Great Blogger Bakeoff with Kenwood & Curry’s

On Sunday I took part in a Great Blogger Bakeoff, a baking workshop with Kenwood & Curry’s…it was a LOT of fun, getting to try some really tasty recipes and meet some great bloggers at the same time.  We were at Wilmslow Kitchen Cookery School in the hands of three of their chefs teaching us how to make meringues, swiss roll and chocolate tart. Scroll down for the full recipes and pics of how I got on.

Food Bloggers Baking with Kenwood

We were all using the Kenwood KMix to help us with our baking. This is one aspect that really attracted me to this event. I’m just a beginner baker and the mixer I have is an old one that smells of burning every time I use it…not good! I’ve been wanting to get a new mixer for a long while but hadn’t known really where to start, so the chance to get shown how to use one was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

This Kenwood KMix is the gorgeous mixer I used on the day…how cool is that colour?!Kenwood KMix

I was actually trying to win one of the lovely cream ones on the day with a few pun based tweets…

…sadly, I didn’t win (looks like I’ll be using my burnt-smell mixer for a little while yet!) but I was really glad that fab bloggers Donna from Polkadot Pink and Kristina from Mode of Style won. Well deserved! It was great to get to know fellow Leeds blogger Kristina more and to finally meet the lovely Donna (remember Donna from our frock swaps?) in person.

Without further ado, here’s what we baked on the day and how to make them yourself!

Meringues

Ingredients
150g egg whites
300g castor sugar

Instructions
Heat the sugar in the oven, when hot, start the egg whites on the mixer, then when white and fluffy pour in the sugar. Brush the inside of the piping bag with colour.

The meringues were maybe the easiest to make. Adding sugar was a doddle with the KMix…

Sugar in the KMix

Sarah from Sequin This adding sugar to the mix

…very handy with the funnel:Sugar in the KMix

The bit you have to watch out for, if you’re clumsy like me, is over-pouring your ingredients! My baking partner Gemma (Dietician Without Borders) was there to keep me on the straight and narrow. I was really pleased to be paired with Gemma actually. I’ve read her blog quite a few times, it’s really informative and when I realised who she was it was great to be able to talk to her about being a dietician and just life in general. She’s a fab person and you should definitely check out her blog.

Once the KMix had done it’s job, we were ready to get the mixture into the bag (make sure your food colouring is at the bottom first):Cream - yum!

…then you’re onto the fun part!Meringues Meringues

How cool do they look? Into the oven they went, which gave us chance to start the Swiss Roll.

I took a “fyuse” while we were hard at work. It’s basically a moving picture (a bit Harry Potter!). Use your mouse (or finger if on a tablet or mobile) to move the photo. Spot Claire from Sitting Pretty waving at you?

Swiss Roll

Ingredients
150g self raising flour
150g caster sugar
6 whole eggs

Filling – whipped cream and creme patissiere (cream and custard) and sliced strawberries.

Instructions
Whisk the sugar and eggs until white and fluffy, then fold in the flour. Pour onto a tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 180c for approx 15 mins.

First, the Head Chef showed us how it was done…

Currys in the kitchen and Kenwood

Easy peasy with the Kenwood KMix…
Currys in the kitchen and Kenwood

Kenwood KMix

…then onto the trays, ready to be baked:
Currys in the kitchen and Kenwood Ta daaaah! Sponges that smelt ah-may-zin!
Sponge nicely bakedHead Chef made some cream patisserie for us (basically cream and custard…what’s not to like there?) to fill the swiss rolls with:
Currys-in-the-kitchen-Kenwood-Baking-2357

On went the strawberries…
Currys-in-the-kitchen-Kenwood-Baking-2364…then came the tricky bit! Rolling!

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Claire from Sitting Pretty rolling her swiss roll

Rolling the swiss roll Success! I must admit, I didn’t cut the ends of mine first time with the right knife (sharp and serrated), so had to cut it a few times. It did mean I got the extra bits to eat though! Yum!
Strawberries & Cream Swiss Roll

All that was left was to decorate the swiss rolls…Digital Diva - Food Blogger Strawberries & Cream Swiss Roll

…and use the cooked meringues to decorate.Currys-in-the-kitchen-Kenwood-Baking-2378 Strawberries & Cream Swiss Roll

The spare meringues went into the box with little raspberry tops.
Strawberries & Cream Swiss Roll

Here’s Gemma and I feeling all smug and clever (well I’m smug that I had managed to make it!)Digital Diva & Dietician without Borders

Last, but definitely not least, came the chocolate tart.

Chocolate Tart

Pastry

Ingredients
125g butter
100g sugar
235g plain flour
15g cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 egg

Instructions
Rub the butter, sugar, cocoa, salt and flour together until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add eggs. Bring the ingredients together into a smooth dough.

Filling

Ingredients
125g dark chocolate
90g sugar
280ml whipping cream
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
20g butter

Instructions
Boil the cream and sugar on a stove, take off the heat and then add the chocolate and butter and stir until smooth. Add the eggs slowly (to get the heat out) mixing with a spatula. Bake 15 to 20 minutes 165c. Serve room temp.

As before, Head Chef took us through the recipe. Aren’t we all concentrating?

Food Bloggers Baking with Kenwood

Gemma boiled the cream and sugar on the stove…

…and added the chocolate and butter. We did leave the mixture for a little bit to cool so the eggs didn’t cook too much when added.

Mixing the chocolate filling

This gave us time to start the chocolate pastry. We ‘rubbed’ it in the KMix then rolled it out between two layers of cling film. This made it a bit easier, no sticking.Rolling out the pastry

You can see Head Chef rolling out and placing over the tray with an overhang, which we then chopped off.Chocolate Pastry with Kenwood In the oven went the chocolate pastry and we then added the eggs to the filling mixture.

Egg Shots

Egg shots…that’s how we roll at baking class!

When the pastry had cooked a little, we poured the filling in to cook some more. When it came out, it was like a slice of heaven. Seriously, make this recipe…you won’t regret it if you love chocolate!

Chocolate Tart

So, not bad for four hours, huh? Meringues, swiss roll and chocolate tart all mastered (well, made…at least!). They all tasted amazing and we had a lot of fun doing it.

I’d definitely like the get a Kenwood KMix after using it for the day, it made everything very quick and easy…and mos importantly, didn’t smell of burning like my cheap mixer does! The optional glass bowls are great too – you can see your ingredients whizzing around.

Head Chef is looking her KMix below with love in her eyes a little like I was…  😀

Kenwood & Currys in the Kitchen

Fingers crossed I save enough pennies to buy one and can carry on making chocolate tarts to my heart’s content!

Massive thanks to Curry’s, Kenwood, Wilmslow Cookery School and Joe Blogs for organising such a great day for us all. Below is a snap us all with our shiny new Kenwood handheld mixers.

Food Bloggers Baking with Kenwood

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16 Comments

  1. August 7, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    I’m so impressed by your swiss roll – it’s one thing I’ve never been brave enough to attempt! The KMix is so pretty too, one of them would look right at home in my kitchen I reckon!

  2. Becca
    August 7, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Mmmmmm all these pictures look amazing! Might have to get my bake on this weekend!

  3. August 9, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    It looks like you had lots of fun & managed to fit in quite a lot of baking in! Do you think the KMix could cope with brioche dough? I’ve burnt my handheld out with bread dough before so a standalone mix would definitely have to cope with those easily to be worth the £ xx

  4. Sarah
    August 10, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    These look amazing! Definitely going to have to try the recipies, yum!

  5. LIttleOneBlogs
    August 10, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    I have wanted a K-Mix for – like – ever! And reading your blog with all the accompanying recipes (Thanks for those!) is another argument for me to treat myself to one.. and enjoy the results afterwards. Looks like it was a really nice day too .. I will keep an eye out for cookery courses near me. Thanks xx

    • August 11, 2015 / 10:46 am

      Pleasure! It was a really great day 🙂 def make some of those recipes! xx

  6. August 10, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Your pics are fab!the equipment was great wasn’t it? I used my hand mixer last night and it was ACE. The more of the #currysinthekitchen posts I read, the hungrier I’m getting haha

    • August 11, 2015 / 10:45 am

      I am so with you!! I could happily eat it all again right now! xx

  7. Polkadot Pink
    August 10, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    You snapped some amazing photographs, Ally! I really hope you win the best blog post, loved reliving this event by reading your post! xx

  8. August 11, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    Meringues are a great choice for Summer, so healthy and looks like the Kenwood mixer made it easy to prepare them!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  9. Anne K
    August 27, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    I could like my screen. The meringues look great!

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