Recipe links: scones, clotted cream, and other good stuff

I’ve run a series of posts about food, in response to which Jean at Delightful Repast sent me links to recipes, all for several things that have either I or someone leaving a comment mentioned. I thought I’d pass them on for the benefit of anyone out there who cooks. Or who knows someone who can be bribed or strongarmed into cooking.

Clotted cream. A number of people asked what it is, so here you go–make your own.

Scones. Because what’s clotted cream without a scone and jam?

English muffins, which Jean swears are just called muffins in England, although I’d swear I saw them sold as English muffins once at the Co-op.

Crumpets, which I can’t think of anything to say about. Except that I’m ending that sentence with a preposition and, yeah, it’s okay: The English language likes to end sentences with prepositions. (I tried to maneuver “with” to the end of that sentence, but I can’t do it.)

Teacakes, a.k.a. toasted teacakes, but you have to toast them before you can calll them that.

And finally, a brandy-soaked British fruitcake. This works for Christmas and for weddings, although not if you’re in the U.S., where wedding cakes are cut from sponge rubber and then iced elaborately.

50 thoughts on “Recipe links: scones, clotted cream, and other good stuff

  1. I have to do this – teacake in parts of this northern world is just a bap, bun, barm/barmcake or whatever you like to call a bread roll – if quite flat. But a toasted teacake always has fruit – currants esp – in it… Happy Solstice (nearly) to you.

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  2. In Mexico they don’t have Mexican rice. Or do I have been told by a waiter in a Mexican restaurant.

    “About which I can’t think of anything to say.”

    Glad you stuck with the
    Can’t think of anything to say about.

    English grammar rules were made up by someone with too much time on their hands. Should not stand in the way of sensible writing or speaking.

    Ave a good holiday season.

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  3. “…about which I have nothing to say.”
    -courtesy of a grammarian’s daughter

    Thank you for the recipes, and please thank your contributor. All have been dutifully pinned.


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    • I’m telling you, the English language likes to end sentences with prepositions. That rule about not doing it? It was one of the prescriptive bits of silliness imposed in (I think) the nineteenth century by people who thought Latin was the purest of all languages and didn’t stop to noitce that English worked differently. That’s where the whole thing about not splitting infinitives came from. In Latin, you can’t because the infinitive is a single word. In English, it isn’t and so we can. And do.

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  4. I like grammar, I could mangle it all day. It reminds me both of ‘unwritten constitutions’ and the order of jam and cream on a scone, which are both also often pontificated about but no one can point to where anything says your way is definitively the only correct one.

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    • There’s a particularly Jewish way of arguing that starts a sentence with “Where is it written..?” and then goes on to name whatever the speaker wants to defend. So where is it written that we shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition? Actually, lots of places, but I’d still argue that all of them are wrong. Which is arrogant as hell, I’m sure, but hey, I’m still right on this one.

      Now jam and cream on a scone, I’m not brave enough to take on that one.

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  5. Did you see Ruth Goodman make clotted cream in the Edwardian Farm series? It made me very glad that I can (occasionally) buy Rhodda’s in Sainsbury’s. I’ve had to put crumpets on my shopping list because of this post.

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    • I’m glad to hear it. Most people who left a comment about it sounded terrified of trying. It’s wonderful stuff. We’re lucky enough here to be able to get it at pretty much any store that sells food.


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