Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Bring out the best china
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 Biscuits. All 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.
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 Multiple SclerosisI’ve been doing ‘Talk and taste’ sessions about Grandma’s baking to raise money for this important charity. I did a 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.
et 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!