Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Bring out the best china

 Grandma’s  afternoon tea cake stand
A couple of weeks ago, we went to visit the home of Britain’s best loved china – the Wedgwood Museum . I used to go to the Potteries to see my cousins who lived in Stoke on Trent when they were young but I hadn’t been there for many years as they had left that area a long time ago. So this was a journey back in time. You can get afternoon tea in the café and browse in the shop where they’ve got a whole range of china especially designed for events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

Even though I haven’t got the real china McCoy, I always like to display Grandma’s cakes and biscuits on pretty plates. I still have her 3 tiered cake stand as you can see which was made in the Potteries. It’s just the thing to show off Grandma's tea time treats with Coffee Cake, Fruit Harvo, Coconut Fingers and Butter BiscuitsAll the recipes are in Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking book. Fruit Harvo found its way to Nigella Lawson's website as it was in the original edition of Grandma Abson’s Yorkshire Recipes. Here’s the recipe for Coconut Fingers which are irresistible. 

COCONUT FINGERS
4 oz butter
4 oz sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
4 oz plain flour
¼ oz baking powder
6 oz coconut

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, flour and baking powder. Then add the coconut. Mix well and bake in a flat tin in a quick oven for 20-25 minutes. (375F, Mark 5, 190C) Cut them into fingers while they are still warm, and then leave to cool in the tin.

It’s MS Cake Break week  all about raising funds to support research for people affected by  Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I’ve been doing ‘Talk and taste’ sessions about Grandma’s baking to raise money for this important charity. I did a Meet the Author’ event at Sheffield Central Library and later I’ll be doing a Cake Break event in Doncaster UK.  It’s great fun as everyone always enjoys talking about and tasting homemade baking.


So, get busy baking, bring out your best china, make a cake from Grandma's book and join thousands of others for the MS Cake Break events. Enjoy! 




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