Band of Bakers ‘Autumn Harvest’ Event, 24 October

Last night was our Band of Bakers ‘Autumn Harvest’ event and if, like me, autumnal fruit and veg is your thing, the opportunity to try 30 or so bakes containing them is something akin to Nirvana.  Of course, it is almost impossible to try all of the bakes (although some brave souls have tried), but I did manage quite a wide selection.  We were treated to cakes, biscuits, pies and tarts containing some beautiful autumn fruits: pears, plums, figs, blackberries and quince; and some delicious autumn vegetables, including parsnips, beetroot and squash.  The ratio of savoury to sweet was slightly higher than usual so we could all indulge under the collective pretence that we were eating a balanced meal.  In fact, my two favourite bakes of the night were savouries:  a black pudding scotch egg by Jon and a pulled pork slider with apple sauce by Sym.

It was our first event at the lovely Anderson & Co cafe in Peckham and we were very well looked after by Lisa, who kept us in local beer, great coffee and Sipsmith gin.

The recipe for my fig, ginger and spelt cake can be found here.

Below is a small selection of photographs from the event.

Fig, Ginger and Spelt cake by Gemma Gannon

Fig, Ginger and Spelt Cake by Gemma Gannon

Fig, Ginger and Spelt Cake by Gemma Gannon

Spiced Pumpkin and Walnut Cake by Corinne Svoboda

Courgette, Red Pepper and Brie Muffins by Sioned Jones

Courgette, Red Pepper and Brie Muffins by Sioned Jones

Plum, Almond and Cinnamon Crumble Cake by Naomi Knill

Plum, Almond and Cinnamon Crumble Cake by Naomi Knill

Chocolate and Raspberry ‘Squidgy’ Cakes

Blackberry Tart by Harley Beecroft

Blackberry Tart by Harley Beecroft

Cinnamon and Blackberry Cake

Cinnamon and Blackberry Cake

Chipotle Pumpkin Bread by Lauren Garland

Chipotle Pumpkin Bread by Lauren Garland

Peach and Ginger Crumble Cake by Chloe Edges

Peach and Ginger Crumble Cake by Chloe Edges [photo: Chloe Edges]

Eclairs with Chestnut Cream by Cherry Smart [photo: Cherry Smart]

Eclairs with Chestnut Cream by Cherry Smart [photo: Cherry Smart]

Pear, Ginger and Brown Butter Tartlets by Lucy Parissi [photo: Lucy Parissi]

Pear, Ginger and Brown Butter Tartlets by Lucy Parissi [photo: Lucy Parissi]

 

Spiced Chocolate and Pear Cake by Heather Jordan [photo: Heather Jordan]

Spiced Chocolate and Pear Cake by Heather Jordan [photo: Heather Jordan]

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Street Food Saturdays: Viet Van, East Dulwich

Pulled pork Banh Mi a mere ten minute walk from my front door on a Saturday morning? Hungover snacking has never been the same since Viet Van rolled into town.

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Viet Van Menu

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Viet Van

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Viet Van

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BBQ Chicken Banh Mi

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Pulled Pork Banh Mi

Viet Van, North Cross Road Market (Saturdays Only), East Dulwich

Band of Bakers ‘Short and Sweet’ Event, 26 September

This was a very special Band of Bakers event as it was organised to launch Dan Lepard’s incomparable baking book, Short and Sweet in the Netherlands.  As well as our 23 wonderful bakers, we were joined at Bambuni by five Dutch journalists and publishers, all intrigued by the set-up of our little south-east London baking club.

The plan was simple: each baker chose their favourite recipe from Short and Sweet and we all had the opportunity to try as many as possible whilst knocking back some rather good wine.  Below is a selection of the goods on offer:

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Everyday Scones by Gemma Gannon

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Chocolate Crumble Cake by Naomi Knill

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Black Pepper Rye by Sharon Willis

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Plum and Cobnut Tart by Felicity Spector

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Ginger Macadamia Biscuits by Mandy Mazliah

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Jammy Lamingtons by Elena Pierazzo

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Coconut Milk Layer Cake by Annisa Muchtar

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Lemon Whoopie Pies by Rianna Williams

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Sticky Toffee Apple Buns by Elliw Gwawr

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Rocky Road Rock Cakes by Harley Beecroft

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Mushy Pea and Pork Pasties by Chloe Gill

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Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake by Julia Noakes

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Black Millionaire’s Shortbread by Eva Alexis Almon

Wuli Wuli, Camberwell

Salt and Pepper Squid

Salt and Pepper Squid

Sliced Pig's Chin in Chilli Sauce

Sliced Pig’s Chin in Chilli Sauce

Smacked Cucumbers

Smacked Cucumbers

Beef Brisket and Potato in Clay Pot

Beef Brisket and Potato in Clay Pot

Deep Fried Aubergine with Minced Pork

Deep Fried Aubergine with Minced Pork

Wuli Wuli, 15 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR

Meal for two with drinks and service, approx £50.

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