Monday, 19 March 2012

Edwardian treats

 (Recipe from Richard Hunt, Executive Chef, The Grand Hotel, Torquay)
I know the current period favourite is Downton Abbey, and although I wouldn't miss an episode of Downton, my choice for a desert island DVD collection would definitely be Edwardian Farm.  And I would want to add Ruth, Alex and Peter's other historical series Tales from a Green Valley, A Tudor Feast at Christmas, Victorian Farm, Victorian Farm Christmas and Victorian Pharmacy too.  I have the series on DVD but still watch when any are repeated on TV. You can watch on line too.

When watching an Edwardian Farm episode the other week I was reminded I had wanted to try the Devonshire Cut Rounds Ruth baked to offer to day trippers who arrived at the farm by paddle steamer on the river. Even in those days hard up farmers and their wives had to diversify to make ends meet. After a bit of searching I found the recipe Ruth used in the programme and set about trying it out.  A bit more bready than plain scones, the Cut Rounds were yummy filled with my blackcurrant jam and clotted cream.  Add a large pot of tea and some cucumber sandwiches and you have a perfect Edwardian afternoon tea. 

I wait impatiently for the screening of Wartime Farm, which is currently in production.  Ruth, Alex and Peter are certainly not afraid of hard work!


  1. Oh they are yummy, Ann! I've not heard of the series you describe, but I'll be on the lookout for them....

  2. These treats look yummy!! ok, you've got me curious on this Edwardian Farm. Hmm... I might have to look for them. But, yes, Downton Abbey has me all worked up! My poor Mr. Bates & Anna... this is my fav. couple from the series... yes, more than M & M. I might have to bug you when the new season starts for you folks in Sept... we, Americans, won't get to see it 'til 2013!!! Talk about torture. :o)

  3. Yummy yum yum....enough said lol! I haven't seen Downtown Abbey or Edwardian Farm (shock!) although I watch the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice constantly! x

  4. Thank you for the recipe. I wanted to try to make these ever since I came across the show.


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