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tiered cake plate filled with scones, meringues and coffee cake, perfect for Mothers Day

For your mum on Mothers Day – Lemon and Sultana Scones

This recipe is my all time favourite from our Margaret who used to run a famous Tea Room in Baconsthorpe.

Going off on a tangent but, Baconsthorpe Castle would be great for some family time on Mothers Day.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/baconsthorpe-castle/

Now for the recipe!

Her book ‘Margaret’s Recipes From Her Tea Rooms’ is still my favourite go-to reference for Afternoon Tea at Chimneys and her recipes are so easy to follow.

The book is presently being reprinted and you can order your copy online from the website listed below.

http://www.margaretsrecipes.co.uk

Ingredients

500g self-raising flour

2 tsp of baking powder

125g butter

60g sugar

185g sultanas

Grated rind of two lemons

2 beaten eggs

Approx 5fl.oz milk

Oven temp Gas Mark 6, 450 Fahrenheit 220 Celsius

Method.

Place flour, baking powder, butter, sugar and lemon rind in a food processor. Mix for 10 seconds. (I have rubbed the butter in by hand but you need cold hands).

Add eggs and milk for another 5 seconds.

Remove from the bowl and gently fold in the sultanas.

Turn onto a floured surface.

Pat down with floured hands (not too thin) and make 12 rounds with a cutter. (Sometimes I make smaller scones with a little cutter and you can make approx 20 from this quantity).

Place the scones onto a lined baking tray.

Brush the tops with milk and a sprinkle of sugar.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy.

Margaret's Recipe book my favourite book for Afternoon Tea recipes at Chimneys

Margaret’s Recipes will never fail you when entertaining, especially for Afternoon Tea.

freshly home-baked lemon and sultana scones

Freshly baked for an Afternoon Tea feast

At Chimneys we are delighted to use Mundesley Jams. Kathryn Moore is a brilliant jam maker and if you visit Mundesley, be sure to pay her stall a visit on the High Street where you will find lots of wonderful concoctions.

Only making small batches, if you are fortunate enough to see her Lavender Jelly, it is the perfect partner with clotted cream although home-made orange or lemon curd goes really well with these scones too.

https://www.facebook.com/Mundesley-Jams-531526406924907/?fref=ts

Tips for making perfect scones.

Chilled butter is really important. (If you haven’t a processor, grate the chilled butter into the flour with a cheese grater and then you won’t have to work it too much).

Don’t overwork the dough and don’t pat or roll it out too thinly.

Dip the scone cutter in flour after cutting each scone to prevent the wet dough from sticking and don’t twist the cutter just press straight down.

Arrange the scones closely on the tray so they sort of help each other rise.

Have fun and don’t count the calories on Mothers Day

View of the North Norfolk coast and the parkland from the gazebo viewing tower at Sheringham Park

What Mothers Want!

In 2000, there was a very successful and funny film entitled ‘What Women Want’, where Mel Gibson had a fluke accident that gave him the ability to read women’s minds.

I’m sure there are many mothers out there that wish their families could this Mothers Day. I think I can speak for most of them who would just want a little bit of your time and maybe a little effort.

If you’re stuck for an idea for an afternoon stroll, Sheringham Park could just be the place to run off a bit of steam, take in some fresh air and have a bracing walk. There are sure to be a few early rhododendrons and camellias in the park as due its coastal location and the micro climate created by the large rhododendron collection, the wild garden is largely protected from winter frosts.

View of the North Norfolk coast and the parkland from the gazebo viewing tower at Sheringham Park

Climb the gazebo viewing tower to enjoy the scenery of the North Norfolk coast.

large collection of rhododendrons in the parkland with the blue sea in the background

Due its coastal location and the micro climate created by the large rhododendron collection the wild garden is largely protected from winter frosts.

stunning bi-colour rhododendron plant

Part of the large rhododendron collection created by landscape gardener Humphry Repton over 200 years ago.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park

How about the children making mum some bread for breakfast or a few scones. Guests love home-made bread at Chimneys. I have a few tips and a great recipe  for scones that I will post before Sunday. There are lots of lovely cafes and restaurants that serve delicious Afternoon Teas but be quick as this weekend is sure to be busy.

homemade bread and breakfast muffins on offer at breakfast at Chimneys

Everyone loves home-made bread and muffins at Chimneys

freshly home-baked lemon and sultana scones

Freshly baked for an Afternoon Tea feast

http://www.follytearoom.co.uk

 

Banana Cake – a Recipe from the Queen of Banana Cakes, Mary Rafferty, Maryland, USA.

I never was a great fan of banana cake until I tasted Mary’s. But she is a brilliant cook!

If you can get your head around American quantities, this is so good.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened butter, 2 eggs, 1/3cup soured cream (greek yoghurt works just as well), 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup of caster sugar,1/4 tsp cinnamon, 2 ripe large bananas, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda.

Oven Temperature: 325 Fahrenheit  or No 3 Gas

Method, cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs, mashed bananas and soured cream. Sift in all dry ingredient.  Put into a paper lined large loaf tin and cook for 1 hour and a quarter to an hour and a half or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Delicious eaten warm.

Enjoy and we love you Mary!

 

Millionaires’ Shortbread – because we want you to feel like a winner!

Ingredients

BASE: 8oz pl. flour,2 1/2 oz caster sugar, 6oz margarine.

TOPPING: 4oz margarine, half a tin of condensed milk, 2oz brown sugar, vanilla essence

6oz melted chocolate of your choice.

Preheat oven Gas mark 4, 180C. Grease tin 12 inch x 7 inch. Mix sugar and flour, rub in margarine to make soft dough. Press into tin, prick well and com for 25 minutes until golden.

Combine margarine, sugar, condensed milk in a saucepan over a LOW HEAT stirring continuously. Simmer for 5 minutes and pour over cooked base. Leave to set.

Melt chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Pour melted chocolate over the caramel base and allow to set.

Cut into small pieces and enjoy with your friends

P.S Dont count the calories!

Homemade treats at Chimneys Bed & Breakfast

Millionaires’ Shortbread – everyone’s a winner!

 

 

Who pinched the Summer?

There was little me thinking that I’d be blogging merrily all summer, telling you all about the happenings of our beautiful County of Norfolk, and in particular my special North Norfolk bit and the summers nearly gone, all in a blur of baking cakes, the theatre of Afternoon teas in a giant patch of lavender and the inevitable never ending piles of ironing.

Lots of wonderful guests have crossed our threshold and I have had the joy of preparing elaborate Breakfast feasts. The English breakfast is hard to beat but Eggs Arlington has become a firm Chimneys favourite as has Eggs Benedict as we aspire to ring the changes and appeal to those who appreciate something a bit different.

July began with the Sheringham Potty festival, the 18th annual Morris meet and a glorious occasion  like no other. There were 32 sides of Morris dancers from all over England and goodness how many more hundred extra pints of great Norfolk Ale drank that weekend which all no doubt made Sheringham a very happy town indeed. In fact on a beautiful evening in July, I had the good fortune of cycling to Banningham Crown and joined the Kemp’s Men in a fling of a handkerchief or two and an enlightening experience it was! Cycling home as the sun began to set was a memorable experience, one I must make the time to do more often as I reflect that I can’t quite believe where the summer has gone!

The end of July saw Worstead festival once again, a blend of country pursuits and family fun. Started in 1966 and ran completely by volunteers, this festival has helped countless community groups with fundraising. Heavy horses, weavers and military vehicles were well received whilst live music featured local favourites the Booze Brothers plus many others.

The end of July and August played host to North Norfolk carnival Season with Sheringham and Cromer pulling out all the stops! We have been lucky with great weather this season although there has been some spectacular thunder and lightning shows by night.

Every week saw a different Beer Festival in a different town and it was a pleasure to try different local ales and watch local bands doing their thing.

Trunchonbury, a small music festival at Trunch enjoyed yet another successful weekend with local musical groups and comedy talents sharing their talents.

As we enter September, the weather is still behaving and we are enjoying the deserted beaches and cooking up some magic with Autumn fruits, my favourite time of the year.

I shall try harder to tell you all things Norfolk, promise!

Until next time…

Banningham Crown, Morris Men

Flinging Handkerchiefs at Banningham Crown with the Kemp’s Men

Cromer Carnival

The Best Carnival in North Norfolk

Afternoon Tea at Chimneys

An Explosion of Lavender – The Perfect spot for Afternoon Tea, and we did, often.

Jazz at Sheringham Carnival

Sheringham Carnival – the beginning of Carnival Season

Fancy Dress at Cromer Carnival

Hello,hello, hello, I recognise that policeman! All in a good cause…

Sheringham Carnival Parade

Sheringham Carnival – it’s all about Engines at Sheringham!

A Memorable birthday walk, Cromer to Overstrand

The Perfect way to spend my Birthday in August, my family , my dog, Cromer to Overstrand Beach walk, what could be better?

Cromer Carnival Parade

Arabian flavour at Cromer Carnival

 

Another alternative to English Breakfast

Eggs Arlington – because we’re posh!

 

 

Chimneys Luxury Boiled Fruit Cake – This is a Winner!

Once upon a time there was a very famous tearoom in Baconsthorpe, near Holt, where a brilliant cook called Margaret worked her magic!  She published a book called Margaret’s Recipes in 2004. Sadly the book is now out of print and the tearoom is closed but Margaret has most definitely left a legacy in Norfolk. I use her recipes as a framework for some of my own. I have found as long as you use the same quantities and timing and temperature, this recipe is a really marvellous find. If you can find a piece of Norfolk Dapple cheese to go with it, all the better. If you can’t find a tin of pineapple in the cupboard, substitute for another dried fruit, maybe dates or apricots and add 6fl.oz tropical juice instead.

Ingredients: 6 oz Brown sugar, 12oz mixed fruit, 4oz glace cherries, 4oz butter, 6oz chopped pineapple, 6fl.oz pineapple juice, 2 eggs, 8oz self-raising flour.

Method: Place all the ingredients in a pan except for the flour and eggs. Mix well. Gently bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Add beaten eggs and flour. Mix thoroughly. Place the mixture in a lined 8″ baking tin. Cook at 325 Fahrenhiet or Gas No. 3 for 1 1/2 – 2hrs.

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Afternoon Tea is always available at Chimneys Bed & Breakfast, an added treat to get your Norfolk break off to a great start. Special diets can be catered for by prior arrangement. Please book your afternoon tea at least a day in advance.

We are happy to serve Afternoon Tea in the garden when the weather allows or in our stylish dining room.

Let them eat cake!