The Larkin Tea Cookbook

The best recipes for a cup of tea

Chocolate Tiffin

By Judy Larkin | May 12, 2019

We discovered this treat in a tea shop in Wexford, Ireland. Was intrigued with the name because the only “tiffin” I was familiar with is the India tiffin. During the time of the British Raj, it was used to define the British custom of afternoon tea. It is derived from “tiffing”, an English slang term […]

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Curry Shortbread

By Judy Larkin | Jan 14, 2019

I had never considered adding curry to cookies before that pantry raid, but it’s a delicious combination. The curry powder gives these shortbread cookies a warm, golden color and intriguing, almost savory flavor. So even though these cookies make a great dessert, they are just as at home with a glass of champagne or a […]

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My Mum’s Prized Butter Tarts

By Judy Larkin | Dec 7, 2018

This recipe was on our old web-site and we’ve had lots of requests for it to be reposted on the new site.  It was one of my Mum’s best recipes and she always made the tarts at Christmas time or when I went back to England to visit.  They were a special treat. (Butter tarts are […]

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Apple-Green Tea Cocktail

By Judy Larkin | Dec 7, 2018

  Ingredients: 10 heaped teaspoons green tea 2-1/2 cups water ½ cup ice Hard cider Vodka Apple slices for garnish Blue sugar for garnish Heat 1 cup of the water until nearly boiling. Add the tea and let steep for five minutes. Strain the tea over the remaining 1-1/2 cups of water and add ½ […]

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Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles

By Judy Larkin | Dec 5, 2018

Do you like making Christmas gifts for your friends and family?  Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles are so easy to make and delectable to eat. INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and softened 2 heaped teaspoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped […]

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Pumpkin Scones

By Judy Larkin | Nov 20, 2018

This month’s recipe is for pumpkin scones with a caramel drizzle.  This scone is a good spicy, sweet treat in the morning with a hearty breakfast tea or as an after-dinner dessert. Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration or a Thanksgiving pie filling. It’s time to rethink this plump, […]

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How To Make Scotch Eggs

By Judy Larkin | Oct 21, 2018

Fortnum & Masons, the famous London department store, claims to have invented Scotch eggs. In the 1730s, Fortnum’s had to create foods to suit its wealthy customers, whose far-flung country estates could only be reached by long-distance coach rides. Portable snacks were in demand, so Fortnum’s came up with a number of ideas, including wrapping […]

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Millionaire’s Shortbread From Hunny Bee Vintage

By Judy Larkin | Oct 21, 2018

Judging from the rave reviews of the customers of Hunny Bee Vintage in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, this has to be their favorite dessert.  Former policeman from Glasgow, Scotland, and now baker extraordinaire, Alan Condie was very kind enough to share his recipe with us. (The clue to the richness of this recipe is in the name.)  https://www.facebook.com/HunnyBeeVintageLowestoft/ […]

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Yorkshire Teacakes

By Judy Larkin | Oct 21, 2018

In spite of the name, the Yorkshire teacake is also found in Lancashire where it is equally popular. Teacakes are not “cakes.” They are fruited and lightly spiced sweet yeast buns. Cut them in half through the middle and pop them under a broiler, only toast on the cut side . . . and then […]

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