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Afternoon Tea Week

Afternoon Tea Week

3 Favourite Bakes


Pretty china, freshly brewed tea and a few delectable bakes. Afternoon tea is a joy to behold.

It’s at its very best in glamorous surroundings (we had a fabulous tea in a Victorian theatre for our wedding) but can be held anywhere.

Choose a cosy corner, put a tablecloth on the table, get out your favourite crockery and treat friends or family to some delicious bakes along with a hot cuppa.

 

Cheddar Muffins

Lemon Swirl Biscuits

Teatime Traybake

 

These scrumptious recipes are from the 2019 Dairy Diary. We launch 2020 very very soon.

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Iced Lavender Loaf

Afternoon Tea Iced Lavender Loaf

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Iced Lavender Loaf

Time: 35 mins
Makes 2 loaves
Per loaf:
Calories 176/slice
Fat 10g of which 6g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Milk 75ml (3fl oz)
Fresh lavender flower heads 6, plus extra for decoration, or 1 tsp dried lavender
Unsalted butter 175g (6oz) softened
Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
Lemon 1, finely grated zest
Eggs 3, beaten
Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
Icing sugar 225g (8oz)
Violet food colouring

1 Put milk and flower heads, or dried lavender, in a small pan and bring slowly to simmering point over a low heat. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

2 Strain milk into a bowl and discard lavender.

3 Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4.

4 Beat butter, caster sugar and lemon zest together until soft and creamy. Beat in eggs a little at a time, adding a tablespoon of flour with each egg. Fold in remaining flour and 2 tablespoons of lavender milk.

5 Spoon the mixture into two loaf tins and level the top of each one. Stand the tins on a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

6 Leave to cool in tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

7 Sieve icing sugar into a bowl and stir in enough lavender milk to make a smooth paste that just holds its shape. Tint icing by mixing in a little violet food colouring and then spread it over tops of cakes with a palette knife. Decorate each cake with small sprigs of lavender flowers. Leave to set before serving.

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The Perfect Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea with Dairy Diary 2015

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THE Perfect Afternoon Tea

“Under certain circumstances there
are few hours more agreeable than
the hour dedicated to the ceremony
known as afternoon tea.” 
Henry James – The Portrait of a Lady

Beautiful china, tranquil surroundings, fabulous friends and delicious cakes – what more could anyone want on a Saturday afternoon in October?

There was a time when my best friend and I (who was born just two weeks before me) celebrated our birthdays by dancing until the early hours. These days we might not get past ten o’clock and a more sedate celebration is called for! Inspired by the feature on afternoon tea in the 2015 Dairy Diary, I booked us into the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester for a truly decadent afternoon tea.

The Ladies Afternoon tea began with delicate finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, egg, beef, cream cheese and cucumber, served with the pièce de resistance three tier stand with light, crusty scones and rich clotted cream accompanied by a variety of homemade cakes and pastries. This was served with tea and a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne. After all it is a ladies prerogative to enjoy only the finer things in life!

The best afternoon teaThe concept of afternoon tea began with Anna Maria Russell, the 7th duchess and one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting, who, at 4 o’clock would send for a pot of tea and ‘a little something’ to tide her over until dinner. Once she started inviting friends to join her in the privacy of her rooms, society hostesses soon cottoned on to the idea and tea parties progressed from boudoir to drawing room.

Tea consisted of dainty sandwiches with not a crust in sight, pastries and cakes plus bread and butter and biscuits. It was an informal occasion, although informal then is not the same as informal now. Tea gowns were worn and hats – gloves were optional. Tea was poured by the hostess and cups handed round by any menfolk present or the daughters of the house.

I am truly inspired by Duchess Russell (and the Great John Street Hotel) and plan to host my own afternoon tea – tea gowns optional – on a regular basis. All I need is my trusty Dairy Diary for delicious recipes, pretty china and peace and quiet. I think we can manage without any menfolk to pass around the cups!

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Tempted by afternoon tea?

Add this classic to your repertoire.

 

Afternoon Tea Iced Lavender Loaf

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Iced Lavender Loaf

Time: 35 mins
Makes 2 loaves
Per loaf:
Calories 176/slice
Fat 10g of which 6g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Milk 75ml (3fl oz)
Fresh lavender flower heads 6, plus extra for decoration, or 1 tsp dried lavender
Unsalted butter 175g (6oz) softened
Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
Lemon 1, finely grated zest
Eggs 3, beaten
Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
Icing sugar 225g (8oz)
Violet food colouring

1 Put milk and flower heads, or dried lavender, in a small pan and bring slowly to simmering point over a low heat. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

2 Strain milk into a bowl and discard lavender.

3 Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4.

4 Beat butter, caster sugar and lemon zest together until soft and creamy. Beat in eggs a little at a time, adding a tablespoon of flour with each egg. Fold in remaining flour and 2 tablespoons of lavender milk.

5 Spoon the mixture into two loaf tins and level the top of each one. Stand the tins on a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

6 Leave to cool in tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

7 Sieve icing sugar into a bowl and stir in enough lavender milk to make a smooth paste that just holds its shape. Tint icing by mixing in a little violet food colouring and then spread it over tops of cakes with a palette knife. Decorate each cake with small sprigs of lavender flowers. Leave to set before serving.

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Celebrate Mothering Sunday with a decadent afternoon tea

A Mother's Day Treat

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Eat Out In: March

Celebrate Mothering Sunday with a decadent afternoon tea

Now I love my mum to bits, but she’s not a foodie. It’s a running joke in our house that whenever she eats out it will always be a cheese sandwich (Cheddar of course!)

Don’t get me wrong, I love a Cheddar and tomato sandwich but not really as my Mother’s Day treat! Now here’s where my cunning comes into play; I have decided to host an afternoon tea party. Mum can enjoy her cheese sandwich but also an array of other little delicacies as well.  And I can feel as though it’s been a little bit special.

I’m going to dust down
the best china, locate the
teapot and make her a
Mother’s Day tea to remember.

Why not try a few of these recipes yourself and don’t forget to enter the competition to win an Ashley Thomas designer tea set.

 

Cornish Splits recipeCornish splits

Preparation time – 10 minutes plus 30-40 minutes proving
Cooking time – 15 minutes
Calories per split – 187 Kcal
Fat per split – 4g of which saturated – 2.5g
Makes – 12
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Strong plain flour 500g (1lb 2oz)
Butter 50g (2oz)
Salt 1 tsp
Caster sugar 1 tsp
Fast-acting dried yeast 7g sachet
Milk 300ml (1⁄2 pint), warmed
Jam or syrup and clotted cream to serve
Icing sugar to dust

1 Tip the flour into a bowl, add the butter and rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the salt, sugar and dried yeast and then add the warm milk and mix to bind the ingredients into a soft dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5–7 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.

2 Divide the dough into 12 and shape each into a round ball with a smooth surface and flatten them slightly. Place the balls on a buttered and floured baking sheet in three rows of four with about 2cm (1⁄2in) between them so that when they rise they will touch each other. Cover the baking tray with an oiled freezer bag or with a clean dry tea towel. Leave the splits in a warm place for 30–40 minutes or until they have doubled in size.

3 Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Bake the splits in the centre of the oven for about 15 minutes or until they are a light golden colour and sound hollow when tapped underneath. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve the splits warm or cold, filled with jam or syrup and clotted cream and dusted with a little sifted icing sugar.

Recipe taken from Around Britain cookbook.

 

 

Mother's Day CupcakesMother’s Day Cupcakes

Makes 9
Time 45 mins
Calories 485 Fat 27g of which 16.9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Butter, at room temperature and very soft 110g (4oz)
Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
Lemon extract 1 tsp
Eggs 2 large, beaten
Self-raising flour 110g (4oz)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Milk 1 tbsp

For the topping
Butter, softened 175g (6oz)
Icing sugar 300g (11oz), sifted
Lemon extract 1 tsp
Sugar flowers and sugar sprinkles (glimmer) to decorate

1 Preheat oven to 180ºC/Gas 4 and place cupcake cases in a muffin tin. Put butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Add lemon extract with eggs, flour, baking powder and milk. Using beater attachment, mix batter well until you have a smooth pale cake mixture.

2 Divide mixture between cupcake cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and firm to touch. Leave in the tin to cool.

3 Beat butter, using an electric whisk, until pale then add icing sugar and mix on lowest setting until blended. Then blend on full speed for a minute. Add lemon extract and beat again. Spoon buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe swirls onto cupcakes. Decorate with sugar flowers and glimmer.

 

 

Sumptious SandwichesSumptuous Sandwiches

Smoked salmon pin wheels

Butter 50g (2oz), softened
Lemon 1, finely zested rind and juice of half
Watercress 110g (4oz), chopped
White or brown bread 5 slices, crusts removed
Smoked salmon 200g packet, minimum 5 slices
Freshly ground black pepper

1 In a small bowl, mix together the butter, lemon rind and watercress. With a rolling pin, roll each slice of bread until it is about 3mm (1⁄8in) thick. Cut five sheets of greaseproof or non-stick baking paper, a little larger than the bread, then dampen with cold water – shaking off the excess.

2 Spread the slices of bread right up to the edges with the watercress butter, and then place each one on a sheet of the damp paper.

3 Cover the butter with the smoked salmon slices, trimming them to fit. Sprinkle with lemon juice, season with pepper and then, with the aid of the paper, roll up the bread and salmon together.

4 Wrap the rolls in the paper and twist the ends to seal, then chill well in the refrigerator for 1–2 hours, or overnight. Just before serving, cut the salmon rolls into slices, diagonally, approximately 1.5cm (½in) thick.

Cucumber sandwiches

Cucumber ½ large (about 225g/8oz)
Butter 75g (3oz)
Finely shredded mint 2 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
White or brown bread 6 slices

1 With a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the cucumber, and then cut it into very thin slices, using the oblong cutting blade on a grater, or with a knife. Place the sliced cumber in a bowl, sprinkle with ½ tsp salt, cover and leave to stand for 10–15 minutes.

2 Blend together the butter and mint and season well with pepper.

3 Transfer the salted cucumber to a sieve, rinse under cold running water, and then drain well on kitchen paper.

4 Spread each slice of bread with the mint butter. Arrange the drained cucumber on half of the slices and then cover with the rest. Stack the sandwiches, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 1–2 hours.

5 To serve, remove the crusts from the sandwiches and then cut into triangles, squares or oblongs as wished.

Curried egg mayonnaise sandwiches

Eggs 3 large, hard-boiled and shelled
Mayonnaise 3 rounded tbsp
Curry paste, medium or hot 1–2 tsp
White or brown bread 6–8 thin slices
Mustard and cress 1 punnet

1 On a board, finely chop the eggs and then place them in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise and curry paste and mix together well.

2 Spread half of the bread with the egg mixture, add the mustard and cress, and then cover with the remaining slices of bread. Stack the sandwiches, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 1–2 hours.

3 To serve, remove the crusts from the sandwiches and cut into triangles, squares or fingers as wished.

Crab mayonnaise sandwiches

Crabmeat 175g (6oz)
Mayonnaise 1-2 tbsp
Root ginger 1–2 tsp, finely grated
Freshly ground black pepper
White or brown bread 8 slices
Butter 50g (2oz), softened
Crisp lettuce leaves 4–6

1 Place the crabmeat in a bowl and remove any pieces of shell, if necessary. Add the mayonnaise and ginger, season with pepper and mix well.

2 Spread each slice of bread with butter, and then spread half of the slices with the crabmeat and cover with the lettuce.

3 Cover the lettuce with the remaining slices and press well together. Stack the sandwiches, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 1–2 hours.

4 To serve, remove the crusts from the sandwiches and then cut into quarters diagonally, or cut into three to make oblongs.

Cream cheese and prawn sandwiches

Fresh or frozen prawns 175g (6oz), thawed and drained
Cream cheese 150g (5oz)
Finely snipped chives 3 tbsp
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Freshly ground black pepper
Brown or white bread 8 thin slices
Butter 50g (2oz), softened
Crisp lettuce leaves 3–4, finely shredded

1 Finely chop the prawns and mix with the cream cheese, chives and lemon juice. Season with pepper.

2 Very thinly spread the bread with butter, and then spread half of the slices with the prawn mixture. Cover with the shredded lettuce, and then cover with the remaining bread. Stack the sandwiches, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 1–2 hours.

3 To serve, remove the crusts from the sandwiches, and then cut into quarters diagonally or into four squares. Or, cut in half and then cut each half into fingers.

Recipes taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

 

 

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Recipes for Mother’s Day

Recipes for Mother’s Day

Recipes for Mother’s Day

I have been a mum for just over five years now but I still get butterflies and that little flush of pride as Mother’s Day approaches.

Sorry to sound clichéd and slightly slushy here but there’s nothing more special than being a parent and when you have to wait a long time for little ones to come along as I did Mothering Sunday never loses its shine.

Of course, I have my own fantastic
Mummy who needs to be spoilt on
Sunday too, so this week will be a
flurry of craft and cooking.

With my card-making obsession, there’ll be a home-made card and some naughty-but-nice goodies too (as well as a rather beautiful Cath Kidston bag to take on her next holiday.)

Here’s what I have chosen to cook for our special Mum’s afternoon tea party:

Both these recipes come from Take a Box of Eggs. Of course my mum and I have one of these but there are many that don’t and would love one!

Take a Box of Eggs is our latest award-winning cookbook, which features 100 delicious easy and accessible dishes for all the family. Why not treat your mum or yourself?

This month postage is free! So you can pick one up for just £7.49.

Chocolate Whisky Cake

Every Scottish baker has their own recipe for chocolate cake and this one incorporates whisky, which complements the flavour of the chocolate. There is also a hidden ingredient (a Scottish favourite), which helps give the cake its rich, moist texture.

Chocolate Whisky CakePreparation time – 25 minutes
Cooking time – 25 minutes
Calories per portion – 435 Kcal
Fat per portion – 24g of which saturated – 13.6g
Serving – 10
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Very dark plain chocolate 175g (6oz)
Unsalted butter 110g (4oz), softened
Light brown sugar 175g (6oz)
Cold finely mashed potato 75g (3oz)
Eggs 2, beaten
Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
Salt 1⁄2 tsp
Milk 4 tbsp
Double cream 125ml (4fl oz)
Icing sugar 50g (2oz), sifted
Whisky 3 tbsp
Raspberry jam 3 tbsp
Raspberries to decorate

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 and grease and line two 20cm (8in) Victoria sandwich cake tins. In a heatproof bowl, break 50g (2oz) of the chocolate, and place over a pan of gently simmering water to melt.

2 In another bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until pale. Beat in the melted chocolate and mashed potato.

3 Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour with each. Sift the remaining flour and salt into the mixture and add the milk. Gently fold together until well combined.

4 Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins and smooth over the tops. Bake for about 25 minutes until risen and springy-firm to the touch. Turn onto wire racks to cool completely.

5 Melt the remaining chocolate as above and cool for 10 minutes. Add the cream, the icing sugar and the whisky. Carefully whisk together until thick and creamy. Spread the jam over one half of the cake and then spread half the chocolate cream on top. Sandwich together with the other half. Spread the remaining chocolate cream on top. Decorate with fresh raspberries before serving.

Cook’s tip
If whisky isn’t your preferred tipple, dark rum or brandy also works well with chocolate, or replace with orange juice for a non-alcoholic version.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

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