The delightful month of June is surely upon us, and with a ‘spring in our step’ we look forward to two magnificent weeks of tennis at The Championships, Wimbledon – London, England.
This year marks 140 glorious years of The Championships, Wimbledon! (also referred to as Wimbledon) But for those who are not in the know-how regarding the history of this world renown All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club - it held it’s first ever ‘men’s singles’ tournament in 1877.
The said tournament was attended by 200 male spectators, who paid a ‘shilling piece’ for the privilege. Yet I was horrified to learn that during such era the presence of a woman was not permitted – “What a blimmin’ cheek,” One shrieks! Also, according to my research those devilishly lucky chaps feasted on ‘strawberries and cream’, which soon became a Wimbledon speciality!
Nowadays whilst savouring the delights of Wimbledon, one is known to ‘swig’ on a terribly posh, gin-based, herbaceous cocktail famously known as the Pimm’s No.1 Cup. In fact, during the early 1800’s Mr James Pimms of London apparently invented this alcoholic beverage to promote one’s health! Thus, little did he know this would become one of the preferred refreshments imbibed by spectators at Wimbledon.
Darlings, to celebrate 140 years of the oldest tennis tournament in the world I felt compelled to revive an age-old recipe, which I discovered buried deep within the 2056 pages of my 1906 edition of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.
Eager to step away from the traditions of the rather frabjous, well-loved, simple, yet iconic, summery British dessert of fresh strawberries and cream. I therefore, relished the opportunity to dazzle your senses with my 'spin' on Mrs Beeton’s frightfully mouth-watering, Victorian recipe for TENNIS CAKE. Indeed, what a decadent, moist, and luxurious cake that boasts an appealing light texture and colour.
Darlings, following Mrs Beeton’s most welcome counsel, she advised, “Suitable for a tennis afternoon tea” – Miss Windsor couldn't agree more! This perfect sweet treat is to be consumed during those warm and blooming months of ‘summertide’, and goes down rather well with a cup of your favourite tea or a cheeky glass of Pimm’s No.1 Cup – How spiffing!
So, if you fancy a jolly good go at re-creating Mrs Beeton’s recipe for Tennis Cake, then please do click HERE.
Darlings, in true Miss Windsor fashion, such an exciting culinary adventure wasn’t without some expected trials and tribulations. Unfortunately, and to Miss Windsor’s utter dismay, such events involved the ‘demise’ of one of her exceedingly loyal kitchen appliances – Whoops – a – daisy!
Also, before you scurry off, please do click on the image below for Miss Windsor's spiffing article about Wimbledon and Mrs Beeton's Tennis Cake.
Game. Set. Match.