Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Buns for the Caldesi's Bonfire Party!!

We were invited to a bonfire party at our friends the Caldesi's. I first met Giancarlo when I appeared on Celebrity Masterchef - I was sent to do a lunch service in his restaurant in Marylebone, Caffe Caldesi, and we have stayed in contact ever since. He was such a great help and support to me throughout that competition and it's always lovely to spend time with him and his wife, Katie - who has written the wonderful ' Italian Cookery Course' and runs their cookery school ( )- and their sons Giorgio and Flavio.
Obviously, the food is always amazing at their house but we were all invited to bring along our bonfire favourites to help cater for around 30 people.
I decided to do one of our families favourites, Devilled Sausages. My godmother Lorna used to always prepare them on Boxing Day to go with the cold turkey but now we have them all year round.
They're so simple....... Place your sausages (about 12) in an oven proof dish, then mix a jar of redcurrant jelly with 5 tsps of english mustard and spoon over the sausages. Cover with foil and place in a 180oc oven for 30 mins. Turn them and then take off foil and bake for another 15 mins so the sauce reduces and becomes sticky.... so yummy

Gracie and I couldn't resist making some sweet treats for all the kids too....
Treacle Toffee Flapjack from a recipe by Holly Bell, who was a finalist in this year's Great British Bakeoff. It can be found on her blog - recipesfromanormalmum
It was deliciously gooey and treacley!!

 We also got a little create and made Bonfire Buns !!

250g butter
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
200g self raising flour
50g cocoa powder
Raspberry seedless jam
icing sugar
orange food colouring
cadbury's flakes

Preheat oven to 180oc and put buncases in muffin tray ( should make about 15 large buns)
Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs and beat.
Sift in cocoa and flour and fold in.
Put a tsp full into the cake cases , then a tsp full of jam , then another spoonful of cake mix.This should, hopefully, give the bun a jammy centre.
Bake for 13 to 15 mins  and then leave to cool.
Make up orange icing and cover buns.
Break or cut up flakes and arrange on top like a bonfire!!

All the kids loved them - and the adults did too !!