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the English scones to be served with five o'clock tea – Italian Cuisine

crumpets


Spongy and soft, they are perfect with butter and jam, but also savory, with bacon and cheese

Thicker, smaller and spongy of pancakes, i crumpets I'm round focaccia of English origin, or better than the Wales. Here, until the 19th century, bread was baked on an iron plate over the fire, because the ovens were not available. It seems that the crumpets can date back to that period. According to other versions instead, these small round cakes they were also called picklets and speaks about it for the first time in 1769 Elizabeth Raffald in The Experienced English Housekeeper.

Crumpets at tea time (but not only)

English crumpets usually have 8 cm in diameter is one thickness of 2. They are prepared with the use of a coppapasta, which is placed on the plate so as to give the shape and make all the scones of the same size. The surface is rich in pores that allow the butter, or to another seasoning, to be absorbed. They serve alltea time, sweet version, with le jams, or at breakfast, even savory, with bacon and cheese.

The recipe for crumpets

Ingredients

400 grams of flour
350 milliliters of warm milk
200 milliliters of warm water
20 grams of sugar
5 grams of bicarbonate
7 grams of powdered brewer's yeast
7 grams of salt
seed oil to grease the pan
butter and jams for seasoning

Method

In a bowl – either the kitchen robot or a simple one that you will then use with the hand whisk – pour and mix the milk, sugar and brewer's yeast. Leave to rest for about ten minutes.

Then add the flour you have sifted and the salt. Mix everything with the whisk: you will have to obtain a soft and smooth mixture. Cover with the film and let it rise for about an hour at room temperature.

When the time is almost over, in another container dissolve in the lukewarm water bicarbonate and add it to the other dough by mixing it flatly to blend.

crumpets

Heat a plate such as piadina or a simple non-stick pan, grease it with seed oil (you can help with a piece of soaked kitchen paper). Place the pastry rings that you have brushed internally with butter. Pour a ladle of mixture into each stencil and cook the crumpets for a few minutes until they brown. With a spatula turn the crumpet and cook it on the other side.

Serve then with the butter, of the jams (typical English is for example that of bitter orange) and a great one you.

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Date bread

If this looks familiar, it’s because it is almost identical in every way to a Banana Bread For Dory (q.v.) but it uses dates instead of bananas.

I wanted to try this out because my friend Becky B brought over a sticky date cake the other day and it reminded me of the packet of dates in the larder I had been meaning to use to make a sticky toffee pudding, but have never quite found the excuse for.

It’s also because I do LOVE that banana bread recipe but quite often don’t find I have quite the right number of overripe bananas to justify it. So I wondered if it was possible with dates. And it is! It is still a sort of date bread, rather than a cake, because it’s not especially sweet, which I think is a good thing. You could definitely spread this with butter, for example. Like all cakey/breads that are not a sponge, this keeps very well in tupperware for a few days.

Becky B did a terribly clever thing with HER date cake, which was to soak it, in the manner of a lemon drizzle cake, with a caramel sauce that she bought from Waitrose – it was Bonne Maman, she said: “Confiture de Caramel”. She thinned it with some hot water, pricked the cake all over with a skewer and then went MAD with the sauce. It was really, really fab. My mother always says that things that other people have made for you are always more delicious than something you have made yourself, but still – Becky B is a terrific cook.

You can also make your own caramel sauce if you are that sort of person – there is a recipe somewhere on here, have a rummage.

So here we go

Date bread

150 veg oil
200g dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
250g dates
75g natural yoghurt
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
225g wholemeal spelt flour (get it from Waitrose)
2 tbs caster sugar or cane sugar

1 Pre-heat your oven to 170C and butter a 2lb loaf tin and line it (YES you must do this, don’t be lazy) and line a baking sheet, too.

1 In a bowl whisk together the oil, sugar, vanilla and eggs

2 Chop up the dates roughly then put them in a bowl and pour over boiling water to just cover them. Leave them to soak for 20 mins then drain them and sort of gently mash them through the sieve to get out most of the water.

3 Add the youghurt to the dates and mix together. Sprinkle over the bicarb of soda, baking powder, and salt and stir again.

4 Mix the date mixture and the sugar/egg mixture together. Then sprinkle over the flour and stir until things are only just combined. Over-mixing is disastrous here so stop as soon as you can’t see any more flour. Spoon the batter into your smugly-lined tin.

5 Sprinkle some sugar – caster, cane or granulated -down the spine of the loaf and then put in the oven.

7 Bake for 45-50 mins.

HOW is Kitty, people say to me. How is she, how is she? I don’t talk about her that much any more because she is just off my hands. She turns two in February but she has been off since she turned 18 months old and could walk, talk, ask for things, watch tv, sit and draw or look at her books, play imaginary games with her stuffed animals, scoot around the kitchen on her little trike and so on. She is an actual person these days and it’s such a relief, I can’t tell you.

When I look back on some of the darker things I wrote when she was small I feel awful, so guilty. But it must have been bad for me to write those things, it must have been like that. She’s now this little chattering pixie, everyone wants a piece of her, everyone wants a smile and to hear her squeak “I’m knackered!” – her first party trick.

I used to dread her waking up in the night – the thought of it made me feel actually sick with anxiety. Now sometimes I wake in the night and hope that she might wake, too and need me. But she never does.

Here is a picture of Kitty with her bunny, her hair a bit wild from her nap. Note how she is gripping the bunny quite hard round the neck – I think she is trying to get him to tell her where the chocolate is. I can get pictures printed on t-shirts, mugs, bags and mousemats for a small fee if anyone is interested?

Though I can see the benefits of babies, I suppose. They are not constantly after your iPad and whatever it is that you are eating. And they don’t have a massive fucking tantrum when you try to stop them from doing incredibly dangerous things.

 

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