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

Monday, 4 February 2008

I am back from a wonderful few days at Fitzbillies having learnt so much! Tom, Jill, George and Pauline are amazing bakers - here they are busy at work! You know that you have done a good days hard work when it gets to 8am and you have already iced around 200 fondant fancies! It is a good job I am an early morning person - setting off at 5.15am must be classed as dedication to my baking career!! I have managed to inflict my violet passion on Fitzbillies. The unusual oval violet cake below was made by Tom as an experiment in my honour - it tasted delicious! On Saturday I was allowed to play and come up with some new ideas so I made violet ├ęclairs (picture above) - with violet liqueur in the cream and violet icing with small sugar violets as decoration. These were then sold in the shop! When I left there were only two left - a man standing next to me had just bought two and I had to bite my tongue to stop myself telling him how pleased I was that he had bought my eclairs. Anyway, these new eclairs will definitely be added to my baking repertoire - they would be perfect for an afternoon tea, made smaller and paired with rose ├ęclairs! My arms have never ached so much as they did yesterday - it must have been the kneading of dough, stirring large pots of hot fondant icing and lifting the large trays of cakes - thank goodness I didn't drop any of the trays. Thank you Penny, George and everyone at Fitzbillies for another wonderful visit - I will be back soon!


aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Wow - they're certainly colourful! Sounds as though you had an amazing time, and got a great deal out of it. I hope they have you back there soon.

Rita said...

Well done Hannah! It looks beautiful .... may the violet fragrance spread to the South East. :)

Andrea said...

Oh Hannah, it sounds as though you had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed yourself as I suspected you would!

Those violet eclairs look divine and right now I am trying very hard not to drool on my keyboard at the thought of them :)

milhan said...

Oh my...those eclairs are just beautiful. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

Marie said...

Ohh, they do sound delish Hannah! Glad you enjoyed your time there. I would love to do an apprenticeship in a place like that for sure!

MrsB said...

wow, what an experience I would love to go there for the day, its sounds like you had a great time and learnt loads!