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My week so far has been dominated by the charity bake sale I held on Tuesday for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. I love baking but I’m not used to doing it on quite such a large scale.

Bake sale (h)

Having made the second of my annual Christmas cakes on Saturday when all the family were around to give it the traditional ‘good luck’ stir, I started baking for the sale on Sunday. I did pastry and biscuit goodies first as I knew they would keep better for the sale on Tuesday.

After three dozen mince pies, two dozen coconut tarts and three dozen butter biscuits I was ready for a relaxing evening but no … Sophie had me helping her to make giant snowflakes to decorate the tables. She is very arty, me not so, so I was relegated to sticking with Pritt Stick while she did all the folding and cutting!

Full table of baked goodies

On Monday I started to bake as soon as I got up … Luscious Lemon Cake, Chocolate Cake, Victoria Sandwich, Coffee & Walnut Cake and Carrot Cake, followed by Pecan & Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Gluten Free Fairy Cakes and two batches of Cheese Spelt Scones. I have never baked with spelt before but I have to say they are absolutely THE best cheese scones I have ever tasted (not down to my baking, but the brilliant recipe which you will find below).

I collapsed in a heap around 8pm just as my neighbour, Sarah, who had very kindly agreed to help, knocked on the door with some very prettily iced cup cakes and some gift bags of cantucci, which is a little bit like biscotti but not quite as hard. She even offered to buy any cakes that hadn’t been sold – really kind.

Melted snowman cookies

The only thing left to do on Tuesday morning, apart from packing everything safely into the car, was to create the Melting Snowmen Biscuits from the butter biscuits I had baked on Sunday. They were Sophie’s idea as she had made them last Christmas. They were very easy to do, just a dollop of glace icing on each biscuit, a white marshmallow and then decorate with coloured icing, which Chris helped with, particularly the bow ties.

I hadn’t really slept much on Monday night as I kept thinking, “What if no-one buys anything?” I needn’t have worried. The sale started at midday and by 1.45p.m EVERYTHING had sold out. We had also organised a lucky dip and a raffle and overall we raised £643 in under three hours for LLR.

Clear table (h)

A massive thank you to everyone who bought cakes etc. but also to my helpers; Nat, Teresa, Natasa and Kiera, but mostly to Chris for putting up with two days of kitchen mayhem!!!
After all the hard work I felt I deserved the treat of a Liz Earle facial, which had been organised for Wednesday.

Both my skin and I say a big thank you to Abigail James who you are going to be meeting on QVC very soon, and also to the Liz Earle team who have donated a ‘Superskin’ prize for a competition. I will do it in a separate post on Tuesday and you will have until Thursday midnight to enter, so watch this space.

Superskin Collection

If you are a Liz Earle fan I have a show with Caroline on Sunday at 6pm during our Beauty Gifts day on QVC, and also shows with Keeley from Elemis and the effervescent Mally – hoping her TSV will last until our 4pm show.

Prior to that, tomorrow sees the last in the series of the Saturday Night Show. The trio of Miceal, Will and myself will be back together and joined by Joan Collins, Mat Trim, Lee Hohbein and the cute little pug who features on our Christmas ads, amongst many others. We’ve enjoyed doing the show and I hope you’ve enjoyed watching it?

Honora

Just a little heads-up for those of you who love your pearls … join me midnight Tuesday into Wednesday with the dapper Ralph Rossini for our Honora TSV earrings.

So, as promised, here is the cheese scone recipe I used:

Cheese spelt scones

200g spelt flour
pinch salt
50g butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon English mustard powder
half teaspoon paprika
75g grated mature cheddar
125ml skimmed milk
beaten egg to glaze

Pre – heat oven to 220 C
1. Sift spelt and salt into mixing bowl and rub in butter
2. Mix in baking powder, mustard and paprika
3. Add cheese and mix to a dough with the milk using a knife
4. Roll out to 2cm thickness and cut into 5cm rounds. use the trimmings to re-roll and cut. (makes 10)
5. Place scones on a greased baking sheet and brush the tops with egg
6. Bake for 8-10 mins until golden brown then cool on a wire rack.

Eat warm or cold … yummy!

Hope you can join me for Fashion on Friday at 5pm this afternoon, today with the lovely Renee and her Attitudes by Renee range including the TSV, if it’s still around.

Have a lovely weekend.

Julia xx

12 Comments

  1. martin forbes December 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope your cake sale went well hope you and chris and sophie and daniel are doing well how is dan settling in to his new place .you will soon get your xmas card in the post posted on tuesday.
    hope you have done your xmas shopping idid mine in october as always no stress for me 3weeks today all over for another year all this build up for i day since june xmas day.
    merry xmas happy new year are you taking some time off during festive time.

    • Julia Roberts December 18, 2014 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Thanks for your Christmas card – I popped one in the post to you yesterday.
      We are all fine and looking forward to having some family time over Christmas … I’m working new year this year. I still have some Christmas shopping to do but I kind of like a bit of last minute!
      The cake was very popular and raised som money fo LLR.
      Have a lovely Christmas
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Jean Pugh December 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Wow you must have been tired after all that Cake making. What a fantastic selection. Made my mouth water when I read your blog,
    A lot of my favourites, Chocolate Cake, Coffee and Walnut, not that I eat very much cake. When I do it has got to be homemade and nice. You made a lot of money and for such a good cause.

    The snowman biscuits look good, and I am going to try your Scone recipe. Did you make them all by hand or do you have a mixer.
    I use my Kitchen Aid I got from QVC and it is brilliant.

    Hope you enjoyed your Liz Earle facial.

    How is Poppy now.?

    Looking forward to the Saturday Night Show .
    Take Care.
    Love Jean XX

    • Julia Roberts December 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jean
      Hope you enjoyed the final Saturday Night Show of the series – maybe we’ll do it again next year

    • Julia Roberts December 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi again Jean
      For some reason not all my reply got posted!!
      I did all the baking by hand – I don’t have a Kitchen Aid although I’ve heard they are very good.
      Did you make the cheese spelt scones yet? I made some more earlier in the week and enjoyed them with homemade minestrone soup.
      I hope you entered the Liz Earle competition?
      Poppy is fine – still eating well thankfully.
      Hope you are all ready for Christmas?
      Love
      Julia x

  3. TINA S December 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    My word, you have been busy! I was exhausted just looking at all those scrummy cakes you baked. I must admit that although I can cook I usually end up buying cakes from M&S ( or any other supermarket ). I think the last time I made a Christmas cake was when I was in school. My father did not like marzipan so would not eat the cake. I told him that I had to put marzipan on it so that I could ice it. Anyway, he ended up giving the entire cake to my dog!! He was a Golden Retriever and ended up shall I say, being quite ill out the back garden.
    I was glad to receive my Carole Hochman dressing gown today as the weather is so miserable. It is so cosy, I can’t wait to put it on.
    Just wondering if you’ve received my Christmas card yet? If you have I hope it brought a smile to your face. I thought it very apt coming from a Welsh Rugby fanatic.
    Well I’m off to snuggle up in my new dressing gown.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the Honora Pearls. It’s my Pearl Wedding Anniversary soon (January 12th) so I’ll be dropping hints to hubby!
    Best wishes, Tina S.

    • Julia Roberts December 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Yes I received your Christmas card …. very amusing! I’ve popped one in the post to you.
      I have Carole Hochman fleecy trousers that I love to slip on when I get in from work. I don’t like the heating up too high cos it feels stuffy but I do like to feel warm.
      Did you get the Honora pearl earrings? I think my favourite colour was the orchid pink.
      Hope you are ready for Christmas
      Love
      Julia x

  4. patricia cochrane December 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Julia, its been y e a r s since I heard anyone mention Butter Biscuits. Would love it if you could give me your recipe for them, please. All your baking looks delicious.

    • Julia Roberts December 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Patricia
      There were some yummy things in the bake sale.
      Here is the recipe I used:
      8 oz butter
      8 oz caster sugar
      1 egg
      1 teaspoon baking powder
      2 tablespoons orange juice
      1 teaspoon vanilla essence
      12 oz plain flour

      Mix first 6 ingredients together – beat until fluffy. Stir in the flour then chill the mixture for 1 hour.
      Roll out half f the dough at a time on a floured surface to a quarter inch thick, cut with cookie cutters and place on I greased baking sheet.
      Bake for 7 – 10 minutes until light brown and cool on a wire rack.

      They really were nice and crisp and with just a hint of orange flavour.
      Enjoy
      Julia x

  5. Kathryn Tranter December 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Not posted for a while as i’ve hardly been in the country, Been to Spain, back to Cyprus and just had 2 weeks in Sharm el Sheikh. Feet on the ground now till April. I will have to catch up with all your blogs to see what i have missed.
    Glad your cake sale went well, it’s not surprising they sold out so quick with amount of presenters/staff at QVC. lol . We have several cake sales each year at our Social club, always do well and the money raised goes to a good charity. Lots of baking to do on Saturday as we have the Childrens Christmas party on the sunday. We usually have about 50 children with a visit from Santa of course.
    I have tasted and liked Spelt Scones, the recipe in my book is the same as the one above, might have a go one day. I have a quiet day Christmas Day, as Ian is working won’t see him till 5-6 pm, but we won’t be having Turkey for our evening meal. ! Then Boxing Day my son and daughter in law and grandchildren are coming for lunch and Prezzies then they are going to her mum’s for tea, later on. I have nearly finished my Christmas shopping, Duty Free is quite handy this time of year, although it’s not as cheap as it used to be is it.
    Any way have a lovely family Christmas in your new home.
    Speak soon.

    Kathy x

    • Julia Roberts December 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kathy
      Sounds like you’ve been having a good time globe trotting!
      It was something of a captive audience for the bake sale but only 3 presenters were around to join in as we all work shifts.
      I tweaked my cheese spelt scone recipe slightly by using skimmed milk – maybe that is what made them so light?
      Chris doesn’t work Christmas Day but we have something similar on New Ears Eve as he s always out gigging. I’m bringing in the new year at QVC this year so at east I won’t be sat home alone like I usually am!
      Hope you enjoy Boxing Day
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Barbara January 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia this is the first time I have actually written to you, but I felt I wanted to write and tell you I have made the scones from your recipe, usually my scones are not very good, although I am a good baker I could never quite manage to get scones how I wanted them to look and taste, however having used your recipe I can honestly say “success” and they are delicious too. Thank you for posting that recipe x

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