Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Canapés and Cocktails at Pinnies and Petticoats

A Cocktails & Canapé remit for the April Pinnies and Petticoats baking club meet couldn't have been more up my street. It was the exact theme that I had for my 40th Birthday Party. No penguins making an appearance on this occasion but I opted to make another novelty animal featuring olives. I give you Ladybird Cracker Canapés.
Ladybird Canape. party food, cute food, nibbles

LADYBIRD CANAPES
Ritz Crackers
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Black Food Colouring
Cherry Tomatoes
Black Olives
Chives

These are a bit of a last minute assembly job as you don't want your crackers to go soggy. 
Mix together some cheese and food colouring for the spots. Be warned - you will need a LOT of black to colour the white cheese.
Spread your cracker with cheese and top with cherry tomato quarters for the wings, an olive head and chive feelers. Do ladybirds even actually have feelers?!
Pipe on the spots and your ladybird is ready to fly away home.
WILD GARLIC AND CHEESE SCONES
250g Self Raising Flour
50g Marg
100g Mature Cheddar Cheese Grated
salt
cayenne
mustard powder
1 Egg
Milk
Bunch of Wild Garlic

Sieve together the flour, salt, cayenne and mustard powder. Add these to your own taste - anything from a small pinch to a teaspoon.
Rub in the marg until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir through the grated cheese.
Finely chop wild garlic and add to the dry ingredients. Again the quantity used  is very much to your own taste
Crack the egg into a jug and lightly whisk. Make up to 150ml with milk.
Make a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the egg and milk mixture and combine with a knife.
Tip out onto a floured surface and kneed very lightly before rolling to a 1.5-2cm thickness.
Cut out your scones, glaze with milk and bake at 200 degrees.
These canapé sized ones only took 8 minutes so increase cooking time accordingly for larger scones.
Wild Garlic and Cheese Scones
We had a big turnout of bakers for this event including a new gentleman in our midst. He immediately put us all to shame with his amazing sponge, creme pat and strawberry mousse canapé. Our new abode at Amicus Apple had a fantastic Cocktail menu befitting of the occasion. Needless to say I left the car at home for this one.
Pina Colada Cake - I reckon Del Boy would LOVE this!
Strawberries & Cream Scones
Genoise Sponge with Creme Pat and Strawberry Mousse
Enriched Sweet Crust Tartlets with Mocha Mousse, Mango Mousse and Strawberry Mousse

Pesto Pastry Twists
Smoked Salmon Mini Muffins
Parma Ham and Sage on Polenta Toasts
Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Crescents

Mint Aero Treats
Almond Cookies
Mudslide, Bloody Mary, Pina Colada and Lady Godiva Cupcakes

Ladybird Canapes
Smoked Salmon Mousse Blinis
Sage and Parmesan Palmiers
Red Onion, pepper and Crynoch Blue Cheese Tarts

Olive and Artichoke Poppers
Parmesan Baskets filled with prosciutto, soft blue cheese and balsamic pears
Salted caramel and Apricot Florentines

Parmesan Profiteroles with Bacon and Cream Cheese
Sundried Tomato Buns with Chilli Pesto & Goats Cheese
Hot Chilli Cheese Straws
White Chocolate & Cranberry Truffles rolled in Coconut
Chocolate Meringues with Fresh Cream
Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Goats Cheese and Caramelised Red Onion

The next meet is scheduled for Wednesday 14th May where the theme will be CHEESE. This is the second time we've had this theme. Check out our first fromage feast for some cheesy inspiration and sign up on our Facebook event page if you'd like to come along.

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