QM Baking Society has gone from strength to strength this year, packing in as many socials and baking inspired events as we could stomach
We kicked off the semester in true Bake Off style with a ‘signature bakes’ themed Bake & Share. This was our first taste of the unquestionable baking talent here at Queen Mary, from an enviable triple chocolate layer cake to savoury cheese scones, these signature bakes were nothing short of showstoppers! Embracing the Bake Off theme, we celebrated a date circled on every bakers’ calendar – the GBBO finale! We watched the intense and exciting episode in real time, snacking on a myriad of treats whipped up by our members. It’s safe to say there was a collective sigh of relief when Nadia won!
Our next Bake & Share coincidently fell on ‘Chocolate Week,’ so there was no question what our theme should be! As if that were not enough of a reason to bake, our meet also fell on ‘Wear It Pink’ day for breast cancer awareness, so our bakers faced the challenge of combining chocolate with the unlikely colour of pink! It was definitely one for the sweet tooth with chocolate brownies, rocky road and pink striped chocolate French Fancies among others.
We ventured off campus to Brixton for a very exciting event – a chocolate truffle making workshop at The Chocolate Museum! After a tour of the museum and a screening of how chocolate is made, we got stuck into our truffle making with freshly prepared ganaches and a variety of decadent toppings! They were delicious to say the least.
For our next event, we put a sugary spin on the traditional pub crawl, and headed down Brick Lane for our first ever café crawl! Our first stop was ‘Dum Dum Donutterie’ where we sampled their speciality – ‘Cros’ (baked croissant doughnuts). We then headed to Pretty Cuppa, followed by the infamous 24/7 ‘Beigel Bake,’ and ‘Dark Sugars’ whose chocolates themselves are art in disguise.
As Christmas approached, our bakers got into the festive mood and got creative in our Christmas biscuit and gingerbread house decorating session. Christmas jumpers, snowflakes, elves and Santa biscuits took centre stage…until they were devoured!
We kicked off the New Year with an ‘International’ themed Bake & Share, with some new faces we met at the Welcome Back Fair. We had an amazing haul from around the world, from French Yogurt cake (yes, you read that right) to American Smore bites, Indian carrot halwa, and Swiss Sunday Zopf bread.
There’s plenty to look forward to this semester, including the annual Inter-Varsity Bake Off at Kings College, so there’s never been a better time to join, whatever your baking ability. We are a warm, close-knit friendly group, bound together by our love for baked goods!
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