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Peach Melba Tea Cake

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The combination of peaches and the raspberries is such a classic, and this cake brings them together perfectly. I particularly love how moist the cake is but it still cuts perfectly into slices or squares. This would make an ideal morning or afternoon treat for guests.

Whilst the cake is very simple to make, it does take a little while to cook because of the depth. If you want to save some time then use a bigger, shallower slice pan rather than a square cake pan.

If you don’t have any fresh peaches then you can use slices from a can, but the peach slice texture might break down a bit more.

This cake can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Ingredients – serves 8-10:

  • 250g/9 oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 250g/9 oz white sugar
  • 250g/9 oz self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 peaches, halved, stoned and…

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Getting Ready for Afternoon Teas

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast


In the month of September we have booked several afternoon teas at the plantation. As we start preparing for them, one of the items I need is some really great petite pastries. Now I could make these, but being an Innkeeper of a large mansion doesn’t always work with baking. So I have been on the lookout for just the right person to take my place.

Yesterday we had a visit with Mimi’s Sugar and Spicy. Mimi’s family is from England, so you know we were going to get some authentic English pastries. And she didn’t disappoint us!

Take a look at just a few of the ones we will be serving with our Afternoon Tea!


What Afternoon Tea would be complete without some English Tea Cakes?

These yummy bits are Shortbread with Pecan tops.


I am a sucker for Almonds so these Almond Mandolins were right up my alley!


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Sunny Sleevez

cup of tea

The secret to warming up, getting your antioxidants and reviving dry winter skin can be as easy as putting the kettle on.  This low cost, delicious  miracle in a mug is of course tea!

Being English my kettle rarely get a chance to cool between brews. It’s great to know that 2 of my favorite beverages also promote a variety of health benefits.

  • Green tea is made from leaves which are not fermented and therefore, have the highest level of polyphenols (also known as flavonoids), which are chemical compounds that act as a defense mechanism against harmful environmental conditions. They can help to clear cell damage on the skin, reduce inflammation,  protect against free radicals and keep your skin looking smooth and youthful. For extra beautification apply green tea directly to the skin.
  • Black tea is made from the same leaves as green tea. It contains ten times more antioxidants…

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A Homemade Home

There aren’t many things I like more than Clotted cream tea’s, so photographing them has got to be one of the best jobs going (especially when you get to eat them after!). Cream teas always remind me of being a kid and going on holiday to Devon or Cornwall, I’d eat as much as possible until I felt sick and then probably eat some more!
Here’s a recipe for the perfect scones to go with all that clotted cream, enjoy!
Ingredients – to make around 8 scones
225g/8oz self-raising flour
60g/2oz butter or margarine
25g/1oz caster sugar
150ml/5floz milk
A pinch of salt
1 free-range egg, beaten
 Preparation method
1. Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. And line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
2. In a mixing bowl add the salt to the flour and mix together. Then rub in the butter to give a bread…

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There are Fairies in our garden! They’ve just moved in this week. A tiny washing line with tiny pegs has appeared in a tree and a little broom is now propped outside the bird house.

My girls are so excited. Cary’s has written to them and received a reply. Their imaginations are fired up and every day they venture to the bottom of the garden to check for any new developments.

I’m so glad that, in this fast paced world in which they are growing up, my girls are still enjoying these innocent moments of childhood. Too soon they will become teenagers beset with all the worries and stresses that that phase will bring. I want them to savor these days. To cocoon them in the beauty of unhurried, sun dappled afternoons spent looking for fairies and believing in something outside the norm.

So in the little time I have…

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