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Cheating on cake stall day

I have 3 kids. I used to try to make treats for their cake stalls, but the kids always came home glum with most of my baking efforts not being sold. I've just had to face facts - I'm not a good baker. At least we have a brilliant bakery down the street. Now when the kids come home with a note that they have a cake stall day, I go to the bakery and buy some delicious and well-made treats that they can sell. It's not really cheating because I'm honest with everyone, but I know there are other parents in my situation who are also stressed about cake day. This blog is all about finding a bakery to provide cake stall treats.

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Enjoying pastries for Eid

by Alice Larson

Eid, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, is traditionally celebrated by large shared meals with family and friends. It is common to include pastries such as baklava or date-filled pastries to eat at the end of the meal. 

Here are some simple pastry recipes you can try for Eid. 

Ma'amoul

Ma'amoul is a simple dish where pastry is wrapped around a pitted date then baked at a low heat. It is a traditional option in Middle-Eastern Eid celebrations. A simple recipe is;

1. Combine 600g of plain flour with 225g of unsalted butter in a clean mixing bowl.

2. Add 1tbsp of rosewater for flavouring and scent, then add up to 3Tbsp of cold milk until the mix becomes a moldable mix.

3. Roll the pastry to approximately 5mm thick, then cut into circles. Wrap each circle of pastry around a date. Flatten the balls with a fork to make a cross-hatched pattern. 

4. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. 

5. Cool the pastries then sprinkle with icing sugar before serving. 

Baklava

Baklava is a popular pastry served in Turkey and in other parts of the world for Eid celebrations. Here is a simple recipe that you can try. 

1. Combine 1 cup of chopped almonds, 2tsp of cinnamon and 1 cup of sugar with a cup of boiling water. 

2. Place one sheet of frozen filo pastry at the bottom of a baking pan and paint a layer of the sugar, nut, and spice mix onto the pastry layer. Place another filo pastry sheet on top and keep repeating the process until the baking pan is full. 

3. Score the top layer across in gridlines to make it easier to cut when cooked. Bake following the instructions on the pastry. If you can't find any instructions then you can try cooking at 170 degrees Celsius and checking every 10 minutes until golden brown. It will usually take about 40-50 minutes to cook through. 

4. Allow to cool, then split along the grid lines to create individual serves. 

When you head out to visit friends and family at Eid be sure to take a tin of your pastries with you. Of course, if you run out of time to complete your homemade pastries, you can always take a shortcut and get some professionally made pastries from your local bakery. They'll taste just as good and you'll be able to spend more time enjoying the celebration with your friends and family.  

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