Bake it Blind
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Proud of Doncaster
Every area has its own special attractions which have come about for all sorts of reasons. My town, Doncaster UK is famous for its fantastic award winning Doncaster Market where you can get fabulous meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and prize winning Toppings Pies, now on sale in London’s Harrods and Harvey Nichols. And of course the famous Doncaster Royal Butterscotch.
Butterscotch is credited with being invented in Doncaster in the 19th century by grocer and tea dealer, Samuel Parkinson who had a shop in the High Street, near to the famous Mansion House which is now The Georgian Tea Room. Doncaster Butterscotch was by appointment to the Royal Household. It’s a real Doncaster gem. I’ve crafted various recipes from Grandma’s collection ro celebrate Butterscotch.
Grandma Abson’s Butterscotch Tarte
Shortcrust pastry with egg
4 oz(110g) butter
8 oz (225g) plain flour
A little water (or a little milk and water)
Rub the butter into the flour and salt. When the mixture is like breadcrumbs, make a well and add the egg. Add the water to make a dough. Let it stand for ½ hour in a cool place before rolling out.
Bake it Blind
Roll out the pastry and line a 9 inch flan dish with the pastry. Line the pastry with baking paper and cover this with dried beans or peas. Bake the flan for 20 minutes and then remove the paper. This is called ‘Baking it blind’. Keep the beans or peas to reuse. Allow to cool. Prepare the filling.
7 oz (200g) butter
7 oz (200g) demerara sugar
4 oz (110g) flour (or cornflour)
8 fl oz (250ml) milk
Melt the butter and sugar in a pan (preferably non stick) and stir over a low heat for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the flour a little at a time, adding the milk alternately. Stir well, using a non stick whisk if available. Allow to cool slightly. Pour into the flan dish and leave to set a little. Sprinkle the butterscotch chips over the top.
In fact, we’re very proud of Doncaster and we keep shouting about it by tweeting #doncasterisgreat. We have a regular trade fair to showcase local goods and services and promote businesses. I took Grandma Abson’s Traditional baking books to sell and they sold like hot cakes!
But wait ….. I’ve discovered that there’s a suburb in Melbourne, Australia called Doncaster. It’s locally known as ‘Donny’ and is situated on the top of a hill called Doncaster Hill. It’s even got a Westfield Shopping Centre, one of the largest in Australia. I am wondering if they have specialities there including Butterscotch? Perhaps if you are reading this, you’ll let me know…