Monday, 22 June 2015

It's My Fanny-versary!

Two years. Two whole years that Fanny Cradock has completely taken over enriched my life as I've enhanced taken over her Cookery Programme in this blog. In some ways it feels like I only started yesterday, while in other moments it does feel that I've been recreating weird and wonderful Cradock creations for ever. It has been twenty four months of fun, laughter and at times, let's be honest, horror at some of the things I've been making with Fannys guidance. I wouldn't swap a day of it though, I've enjoyed almost all each and every one of the 1,051,200 minutes.

Fanny Cradock Chocolate Gâteau

To celebrate this two year Fanny-versary, Fanny has the perfect Chocolate Sponge Gâteau, which she strangely translates as Biscuit au Chocolat. After one hundred and four weeks together, nothing surprises me, least of all the exclusive questionable French translations. Fanny is part French you know. Fanny refers to it as a 'simple' sponge, made using the genoise method of whipping eggs and sugar together until they are voluminous. Fanny uses her beloved sweetened drinking chocolate to flavour the sponge, sifting it with her equally beloved self-raising flour and gently folding it into the well risen egg and sugar mix.

Fanny Cradock Chocolate Gâteau

Fanny adds a little melted butter to the mix, presumably to make it lavish and luxurious. Fanny says it should be softened butter, which might suggest room temperature, but her instructions are to stir it in, so I use my common sense well trained initiative and melt it first. Fanny and I are becoming one and the same horrifically attuned as the months roll past it seems, I can translate her unique strange language and instructions with ease. Mostly. I even manage a little smirk to the imaginary camera while I cook and wrinkle my nose softly while giving any assistant brave enough to come close an almighty wallop.

Fanny Cradock Chocolate Gâteau

Fanny bakes her special sponge in a square six inch tin. I don't have a square one that small, so substitute for a perfect serviceable round one, which is six inches diameter. Buttered with a greaseproof circle in the base and floured, naturally. The cake bakes for only 35 minutes before emerging all light and springy from the oven. For everyday situations, Fanny recommends her most lazy favourite of servings - a simple dusting of icing sugar, very thick. Hides everything. Hang on though, this is a very special occasion, so what does Fanny suggest to mark seven hundred and thirty long happy days together?

Fanny Cradock Chocolate Gâteau

The answer I am sure you are all screaming is Mocha Buttercream, piped into tiny rosettes with a small star nozzle. This is always the answer. Except today, I am switching things up with three flavours of buttercream - rose, chocolate and vanilla - hey, it's my Fanny-versary and I'll vary if I want to. Fanny completes her decoration with chocolate leaves, dredged through pickings from her rose bush in the garden. Mine are pre-dredged and perfectly formed from Coco, I am sure Fanny would be raging wouldn't mind a shortcut. She better hadn't as we have a long way to go on our journey up the culinary ladder together. Two years has brought us only a quarter of the way, I do hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have so far? Will you be joining me for the remaining six years (gulp) up the giddy heights of the Cradock Cookery Programme? I have to warn you however that things get even more weird and wonderful spectacular as we progress...

Fanny Cradock Chocolate Gâteau

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your fannyversary!

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    1. Thanks so much, it's been great fun really!

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  2. Happy Fannyversary my blogger friend, albeit through the blogging world. Your blog has brought many a smile to my face and will continue to do so. Wish you many more years.

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    1. Aw thanks, it's really fun to connect with other bloggers and enjoy each others posts!

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  3. What a marvellous cake! Fanny would be very proud. Although I admit to wondering why it had a Z on it then realised I was being stupid and it was a 2. Sorry about that. Happy Fannyversary.

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    1. I know, I tried my best to make a 2 but hey ho! Thanks...

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    2. Happy Fanny-versary!!! Two years of Fannying in the kitchen is impressive - as is the patience and steady hand required to ice that cake! Here's to the next six!

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    3. Thanks! It's been a fun two years, I hope the next six are too!

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  4. Felicitations on yer Fannyversary! It's been a blast so far and can't wait to see what else you have to dish up for us...x (cake looks fabby btw)

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    1. Aw thanks so much! It *has* been a blast, but watch out as I say, it's only just beginning!

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  5. This is bloody amazing! Happy Fannyversary!!! Can't wait to see where your adventure goes x
    MissPond | Manchester Based Lifestyle Blog

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  6. Happy 2nd Fannyversary, your blog posts are always so entertaining & I look forward to the next six years :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah, they are so much fun for me to do, so glad someone enjoys them!

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