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Martin Kemp tells us more about their plans, and explains why he’s now added radio DJ to his resumé as he prepares for his one-off Radio 2 show.
Last week we introduced you to our newest member of the This Morning team: Strictly pro Anton Du Beke. Or rather, Anton Du Bake! In episode two of his series, he’s sorting out the nation’s baking fails - starting with a vicar’s wife in the New Forest who admits to being one of Britain’s worst bakers.
Find out if Anton can help her master the perfect scone for an afternoon tea at the church.
250g plain flour
150g strong plain flour
2 tbsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
100g cold butter, cut into cubes
70g golden caster sugar
250g raisins, optional
Flour to dust
Milk, to glaze
Clotted cream and jam, to serve
Preheat the oven to 160C, fan 150C, Gas 3 and line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper
Place the two types of flour into a large bowl with the baking powder and salt. Add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar, then add the buttermilk and mix in lightly to make a soft dough - if you are using raisins, add them at this point
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and briefly knead to bring together
Roll out to a thickness of about 2cm, then use a 6cm cutter to cut out the scones (if you have excess dough left over you can re-roll it one more time)
Place the scones on the baking sheet and brush the tops with a little milk. Leave to stand for 15 minutes.
Bake in the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes, or until the scones have risen and are golden brown
Allow to cool before serving with jam and clotted cream
Tips for perfect scones
- Never overwork the dough as it will tighten up and will lose the lightness
- Buttermilk adds richness to the flavour
- Give time to let the dough prove
- Don't roll out the dough too thickly
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So what’s gone wrong, and can we help him? Jake joins us from his home in Bristol.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr, who has died at the age of 95.
Kerr, who wrote and illustrated a number of enduring children's books including The Tiger Who Came To Tea, died at home on Wednesday following a short illness, her publisher HarperCollins said.
A much-loved and timeless classic, The Tiger Who Came To Tea has sold more than five million copies since it was first published in 1968, and it has never been out of print.
Kerr's other works include When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and the Mog the Catseries of books.
Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, said: "It has been the greatest honour and privilege to know and publish Judith Kerr for over a decade, though of course her history with HarperCollins goes back over 50 years."
She came to visit our offices frequently - always bringing her books in person; often arriving on the number nine bus and leaving us all full of laughter and in awe of her astonishing zest for life and absolute commitment to delivering the very best books for children.
"Her incisive wit and dry humour made her both excellent company and a joy to publish. She embraced life as one great big adventure and lived every day to the full. She was absolutely thrilled when I gave her the news that she had been named Illustrator of the Year earlier this month. Her characters and books have delighted generations of children and provided some of the first and fondest reading memories of childhood.
"My thoughts at this time are with her children, Matthew and Tacy, and her grandchildren.
"Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins chief executive, said: "Judith Kerr was a wonderful and inspiring person who was much loved by everyone at HarperCollins.
"She was a brilliantly talented artist and storyteller who has left us an extraordinary body of work. Always understated and very, very funny, Judith loved life and loved people - and particularly she loved a party.
"Beautifully dressed and with a smile on her face she would light up the room and would always be one of the last to leave. Time spent in her company was one of life's great privileges and I am so grateful to have known her."
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