Recipes

Regardless of how busy we all are, occasionally you just need to get in the kitchen and put your hands into something.  For me, it’s therapeutic.  Each of these recipes have been made by me many times and are enjoyed by all who sample them. I don’t like overly complicated recipes, but I do like flavorful classic foods.  Occasionally, making a showstopper is fun too.  So why not blast the music, put the kettle on, and give it a go!!
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BREADS
AUNT MAE’S IRISH SODA BREAD – A classic Irish Soda Bread.  So quick and easy, your family will think you’re a hero!  Not just for St. Paddy’s Day … perfect any time.
BARA BRITH – Or “speckled bread” is a dense, moist, quick bread filled with dried fruits … a perfect afternoon treat with your cup of tea.
BARM BRACK – A classic Irish bread filled with dried fruits.  Traditionally served at Halloween, but to be enjoyed anytime of the year.
THE BEST CHOCOLATE ‘COURGETTE‘ BREAD – Yes, it’s zucchini bread … and the most decadently delicious, chocolaty tea bread you’ll ever have!
CLASSIC ENGLISH SCONES – Flaky, buttery, delicious!  Make them sweet or savory … just spread with your favorite Lemon Curd or Strawberry Jam and enjoy!
CRANBERRY NUT BREAD – Another classic recipe for you, not only perfect for the holidays but for all year round.  Make two and freeze one!
HOT CROSS BUNS – These buns can be traced back to the 18th century, when they were enjoyed not only at Easter, but all year long.
PUMPKIN SCONES – Perfect for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, a seasonal treat you’ll want to enjoy all year long.  Freeze beautifully too!
WHITBY LEMON BUNS – Sweet, light, and lemony, these delicious sweet rolls are perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea … and so easy to make.

SOUPS AND SANDWICHES
ASPARAGUS SOUPThe recipe is at the bottom of this post about my favorite veg.  A definite keeper to welcome Spring!
CUCUMBER TEA SANDWICH – You can’t have a tea party without these.  Light, delicate and oh so good.  Another easy recipe you must try!
SPLIT PEA AND HAM SOUP – This hearty soup will warm your bellies and your toes on a cold winter’s day.  Don’t hold back.  It’s not difficult to make and so-o good!

MAINS
CHEESE AND ONION PASTY – One of the most popular ‘grab and go’ lunches are these cheesy hand pies.  Delicious!
CHICKEN AND LEEK PIE
Traditionally served on St. David’s Day this Welsh favorite is hearty, rich and satisfying. Take the time to make it and you’ll reap thanks from all who eat it.  
CORNISH PASTIES – For lunch, dinner or a quick snack, make up a batch of these and everyone will love this classic recipe … savory meat pies from Cornwall.
SCOTCH EGGS – Once listed on “the worst foods of Great Britain”, this portable snack has made its way back into the hearts and tummies of all.
TOAD IN THE HOLE – Huh?  What in the world?  This is one of the great “comfort foods” in Britain. Golden brown Yorkshire pudding with hot, spicy bangers baked in a casserole.  Yum!

DESSERTS/PUDDINGS
BAKEWELL TART – Not the mass-produced commercial tart, but a deliciously-rich almond and berry tart. Perfect for your next tea party or afternoon cuppa!
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE LAYER CAKE – Rich, dark and delicious and it’s so easy to make, even the kids can do it!  A great family dessert.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING – aka Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding – This is the quintessential dessert for the holidays.  Yes, you do need to plan ahead, but it’s so worth it!
ETON MESS – With crushed meringue cookies, sweetened whipped cream and fresh, in-season strawberries, you’ll love this traditional dessert of Eton.
SUMMER PUDDING – Perfect for a warm summer day (or evening).  No baking at all.  Fruity, light and oh so yummy!  You must try this one!!
TREACLE PUDDING – Humble, old-fashioned, sweet, sticky and perfect for a cold, rainy night.
Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or custard.
VICTORIA SANDWICH vs VICTORIA SPONGEThe Queen‘s favorite tea-time treat.  But is it a cake or a sandwich?
WHOOPIE PIES – They aren’t “old” England, but they are New England …. and they are yummy!  Why not give them a try and get creative with the filling.

COOKIES/BISCUITS
DIGESTIVE BISCUITS
Yes, just like the ones you buy in the grocery store.  Plain or chocolate covered, you decide.  Put the kettle on and enjoy!
ECCLES CAKES – Is it a cookie, a pastry, or a tart?  I’m not sure.  I do know, however, they are delicious!  Well worth the effort.
LINZER TORTE COOKIES – Rich, nutty and filled with jam, these Austrian tarts are so worth the effort to make.
MADELINE’S – A classic French cookie (or shell cake), from the 18th century, served at most Afternoon Tea tables … delectable!
MILLIONAIRE’S SHORTBREAD – 
Decadently rich.  This shortbread base is covered with gooey caramel filling, and then topped with milk chocolate!!  Not for low-cal diets.
PALMIERS – Puff Pastry cookies by a rather fancy name … impress family and friends with this crisp buttery confection and not difficult to make at all!
WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY BISCOTTI
No, not British, but definitely delicious!  Make a batch and keep them on hand when you want something to go with that cuppa!

OTHER

LEMON CURD – Not sure which category to put this classic, creamy, lemony goodness.  All I know is you really should make it (instead of buying it at the grocery store).  It’s so easy!

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