Here at Lancashire Food we like to support and promote local businesses and as I also love a good book, so I was delighted to hear that an independent bookshop was opening in Chorley which is in my patch Clandestine Cake Club wise. Dianne the lovely owner of Ebb and Flo immediately agreed to host one of our meetings even though at this stage she didn't have an actual shop and the shop was some months away.
Roll the calendar forward and here we are holding our "Baking the Book" event in the cute newly opened bookshop. The shop has a range of books specifically selected by Diane
to offer a selection of interesting reading for all customers and for them to discover books they didn't know they wanted or, perhaps, that even existed. Customers are encouraged to browse, sit, smell, touch and hold the books, have a cuppa and chat about books. The shop also has inspiring areas for children, such as a den and craft room.
As well being a great book shop Diane is keen to hold bookish events as well and has a great whats on section on her website, so there is plenty going on !
We are here with a theme of baking a recipe from our favourite cooking or baking book, my bake was a Tiramisu Cake from Fiona Cairns "The Birthday Cake Book".
We all had a great time and loved the new bookshop and I am sure lots of us will pop in the next time we are in town. Oh and just so you know Dianne stocks the Clandestine Cake Club cookbook. We had a great selection of cakes inspired by books or taken from our favourite baking books, check them out !
|Lemon diary sponge|
|Vegan carrot cake|
|Strawberry & marscapone swiss roll|
|Coconut & Lime Cake|
|Blueberry, peach and amaretto cake|
|Chocolate chilli cake|
|Coconut layer cake|
|Lemon Drizzle Cake|
|Date & Walnut Cake|
|Iced Lemon Curd Cake|