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Platinum Jubilee Scones on a plate with fresh strawberries and blueberries and small pots of strawberry and blueberry jam
Scones, Sweet Scones

Platinum Jubilee Scones

Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee (70 years) this year and the UK will be celebrating on June 3rd – the anniversary of her coronation in 1953. If you are having a party, perhaps you could try my special platinum jubilee scones. They are a simple scone recipe […]

Fig and honey scones grouped together on a plate
Scones, Sweet Scones

Fig and Honey Scones

This week I have been making some fabulous fig and honey scones. I had been given two jars of delicious honey – one brought by my daughter and her family from Snowdonia, Wales and the other from Cornwall by my sister. Having these two jars of really excellent honey languishing […]

Hot cross buns on a plate with yellow primroses in the background
Easter

Hot Cross Buns

I always bake hot cross buns on Good Friday for my family. I love the warm, yeasty smell of the dough as it proves and the spicy sweetness of the buns fresh from the oven. My recipe is simple to make and well worth a little extra time. Hot Cross […]

Easter biscuits on a plate
Biscuits, Easter

1950s Easter Biscuits

When I was a child, a family friend – the sort of close friend that in the 1950s we children would call Auntie – always used to make Easter biscuits. These crisp, spicy, curranty and sugary biscuits are the taste of Easter for me – like mince pies are the […]

Traditional Easter Simnel Cake decorated with balls of marzipan and yellow primroses
Cakes, Easter

Traditional Easter Simnel Cake

I really like fruit cake – any sort of fruit cake and I love marzipan, so a Traditional Easter Simnel Cake which combines the two is one of my favourite cakes, and is always part of my family’s Easter celebrations. Simnel cake dates back to medieval times and is traditionally […]

Victoria Sandwich Cake on a cake stand with a slice cut out
Cakes

Classic Victoria Sandwich

My Victoria Sandwich is a favourite in my tearooms. It is a classic British cake said to be named after Queen Victoria, who is reputed to have enjoyed it with her afternoon tea. It is a light two layer buttery sponge cake made from equal quantities of eggs, sugar, butter […]

Jars of Seville Orange Marmalade standing on a wooden sideboard
Preserves

How To Make Seville Orange Marmalade

My mother always made Seville Orange Marmalade and as soon as I was old enough to be trusted with a sharp knife I was allowed to help. I have many memories of the kitchen filled with the scent of oranges, love and laughter. My mother passed her skills and traditions […]

Piece of fruit cake on a plate
Cakes

The Best Old Fashioned Fruit Cake

February can be a grey and rather miserable month and at this time of year I crave wholesome comfort food. The old fashioned fruit cake we make for the tea rooms definitely satisfies this craving. The dried and glacΓ© fruits are simmered with sherry, butter and sugar until they are […]

Four ginger nut biscuits on a plate
Biscuits

Homemade Gingernut Biscuits

This week I have been making gingernut biscuits – I had to make six batches of biscuits before I was happy with my recipe. My daughter and her family have been taste testing all week. It’s a good job they all love gingernuts! Gingernuts are an old fashioned favourite and […]