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If you were going to a new friend's house for a cup of tea, and you had the time and the inclination to bake something really nice, what would you make?

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HuffySpice Mon 03-Aug-09 09:10:23

I've met a lovely French lady with children the same age as mine. We're going around for a cup of tea. Rather than the standard packet of jaffa cakes, I fancy baking some biscuits or something to take.

What would you bake?

mazzystartled Mon 03-Aug-09 09:12:45

banana bread
or scones

EffiePerine Mon 03-Aug-09 09:14:49

nice cookies, or a traybake

thereistheball Mon 03-Aug-09 09:15:30

lemon drizzle tray bake

allaboutme Mon 03-Aug-09 09:16:22

chocolate cake!

hairymelons Mon 03-Aug-09 09:16:27

Chocolate brownies or raspberry victoria sponge

flippineck Mon 03-Aug-09 09:17:33

Lemon drizzle cake or Welsh cakes.

jumpingbeans Mon 03-Aug-09 09:17:37

a bakewell tart, but after i had made it, i would change my mind leave it at home for me and take the jaffa cakes

Katisha Mon 03-Aug-09 09:18:31

If she's French it needs to be simple and elegant and something that she doesn't think is too fattening!

Homemade shortbread is quick and easy and traditionally British. And you can tie it up in a ribbon.

LionstarBigPants Mon 03-Aug-09 09:19:08

Apple & cinnamon muffins (but I love muffins)

duchesse Mon 03-Aug-09 09:23:03

flapjack, or as someone else said, shortbread (a bit like sablés)

HuffySpice Mon 03-Aug-09 09:32:24

Lots of good ideas.

Why is nothing leaping out at me?

I think I fancy doing something Persian. How does Rosewater Cake sound? With lemon juice and cardamom and flaked almonds?

Is one big cake to cut okay, or should I do something baked in individual portions like muffins or biscuits?

MrsBadger Mon 03-Aug-09 09:45:48

I do dutch apple cake ie sponge topped with sliced apples and a crumble-like topping

traybake is better than a round cake even if it's actually the same recipe

Katisha Mon 03-Aug-09 09:47:31

Thing about taking a whole cake to cut is you have a dilemma of having to say well shall I leave the rest with you, and her saying Oh no, please you take it etc.
Whereas if you make individual things you can take about 6 and then the situation doesn't arise.

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Mon 03-Aug-09 09:49:54

cheese scones
and chocolate muffins

mazzystartled Mon 03-Aug-09 18:35:07

if she's french and you're not i'd leave the parisian idea out of it

otherwise its a bit like serving bratwurst and kartoffel to a new german friend

i personally wouldn't do anything too fancy -something simple and perfectly made much better. otherwise you come over all flash

how about blueberry and lemon (or white chocolate) muffins; or or carrot and orange muffins

dietstartstomorrow Mon 03-Aug-09 18:36:25

I would make some really nice chocolate cookies.

Katisha Mon 03-Aug-09 18:43:20

She said Persian not Parisian! grin

What did you make OP?

mazzystartled Mon 03-Aug-09 18:48:16

oops read it too fast - very tired

hope you had a nice time

HuffySpice Tue 04-Aug-09 06:24:46

I made Yazdi Cakes, and they turned out really well. I did them in little moulded tins. Very light and melt-in-the-mouth-y.

HuffySpice Tue 04-Aug-09 06:25:58

Thanks all for the suggestions!

mazzystartled Tue 04-Aug-09 10:03:24

go on then - what are yadzi cakes....?

HuffySpice Tue 04-Aug-09 14:05:53

Yazdi Cakes.

Except my recipe had rose water instead of vanilla, and I did chopped pistachios, not powdered.

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