Sunday, 19 May 2013

World Baking Day!

Never one to miss out on a worldwide collective bake off, I got dolled up in my best baking outfit this afternoon, flinging on my favourite pinny and spent an hour or two throwing pots and pans around the kitchen to take part in World Baking Day.

I thought I'd better try out a couple of simple but new recipes and my unsuspecting guests were the perfect guinea pigs. The results of my efforts were a homestyle Prosciutto & Vegetable Tart followed by a Marbled Black Sesame Japanese Baked Cheesecake. I might just add that not a crumb was left at the end of the tasting and there were even requests for second helpings!


Did you take part in World Baking Day today? What did you bake?


24 comments:

  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! That "cheesecake" is very unexpected for this American, who sees in her mind a creamy, cheesy tart with graham cracker crust! This is quite different and oh dear, I did not even know it was World Baking Day!!!! CHEERS PAUL! Anita

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    1. Yes, a baked cheesecake was a first on me too Anita. It wasn't as heavy as it looks....and it looks like a brick!

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  2. The flan looks very attractive - would never have thought of doing the vegetables in ribbons - good idea. The cheesecake is really unusual - I googled for the recipe to see what it was all about but none of the ones I found resembled yours.

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    1. I thought the ribbons looked pretty good too Rosemary. The cheesecake recipe was given to me by a friend it has much more sesame paste than other recipes I have seen.

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  3. The prosciutto and vegetable tart looks so beautiful and I bet taste so delicious. I bet your Sesame Japanese cheesecake taste delicious too. A very avant garde cheesecake Mr. Paul. Well done. Thank you for letting me know about World Baking Day!

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  4. Paul, your talents have no bounds! These look delicious.

    I baked today, chocolate banana bread and a New York cheesecake.

    I hope you have a wonderful week! Elizabeth

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    1. You can certainly pop some of that chocolate banana bread in the post Elizabeth!

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  5. Thanks for visiting! That tart is just stunning. I bet there wasn't a crumb left. I have never heard of World Baking Day either, but every day should be baking day!

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    1. I did attempt to get a second slice of that cheesecake and not even a microscopic morsel was left I tell you!

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  6. Your artistry knows no bounds! Someone will want to wear that tart as a hat at Ascot.

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    1. Roll up, roll up, come on gells, get yer millinery tarts 'ere!

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  7. Paul, Paul, Paul,

    What are you trying to do to me?!?! I popped in to get me a dose of paulisms the other day, only to find you are trying to ruin my 'Beach 2013 Munching Moderation scheme' completely, and having just recovered from that temptation, you serve up another one! Or two, as it were. The cheesecake looks very intriguing, and I can certainly imagine that every crumb was gone before you could say 'open Sesame'.

    So, can we make a deal here now please...No more diet-unfriendly blog posts until September? Pleeeease?!

    However, the Waddesdon Manor images were reasonably 'safe' and very enjoyable indeed! I was quite surprised to read that this Loire-look-a-like château is in this country, as it immediately gave me associations to France. For a while, I lived not far from the Loire valley and nearly overdosed on pretty towers and gardens... French markets are ALWAYS a superb weekend pastime, and in that setting - wow, I can imagine that Mr Canard had to part with at least half of his goodies to be carried back to the Magical Christmas maison...?

    Lovely blog entries, as always Paul!

    Wishing you a SUN-filled weekend this week!!!

    Love,
    HELena

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  8. hello paul, i am on a blog break but just wanted to pop in to say hi and am glad i did.

    omg, these are amazing! such great-looking treats! my mouth's watering...you sure are an artist!!

    hope you had a wonderful weekend...please have a lovely week ahead!
    :)

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  9. Your tart and cheese cake look amazing! Lucky guests!
    I didn't know it was World Baking Day, but actually, I did bake something, which is unusual for me. Nothing fancy, just a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Have a great week,
    Babs

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  10. I actually had a cake baked...this is because I am totally unselfish and wanted someone else to feel the pleasure of bake day...I do things like that from time to time. But I'm telling you what....that tart looks amazing..did you really do that???

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  11. I did take part in World Baking Day except that, being 'en vacance', I was eating rather than baking. In particular I enjoyed a rather lovely Baumstriezel (chimney cake) while watching some locals doing Bavarian country dancing....
    I would definitely have asked for second helping (and possibly even a third) of the Japanese Cheesecake!!

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  12. Hi Paul,

    I wish I had known! Would have loved to take part. Your cakes look delicious and pretty to the eye as well. Wish I was one of the guinea pigs :-)

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

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  13. You make the most creative dishes, both look so special and delicious. Did you save some of the loaf for your morning coffee or tea? I did not take part in World Baking Day but ate a fresh baguette at a local cafe today, so I celebrated! The world is a much better place with baked goods, that's for sure!

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  14. Delish Paul... I am not at all surprised that every last bite was consumed... both look fantastic... xv

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  15. I had no idea it was world baking day, frankly I had no idea there was such a thing. Oh well. Your tart is absolutely beautiful and I'm sure was quite scrumptious, I love the way your cheesecake is in the shape of a loaf. Even more fun.

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  16. Okay Paul..confess. The 'gells' want the recipes. Superb presentation!

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  17. And you can cook too!!!! Sigh-- can you feel my heart beating for you? (Lol!!) wow oh wow that tart looks to good to eat!!! And the cheesecake-- I'd be happy to have the crumbs!! It's beautiful too-- how bout recipes??

    You did good!!!
    Xoxo
    Vicki

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  18. I ate something baked! Does that count? ;)

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