I had a wonderful evening last night at the launch of the Celebrity Bake Book, in which is my recipe for a Cherry Bakewell Cake.... The reception was hosted by Food Network Uk at the fabulous restaurant One Blenheim Terrace where we were treated to champagne out of teapots and lovely canapes, savoury and sweet... I post some photos after a little info about Linda and the team behind the idea and book ...
Celebrity Bake Book is a collection of baking recipes and sweet delights from a variety of celebrities, celebrity chefs and politicians. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to The Ben Kinsella Trust.
The book is the idea of Linda Morris and her committee, “The Baking Belles” which comprises of the following people:
Linda, enjoys baking and is mother to a professional chef, Ed Shaerf (Chef Patron at One Blenheim Terrace).
Ingrid Salida, loves cooking and volunteered to test our celebrity recipes by baking all of them to ensure they all work.
Lindsay Shaerf, is our legal eagle, a solicitor and wife to Ed Shaerf.
Anouska Plaut, is a childbirth educator, journalist, great cake baker and mother to two young children.
Elisa Margolin, studied BSc in Food & Consumer Management at university and is a fantastic novelty cake baker and a mother to two young children.
Linda has been involved with charity work in Islington for the past eight years and knew of The Ben Kinsella Trust and how it important it was for it to take an anti-knife crime exhibition to schools around the country to educate children of all ages and achieve its aims. The committee all agreed that this was such a worthwhile cause and set out to compile this book and raise the much needed funds for the Trust.
The idea to raise the funds, came to Linda after she started a Cake Club, where a small group of her friends get together, share recipes, bake, taste and discuss the fruits of their efforts one evening a month. From this came the idea of producing a baking book using recipes from well known people. Linda’s friends from the Cake Club offered to help and so “The Baking Belles” committee was formed to produce the book. Linda came across the publisher Hazel Cushion at Accent Press who told her that if she could find a high profile baker then she would publish the book. The first person Linda contacted was Mary Berry who immediately kindly agreed to write the Foreword and contribute two recipes and who, unbeknown to Mary, was the person who convinced Hazel to publish the book and gave Linda the confidence to contact as many celebrities as possible, which she did mainly through Twitter. The response has been overwhelming, with so many people saying how they are delighted to contribute and support such a worthy cause.
So a great book for a great cause.... please buy if you can, a perfect present for the keen bakers amongst us, birthday or Christmas.
Champagne served from teapots ... great idea
Thrilled to have met Edd Kimber @theboywhobakes, who won the 1st series of the Great British Bakeoff www.theboywhobakes.co.uk and Paul A Young @paul_a_young, master chocolatier www.paulayoung.co.uk
And a pudding canape ......
The book is available from Amazon and really is delightful. Here is the link, please support The Ben Kinsella Trust ...