3 o’clock, time for tea! Mr Monkfish senior insisted on a good old cuppa char at 3pm EVERY day, come rain or shine, work day or school day, christmas day or any old bloomin’ day….3 o’clock was recharge battery time, kettle on, brew in the pot, relax. I’m happy to say that this tradition is still with me and I try to pass it on to everyone I come in contact with, it’s part of my family tradition and long may it continue, it’s what us Brits do best after all.
To accompany the cuppa char today another of Mrs Monkfish’s (senior) WI classics, lemon shortcake nom nom. Whizzed this up in the new K-Mix today in a matter of minutes, had to, there wasn’t long until my 3pm deadline! Mr Predictable was pottering about in the garden with the secateurs and I was pottering about in the kitchen with the mixing bowl…guess who made the most progress?!
4oz self raising flour
4oz plain flour
4oz caster sugar
Juice and rind of 1 lemon
4oz caster sugar
Beat butter and sugar until creamy (with the help of your trusty K-Mix…), add the egg and sifted flours and salt. Mix until soft dough. Place in fridge for half an hour (put kettle on!). Divide into two.
Lightly cook the filling ingredients together until smooth and creamy – use a non stick saucepan and stir continuously.
Roll out half the cake mixture and put into a lightly greased tin (20cm). Pour in the filling then cover with the rolled out second half. Pinch edges around the side to enclose the filling.
Bake in a moderate oven for 35 minutes, slice whilst still slightly warm and enjoy with that 3 o’clock cuppa.
Enjoy! Big thanks to the Tudhoe WI in Durham Federation’s cookbook which is a family heirloom and is still being used 20 years later… The first of many cakes to be made in the ‘K-MIX’…more to follow very very soon….