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Posted: 28 September 2009 08:41 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m still hoping to manage an entry for the September chocolate Bake-Off, but couldn’t resist starting a conversation about next month.

Hmmm, I was thinking maybe we pick a chapter from RHC, perhaps the Butter and Oil cakes chapter?  Or Baby Cakes? 

The other thought I had was to do something Halloween-themed, but I don’t think our friends across the pond celebrate Halloween, is that right Jeanette and Annie?

Anyone else have other ideas?

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Posted: 28 September 2009 09:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Halloween is ‘celebrated’ by some in the UK but frowned upon by many church-goers.  Because my family are all grown up I can’t say I take much notice of it apart from providing ‘treats’ at the door for little visitors.  I’m happy to go along with whatever others agree to do,  so long as I’m capable of the task!

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Posted: 28 September 2009 10:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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A Halloween theme sounds great. I’m game, as long as everyone else is.

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Posted: 28 September 2009 10:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m with Jeannette - will make something to hand out to the kids but it probably won’t be coloured orange!  Last year I made a few things out of Rose’s Christmas Cookies, so will probably go there again.

I also was thinking about future bake-offs.  Going through each chapter of RHC is a great idea (wedding cakes???) but it would exclude all the people who don’t have the book.  I don’t know what percentage of the bake-off contributors have RHC but maybe we could do a topic on alternate months.

Julie, looking forward to your chocolate submission!

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Posted: 28 September 2009 11:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I have a suggestion. What about if the topic is from RHC but for those who wants to join but don’t have RHC, they can do the same type of cake from TCB? This way it gives the people who wants to bake through RHC the opportunity to do so, but does not exclude everyone else? I hope I make sense. By the way, I got my RHC book on Saturday (it was supposed to arrive on Monday) - and I’ve looked through the book for hours. I want to make everything in it - oh my, will have to go to the gym soon to work off the calories smile.

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Posted: 28 September 2009 01:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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All good ideas, I was thinking on Orange Theme for October, for the letter O, the color of Halloween, and for several emails I got regarding replacing grand marnier with orange juice, and also RHC uses oranges quite a bit.  I also have designed Hector’s Take for the pumpkin 3D cake, which will be morphed into a turkey 3D, it will be orange but most appropriate for November I dare.

Isn’t it right?  Seens that everyone has the same reaction to the new book: wanting to make every recipe.

Homework for you shall I assign:  please tell everyone to write a book review or your impressions on amazon.com for the new book.  We like to read that!  And Rose herself is loving reading what people have written on amazon.com for her new book.  Check it out.

Had a bake a thon yesterday with my 3 nephews, we had a lot of fun, this time I showed them how to use my induction stove to head eggs for genoise and we also played with my newest weapon:  the new redesigned Thermapen thermomete, fabulous!!!

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Posted: 28 September 2009 01:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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It might be fun to do a series of bake-offs tied to the first letter of the month!!! Oct/Nov/Dec: Orange, Nuts, Decorations???? I’m plumping for decorations again because I got so side-tracked by life this month, including the new book. Intended to spend the whole month playing with chocolate to make all manner of choc decorations. Collected info and patterns, though and that’s valuable for the future. The decorations theme would tie in nicely with holiday baking (decorated cookies, fruitcake, etc.)

Not sure what we’d do for January, June and July though! lol There’s only one entry per book that starts with J—the Jancsi Torta in RHC and the jewel glaze in TCB.

Just my goofy comment from left field, which is where I seem to be this morning! smile But it would get around the issues of some people not having the new book and others not celebrating Halloween.

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Posted: 28 September 2009 04:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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oh, i forgot to say, that i have restarted my daily swimming around the pool in my building, daily, 10 minutes, will do for all of the cakes in RHC.

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Posted: 30 September 2009 11:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I understand we have one or two more chocolate posts coming for the September bake-off thread. Will look forward to those, but may have to let the RHC choc velvet fudge cake be *it* for me. Oh yes, also the wh choc decorations done late-Aug. that I posted a photo of to start our September bake-off thread.

Have we reached a consensus, do you think, about October? I like Hector’s suggestion of O for October/O for Orange. That leaves it wide open to play with anything flavoured or coloured orange. The Halloween theme, if people are so inclined, or any of the enticing cakes/bc/curd/candied peel etc. from Rose’s books, new and old.

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Posted: 30 September 2009 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’ll be happy to agree with the majority.

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Posted: 30 September 2009 02:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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My dear, sounds great, I am sure any theme will work, was fun to hear ideas.  Just try avoiding narrowing down to just one single recipe because that is already done at Heavenly Cakes Place which didn’t fit my waist but after careful thinking, Marie’s idea is awesome, for the many people and beginners who need this kind of focus (restriction and guideliness).

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Posted: 01 October 2009 05:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Ok…. after having been the late girl in September (just submitted my entry!), I’ll try to keep up with the rest of you in October. No China this time, but a week of vacation and a week in Illinois and wherever else in the Midwest. Can’t wait till Thanksgiving, all the crazy travel will be done by then.

That being said - orange sounds fun! I think I’ll go with the fruit rather than the color. Loved the Orange Roses, and already looked enviously at Carolitas Lemon Roses. I’ll see if I can score some oranges from friend’s trees, although it may be a bit early for citrus.

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Posted: 01 October 2009 06:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Silke - 01 October 2009 08:25 PM

Ok…. after having been the late girl in September (just submitted my entry!), I’ll try to keep up with the rest of you in October.

Silke, you weren’t late for the Sept bake-off. Didn’t you say it was Sept 31st today!  LOL You are too funny.

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Posted: 01 October 2009 08:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Yeah, I figured I could slide that. I think when I try October 32nd it’ll be even more obvious!

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Posted: 02 October 2009 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Hmmm, do we have a topic?  I’ll admit, I was hoping to do something orange/citrus in the winter, when seville oranges (and meyer lemons) are in season (most of the orange things I would like to do incorporate orange curd).  But I could happily do the RHC pumpkin cake, or a chocolate/Grand Marnier genoise, so no worries if that option is chosen.

I think the votes above can be recapped as follows (if I didn’t attribute someone correctly, please let me know!)

option 1: A theme that corresponds to a chapter from RHC, but allow people to make same type of cake from any of Rose’s books. 
Annie, Julie, Jenn

option 2: Halloween
Rozanne

option 3: Orange, either flavor or color.
Hector, Carol, Silke

Rozanne, Jeanette and Patrincia, would any of you like to help us out and break the tie between 1 and 3?  Or anyone else?

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Posted: 02 October 2009 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I think my vote would go to baking something from one chapter of RHC, perhaps one of the easy ones to start with?

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