Picnic Mood

IMG_7374 Since I first moved to Bristol, I’ve been looking forward to the Balloon Festival. After 10 months, Balloon Festival is here!!!

My friends and I decided to take a day off from dissertation and tomorrow we will go there and have a picnic.

To celebrate the so expected festival I’m baking a balloon cake! Can’t wait for the cake to cool so I can decorate it… I will be posting the pictures soon (in case it turns out well…).

Also cooked some picnic food for tomorrow. The recipes I’m presenting under are my mum’s and, although I make them quite well, they still don’t taste exactly like hers… There’s something magic about mum’s cookings…

Chorizo Small Pies (15 pies)

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 200 g of flour
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 of a chorizo
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC.
  2. In a bowl put the flour and the baking powder. Add the milk and the egg yolks progressively while mixing well. You will get a thick dough.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until they get thick. Add it to the flour mixture until you get a fluffy dough.IMG_7301
  4. Grease cupcake or small pie cases with butter. Fill half of the cases with the dough.
  5. Slice the chorizo in thick slices. Place one slice per case on top of the dough.IMG_7328
  6. Place in the oven and cook until the pies grow and get golden. The chorizo will toast a bit and release some of its sauce seasoning the pie.IMG_7354

Cold Cuts Cake (serves 4)

  • 9 tbsp of flour
  • 1 tea spoon of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • salt and chopped rosemary
  • cold cuts (chorizo, ham, salami)
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC.
  2. In a bowl put the flour and the baking powder. Add the melted butter, two egg yolks and one egg white.
  3. Add the milk and mix well. You will get a liquid and fluffy dough. Season with salt and chopped rosemary.
  4. Grease a tray and sprinkle with flour removing the excess flour.
  5. Put half of the dough in the tray. Cover with the cold cuts meat cut in pieces making sure it covers most of the dough. Cover with the remaining dough. With a brush spread the remaining egg white on top of the cake.IMG_7347
  6. Cook for approximately 30 minutes until the cake gets a bit toasted on top.IMG_7379
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