If you’re a fan of Little Library Cafe, a gorgeous food blog written by Kate Young full of recipes taken straight out of novels, then I think you will like this recipe book. This concept is so fun and imaginative, noticing a beautiful dessert or a mention of a meal in a story and creating it in ones own kitchen. Isn’t that gorgeous? It appeals to something in me, anyway.
Tea with Jane Austen is much like Little Library Cafe, but it’s an entire recipe book devoted to food that features in Austen novels specifically. Can we take one or two seconds to appreciate how incredibly British that is? I live for this stuff. Really.
I made this tart on Monday, a day that always needs something warm and baked and covered in icing sugar, I think. Whilst the tart was delicious, I think the pastry case really needed a good blind bake. Paul Hollywood would give me a death stare if I served it to him I think. I’ve left the recipe below intact is it is in the book, because perhaps it’s just my rubbish oven, but I thought it worth mentioning.
If you’d like to have a flick through Tea with Jane Austen yourself, you can grab it here.
Recipe taken from Tea with Jane Austen by Pen Vogler, published by CICO Books
4-5 cooking apples
2 tbsps/30g butter
2-4 tbsps sugar
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 batch of Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
3 eggs, separated
Icing sugar to serve
- Skin, core, and slice the apples and cook them in a tablespoon of water until just soft. While the apples are hot, stir in the butter, sugar to taste, the nutmeg, and cinnamon if using, and the orange zest and juice.
- While the mixture cools, preheat the oven to 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5, and line a 10-inch/25cm pie dish with the pastry.
- Beat the egg yolks and stir them into the apple. Whisk the egg whites to stick peaks and fold them into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the pastry case and bake for approximately 30 minutes until the eggs are set.
- Serve with a dusting of icing sugar.
If you could write a recipe book based on a novel, what would it be?
This recipe book was sent to me by its lovely publishers to muck about with and talk about here, just FYI