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!


Erica said...

That looks fantastic!
Thank god I am coming over to the UK in a couple of weeks' time so should finally be able to get this magazine!

Marie said...

I've had my issue for a couple of weeks now and thought all your cakes looked lovely. I am planning on making one or two, or maybe even three real soon!

Rita said...

Hi Hannah - I went to look for it this morning but couldn't find it at our WH Smith. Is it usually available there? I am going to Germany for a few days - hope I can get it at the airport.

Hannah said...

Hi Rita
Thanks for your post - WHSmiths do usually have it - hopefully they will at the airport. Have fun in Germany and eat lots of Kuchen for me! As for turning purple - my mind turned instantly to Violet Beauregard in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.....arrrhhhh

Erica - have a good trip to the UK - hope you manage to find a copy. if not let me know and I will send one as I have a few spare.

Happy baking Marie!

Erica said...

Thank you Hannah, that is so sweet!
I will have a look but if I can't find it, I will let you know. Thank you again!