Thursday, 13 September 2012

Review: Teashop Treats by Readers Digest

Autumn seems to be tipping its hat once again and I find myself drawn to the kitchen.



There is something so warm and homely about baking. Little D and my husband make no complaints as they wolf down my offerings eagerly and often at the speed of light. The only real joy I get these days is a wistful lick of the spoon and lingering over a nice new cookbook when the little un is in bed.

On that note, I was lucky to receive for review a copy of Teashop Treats. Published by Readers Digest it contains every recipe you could wish for, 90 in total, to help you create practically any British baking classic at home.

From a rich chocolate cake to strawberry shortcake, bath buns, to a latticed apple pie there is something for every taste.  The book also includes a number of savoury recipes for those who have less of a sweet tooth.

All my faves are in there, the only disappointment is a lack of any photos or images of the final products but the descriptions of each bake are very good and will make your mouth water.  The book has a lovely retro feel with lovely illustrations of ingredients and suchlike scattered throughout.

The book begins with a really helpful guide to planning and hosting an afternoon tea including planning your menu, setting the scene and sending out invitations.  Six sections include Cakes, Buns and Teacakes, Small Cakes and Slices, Biscuits, Savouries, and Pies and Tarts.

The recipes are clearly laid out and look easy to follow. I am particularly looking forward to trying Spiced Oatmeal Parkin, just the thing on those cold summer turning to autumn evenings.

At £7.99 at The Hobby Warehouse (RRP £9.99) I thought this book was a bargain and would be perfect for the GBBO addict or any keen baker.

We received a copy of Teashop Treats by Readers Digest free of charge for review.