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    Country food: apple cake

    by  • 12/06/2014 • Country food • 0 Comments

    Apple Cake

    Glazed apple cake served with orange pekoe tea with lemon and orange peel

    How pretty is this? Great for a proper teatime with leaf tea served in cups and linen napkins. This is how we like to while away an afternoon…

    To make the cake
    150g soft butter
    150g caster sugar
    2 free range eggs, beaten
    150g ground almonds
    50g plain flour
    finely grated zest of 2 lemons
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    100ml milk
    2 red apples
    5 tablespoons apricot jam

    Serves 10

    1 Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F) Gas 3. Lightly grease a 20cm cake tin with a removable base and and line with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the beaten eggs and continue to mix until smooth (you may have to add a little of the flour if the mixture seems to be curdling). Add the almonds, flour, lemon zest and baking powder and mix well. Stir in the milk. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

    2 Cut the apples in half and remove the core (don’t peel them; the skin looks pretty in the finished cake). Cut into thin slices. Starting at the outside edge, arrange the apples in concentric circles, around the cake, slightly overlapping and finishing in the centre. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the cake is firm and risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

    3 In the meantime, sieve the apricot jam into a saucepan and add a tablespoon of water. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for about 15 minutes in the pan. Transfer to a wire rack, brush with the apricot jam/jelly and leave to cool completely.

    To make 1 pot of tea
    3–4 teaspoons orange pekoe leaves
    1 teaspoon each dried lemon and orange peels -  remove with a potato peeler and dry in a very low oven (Aga owners could use the warming oven)
    sugar or honey, to taste

    Warm the teapot and add the tea leaves and citrus peels. Pour over boiling water and leave to brew for 3–4 minutes. Sweeten with sugar or honey, as desired.

    Recipes: Tea and Treats, Perfect Pairings for Brews and Bakes by Liz Franklin (£16.99, Ryland Peters & Small). Photograph: Isobel Wield

     

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    Country style: kitchen storage

    by  • 11/06/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Blog 5th June

    3 great ways to get organised…

    Arrange kitchen staples altogether on an open shelving unit for easy access, like this one from Habitat.

    Keep things in order by tying on nametags for dry goods, such as these porcelain baking labels by Jo Heckett attached to glass storage jars from Garden Trading.

    Choose mugs and dishes that stack on top of each other for space saving solutions, The Contemporary Home have a great selection.

    By Nikki Bradley

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    Country room: welcoming kitchen

    by  • 03/06/2014 • Country style • 4 Comments

    Wish you were here? This stunning barn room has been transformed into a welcoming and homely country kitchen, complete with dining table and seating area, that’s very definitely the heart of the home. It’s the perfect place to whip up afternoon tea for guests…  and then sit and enjoy it.

    Pretty geranium wallpaper provides quintessential English cottage garden charm, while splashes of cranberry red striped and checked fabrics, and vintage-style accessories (all from Laura Ashley) add to the jolly county show-inspired theme. But we think the prize for best in show should undoubtedly go to that fabulous cow cushion!

    Lynden sofa in Loxley Check Cranberry £1750, Napier dining table £1000, pair of dining chairs £400, bookcase £950, curtains in Austen off white £26 a metre, curtain poles from £85 with ball finials £22 each, Awning Stripe Pale Cranberry roller blinds £32 a metre, Geranium Pale Cranberry wallpaper £38 a roll, Lucia mirror £150, Anderson chandelier £120, Design Service tablecloths and skirts, Nigella Cranberry cushions £40 each,  Daisy the cow cushion £30, Shepton rug £100, Rolling Hills canvas £75, Farmers Market on a wooden panel £45, chicken cookbook holder £32, County Show set of two tea towels £12, Red Southsea dining range from £9, Daisy cook shop collection; all Laura Ashley

    Lynden sofa in Loxley Check Cranberry £1750, Napier dining table £1000, pair of dining chairs £400, bookcase £950, curtains in Austen off white £26 a metre, curtain poles from £85 with ball finials £22 each, Awning Stripe Pale Cranberry roller blinds £32 a metre, Geranium Pale Cranberry wallpaper £38 a roll, Lucia mirror £150, Anderson chandelier £120, Design Service tablecloths and skirts, Nigella Cranberry cushions £40 each, Daisy the cow cushion £30, Shepton rug £100, Rolling Hills canvas £75, Farmers Market on a wooden panel £45, chicken cookbook holder £32, County Show set of two tea towels £12, Red Southsea dining range from £9, Daisy cook shop collection; all Laura Ashley

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    Country Look: pretty patchwork

    by  • 30/05/2014 • Country style • 2 Comments

    Looking to brighten up your kitchen table or add a touch of style to garden soirées this summer…you’ll love these stunning new oilcloths by Louise Body.

    Patchwork oilcloths by Louise Body on Country Days

    New Oilcloth fabrics…just in time for summer! £45 a metre, Lousie Body.

    Due to the popularity of Louise’s Paper Tile wallpapers, the two most popular designs – Mixed Folk and Patchwork Jade – are now available as oilcloth fabrics. As practical as they are beautiful, the fabrics have a soft matt PVC coating making them ideal to use as tablecloths. They work equally well for making bags, aprons and outdoor cushions.

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    Country room: classic kitchen

    by  • 27/05/2014 • Country style • 2 Comments

    White is a firm favourite in a country kitchen, and it’s easy to see why as there’s nothing like it for creating a bright and airy room.

    A classic white handpainted Shaker design, such as this one by Rencraft, works well with dark granite worktops. Interest can be added with an island unit painted in a slightly darker shade and topped with travertine, while stylish high-back bar stools make the perfect place to perch for a cuppa.

    A panelled chimney with a mantle shelf and tiled splashback is a great way of making a focal point of the range cooker. And don’t you just love that trio of on-trend chrome fisherman’s lamps that add the perfect finishing touch above the island?

    Classic style hand painted kitchen (cupboards painted in Pointing by Farrow & Ball, island painted in Shaded White by Farrow & Ball) by Rencraft. Prices start at £16,000.

    Classic-style handpainted kitchen (units painted in Pointing, island painted in Shaded White, both by Farrow & Ball) by Rencraft. Prices start at £16,000.

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    Country craft: bench cushion

    by  • 18/05/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Comfy bench cushions as seen in our May issue or Country Homes and Interiors.

    Comfy bench cushions  as seen in our May issue. Made with Polka Stripe light green and duck egg, £35 per metre, Emma Bridgwater for Sanderson.

    We love this comfy rectanglar cushion that tops this banquette seating as seen in our May issue. A great and versatile design, why not make a similar bench cushion to add a comfy layer to a settle or window seat too. Easy to make and adaptable – they make a great outdoor floor cushion when made in suitable fabric (we particularly like the new outdoor fabrics by Ralph Lauren). Click here to see Country Homes & Interiors easy to follow instructions to find out how to make a similar style.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

     

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    Country craft: calendar noticeboard

    by  • 11/05/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create a colourful feature wall with a handy calendar noticeboard

    Create a colourful feature wall with a handy calendar noticeboard

    Never miss a date or event with this fantastic homemade noticeboard as seen in the latest issue of Country Homes & Interiors. Ideal for busy Easter holidays it is easily made with a shop bought cork board some twine and numbers.  To make follow these easy instructions;

    You will need
    A corkboard (we used one from Boards Direct)
    Paint (we used Hot Paprika 4, £1 for a 30ml tester pot, Dulux)
    Wooden numbers (we used some from Hobbycraft)
    Safety pins (try Hobbycraft)
    Red twine (we used some from Pipii)

    To make divide the corkboard evenly up into squares for each calendar day, measuring 7 squares across and 6 squares down to show a full month. To separate each square or day vertically, take a length of twine and pin it from the top and bottom of the board. Next divide the board horizontally by pinning and threading through another length of twine across the squares. Pin numbers to the board to correspond with different calendar dates and days then fill with invites, tickets and social reminders to create a decorative and informative display.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Country food: weekend treat

    by  • 01/05/2014 • Country food • 0 Comments

    Chocolate biscuit cake

    What’s not to like: all our favourite things in one no-bake chocolate biscuit cake

    There is a small bakery near the Country Homes & Interiors office that has been turning out the most legendary cakes and bakes for the past 20 years. Whether we’re celebrating a birthday or a super-successful issue, we head to Konditor & Cook to pick up an indulgent lemon chiffon cake or a gorgeous sweet hit of bakewell slab. Their new cookbook is definitely one for your collection. It’s packed with classic recipes including this one which actually requires no baking and can be made really quickly. You just need a little patience while it sets in the fridge. Unsophisticated it may be, but it’s utterly delicious and, if you want to have some kitchen fun with your kids this long weekend, it should appeal to aspiring junior bakers everywhere. And of course everyone who is searching for a little something sweet for a weekend treat.

    Makes 1 large cake

    150g unsalted butter
    100g golden syrup
    200g dark chocolate (54 per cent cocoa solids), chopped
    1 medium free range egg, lightly beaten
    330g digestive biscuits (or similar)
    60g walnuts
    60g sultanas
    100g glacé cherries
    75g brazil nuts

    1 Line a 23cm square cake tin or similar-sized flat dish with baking parchment. (You could use individual silicone loaf tins to make your own chocolate bars, in which case you will need to break the biscuits up smaller. Or you could use a 20cm x 34cm brownie tin but only fill three-quarters of the tin with biscuit mixture.) Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan then bring to the boil. Add the chocolate, reduce the heat to its lowest setting and stir with a whisk until the chocolate has melted.

    2 Gradually add the beaten egg and continue to stir with the whisk until the mixture has thickened a little and formed a shiny emulsion. The egg will cook in the heat of the mixture but be careful not to let it boil (the temperature shouldn’t reach above 85°C). Remove from the heat.

    3 Break up the biscuits into large chunks (quarters are fine), put them in a bowl and add the walnuts, sultanas and half the glacé cherries. Pour the hot chocolate mix over the dry ingredients and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Decant the mixture into the prepared tin, leaving the runny chocolate on the side of the bowl for now. Press the mixture flat in the tin.

    4 Put the brazil nuts in the bowl that contained the chocolate mixture and, using a spatula, coat them in the liquid chocolate from the side of the bowl. Sprinkle them in a loose pattern over the biscuit cake, then place the remaining glacé cherries among them. For an American touch, you could also decorate it with mini marshmallows. Chill for 3 hours or until set, then cut into bars or long fingers.

    *Recipe taken from Konditor & Cook: Deservedly Legendary Baking by Gerhard Jenne (Ebury Press, hardback £20). Photograph: Jean Cazals 2014

     

     

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    Country Room: stylish kitchen

    by  • 29/04/2014 • Country style • 2 Comments

    Mixing old and new is a well-tried combination that’s great for injecting character into a scheme.

    This country kitchen has a light, fresh feel with its muted palette. White units are a traditional country kitchen staple but you can bring in a modern twist with a statement wall featuring a paisley print paper in on-trend grey.

    Keep the look unfussy and streamlined with painted Windsor chairs and an extending table – a practical solution for dinner parties – from I & JL Brown, and add in retro pendant lights for an up-to-the-minute finishing touch.

    PRIMITIVE 'EASY GLIDE' EXTENDING TABLE £4295  - PAINTED WINDSOR CHAIRS (+0314-37) £355  - SMALL NICKEL PENDANT LIGHTS £335  - ANTIQUE WOODEN DAIRY BOWL £225  - ANTIQUE GLASS BOTTLE £45  - MED WHITE BOTTLE 35.00 - WHITE CERAMIC TRAY £95  - WHITE CONFIT POT £75 I&JL Brown

    Primitive ‘easy glide’ extending table, £4295, painted Windsor chairs, £355, small nickel pendant lights, £335, antique wooden dairy bowl, £225, antique glass bottle, £45, medium white bottle, £35, white ceramic tray, £95, white confit pot, £75, I & JL Brown.

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    Country news: 52 Weeks of Everyday Style

    by  • 12/04/2014 • Country craft, Country style • 0 Comments

    52 weeks fo Everday Style,Homes and Lifestyle Collection

    52 Weeks of Everyday Style

    Discover how to make this pretty lace doily trinket bowl with 52 Weeks of Everyday Style.

    Discover how to make this pretty lace doily trinket bowl with 52 Weeks of Everyday Style.

    Looking for lots of crafty ideas? If so you’ll love ’52 weeks of… Everyday Style’ published by the Homes & Lifestyle Collection. Packed full of stylish makes, clever touches and easy handicraft projects, it’s a real treat for creative home makers. Ideas include 10 minute fixes to weekender projects, focusing on the little things that can transform your house into a home. Priced at £4.99 and available from Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Waitrose, Morrisons, and WHS HS/Travel or click here to get to purchase a digital copy http://bit.ly/1k4bLSM

     

     

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