Tea and cake has traditionally been a cornerstone of British society, irrespective of one's status and income. Cakes of yore have typically been large brick affairs but over time they have been refined often into more delicate affairs that can grace the table of any high tea occasion. No matter what type of occasion you have in mind, there can be a cake for you.
Dozens of recipes are provided that give instructions on how to make classic English cakes, ranging from a basic Fruit Cake, Apple Cake, Cider Cake and Easter Cake to Raspberry Gateau, Swiss Roll and Whisky Cake. For a couple of pounds you are treated to inspirational recipes that are relatively easy-to-follow and provide a good, non-fussy teatime treat.
These two little books, forming part of a wonderful little series, are ideal "impulse buys" aimed at tourists and eager cooks alike, and are packed full of recipes and accompanied by a number of illustrations of past cottage and country life to help set the mood.
Many recipe books attempt to complicate basic recipes with lots of fripperies and, while they can have their place, it can sometimes be hard to find good, traditional recipes that focus on the ingredients rather than the techniques or visual styling. With these books you need to look no further.
One cannot praise these books and others in the series highly enough. Great little books, at a great little price, with a few quirky and esoteric recipes to boot. A cornerstone for every kitchen library.