How to Make Doughnuts

Doughnuts have been around in some shape or form for hundreds of years. In England, it’s said that thrifty bakers, unwilling to waste scrap dough, took to shaping it into dumplings as a filling addition to soup, while in Germany and Holland, they dropped the leftovers into hot oil to …

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Making Tea Breads

Tea bread is the name generally given to fruit breads that are served sliced and buttered. Simple homely cakes, they originally formed part of an early supper or tea-time meal. They may or may not use yeast as the raising agent, and only in some recipes will a pot of …

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Chocolate Chelsea Buns: Twist on a Classic Favourite

The most famous Chelsea buns were purveyed at the The Chelsea Bun House somewhere in either Chelsea or Pimlico, in London, in the 1800s. The Kings of England popped in for their favourite treats, which is rather like finding yourself behind Justin Bieber in the coffee queue in Starbucks! While …

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Cinnamon Swirl and Red Hots Swirl Cake

Tray bakes are easy to make and serve, and a good introduction to baking for those who lack confidence about baking a traditional round, raised cake. Tray Bake Hints And Tips A tray bake is a relatively simple cake to make, and most recipes are eminently suitable for fêtes and …

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The Perfect Cake and Cuppa

It’s the simple pleasures of life that mean the most: a smile from a child a hug from a loved one, putting your feet up with a cuppa and a cake. We don’t ask for much! It’s Just The Simple Things But sometimes even the simple things are hard to …

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How to Make the Perfect Fruit Cake

Everyone knows the perfect fruit cake is deeply spiced, full of surprises and ideal after dinner with a fresh cup of tea. But it’s hard to find one that we can all agree on. And whose perfect fruit cake are we talking about here, anyway? Yours. So here’s a guide …

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How to Make Jam Tarts

Traditional jam tarts are enjoying a revival. And why not? They’re an essential component of the classic afternoon tea, and easy enough for children to make. Follow our step-by-step recipe to make your own jam tarts. Make Traditional Jam Tarts Keep the kitchen and ingredients cool to ensure your Pastry …

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Creating a Perfect Strawberry Jam

Baking the perfect scones is well and good, but you’re going to need some perfect jam to spread on them. In this article we cover the basics of jam-making and a recipe for a decadent Strawberry and Champagne Jam. Just pile it onto Freshly-baked Scones, top with Clotted Cream, and …

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Making Butter and Clotted Cream

Why not make your own clotted cream or butter to use in your baking? It’s not as intimidating as it sounds! Try our traditionally-inspired methods to make your own dairy butter for toast and cakes – or luscious clotted cream to spread on Home-baked Scones! Making Fresh Butter Have you …

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Afternoon Tea: The Traditional Sandwich Platter

Afternoon Tea has been an English tradition since 1800. And though it’s famous for the scones, the first course of an Afternoon Tea is a selection of dainty sandwiches. They should be crustless, finger-sized, and served on an antique platter. The fillings should be quite light and delicate, in keeping …

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