Combining comforting recipes, local ingredients and a bit of baking magic, Mat Follas presents an irresistible collection of scrumptious tea time treats.
Let yourself be transported to a table adorned with crisp linen, fine china and a cup of your favourite tea for the ultimate afternoon tea experience with BBC MasterChef UK winner Mat Follas. In this enticing collection of recipes for the finest bakes and most irresistible pastries Mat has honed his unique experience as a chef and indulged his passion for home baking. In the first chapter, Cakes & Scones, you will find Mat's perfect recipes for Lemon Drizzle Cake and a Classic Victoria. Slices & Tarts include the magical combination of rhubarb and custard in Mat's take on a classic custard slice. Failsafe Biscuits & Cookies will keep in your pantry for days, ready to whip out for guests for an impromptu afternoon tea. For a more refined occasion try one of the delights from the Dainties & Patisserie chapter; individual Sherry Trifle Verrines or pretty Raspberry Meringue Kisses are the ultimate treat. With ideas for savouries and sandwiches along with recipes for refreshing homemade cordials, memorable jams and jellies and reviving gins and sparkling cocktails you have all the ingredients you need to host the perfect afternoon tea.
In 2016, Mat opened Bramble Cafe & Deli in Poundbury, Dorset, with his wife Amanda and their business partner Kate. Winner of MasterChef UK (BBC) in 2009, Mat often judges food competitions and events and is a regular judge for BBC MasterChef, The Great Taste Awards and The World Cheese Awards. Mat regularly runs cooking courses as well as courses on foraging, wild plants and gin and his recipes are published in a variety of magazines including BBC GoodFood, Olive and Delicious. He has written two books for Ryland Peters & Small, Fish in 2015, followed by Vegetable Perfection in 2016. Mat lives in Dorset with his family.