Wednesday, 19 October 2011

tea with bea - a book giveaway


... a couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in series two of Perfect, a cookery show from the producers of Market Kitchen in which two chef's go head-to-head to create the perfect food for different themed occasions whilst a panel of 'food experts' judge their attempts at culinary stealth... I was one of these food experts and had a wonderful day whilst Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett made 6 wonderful dishes under the theme of 'Food for Friends'...

... alongside me on the panel was the terrifically talented and ridiculously too-young-for-his-own-good Ben Ebrell from Sorted Food, a most excellent and enviable food website for students... and the delightfully charming Bea from Bea's of Bloomsbury fame.  If you don't know (and you really should) Bea's of Bloomsbury is a chic little tea room in London offering a wonderfully sweet line in tea, cakes and fancies... it should be your only destination for tea next time you're in the big smoke.

meeting both Bea and Ben was an inspiration, I always find it both exilirating and slightly intimidating meeting successful foodie people and often come away feeling like a cheat but Ben and Bea were both so lovely and very open to offer ideas and suggestions for me and my burgeoning attempt at world domination...


... Bea was kind enough to give me a copy of her book Tea with Bea... it is utterly delightful with both photography and recipes a triumph in teaography... really worth the purchase, not only for the intriguing cakes and obsession over tea but also for the recipe for her infamous doughnut muffins... sublime!

Described as the Ultimate Afternoon Tea Scones,  I had my suspicions but they really are a cut above the rest, light, airy, perfectly sweet and just the right side of crumbly... and you know how I am about my scones... let's just say its all about keeping the butter cold between each stage... and it bloody well works!... and will work for your own scone recipe too...

600g plain flour
75g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons baking powder
240g butter - cubed and chilled
2 eggs
120ml milk
150ml whipping cream

- put the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined (i did this with a large balloon whisk)

- add the cold butter and rub it into a sand-like consistency, then pop in into the fridge for 10 minutes

- put the eggs, milk and cream in a bowl, beat lightly and again refrigerate for 10 minutes

- pre-heat the oven to 180c

- fold the egg mixture into the and mixture until just combined and no dryness remains, do NOT overwork it, fold gently... the dough will seem very wet but this is ok, and again refrigerate for 10 minutes

- flour your work surface, your hands, oh heck flour everything and then tip the dough onto the work surface and liberally flour the top of the dough

- gently flatten the dough to the depth of your scone cutter... you could use a rolling pin but what's the bother?

- dip the cutter into the flour and then cut out the scones, placing each one on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  keep going till all the dough is gone and you've re-balled and re-flattened the dough

- put the scones into the oven for 8 minutes, then turn down the heat to 170c and let them bake for a further 9 - 10 minutes.  The scones are done when they are a lovely golden colour, will have risen quite a bit and will spring back when pressed lightly... divine!

... and i'm fortunate enough to be able to give away a copy of this lovely book to one of you lucky bloggers...


... there are a few chances to win... all you have to do is leave a message below telling me if you say 'scone like gone' or 'scone like cone'...

... you can also follow me on twitter and then tweet the following message: 'i've entered the Tea with Bea book giveaway @belleaukitchen http://belleaukitchen.blogspot.com/' and then leave another comment here to let me know you've done so.  You can also enter via facebook, simply become a member of the Belleau Kitchen facebook group and then let me know you've done so. A winner will be picked at random in 7 days time.

Good luck and don't forget to eat and of course, enjoy!

48 comments:

  1. So, could this be the recipe to use for the Village Show Scone (to rhyme with cone) bake-off? I must try it out. xx

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  2. Scone as gone...always! What a great afternoon Dom! I'll keep an eye out for the programme! Hope the world domination plans are coming on nicely...

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  3. Scone as gone....Love that programme. Will tweet now :-)

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  4. I say scone as 'gone' - sounds like you had a great day, I know Bea from Twitter too! :)

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  5. Burgeoning world domination? You're half way there. Sounds like a fab experiece and of course I want that book. Gone, gone gone for the very best scone.

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  6. Am following you on Twitter and am just about to tweet.

    Also a member of your facebook group.

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  7. It's a fab book, isn't it? Bea gave me a copy for my birthday and I've been thinking about what to get Pete to bake for me ever since! :)

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  8. I'm a Yorkshire lass and say scone like cone. The Oxford English dictionary of Pronunciation does say it should be spoken like gone though. I lose this battle with my other half every time!

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  9. Hi Dom,
    I am a scone as gone girl!
    Mightyily impressed by how well you are doing and all the interesting people you are meeting. This book looks superb.
    I follow you on Twitter and will now tweet about this giveaway , thanks x

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  10. you do the most amazing things!!

    Scone like Cone (in a twangy Canadian-Anglo-Scots accent)
    xx

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  11. tweet tweet tweeted as well!!!

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  12. Scone as in gone. Which is weird because I'm a southerner, but it seems to be a reversed pronunciation and northerners go for the extended vowel (yawn, bored yet?)

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  13. these look delicious! for me scone like gone.

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  14. Sounds like a brilliant experience, you'll have to let us know when it's going to be broadcast, I'd love to watch.

    Loving your new kitchen BTW, it is all done now? My neighbours new kitchen installation has been taking since July and it's scaring the hell out of me doing the same!!

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  15. What a lovely giveaway - though it does re-open the perpetual scone pronunciation debate, ha ha... I say scone like gone!

    I've always wanted to try making scones, but for some reason, I'm really intimidated by them. I'll have to try these ones out though!

    Mel

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  16. Scone as in gone for me!
    GREAT giveaway too Dom!

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  17. Scone as in gone, the others are wrong! What a lovely book. I've tweeted too

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  18. Great looking scone (cone). It must have been so exciting to be a part of the judging panel. You really do have fun!!!!

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  19. I couldn't remember how I say it. I have been living downunder so long I say it both ways depending who I am with. I know I say it opposite to my husband so I had to ask him how he says it and he says scone like gone - so I say scone like cone! Goodness that was long winded!

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  20. I seem to be in the minority group, but it's scone like cone when I'm talking! It may be the influence of a Yorkshire mother, but I think most people in this part of East Anglia say s(cone) too!

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  21. Scone like gone!
    The book looks amazing - I visited Bea's shop last Oct, I didn't realise she had a book out. It's on my list of books to buy now!

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  22. Looks like I already follow you on Facebook Dom. Thanks for the tips on making perfect scones. A savoury scone is welcome here anutime.

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  23. I have just entered to win this gorgeous book on Twitter, it looks so lovely. Love your blog :)

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  24. I say scone like "gone". I have never in my life made an edible batch of scones though, and most of them have "gone" in the bin.

    Maybe this recipe might just be the one to change my luck with scones!! The book looks absolutely gorgeous, too.

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  25. You really are a jammy bugger Dom lol. What a fantastic experience. And freaky too as I had a copy of this book in my hands on Saturday but Hubby advised me to put it back as Santa might be bringing me a copy!!! Those scones look a real triumph!

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  26. PS - already follow you on facebook but I don't have twitter ;0(

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  27. Surely not cone, or gone, but 'scorn with gorn' !!!
    I follow, but don't 'do' facebook and am still trying to get my head around twitter!

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  28. I say scone like cone! and these scones look fab!

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  29. Also requested to join your fb group

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  30. PS: I also asked to be part of your group on FB! I am known as French Tart there....don't laugh!

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  31. Why, of course it is Scone like Gone. Is this going to be another #sconetweetparty?

    Off to tweet now.....

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  32. Love a cakey book, so have tweeted @serialcrafter

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  33. Have requested entry to your FB page! you picky or something?

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  34. Scone like cone for me. These look delicious! I have yet to try making my own scones. The book looks beautiful, fingers crossed :)

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  35. I've twitted!
    Nice looking scones (and posh plates)

    You just don't want to see what they do to scones to the US - no you don't, really, it's just not right stuffing full of choc chips and smothering them in icing and sprinkles!

    How's the new kitchen?
    Celia

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  36. I collect scone (as in cone) recipes, and since this one comes so highly recommended I'm excited to try it.
    Congratulations on being asked to join the panel of experts!

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  37. Oh ... scones! My latest love! I had a savory scone over the weekend that was positively inspired ... will be trying to duplicate the flavour sensation soon ... in the meantime, Bea's book looks killer, judging from that gorgeous cover photo! You and your scones, Dom! Yum yum and yum again!

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  38. Definitely Scone with Gone! Am feeling the need to make some scones tomorrow - kitchened out for today after bread, traybake, and veggie curry!

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  39. Oh like cone!

    Lovely scones - looking forward to giving them a try.

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  40. Definitely scone like gone. I'll have to be making some myself soon.

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  41. I've tweeted as well. @Corinathecook

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  42. Looks like a lovely book Dom.

    Pronouncing scone - depends on who I'm talking to.... sorry!

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