Grantham Gingerbread at a Thatcher Tea party


I’m just finding a few minutes to write my latest post about how I went down to help Kerstin Rodgers -aka MsMarmitelover- at her Thatcher Tea party last Saturday. I caught the train from Leeds to London on the Friday afternoon with a few tea loaves that I’d made earlier in the week.

During the afternoon I baked Grantham Gingerbread biscuits and other biscuits which we iced between us.

Kerstin painstakingly made 8 Thatcher pops, which took an hour each to make, yet each one had character.

The morning came and further baking was done. I made some Cheese scones with a dash of mustard and grated chedder cheese. Kerstin made Margaret Thatcher’s own recipe of Orange & Walnut Cake.

Kerstin horizontally sliced one of my tea loaves in half, dipped it in chocolate and  created a money chest.

With salmon & cream cheese sandwiches along Kerstin’s signature marmite sandwiches, mini cupcakes a topped with sweet milk bottles, we were ready for Kerstin’s guests to arrive.

Kerstin managed to take time out to  chat with her guests while I made sure the the tea kept coming.

By 6:30 it was time for me to leave and catch the train home, so I bid farewell to Kerstin and her guests and hot footed it to Kings Cross station and the journey home to Leeds, forgetting to take one of the Grantham Gingerbread biscuits that I’d made, to eat on the train home. Never mind, I’ll make some another time for the Secret Tea Room.

A thoroughly enjoyable time, but baking with an Aga, a fine piece of machinery, is something I will never get used to. The constant opening of oven doors is not conducive to good baking. Unless they create one with a glass oven door.