Traditional British baking
Baking has become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years. This is in part thanks to television shows such as The Great British Bake Off which have inspired people to get in the kitchen. Baking is a relaxing activity which allows you to be creative and, of course, at the end you have a delicious treat. Here are four of my favourite, quintessentially British baked goods.
This classic cake was named after Queen Victoria, who was famed for her love of cake, and it is sure to be found at the centre of afternoon tea tables across the country. It is a very simple cake typically made up of two layers of plain sponge cake with a generous layer of whipped cream and jam sandwiched in the middle.
Scones are are not as sweet as cakes; in fact, a scone is a cross between a bread roll and a small cake. It should be sliced in half and spread with cream and jam. There is a lot of debate as to whether you should spread the jam or the cream on the scone first!
Flapjacks are a tasty teatime treat made by mixing together oats, butter, sugar and syrup. After they have been baked, they are sliced up into squares. They are very easy to make so even young children can have a go. However, this might lead to a lot of mess and sticky fingers! It is also possible to make flapjacks a little healthier by adding dried fruit, like raisins or sultanas, and nuts.
Despite its name, shortbread is actually a traditional Scottish biscuit. It is made with a large amount of butter which gives it its characteristic crumbly texture. As soon as you take a bite of a shortbread biscuit, it melts in your mouth!
All of the above are quick and easy to make and it goes without saying that they all taste best when served with a nice, hot cup of tea.