Afternoon tea at the Conrad, London

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea at the Conrad :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  With Afternoon Tea week coming up in just a few weeks time, and the array of miniature treats I've been posting recently, I thought I would share a proper afternoon tea with you today. For my birthday back in April I went to the Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea at the Conrad London St James Hotel. The Conrad regularly changes its tea theme, with each special tea only being available of a few months. ...

Cheats Mini Lemon Tarts

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Light and zesty Cheats Mini Lemon Tarts - just four basic ingredients, and absolutely no baking required! Its seems I'm on a roll with the theme of 'mini' at the moment. Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes, Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes, Mini Carrot Cakes. Everything finger sized and nibbley. I think in my head I'm putting together an afternoon tea for you, cake by cake. We'll set up the cake stands and dust off the vintage china. Slice the crusts off our sandwiches and warm the tea pot. Stir the tea, ...

Mini Carrot Cakes with Coconut and Lime {from Homemade Memories}

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Deliciously tender mini spiced carrot cakes, topped with a zesty lime cream cheese icing and pistachios. A recipe from Kate Doran's beautiful new book, Homemade Memories. One of the first food blogs I ever read was A Little Loaf. I remember the first time I stumbled upon it. I was clicking through Poires Au Chocolat, and found Kate's blog recommended in the side bar. I've been a reader ever since, and was very excited when Kate announced she was writing a book. I love the way Kate writes, ...

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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  Miniature cheesecakes, bursting with raspberry freshness and finished with a hint of white chocolate. I'm sorry its been a little while since I've posted a new recipe - Andy came back from Hong Kong for a visit and we spent two weeks enjoying every last minute of sporadic sunshine. We've had a throughly British summer time, visiting Whitby, exploring the Isle of Wight. Drinking lots of cider, getting plump on cream teas, and debating the merits of Northern versus Southern fish and chips ...

Mini Strawberry Victoria Sponge Cakes

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Wimbledon inspired mini fluffy vanilla Victoria sponge cakes filled with strawberry jam and cream, and topped with fresh strawberries. The perfect summer treat! A few years ago, me and my Mum went to Wimbledon for the day. One of my Mum's best friends works at the championship, running one of the restaurants. She invited us along to the day, sorting us ground tickets without the queues, and finding us a table at her restaurant. We turned up early and started off the day with a pot of ...

{Happy Places} Our Trans-Siberian Journey

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  'Just the place to bury a crock of gold,' said Sebastian. 'I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then, when I was old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.'   Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh   About five hours into my flight back from Hong Kong to London a few weeks ago, I opened the window blind a little, to look down on the Gobi Dessert. Orange-brown sands stretching out endless and empty for ...

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

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Rich, buttery chocolate biscuit cake, topped with a thick layer of milk chocolate and decorated with Malteasers. A truly delicious no bake treat!  It may be over a year until our wedding, but I'm already putting quite a large amount of thought into the food. For me, food is one of the most important elements of the day. Good food brings everyone together, creates conversation, and builds relationships. Sitting together over a shared meal creates a sense of family like nothing else. The very ...

Chocolate Mint Aero Cake

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Chocolate sponge cake, filled with mint chocolate buttercream made with Mint Aero bars, and topped with a mountain of bubbly Mint Aero chocolate.  On Saturday I had a sudden craving for Mint Aero. I love the mint and chocolate combination, but I'd usually choose After Eights, or Mint Thins. In fact I don't think I've had a Mint Aero in years. Sometimes though, you don't want anything quite so rich as a creamy After Eight, and thats where Mint Aero comes into its own. To me it tastes like Mint ...

Rocky Road Cupcakes

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  Incredibly moist fudgy chocolate cupcakes, topped with irresistibly creamy chocolate buttercream, and all your favourite rocky road toppings. Marshmallow, chocolate chips, biscuit; all the best bits of Rocky Road in a delicious cupcake!  In the summer holidays while I was in my early secondary school years, my friend Rooby used to cycle around to visit regularly. We would spend our days watching appalling television, and drinking endless diet cokes. A terrible display of teenage sloth. From ...

Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Oreo Crust Tart {no bake}

Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Tart :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Salted caramel, rich dark chocolate ganache, and light creamy mascarpone layered up in a delicious Oreo crust. This indulgent tart is far easier to make than it looks, and is completely irresistible!  Last Friday night this tart came with me to a barbecue, arranged with the hot weather in mind. We started off outside in the start-of-the-weekend sunshine, but it got cold very quickly and we ended up huddled inside around the radiator, heating turned up to full blast. Hello, British summertime? ...