Christmas. Baking. Pub Quiz. Are there any more beautiful words in the English language? Put them together, and what have you got? ABC’s Christmas event!
We’ve always held our Christmas event in November – everyone is just too busy/stressed/up to their eyes with pantos, parties and prep for the big day in December.
At the end of our October event, a few of us sat chatting about new theme ideas for Aberdeen Bake Club. We’ve held 57 events over the past 5 years (!!!), and though there are always mainstays, it’s good to chuck in a new theme every now and then.
During our chat, someone asked how much an egg weighed. We laughed at what a great pub quiz question that would make…then went silent and looked at each other with smiles quickly stretching across our faces. LIGHTBULB!
As the date rolled round, doubt began to creep in. Not everyone likes a pub quiz. What if we make the questions too easy? What if we make them too hard? What if no-one turns up?
32. THIRTY-TWO PEOPLE CAME. We have NEVER had that many people at an ABC event. We were absolutely overjoyed to have such a great turnout, especially when we noticed everyone had pulled their Christmas jumpers out from storage a couple of weeks early.
I have to say a MAHOOSIVE thanks to Jo for her help in pulling together the first ever ABC Christmas Pub Quiz. Between the two of us, we cobbled together six baking-themed rounds, plus two generic ones:
- General Knowledge
- Picture round
- True or False
- Technical Challenge
- Interactive Round – Gingerbread Man Decorating Challenge!
It was a riot. Feedback on the night was that we got our questions at a Goldilocks level – not too easy and not too hard – just right. We have to put our hands up and admit that we got one question wrong (who knew there were actually THREE North Poles?! (ed.the barman, thankfully)).
Jo’s Technical Challenge round was in the style of Ready, Steady Cook’s ‘ingredient challenge’ – have a go yourself and see if you can guess what bake we have the ingredients for (answers at the bottom of this post).
-Plain Flour, Chilled Butter, Water
-Ground Almonds, Almond Extract, Flaked Almonds, Raspberry Jam, Caster Sugar, Egg, Butter
-Icing Sugar, Water
-Light Soft Brown Sugar, Golden Syrup, Black Treacle, Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Ground Clove, Orange Zest, Bicarbonate of Soda, Butter, Plain Flour
-Plain Flour, Butter, Caster Sugar
-Butter, Condensed Milk, Golden Syrup, Plain Chocolate
-Mixed Dried Fruit, Zest and Juice Orange, Zest and Juice Lemon, Brandy, Butter, Light Soft Brown Sugar, Plain Flour, Ground Almonds, Baking Powder, Mixed Spice, Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Flaked Almond, Eggs, Vanilla Extract
-Wholemeal Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt
Things really heated up when we entered our last round. Thirty-two grown women tasked with decorating a gingerbread man with a specific design, against the clock – who knew just how manic that would become? Perhaps it should be introduced as an Olympic sport because a) people get REALLY competitive about it, b) spectators get REALLY excited about it and c) you have to have a REALLY strong hand to use an icing writer tube. Don’t believe me? Check this video out.
In the end, it was the Cereal Killers that took our winner’s spot, collecting a milk chocolate medal and bragging rights for the next year.
Because I think it’s a given…the Aberdeen Bake Club Christmas Pub Quiz will be back…
Technical Challenge Answers
- Bakewell Tart
- Millionaire’s Shortbread
- Christmas Cake/ Rich Fruit Cake
- Wholemeal Bread