I hope you are well.
All good with me, I had a great week in Devon last week (see previous blog) and then got back to london and straight back to work. Being part of Get Gorgeous on the weekend was brilliant, did you see the Pecksniff's show? Wow, so much sold out that we had to finish the show early – I loved every minute of it! I am so passionate about fragrance – did you treat yourself to anything?
I just wanted to share with you something I did a couple of weeks ago, another QVC bake off! I have taken part in these before and they are always such fun. This time it's to celebrate the launch of a new show on QVC, the 'Baking Boutique', and of course if you are like me you are bound to be getting inspired by the return of the BBC's Great British Bake Off.
We baked and filmed at a beautiful house in West London with a kitchen to die for. I followed Kathy Taylor who had baked an amazing fondant chocolate cake, totally delicious, and after me was Debbie Flint who made macrobiotic buns, again scrummy. Me, I baked cherry and sultana scones with HOMEMADE BUTTER!! It was a recipe from my dear friend Lotte Duncan's book and, to help things along, Lotte reassured me how easy the recipe was but how special it was to serve up for a beautiful English afternoon tea.
Here are some photos of the day along with a little video showing my baking in action…
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If you fancy making the scones the recipe can be found in Lotte's brilliant book 'Lotte's Country Kitchen' (I used cherries instead of dried raspberries that I couldn't seem to find!). Or watch my video as it's all explained there. Here are the ingredients you will need:
For the scones -
450g self raising flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
110g salted butter (just in case my homemade butter doesn't work out)
110g dried raspberries
3 tablespoons caster sugar
275ml buttermilk (just in case my homemade butter doesn't work out)
flour for dusting
milk for glazing
For the homemade butter -
570ml double cream
2 pinches of sea salt
You will also need -
1 jar Bonne Maman strawberry jam
1 non-stick baking tray
1 brush for milk glaze
1 large mixing bowl
1 biscuit cutter
Thank you so much and PLEASE vote here for me when you get the chance!!!