What is the perfect biscuit to enjoy with good tea?

28 Nov

So, it’s elevenses time or mid-afternoon and you’re meeting a friend. My guess is that most of us would reach for a coffee of some description (understandable as tea in most cafes/coffee chains isn’t worth drinking), a latte or a cappuccino, and a huge slice of sticky, overly sweet cake, a cupcake or a muffin.

Lido (Bristol)

Lovely Lido

All very well but when you find somewhere like the Lido in Bristol and they serve delicious loose leaf tea what you really want is something lighter and more refined. What on earth happened to a lovely light and snappy biscuit? Luckily at the Lido poolside bar they have a very clever lady called Laura! She makes some truly lovely little treats that are just perfect with a cup of tea. I’m particularly partial to her Baby Palmiers with my pot of Earl Grey tea. If you have the change please go and try them for yourself.

Chatting to the ever-so lovely Fiona Beckett about lovely food and drink finds for her new blog, we were bemused at just how many crackers and biscuits there are to pair with cheese yet so little choice of really good biscuits to have with tea. It got me thinking and I’m on the hunt for the perfect little bite of just sweet enough and buttery enough goodness to be the perfect accompaniment to Lahloo Tea.

I’m starting by making some biscuits tonight and I’ll take them to St Catherine’s Artisan Christmas Market in Frome tomorrow, Sunday 29th November 11-6pm. The lucky shoppers will be our testers – Spelt, honey and cinnamon crisps and Lemon Sables. I’ll report back…

4 Responses to “What is the perfect biscuit to enjoy with good tea?”

  1. foodnetworking November 28, 2009 at 19:27 #

    Popina Biscuits http://www.popina.co.uk/biscuits.php are the best you can get… they are all delicious hand made and as close to home baked as you can get in a pack…. Thier cook book is due out in Spring too by Ryland Peters & Small…so we can bake them ourselves….. worthy accompaniments to any good cuppa

    • lahlootea November 29, 2009 at 22:35 #

      Thank you, Jane. I know Popina very well from previous places I’ve worked and they are a great recommendation. The cook book sounds great too, will watch out for that.

  2. Fiona Beckett November 29, 2009 at 11:25 #

    Spelt, honey and cinnamon crisps sound heavenly! Look forward to hearing how they went down . . .

    • lahlootea November 29, 2009 at 22:36 #

      Fiona, the spelt, honey and cinnamon crisps worked out besutifuly but you’ll have to wait for the outcome of how the people of Frome voted. Any other ideas?

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