Since it’s back-to-school time, Andrea asks Stefin for some guidance with school lunch packing. Stefin’s top two tips: Use leftovers in a thermos, and pack it up the night before. (Also, and perhaps most crucially: Farm this chore out to your kid.)
Andrea is proud of an original creation she recently whipped up: Marionberry Coconut Crumble Bars, which were easy to make and even easier to eat. Stefin tells Andrea this kind of bar cookie is known as a “tray bake” in the UK — a term that encompasses pretty much anything from cake to sausage that is baked or cooked on a larger cookie-style sheet.
Conveniently, the first recipe of the month also fits into this category. Both hosts think Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars from A Dash of Sanity will be a hit. They remind Stefin of her favorite UK cookie (“biscuit”) — a Hobnob, and Andrea says that since her husband loves peanut butter and her daughter loves chocolate, it will be a match made in heaven for her household, too.
Next up, Stefin leads a segment of the Globetrotting Gourmet, and gives a quick run-down of some differences she’s already noticed in the British baking aisle. Butter is deep yellow and delicious, with many, many options to choose from. Eggs aren’t refrigerated and have deep yellow yolks. (Andrea knew all about this from former and current neighbors who’ve raised chickens.) All-purpose flour is called “regular,” and many British recipes use self-raising (not “rising”) flour instead. Finally, as a dark-brown sugar aficionado, Stefin has been pleased to discover a British version that is gloriously dark and molasses (or “treacle”)-rich.
Finally, Stefin answers most of Andrea’s questions about afternoon tea — where it’s served, what kind of treats to expect and when to indulge. But two pressing questions remain: Can Andrea order coffee at teatime, and what exactly is clotted cream? (Stefin has no clue whether drinking coffee with your scone is gauche, but she does know what clotted cream is — and she’ll fill in listeners during an upcoming episode.)
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