The Great Brownie Bake Off! #GBBOchoc

Posted on 17th September 2010 in 9 October 2010/ brownies/ chocolate cake/ GBBO/ the cake nest

*PLEASE NOTE – THE TIME OF THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 12noon-6pm*

What are you doing on October the 9th?

Do you have a brownie recipe that friends and family drool over and repeatedly ask you to bake?

Are you a home cook who has a passion for chocolate loveliness?

Do you think it’s time the world knew how great your brownies are?

Would you like YOUR recipe to be added to the fabulous ‘a piece of cake‘ range from The Cake Nest?

OR maybe you just like eating brownies?

If you answered YES to any of the above then you need to read on!

The Chocolate Consultancy has announced the first edition of the Great Brownie Bake Off; inviting the UK’s home bakers and non-professional cooks to compete in the search for the perfect brownie.

Taking place on Saturday October 9, 2010 at Old Street cycle café, Look Mum No Hands, the event will be a celebration of the most popular patisserie in the UK.  A panel of brownie-experts will decide what makes the perfect brownie; Derbyshire cake company, The Cake Nest, will incorporate the winner’s recipe into their A Piece of Cake range, using it exclusively as their brownie recipe. The winner will also receive a six-month supply of Divine chocolate.

As well as the judging, The Great Brownie Bake Off will also be celebrating all things baking by hosting demonstrations through out the day, including an appearance from Edd Kimber, contestant on BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off and writer of fantastic food blog, www.he-eats.com, as well a guided fine chocolate tasting from Louise Thomas of The Chocolate Consultancy Ltd.

The Great Brownie Bake Off was inspired by an on-going collaboration with West Country bakers, Hobbs House Bakery, in search of creating the perfect brownie and as a step further in their search, the team has decided to turn to the UK’s home bakers for help.

The Great Brownie Bake Off will be a wonderful opportunity to learn what the British public conceives the perfect brownie to be.  Is it fudgy and moist, should it have a crackling crust? Should it be large enough to pick up with both hands, or should these be dainty bites of indulgence?  Should it include nuts and fruits or should it be made with milk, white or dark chocolate?  What makes the perfect brownie and how do we make it?

The judging panel includes Founder of The Cake Nest, Abigail Phillips, Square Mile’s Award-winning Barista, James Hoffmann, Award-winning London chocolatier, Paul A. Young, Hungry Cyclist, Tom Kevill-Davies, chocolate experts, Lee McCoy and Jennifer Earle, also of Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, Jane Manson, Founder of Virtuous Bread, Food Bloggers, Kavita Favelle and Mathilde Delville and Fred Ponnavoy, Head Chef at Gü Chocolate Puds.

Home bakers and non-professionals have until October 2, 2010 to submit their entry; please contact Louise Thomas for further information.  Profits raised at the event from entry fees shall be donated to cycle charity, Wheels for Wellbeing.  Baking enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to sell their home baked goods on the day, with 10% of the profits to be donated to this charity.

THE GREAT BROWNIE BAKE OFF

DATE:             Saturday October 9, 2010

TIME:              12:00 – 18:00

ADDRESS:     Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX

TUBE:             Old Street (Northern Line)

PRICE:            £1.70, including re-entry.  £1 of which to be donated to Wheels for Wellbeing

CONTACT: Louise Thomas

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 7729 287198

TWITTER:       @TChocolateC / #GBBOchoc

EMAIL:            louise@thechocolateconsultancy.com

WEBSITE:       http://www.thechocolateconsultantblog.info/

About The Chocolate Consultancy Ltd

Ex-pastry chef, Louise Thomas, created The Chocolate Consultancy to raise awareness of the world of fine chocolate.  Through speciality chocolate events and freelance consultancy for the retail, hospitality and chocolate industries, Louise Thomas aims to bring the best, fine-flavoured chocolate to the consumer and create an understanding of this beautiful product and how we can use it to enhance the flavour of our baking and cooking.

www.thechocolateconsultantblog.info

www.thechocolateconsultancy.com

About The Cake Nest

The Cake Nest is a small, family-run business based in High Peak, Derbyshire. The founder, Abigail Philips, gave up her previous employment as a bank manager to be a stay-at-home mother for her two children. Following her love for making cakes for friends and family, she decided to officially launch The Cake Nest in 2009 to create a cake for every celebration.  Since then The Cake Nest has also launched their A Piece of Cake range, which enables customers to have a fresh slice of cake delivered to their door across the UK.

The Cake Nest aims to keep things traditional only using free-range eggs, inspired by their own chickens, with no added preservatives. Their cakes can be made to customer’s specific requirements to avoid any allergy issue and specialises in wheat-free.

www.thecakenest.co.uk

About Fred Ponnavoy, Head Chef at Gü Chocolate Puds

Ponnavoy trained as a pastry chef in Burgundy before travelling across Europe to hone his skills.  He further developed his passion for chocolate and patisserie by studying at the prestigious culinary Parisian school, Lenôtre, before arriving in the UK.  Here he worked in patisserie for Stapleford Park Hotel, Leicestershire, and Alexander House, in West Sussex, before being offered Head Pâtissier at Westminster’s Bank Restaurant.  From here, Ponnavoy worked under reputable Italian chef, Giorgio Locatelli, in Ceconni’s in 2001 before joining Gü in 2003.

http://www.gupuds.com/

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3 Comments

  • Reply Cass@FrugalFamily 19th September 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Oooh I make a mean brownie but it would cost a fortune for me to get to London from the North East – Can I do a live satellite link up like they do on TV lol

    • Reply mrsljhall 19th September 2010 at 4:28 pm

      You could check with Louise but I have a funny feeling you have to actually go there! Maybe persuade them to do it ‘up north’ next time? x

  • Reply patelnie 5th December 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I just needed to say that I found your site via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will make sure to bookmark you for when I have more free time away from the books. Thanks again!

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