Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
The latest edition of Country Kitchen is now out and contains my four cake recipes! It is funny seeing your own recipes in print and I couldn't quite believe they were my cakes that had been photographed in our house! This is the gingerbread man cake that I usually make if I don't have much time and need to russle up a children's cake quickly. The cake is covered in a simple chocolate ganache (200grams dark chocolate, 50grams salted butter 3 tbsp double cream melted in the microwave for 1 minute, stir and leave to cool slightly) and then decorated with gingerbread men and smarties. The gingerbread men for this cake were bought from the supermarket - if you had time you could make your own. You could add another tier or two for a larger party. So quick and easy but I think the end result is quite respectable!