Mary Berry is in her kitchen at home cooking her favourite food. With her trademark warmth and common sense, she takes viewers step by step through delicious recipes for everyday and special occasions.
In this series Mary reveals foolproof dishes for Sunday lunch, afternoon tea and weekday suppers. Plus she shares impressive but surprisingly easy recipes for parties and celebrations when there are more mouths to feed. In her calm and capable hands, cooking for guests has never been simpler.
In the opening episode, Mary shows how to host a traditional tea party without any fuss. She shares a clever trick for making sandwiches in advance. She bakes bite-sized scones for a cream tea, and her granddaughters help her make orange butterfly cakes. Mary also visits Britain’s only tea plantation in Cornwall to find out how tea is grown.
1. Chocolate traybake with feather icing
A chocolate sponge topped with a milk chocolate icing feathered with white chocolate makes this a great cake to share for a birthday party for the young as they love milk chocolate. Decorate it as you like – try topping it with sweets, chopped chocolate bars, marshmallows or lots and lots of candles! If it’s for a more sophisticated occasion use about 40% cocoa solids dark chocolate.
2. Orange butterfly cakes
These little fairy cakes are filled with orange curd and topped with icing, and are even nicer than cupcakes.
4. Loaf cake with apple and cinnamon
This is a lovely moist loaf which I love to serve sliced and buttered – and it’s very quick and simple to make.
5. Strawberry jam
Learn how to get perfectly set strawberry jam by following Mary Berry’s simple instructions. You’ll need to pop a couple of plates in the freezer beforehand.
6. Whole lemon cake with lemon cheesecake icing
There are three whole lemons used in the cake, icing and decoration so the flavour is incredibly intense and delicious.