Pittas and party cake.

Well, a busy day today, but a very enjoyable one.

I decided to have a go at making my own pitta breads today. OH and I both love pittas filled with salad so I  found a nice recipe in one of my bread machine cookery books. I have to tell you, these were the easiest things I have ever made, with the help of my Panasonic. The ingredients are all store cupboard staples so I didn’t have to pop out to get any extra bits and pieces (I have been known to make as many as three separate visits to my little local supermarket for items needed when trying new recipes!)

Once the ingredients were in the bread machine I had to turn it to the ‘pizza dough’ setting, press the start button and leave it to it’s own devices to knead away and, after 45 minutes, there was the springiest, smooth dough waiting for me to knock back and shape into pittas. Once this was done, I left them to prove for ten minutes before putting them into a hot oven for five minutes. Result? Not bad pittas, I will definately make them again.

My first attempt at pitta, thnk they could have been a little more coloured!

While the kneading and proving was going on, I made a start on my great-niece’s birthday cake. Tiffany will be celebrating her 30th. birthday with an Oscar themed party next week. I had already made a nice rich fruit cake so today the marzipan went on, ready to be iced on Friday. Very pleased that I was able to get some chocolate moulds for an Oscar statue, from an ebay site. There are now a dozen sugar Oscars drying on my dining room table. My plan is to paint these with edible gold liquid and have them standing around the outside edge of the cake. Hoping to get some gold chord from Sew Crafty, to drape between the statues. I have also made a clapperboard from mexican paste and, once dry, I will decide what to write on it, something along the lines of Breakfast at Tiffany’s maybe? I’ll post a picture on here once it is finished.

Couldn’t get any further with the cake, as everything is in the drying stage, so took the bull by the horns and tackled some ironing this afternoon.  Those of you who know me well will have long since realised that this is my least favourite chore!! Oh well it does mean I can spend tomorrow at my sewing machine without feeling guilty!!

Jenny xx


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