|Shelf Life October|
Autumn Afternoon Tea in Clerkenwell
We’re feeling a definite nip in the air some days, a sure-fire sign that Autumn is on the way with seasonal bounty in tow. Wonderful new produce is heading into our kitchens & on to our menus & to celebrate the season we’re launching a new Afternoon Tea menu in Clerkenwell. Jennifer Moseley, our head pastry chef, has devised some delicious Modern Pantry twists for this British institution so please do come along and taste for yourselves.
Afternoon Tea is available from 3pm to 5pm Friday to Sunday by phone reservation only. Please call 020 7553 9210 to make a booking.
|HIDDEN CITY |
An exhibition of new work by Louise West
The exhibition runs until 13th November in Clerkenwell & all works are for sale.
|‘Last summer I began keeping a sketchbook recording London scenes exploring the idea of beauty in the ordinary and overlooked views of our ever-changing city. I have been painting the rapidly changing skyline looking at the juxtaposition of this new cityscape and wealth overshadowing the traditional terraces and landmark buildings of London.|
|This new work has been inspired by the Camden Town Group, a short lived society of artists who explored new ways of representing the everyday realities of urban life in London. Avoiding ostentation and pretension the Camden Town artists produced small scale, modestly priced paintings depicting everyday surroundings and pursuits of urban life.’|
|Mum’s Apple Torte|
|Anna’s favourite childhood dessert is a wonderfully simple way to showcase the delicious apples appearing in our shops.|
‘My Mum often made this cake when she had guests for dinner. It was my favourite childhood dessert & conjures up many happy memories for me: the slightly crispy, toffeeish exterior, the warm, moist interior flavoured with apple & marzipan, and last but by no means least, the masses of soft whipped cream that accompanied it. What could be better than a slice of Mum’s apple torte baked in her red and white Danish enamel ring mould? And still the only possible answer to that is…two’
2 tart eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced
170g of sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
55g of plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
butter, for greasing
250ml of whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks
Preheat the oven to 160c.
Lightly beat the egg, add the sugar & almond extract & beat again. Stir in the apple slices. Sift the flour, baking powder & salt together then stir those into the apple mixture.
Thoroughly butter an 18cm ring mould – and I mean thoroughly – then carefully spoon in the batter, trying not to get any on the edges. Do not fill the tin more than two-thirds full. If you don’t have a ring mould then use an 18cm cake tin or six small dariole moulds. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Remove from the oven & leave to cool for 15 minutes then carefully turn out onto a plate. Serve while still warm, accompanied by the whipped cream – although it is pretty all right when cold, too.