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Strawberries and cream cupcakesA spoonful or two of double cream in both the sponge and the buttercream icing provides a sublime richness to the overall finish of these dainty cakes.
Eclairs with fresh cream and raspberries
These little treats are made out of choux pastry, which is both quick and easy to make. Take care when adding the egg that you add only enough to make the dough smooth and shiny; if you add too much the finished éclair will have a heavy texture.
Blueberry and vanilla financiersThere are two theories that surround the name of these delightful moist almond cakes. Some say it comes from the fact that they were popular in the financial area surrounding Paris’s La Bourse du Commerce (Stock Exchange); others believe it is because they are baked in a rectangular mould which resembles a bar of gold. Store in an airtight container and enjoy within three days.
Tea CeremoniesTea is served all around the world, but in counties such as China and Japan it is a ceremony that is at the centre of their culture.