Season 4, formal family portrait, all looking quite grand! Notice those two folks from the US, Shirley Maclaine and Paul Giamatti.
At 8:00 Sunday night there is an hour program "Secrets of Highclere Castle" so I think I will ask the guests to arrive around 7:30 so we can get settled, nibble on some "English snacks" and be ready for the two hour season opener.
Since the story line has moved out of the Edwardian age into what is called the Interwar years (in between WWI and WWII) I looked for an authentic recipe to serve on the snack table - too late for high tea or dinner but we will of course, have snacks and tea! These are called Cheese Muffins and the recipe comes from a website in the UK under "History Cookbook."
"This recipe was popular in the Interwar years and variations appeared in several cookery books.
You can use different flavourings (mustard for instance helps to enhance the cheese flavour) and add chopped olives or tomatoes if wished - fun to experiment.
These can also be made in small confectionery (sweet) cases and baked for 8-10 mins for a party.
- 3oz (90g) of flour
- 1 oz (30g) of grated cheese
- 1/2 teaspoonful salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch of paprika
- 1 egg
- 1/4 pint (0.14l) milk
1 UK pint = 0.568 Litres
Making and cooking it
- Preheat the oven to hot (200C) = 392 Fahrenheit so I am thinking a 400 degree oven
- Beat the egg lightly
- Stir in the milk
- Add a pinch of paprika and stir
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt together
- Stir in grated cheese
- Pour the liquid into the flour mixture and stir
- Then beat hard
- Well grease muffin (patty) tins
- Spoon in mixture, only filling them half full
- Sprinkle grated cheese over the top
- Bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes"
Cheese Muffin recipe, Cook It
Photo of Highclere Castle, the family and the fashions, The "Daily Mail"