October 20, 2013

Teatime Scones

teatime in England is immensely satisfying and altogether a simple way to warm the cockles of one's heart. The traditional scone is a staple in any Afternoon Tea; piled high with raspberry jam and clotted cream, served warm and freshly baked from the oven. 

With the awful British weather continuing, I decided that the only thing to make would be a delightful comfort food that only takes 10-15 minutes to bake and can put a smile on someone's face.

Put your feet up, read the Sunday papers and grab a cup of tea to make your afternoon tea that little bit more enjoyable..

I used Nigella's recipe for Lily's Scones, which I have found to be one of the best recipes yet. 


October 14, 2013

Salted Caramel Millionaire's Shortbread

requests were coming in thick and fast for a caramel shortbread that beat those in Pret, Eat and Cafe Nero. Demand was high and I only had one baking tray, meaning from this point forth, I may have to start bulk buying baking equipment to satisfy the needs of the sugar crazy.

This three layer delight of pretty much pure sugar was one of the best recipes I have found. The caramel set thick and gooey, the chocolate cut without splintering and the shortbread had that "je ne sais quoi" about it that meant it was melt-in-the-mouth deliciousness.

Half the batch was shipped to Leeds to delight three wonderful people, a quarter traveled into central London on the tube to find its way to the lips of colleagues and the rest was simply a home delight.

I used a cocktail stick to weave a white chocolate swirl on top and added extra salt to complement the sickly sweetness. Why not make a banana caramel and turn them into Banoffee Millionaire's Shortbread or peanuts to add another texture into the mix.