We’ve have some big milestones in our house, this month (technically, we’re in between them, but parties are easier at weekends). Our son turned 18 a few days ago, and my husband turns 50 this week.
So naturally we needed some celebration cakes. The first was a joint one to go with a posh dinner party at a local hotel – and because they do archery together every other weekend, I thought it’d be a nice idea to do an archery cake for them.
The second was son’s party with his sixth-form friends. He wants to do a chemistry degree, so it was obvious what the theme of his cake would be. (The bits around the cake said ‘Happy Eighteenth Birthday’ – all done using symbols from the periodic table!)
And finally, because my husband loves going to watch the motorcycle racing… his was an obvious one, too 🙂
Whenever I throw a party, I tend to do the catering – and the two things people always ask me to make (and in fact ask me to make extra so they can take a doggy bag home) are cheese stars and choc chip cookies. (So – 120 cheese stars and 70 cookies, made at 6am Sunday morning…)
That’s before the hordes got to them. (I’ve given up trying to hide them until all the food’s ready. They vanish regardless!) Even my daughter, who hates cheese, loves the stars. So I thought I’d share the recipe.
- 8 oz (225g) butter
- 8 oz (225g) Gouda cheese (grated)
- 2 egg yolks
- 8 oz (225g) plain flour
Beat the butter until creamy.
Gradually add the cheese, the egg yolks, salt and paprika to taste, then work in the flour (it’s easiest to do this with your hands!).
When the mixture is well blended, wrap in foil and put in the fridge for an hour. (Don’t leave it any longer or it’ll be too hard to work with.)
Knead lightly and roll out on a floured surface until 0.5cm thick. Cut out stars (or other shapes) and place on a baking sheet lined with foil, 3cm apart.
Bake in a hot oven (200 degrees C/gas mark 6) for 10 minutes or until beginning to colour. Cool on a rack.
Do you have a favourite recipe for your celebrations?