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
Friday, 12 March 2010
This is the little cake I made for a friend's daughter's birthday last night. She is completely into princesses and fairies so I hope that she will like it. The cake itself is a toffee sour cream cake with white and milk chocolate chips and vanilla butter cream. I had to work late yesterday and then to the supermarket so didn't take the cakes out of the oven until 10pm! There was then a very rapid cooling on our doorstep (thank goodness for sub zero temperatures), a quick splash or two of icing and the cake was finished by 11.30pm. The star wands are made with white chocolate mikado sticks with jelly stars on top. Carefully poke a sharp knife into each jelly star and twist it 360C so that you make a pocket inside the star. Gently press a mikado stick into the hole (this took a bit of practice and I have to admit I broke a few sticks to start with!). You could do this with other jelly sweets and use as a simple decoration around the outside of a plain cake - jelly spiders on dark chocolate mikado sticks for a Halloween cake perhaps - the possibilities are endless!!!!