If you live in the UK, There are 2 things you can’t have failed to have noticed this summer:
1. The Olympics are nearly upon us – yep, London 2012 will be opening in just a weeks time.
2. It hasn’t stopped raining for what seems like forever!!
Firstly the Olympics. Personally I’m very excited. We get TV Olympic coverage at a time of day I’m not in bed, sleeping. But then I don’t live near the Olympic Village. I do however, have a ‘proper’ job at a big Dance Shoe Company, and the factory and offices are based in Hackney.
Oh…. My…. Life…..how much things have changed in the area!!
Most of the staff live in the local vicinity and have had varying degrees of inconvenience with a few added bonuses. But I think the most interesting story I heard this week was how all the helicopters carrying the security troops make the TV satellite dishes shake so much the local residents keep loosing reception.
The company I work for are proud to be involved in the Olympics, but as we’re not ‘official’ sponsors I can’t tell you exactly how we are involved….which as the Marketing Manager is UBER annoying!!
Anyway, onto my second point…..RAIN!!!! Seriously, how much water does the sky hold? On April 5th a hosepipe ban came into force in our area, and, you guessed it, it hasn’t stopped raining since!
I’m not kidding!!
Whilst America is sweltering in ridiculous heat, the UK has drowned!!!!!!
There is one thing you can rely on with the British weather at the moment, and that is that you’re going to get wet at some point during the day! Do not leave the house without an umbrella or waterproof jacket, and preferably a pair of wellies, and in some areas canoes come in handy too!
As a nation we have the collective look of the proverbial ‘drowned rat!’.
But are we down about it? No, we have the Olympics next week, and the pesky Jet Stream that is bringing all this falling water is, apparently, moving North, so the forecast and TV viewing looks positive.
(oh and our hosepipe ban was lifted early, 2 weeks ago. Something to do with the fact that we’ve had the wettest summer EVER)
As there are all sorts of restrictions about using the Olympic rings, I didn’t want to incur the wrath of the IOC by baking something that looked liked them. Therefore, I have rather tenuously devised a baking and blogging schedule that fits with the colours of the five rings.
First up – yellow.
These are what I consider to be comfort food. Exactly what you need on a wet, miserable, cold July day!
Lemon Crumble Bars
Base and Crumble:
160gms plain flour, sifted
80gms granulated sugar
1 tbspn plain flour
.25 tspn baking powder
Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
Grease a baking tray. I used a 6″ x 4″ foil tray.
Preheat you oven to 130 c, 150c fan, gas mark 3
Place all the base and crumble ingredients into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until it has the consistency of thick crumbs.
Take one third of the crumbs and squish it into the tray to form a base.
Place all the filling ingredients into a clean bowl and mix until fully combined.
Tip: place the tray onto a baking sheet, as when it’s filled it’s a bit tricky to carry without spilling it.
Pour the filling over the base.
Sprinkle the remaining crumble over the filling. Some will sink in, some will stay on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is slightly spongy to touch.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool. (At this point you could, as I did, dig into the crumble and have it as you would any other fruit crumble with ice-cream or custard. However, in order to get bars, you have to resist this temptation)
Once fully cooled its best to pop the crumble into the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.
Once set cut into bars and devour!