Trying to stick to my ‘Bake once a Week’ resolution. I missed last week, had too much on my plate and bad brain* got took up all my down time.

This week I wanted fruit to be the star of the show(since last bake was chocolate chip cookies). I also wanted to use an ingredient that was in season. Had to go with rhubarb.

Rhubarb is super nostalgic for me, my maternal grandfather grew a large patch in his back garden. His partner Beverly would make jams and pies and crisps and crumbles to feed the grandchildren and the neighbours.

I’ve been homesick lately. Summer in the city always gets me down. I’m an island girl and I miss the sea and the wilds most this time of year. I’ve also been reflecting on mortality, family relations, and legacy. So this bake was reflective of that.

I had never had a CRUMBLE until I moved to the UK. It was one of the first desserts I remember being served by my inlaws. I grew up on CRISPS which are essentially the same but with an crispy oat topping instead rather than the crumbly crumble topping.

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Recipe:

COMPOTE/FRUIT FILLING

  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp cornflour
  • 450g strawberries
  • 450g rhubarb
  1. Preheat oven to 75F / 190C / Gas Mark 5
  2. Cut your fruit into chunks, I like mine big and rustic, and place in a bowl.
  3. Remember the fruit will soften and disintegrate when you cook it so bigger pieces make for better mouthfeel and be more substantial.
  4. Add lemon juice, sugar, black pepper, and cornflower to fruit and toss gently.
  5. Place fruit into a saucepan and heat on medium-low until fruit softens and sauce thickens.
  6. Pour compote into baking tray.

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CRUMBLE:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 60g unsalted butter or margarine at room temperature, cut into pieces
  1. Throw everything into a bowl and using a fork mash it all together until you get that lovely crumble.
  2. Scoop crumb topping onto the compote.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crumble is golden brown.

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Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard.

 

 

 

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Easter Weekend

Made carrot cake to serve with Easter lunch. Used this recipe, added ginger marmalade between the layers and decorated it using store bought gel colours to hand pipe some daffodils, and mini eggs nestled in little nests made from shredded coconut and chocolate sprinkles.

High Teas in London: Savoy VS Sketch

My youngest sister has been visiting with us for the last three weeks. While she was here we did a lot of really amazing stuff, which you can read about here.

We took on two fancy af High Tea, one at the start of her trip and one at the very end.

The Thames Foyer, Savoy Hotel


The day after she arrived we set off to The Savoy Hotel for a champagne high tea(158.00£ for two).


Upon arrival at the gorgeous art deck main entrance of The Savoy we were treated and directed to the Thame Foyer where w would be having out High Tea.

We were greated again by the hostess and promptly shown to ourtable. Our very nice waiter introduced himself, he served us throughout our stay, filling tea cups, and offering refills.

The tea itself starts with Champagne, wopted for the pink Moët.

Their selections of tea is very nice, it has something for everyone including black tea classics, white teas, as well as green and fruit teas. I had the classic Earl Grey while my sister had a Hibiscus and berry tea.

The High Tea itself consisting of warm scones with two kinds of jam and clotted cream, a selection of pastry, finger sandwiches, and a final offering of cake.

We left very full, however; the sandwiches were a bit stale as if they’d been made much earlier in the day(we arrived at 11:30am). The cakes were nice but obviously had been defrosted.

Overall I would give it a 7/10.

*Experience 2/3 Food 1/3 Service 1/1 Value 1/3

I would suggest this if you’re looking for some classically glam surroundings, the service and experience overall are good. The scones were delicious and my tea cup was always full, but overall it was the food that left me a little underwhelmed.

Sketch, 9 Conduit Street


We started my sisters final day in London with a High Tea at sketch(140£ for two). She had been asking to go to sketch, specifically The Gallery where they serve their High Tea.

 

This if definitely the more stylish of the two High Tea’s we had, but when every aspect of is designed by an artist it’s expected. The food was of the same quality, some parts had obviously been frozen and thawed, but they were served with such flair that you barely cared. The tea selection was very similar to what was on offer at the Savoy; black teas, white teas, and fruit teas.

Overall I would give it a 8/10.

*Experience 3/3 Food 2/3 Service 1/1 Value 2/3

Sketch itself is just more fun than The Savoy, with the famous ‘bathrooms from space’ and the weird and wonderful decor it’s just a different experience all together. I’ve visited sketch on several occasions and have always enjoyed myself, this was my third time dining in the Gallery.