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Savoury Cream Tea……Romsey’s Original

Published September 30, 2014 by Daisy Cake Company


OK, so we have a cake shop. Which generally means our major food group is sweet, sweet and more sweet. But occasionally, very occasionally, we digress to something a little more savoury.

However, we don’t want to fall too far away from the British ideal, so what we have invented is The Savoury Cream Tea…..oh yes people….Cream Tea with our other favourite food group – cheese – how could we possibly go wrong?!

The Original Daisy Cake Savoury Cream Tea consists of 2 delishly, freshly baked cheese scones, cream cheese and pickle, all washed down with a cuppa straight from the pot! And for dessert you could always have a traditional Sweet Cream Tea, or would that be too much?

So, hands up who wants to make some easy cheese scones? Yup, thought you would…….

Cheese Scones

Makes 12
450gms Self Raising Flour
1tspn Mustard Powder
1tspn Cayenne Pepper
125gms Strong Hard Cheese (we use Lyburn Cooking but mature cheddar is fine)
70gms Rapseed or Sunflower Oil
70gms Cream Cheese
2 Eggs
100ml Milk plus some for brushing the tops

Preheat your oven to 220c (200c fan), 400f or Gas Mark 6.

Line a baking sheet with baking parchment

Sieve the flour, mustard and cayenne pepper together into a large mixing bowl

Grate the hard cheese and mix it through the flour

Add all the other ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. It’s best to get your (clean) hands in to make sure is properly mixed into a sticky dough

Dust the work surface with flour and turn out your dough.

Knead very lightly for 30 seconds or so.

Now you can either go for the rustic look or the cut look…..for the rustic look divide your dough into 12, roll into balls and place on your baking sheet. For a cut look, press the dough to about 1 inch thick and with a 6cm Round cutter, cut 12 scones and place on your baking sheet.

Lightly brush with milk, making sure your don’t let it dribble down the side as it impairs the rise.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until well risen, golden brown and making your kitchen smell amaaaaazing!

Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool, or just scoff the lot warm.

We always serve our scones warm…..they just taste so much better. To warm cold scones, pop in the oven, preheated to 170c (150c fan), 325f or gas mark 3 for just 3 to 5 minutes.



The Cake Walk – Isle of Wight Part 5

Published June 29, 2012 by Daisy Cake Company

The doggies at Firestone Copse

Today wasn’t so much of walking to a tearoom, more of a walk AND a tearoom (or two).

I had a minor disaster when the memory card in my Blackberry decided to have a hissy fit and I lost some of my pictures, but Hubster came to the rescue as he took lots on his phone AND managed to save some of mine via the power of being a cleverdick techno bod.

We started at Firestone Copse with a picnic. The weather actually felt like summer as we ventured down into the forest to Wooton Creek, where the doggies found some muddy water to jump around in.

Can’t keep a good Lab out of a muddy river – look how happy she looks!

Firestone Copse has a number easy walks, all well signposted……however, none go towards Wooton Creek, so off we went, away from the easy gravel tracks, through a few sludgy muddy bits, and out to the river. After the dogs had destroyed a few sticks in the water we had to make our way back to the carpark and off to find a tearoom.

Bluebells Farm Shop and Cafe is literally on a farm – and I mean with farm smells and calfs mooing in the barn next to the cafe.


This is where I lost my photos, and therefore don’t have any cake photos but I do have a photo of my Mother in Law and the doggies sitting outside waiting for cake to arrive. The Hubster and I shared a slice of lemon cake, and my Mother in Law had a Florentine. These were probably some of the most expensive cakes we’d had all week, but they were good.

After patting the very cute calfs, we again headed off. This time to be tourists at the Godshill Model Village. I’m not usually into the tourist places in English towns but this was good. Seriously, I know you thinking, but it’s a model village!! It was good!! The miniature Godshill Church was amazing, and the landscaping and miniature gardening was worth the small entrance fee in itself!

Monster Barney peering over the Model Village

Mahoosive Daisy outside the (model) Godshill Vicarage

Just next door to the Model Village is an amazing Tea Garden, where the tables are stone, many of them with big planted pedestals in the middle, and some with fountains.

One of the fountain tables

We sat ourselves around a stone table, on stone benches and ordered our late afternoon homemade tea and cakes. Again the Hubster plumped for Victoria Sandwich (he’s so British!), my Mother in Law had chocolate cake and I had a cream tea (although I had to save one of the scones as, believe it or not, I was too full for anymore cake). The cakes were good, very good, but even if they weren’t the surrounding would have been good enough to make up for it.


The Cake Walk – The Isle of Wight Part 2

Published June 26, 2012 by Daisy Cake Company

Daisy enjoying the view at the top of Mottistone Down

It’s been a tale of 2 tearooms today. We started the day heading north from the South Coast of the Island to Chale Farm Cafe, which on the outside, it has to be said, is not the prettiest of places.

Chale Farm Cafe

Chale is a a pretty little village, with the blot of a new brick building which houses a Deli and Cafe. The building is ugly and dull, but the landscaped gardens and view towards The Downs is stunning, and on a sunny day, like today, was worth facing away from the building for.

And the food….oh the food….it was totally scrummy! We were filling up with lunch for our walk ahead, so we made sure we ate well. I had a lentil, mushroom and cheese slice, followed by a slice of coffee and walnut cake. The food was fresh, homemade and very tasty.


Lunch at Chale Farm Cafe

After lunch was done we departed for our walk. The Hubster had planned a figure of eight walk through Brighstone Forest and over Mottistone Down. The weather was sunny, with a lovely breeze which was the ideal walking weather. The forest was a wonder of different greens and grasses, and fields and fields of purple foxgloves.


The views from Mottistone Downs, where you can see both the South and North of the Island, and beyond are simply breathtaking. It took us around 4 hours to complete our walk, but we did stop and take in the views and sights several times – which is just how a walk should be enjoyed.

After 4 hours and 6 miles of walking up and down some serious hills, we were in need of some sustenance, so off to tearoom number 2 called Seven in Brighstone. It was the exact opposite of our earlier encounter. The tearooms set in the village and their surroundings were charming, the service friendly but although the food was nice it didn’t appear to be home baked. The Hubster and I shared a cream tea, and my Mother in Law had gluten free biscuits.

If both of today’s tearooms could have had their plus points combined we would have had a perfect tearoom day, however, we take the positives where we can, and enjoyed both in their own ways.

Tomorrow the weather forecast is sadly not so kind to us, but the plan is to walk from Bonchurch to Shanklin and then hopefully a trip to Carisbrooke Castle in the afternoon………well, thats the plan!

Cream Tea at Seven in Brightstone

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