Last week, I got the baking bug. Which was well timed, as it was a friend’s birthday – so I threw him a birthday afternoon tea party.
So, the prerequisite for afternoon tea is scones. I have never had much luck with scones – they always come out more biscuity than scone-y. So I asked my friend D, who makes amazing scones, for the secret. And she said: 1) ignore the bit about cutting them out 1/2 or 3/4 inch thick. A full inch, or more. 2) Put the baking tray in the oven when you preheat it, and put the scones onto the hot tray.
OK then! The result: Scones out of central casting:
I also made some chocolate cookies, as they are my friend’s favourite:
And finally, a lemon drizzle cake – possibly the easiest cake in the world, and one of the yummiest. I use Mary Berry’s recipe. At this time of year, I usually use primroses to decorate cakes, but spring is late, so there were no primroses. But there were some snowdrops hanging on, and very pretty they looked: