

I learnt a lot that day – that I have a style twin,

style twins polka dot pink vintage folly

that I’ve probably been making ganache the wrong way,

ganache ingredients

and the most exciting thing that I learnt was that despite being pregnant I could infact eat home made meringue!


The Cookery School teaches a meringue method where you heat the sugar before combining with the egg whites, meaning that the egg is actually cooked before it even goes in the oven, so by the time you’ve slowly baked your meringues to perfection, they’re perfectly safe for us pregnant ladies to enjoy.  And don’t they look enjoyable 🙂

pavlova mini raspberry

The next treat we created was a swiss roll.  Now I don’t mind telling you that I was dreading my own failure here.

swiss roll bake

But look, despite the self-doubt….I did it!!

swiss roll

Yes those are teeny tiny miniature meringues…..yes it’s ok to go all gooey over them!

Now I was least excited about the next treat – Chocolate Torte.  It just sounded so difficult fancy, but once again look!  I did it!chocolate torteWe made chocolate flavoured pastry, blind baked and then filled it with scrumptious genache that we lovingly taste tested, made from scratch.

ganache eater

We took our goodies home with us along with a few treats from Curry’s including this super cute miniature K-Mix keyring..

mini kenwood k mix keyring

…which promptly found it’s way into the kitchen in the doll’s house.

mini kenwood dolls house vintage

I promise I’ll write up the recipes very soon, even if it’s only so that I can make these gorgeous bakes again.

Love Rachel


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