What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R
1. Our cycling club has had an annual ride to The Aldingbourne Trust near Chichester, for a Christmas meal for several years now (we also visit fairly regularly throughout the year for coffee and cake) and this is the second year that I’ve organised it. All went well and there were 34 of us. The meal was excellent, I must say. This is a home-made mince pie which was served with coffee and was beautifully crumbly and tasty. Thanks to all the staff and clients for a very enjoyable time.
2. This was a chocolate cupcake with chocolate butter frosting, topped with a small flake which I enjoyed along with a very nice coffee. This was from the Swallow Bakery in North Street, Chichester not far from Amelie & Friends. I bought another for my sister and myself, raspberry & white chocolate this time, for the evening whilst watching The Bridesmaids for the fifteenth time. I was in Chichester to buy more coffee from Attibassi having run out that very morning.
3. On our way to our Christmas lunch at Aldingbourne we stopped off for a cuppa at the Aero Club Café which is based at the Old Control Tower at Goodwood aerodrome/racing circuit, where we could watch some high-end cars speeding around the track. Although lunch was only one and a half hours away I saw the chocolate brownies and couldn’t resist. It was wonderfully soft and gooey.
4. Cycling again (sorry), elevenses was at The Anvil/Just in Case (next door to Piccolo Roma) in Bishops Waltham or ‘Fred’s’ which we know it by. I always have toasted tea cake with jam and butter here but this time I went for a cake and boy was it good! I will never have toasted tea cake here again, it will be cake every time from now on. This pear and butterscotch tart had a lovely pastry base with juicy chunks of pear along with delicious sweet butterscotch. They also have very good coffee, Sumatrian is the one I always go for here. The staff are very friendly and Fred has lots of wines and whiskys here which you won’t find in the local supermarket and he knows his stuff. If you’re into whisky they have a tutored malt whisky tasting and dinner this coming Wednesday (for bookings use the link at the beginning of this paragraph).
5. Helen went on a road trip to the Mornington Peninsula, Australia along with a group of friends last weekend and had a fab time wine-tasting and visiting coffee shops, lucky thing. This apricot & custard tart with whipped cream was from Whispering Vines Café in Dromada.
Living life, loving cake