Bedford Tea Room


Lemon Polenta Cake“Fancy” is a wonderful tea room on Roff Avenue in Bedford. They make their own cakes on the premises so are fully aware of all the ingredients, paradise for those of us with “special requirements”. It is especially good because I have eaten so many cakes that are gluten free etc that have been downright disappointing (how polite!) Fancy does not disappoint. The photograph is of the lemon polenta cake (gluten free made with butter) which I can highly recommend. They also do a lime and coconut drizzle cake which is vegan and I think glutenfree, and macaroons which are gluten and dairy free but not suitable perhaps for those with nut allergies. Tell them your problems and they will tell you what is in each cake. Happy eating!

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownie birthday cakeA yummy chocolate brownie that is suitable for some and very useful as a birthday cake. Please check the ingredients very carefully and adapt if it is not suitable for your needs. Feedback on successful tips will be posted.
300 grams 70% plain chocolate
150g unsalted butter or substitute
4 large organic eggs
200g caster sugar
A baking tin approx 10”x8”
Preheat the oven (gas 4, 180C or 350F). Gently melt the chocolate with the butter stirring constantly. Allow to cool a little. Beat the eggs, add the sugar and beat till light and frothy. Fold into the chocolate mixture stirring well. Pour into the greased and lined baking tin, smooth over if necessary and bake for 25 minutes approximately. Do not overcook as you want it to be fudgy. Leave to cool. For an extra treat, melt 50g of 70% chocolate with 125g of unsalted butter and pour over the top. Leave to set. Then either serve whole (as the birthday cake in the picture or cut into 12/16 slices (depending on your needs!). Please feel free to adapt.