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Category: Recipes | Posted on: December 15, 2014

Mrs Simkins’ Virtuous Cake

Virtuous Cake sliceOne lovely cake – so many ways to make it!

Perfect for this time of year, this truly virtuous cake, with no added fat or sugar, is a real pick-me-up with a nice hot cup of Clipper tea if you are feeling a bit feeble.

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: December 2, 2014

Mrs Simkins’ Indian Chai Christmas Trees

Icing Indian Chai Xmas Trees 1A lovely cup of Clipper Indian Chai tea never fails to cheer dark December afternoons. It smells and tastes just like Christmas itself: all citrus, cinnamon and cloves – with an extra bright note of fennel seed for good measure.

It’s also the perfect ingredient to add an extra depth of seasonal flavour to these very more-ish Christmas gingerbread biscuits!

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: October 24, 2014

Mrs Simkins’ Sticky Ginger Bundt Cake with Lemon Icing

Ginger Bundt slice with sparkler 1This moist spicy ginger cake, smothered in lemon icing and topped off with crystallized ginger pieces, is absolutely heavenly with a cup of your favourite Clipper brew. It’s the perfect wintry weather cake and just the thing to keep out the cold on Guy Fawkes Night.


Category: Recipes | Posted on: September 25, 2014

Mrs Simkins’ Apple Cake Surprise with Slightly Salted Caramel Icing

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This moist apple cake is simple to put together and tastes fabulous: the caramel flavoured buttercream is just blissful: salted butter gives exactly the right hint of salt without it being overpowering.

Popping candy looks pretty scattered over the top and gives a crunchy element of contrast plus an unexpected surprise. Add it right at the last moment to make sure it retains its pop.

Serve with a pot of your favourite Clipper brew: Fairtrade Everyday Tea complements the flavours particularly well, or you could go for an Apple & Ginger infusion! Read More

Category: Recipes | Posted on: August 27, 2014

Tea Time Recipes with Mrs Simkins Autumn Fruits Mini Pavlovas

Mini Autumn Fruits PavlovaThese make a seasonable change from the classic summer berry Pavlova. The tartness of the Bramleys, enhanced further with lemon juice, works really well with the fragrant blackberries, sweet meringue and cool, smooth cream.

Fabulous as a civilised afternoon treat with a lovely cup of your favourite Clipper brew.

The recipe is sufficient for 6 mini Pavlovas but make one big one if you prefer

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Category: Bits and bobs, Recipes, Things we love | Posted on: July 31, 2014

Infusions as the Rocks!

photoHere at Clipper, it’s never to hot for a hot drink, but we appreciate that not everyone is as tea-obsessive as us! We’ve recently been experimenting with ice teas, and below are our favourite recipes!

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: July 31, 2014

Mrs Simkins’ Iced Bakewell Tarts

Iced Bakewell Tarts in Meadow 3These iced Bakewell tarts are perfect for tea in the garden or picnics. Just right with a pot of Clipper Fairtrade Everyday tea. Read More

Category: Recipes | Posted on: June 20, 2014

Mrs Simkins’ Mini Summer Berry Cheesecakes

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These simple little un-baked cheesecakes, flavoured with lemon and vanilla, and sitting on classic biscuit bases, are perfect for a summer afternoon tea, ideally in the garden. Serve them as they are, accompanied by summer berries, or make them even more delicious with a topping of berry sauce!

Equal parts of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries make a nicely balanced sauce, but you can make it with any combination of summer berries: blackberries, tayberries, and loganberries are all good. The sauce is also good with cereal or yoghurt for breakfast, accompanied by your first Clipper brew of the day!

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Category: Recipes, Tales From Around The Teapot | Posted on: June 2, 2014

Lianne Marie Cooks with Tea!

TIMG_0135his month we’re all about getting creative, and guest blogger Lianne Marie certainly knows all about that! From 2011 she has run the blog Everything Goes With Toast, making surprising meals out of things anyone might have in their fridge, and giving classic recipes a modern twist.

She believes in cooking to taste, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients rather than forced or artificially ripened produce or processed foods, and believe that if you don’t like something then chances are it just hasn’t been prepared well. You can scroll through all her wonderful recipes by selecting a specific ingredient, be that capers or champagne, Wendsleydale or walnuts.

Below are some recipes magicked up by Lianne, featuring our fuso tea tents range!


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Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 29, 2014

Mrs Simkins’ Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits 1

During WW1, relatives of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, baked these delicious and energy-giving biscuits, named in their honour, and sent them to the troops fighting in Gallipoli. Conditions in the Turkish region were desperate with intense heat, plagues of flies and disease. It is to be hoped the biscuits travelled well and gave the troops some small comfort.

The biscuits have stood the test of time and are just as delicious today: perfect as a heartening bite with a strong cup of Clipper Fair Trade Everyday tea.

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