Review: Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea book
I’m a bit of an afternoon tea fan. They’re a beautiful way to celebrate an occasion or to catch-up with friends and loved ones. Whether it be at a vintage tea room, a posh hotel or in my own kitchen, I love the vision of cake stands piled high with goodies and making use of mismatched china.
I’m also a huge fan of French patissier Eric Lanlard, having worked with him a few times in the past when we both did some work with Sainsbury’s. Mr Robertson and I had the pleasure of sampling his delicious handiwork recently when he provided the cakes for our friends who married live on TV’s This Morning, too.
So, being sent a copy of his new book, Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea, packed full of hints, tips and, of course, stunning recipes was a real treat.
I’m planning on making good use of it over the coming weeks, months and years, but have already tried my hand at a few of the sweet recipes.
Classic buttermilk scones…
Peanut butter and banana cookies…
Coconut macarons rocher…
I don’t like complicated recipes which demand endless random ingredients which will go to waste in the cupboard, but so far so good with this book. I tried out the scones, cookies and macarons on friends and family when they visited and the oohing and ahhing told me I’d done alright!
If you’re looking to put on a civilised hen tea party at home, this is a must buy. Eric not only shares his tasty sweet and savoury recipes, he gives advice on matching tea with food, how to make the perfect cup of tea and even provides sample menus – all you need to do is get out the fancy crocks!
I would love to see your creations so share your photos with me over on Facebook.
Disclaimer: A copy of Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea was sent to Mrs Robertson free of charge in return for a review on this blog.