Monthly Archives: June 2011

CALLING ALL YOUNG BAKERS

The search is back on for the UK’s top young talent.

Young Baker of the Year is part of a series that celebrates the working heroes of Great Britain.

This year we’re on the lookout for Young Baker aged 16-25. This is an opportunity for people other than dancers, singers and entertainers to finally step into the limelight. We want to showcase the unsung heroes at the heart of Britain.

If you are a talented young Baker or know someone who fits the bill, then we want to hear from YOU!

We are looking for someone who is a true ambassador for their trade, up for a challenge and wants to showcase their skills!

To apply:

email: youngtalent@bbc.co.uk

Or

Call: 0161 244 3716

Applications close on 5th August 2011

Standard geographic charges apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider’s call package. Calls from mobiles may be higher

Salut my little baking friends!

How was your week ? as you will have read i entertained the BakingMad.com team to a long lunch last week.  It was at Le Gavroche the original roux Brothers restaurant.  This is where i started working when I first arrived in the UK – many years ago.  It was lovely to be back there and we were treated like royalty – we enjoyed a lunch menu of seven courses. 

Before we tucked into our selection of desserts we were given a grand tour of the kitchen in ‘full action’.

Michel Roux wasn’t there unfortunately as he is currently filming Master Chef at the moment but his team were so attentive – we had a swell old time.

On Friday I wwas demonstrating at the Taste of London Festival in Regents Park, the weather was awful but people brave the rain and turned up on mass.  With the rain it was more Glastonbury than Regents Park!  It was a great show and very well organised - all the top chefs were there and it was great to catch up with lots of them.  I did my baking demo in the Peugeot Theatre which was covered fortunatley.  Luckily the next chef after me was Mr Cacoa himself Willy Hardcourt Coze – my good friend who also appeared in Baking Mad.

I took a sneaky long weekend break last week on a boat in Italy – the weather was beautiful and we woke up every morning in a different place on the Italian or Croatian coast.  The food was really fresh and light and trawling  the market was my favourite thing to do – but not many cake shops around just a lot of gelato cafes.

It was great to get a bit of rest and a tan too!

I caught up yesterday with last Monday’s episode of Baking Mad – I’m still laughing about the Baking Boxers – they were so much fun and I cannot believe how great their cookies tasted!  I’ll never forget how they turned up to my house with their cookies in a plastic box!

This Monday is the last episode of the series – I’m visiting Chapel Down in Kent witch produces some excellent sparkling wines.  I meet up with This Morning regular chef Richard Phillips who has a beautiful restaurant right in the middle of the vineyard.  I also meet up with a Brazilian Baking Club – so expect a lot of salsa and ‘group hugs’ during the episode.

It has been a fantastic 10 weeks of meeting baking clubs – from all different walks of life – who all share the same passion for baking and making delicious cakes.

I hope the rest of the country catches on and falls in love with baking – bring on the baking revival - the viewing figures prove that there is a great interest.

Enjoy Monday’s last show and in pure Eric Lanlard style raise a glass of fizz to celebrate.  If you are in a baking club start sending your detaills in time for the second series.

A bientot

Eric xx

La Gavroche and The Good Food Show In One Week!

It’s been a long but very exciting week at Baking Mad.

The week kicked off on Monday with our TV show on ‘Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard’ on Channel 4 in which Eric inspired us all to getting baking (and eating) pastries that very afternoon – needless to say not a lot of work got done after that!

On Wednesday we were very lucky to be invited by Eric Lanlard to La Gavroche owned by Michel Roux Jr - the food was amazing and we very privaledged to be taken to such a fantastic restaurant.

We started with a delicious pea soup, with poached duck egg and homemade rolls which was delicious and even tried lamb’s tongue which was a first for me!

The cheese plate wowed us all, including so many cheeses all tasting and smelling amazing. But the ultimate indulgence had to be the puddings. I don’t think words can really do them justice so I have uploaded some pictures for you below.

We then completed the week at the Good Food Show on Friday. It such a great day out if you haven’t been before and a fantastic opportunity to experience new trends, products and good food with like minded people.

I have taken a photo below of the Ryvita stand which gives you an idea if you haven’t been before.

Billington’s Golden Granulated Afternoon Tea Competition

Every Friday throughout June and on Friday the 1st July the first 1,000 people to sign up to Baking Mad will win a bag of Billington’s Golden Granulated Sugar! Billington’s Golden Granulated has a smooth caramel taste different to regular white sugar and is perfect for afternoon tea. So sign up to Baking Mad tomorrow to win your free bag of Billington’s Golden Granulated Sugar.

Bonjour my Baking Mad friends!

As usual it has been a very busy couple of weeks here at Cake Boy.  Lots of classes took place but the Baking Mad one was the best.  We had a great team of students – who were great fun and of course they all got to do Great Baking! The age group went from 12 to 80 and they were all as enthusiastic as the other.

You can just see from this photograph of the students and to look at the smile on their faces as they get ready to go home with all their cakes and their Baking Mad goodies.

On Saturday (as I mentioned in my blog last week) I was invited to my first polo match with Prince Harry and Prince William.  Both were playing for the Halcyon Gallery – they arrived fresh from the Trooping of the Colour.  It was an intimate occasion and a huge opportunity for everyone to help to raise money for the Princes’ chosen charities. 

Talking about outdoor activity and fun days out I expect to see you all at the Sainsbury’s Pandamonium in the Park in the Althrop Estate.  Make a date in your diary to come along on 9 July to celebrate King Fu Panda – meet Po, the star of the film.  It will be thoroughly entertaining time for all of the family and of course I will be there doing a cooking demonstration.  You can book your ticket online http://www2.sainsburys.co.uk/panda/day-out.htm

We have got two more episodes of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard left to watch – I can’t believe how fast time goes.  The ratings have been very good and from all the comments and questions I received you all seem to like it.  I wonder which recipe will be the most popular overall.  So far it’s the lemon meringue cupcake recipe that is in the lead.

Tuesday night was the premiere of Shrek the Musical.   It was so exciting to see my friend Amanda Holden on stage as Princess Fiona.  It was a proper ‘Green Carpet’ affair with lots of celebs.  The kids and the adults adored it as did the critics.  It is like a mega pantomime and very well produced …and of course Amanda is just fabulous!  It is definitely worth a trip to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane next time you are in London.

The brilliant TV series – The Great British Bake Off will be back on our screens in the autumn.  I am going to be appearing in the final episode of the series and I’ve just finished filming.  I have some insider information – this series promises to be an entertaining one – tears and drama but lots of lovely inspiring cake and pastries too.

I am off for a long weekend to Italy on a amazing sailing boat – it looks like a pirate ship! I am praying for good weather.  It will bring back lots of lovely memories from my time in the French Navy where I did my national service.

Have a great rest of the week and please keep sending pictures of your baking.  I love them!

Keep it sweet and unrefined.

Ciao

Eric xx

35p Off Allinson Flour

Check out our new coupon gallery - there are lots of great offers  including 35p off Allinson’s Plain or Self- Raising Flours.  Why don’t you have a go at making some tasty pastry or bake a cake for a friend.  We also have 50p off Blue Dragon Sauces, you even have the chance to win an HP Photosmart Wireless Printer!  All you have to do is log into your Baking Mad account and follow the link on the homepage.  For those of you who aren’t a Baking Mad member, you can still take advantage of the coupons by signing up now. Happy Baking!

Tesco Real Food Challenge

Tesco have launched a Real Food initiative that will culminate in a national TV show in September, where real customers will take part in a TV cook-off.

The Real Food challenge is a completely new kind of national recipe competition. Tesco created it after realising that the world has changed – but most cookbooks and TV shows haven’t. Most of us don’t have the kind of lives that let us plan our meals by the clock, but by what kind of day we’ve had, who we’re eating with and how we feel.

It is very simple to get involved all you need to do is log on to

http://www.tescorealfoodchallenge.com/ and upload your recipe, please note this will need to be done under person rather than company name.  The recipes will then be judged and finalists chosen to then appear on the TV show with one overall winner then being selected.

Hello from Cake-Boy!

A big Hello from Cake-Boy!  I’m teaching today – another Baking Mad class with 8 lovely students.  As usual with our classes there is a great mixture of people from different age groups, different parts of the country and professions.  It is always so much more interesting for me and the students – to learn about everyone’s various backgrounds and experience. The one absolute thing they all have in common is their love of baking.  Today we are making three yummy recipes.  For lunch I have cooked them a delicious Coq au vin followed by a chocolate dessert with crème brulee centre.

Tonight there is an opera evening at Battersea Reach – my patisserie, Cake Boy is based there.  It is a free evening – and it’s right by the river – a wonderful view.  We are praying for sunshine.  We will be open late especially for this occasion and are doing all the food for the VIP area.  I wonder who will turn up?

Talking about opera – my good friend Amanda took me to the ballet last Saturday at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to see Manon.  I am not the most experienced ballet fan but just for a chance to see inside  the Opera House  is worth the trip! But of course Manon was wonderful.  The dancers were unbelievable – you can see how much physical effort is  involved and it  is amazing how they manage to keep it so elegant.  It was a special night as the two principal dancers – Johan Kobborg and Alina Cojocaru  were retiring from the stage.  After the final encore an extremely rare tradition took place – a flower curtain – thousands of fresh flowers were thrown at the couple – it was stunning and very emotional.  I was so glad to have witnessed this very special finale.

We went to eat a late diner at a great steak Hawksmoor in Covent Garden.  The meat was out of this world and was served with different cuts and cooking time.  The hot chocolate and peanut butter dessert was to die for … I must try to get hold of the recipe!

This Monday on Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard we have got some serious bakers that turn up to my home.  I get a chance to taste their impressive éclairs.  Also in the show Cake Boy goes to the City!  For one day only, I set up a ‘pop up’ patisserie in a new trendy bar/restaurant called The Folly based in London’s financial district. Will I manage to sell any cakes to the busy City boys and girls? 

Make a date to tune in at 2.40pm on Channel 4 – Sky + it but don’t panic – if you miss it or like me your Sky+ decides not to work – you can catch it on 4OD. 

OK time to get baking with my students…

I forgot to mention that this Saturday I am going down to Gloucestershire to watch the Polo.  I have it on good authority that the royal newlyweds – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be there!  I will try to get a picture for next week’s blog!

Have a fabulous rest of the week and weekend!

Happy Baking

Bisous

Eric xx

Salut again!

Salut!

I’m sorry this post is a little late, but I hope you all had a fabulous Bank Holiday Weekend last week - I made the most of my Bank Holiday Weekend  …since it is the last one for a while!

First I entertained…

On Friday night it was a very casual affair with friends at home after a busy week at work.  I have been baking a lot of savoury recipes recently and my friends love it.  I’m not just about the desserts…I am really thinking about new recipes and starting to put pen to paper for a new book – there are so many options – anyway back to my Friday night baking…a wholemeal walnut shortcrust pastry tart with British asparagus and pancetta – it was a huge success.  I served it with a crisp South African sparkling wine.  Yum!

And then I was entertained…

On Saturday I made my way up north to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland to see the first leg of the Take That tour …OMG it was brilliant – the boys were fantastic as was stage set, we had great seats and hospitality.  Marco Pierre White did all of the cooking and it was delicious – of course!   It was great to meet X-Factor winner Joe McElderry – he told me all about his new show Popstar to Operastar.  During the interval I bumped into Phil Vickery and his lovely wife Fern Britton – it was doubly exciting because they told me how much they both love watching Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.  I was thrilled and laughed when Fern said that she had her eye on my diamond ear-ring. 

On Monday – made it back to London in time for episode 6 of Baking Mad…is it just me but I think the show is getting better every week? The party at the Cinnamon Club with Chef Vivek was so great and that was my favourite dessert of the series.  It was so fresh especially after the Indian banquet that we ate

To continue on with my Glamorous Weekend, I went that evening to the first live show of Britain’s Got Talent.  I was lucky enough to be a guest of my friend – the gorgeous Amanda Holden. Live shows are always so amazing, the atmosphere was electric in the studio ….I wanted to sit in Simon Cowell’s seat and use his buzzer but security stopped me ….oops!

 Amanda looked stunning and her dress designer was very proud of his creation.  I loved seeing all of the acts but I’m not sure I agreed with Simon’s votes…

 Don’t miss Monday’s show at what was Agatha Christie’s writing retreat Burgh Island in Devon – there is a Carmen Miranda MARDIS GRAS inspired cake ….lot s of dancing and of course a beautiful setting …. our bake club will be making a GATEAU OPERA

 Keep watching and keep Baking!

 LOL

 Eric x

Jason Atherton

Jason Atherton is the chef/owner of Pollen Street Social http://www.pollenstreetsocial.com/

I did my apprenticeship with some of the best chefs in the world including Pierre Koffmann, Nico Ladenis, Marco Pierre White and Ferran Adrià (at his pioneering experimental restaurant, elBulli, in Spain). It was tough, and whilst I enjoyed every minute of it, I’ve always wanted my own place.
Pollen Street Social has been 22 years in the making. I may not have had the name back in 1989, but I always knew that there would be a dessert bar. At Pollen Street Social, people can wander in off the street and enjoy a pudding and a glass of wine or, for a different perspective, diners can move to the bar after dinner where there’s a great view of the kitchen.
When it comes to puddings, I like to tap into people’s sense of childhood, add a bit of fun and at the same time, give everything a little twist. The Tiramisu is served with a hot chocolate coffee, while the PBJ (Peanut butter and Jelly) is served with cherry jam and creamed rice crispies.
The right ingredients are absolutely essential. I always use the Billington’s unrefined range, which I guarantee will add a new flavour dimension to everything you bake. 
I’m pulling together some new recipes for /http://www.bakingmad.com/ and I look forward to sharing them with you soon. In the meantime, the next time you’re in town, pop into the restaurant for a pudding.