Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Peek Into Mrs. Patmore’s Kitchen – Downton Downtime recipes

With Season 3 of Downton Abbey completed, the countdown until next January begins again. I’m secretly hoping to be in the UK to see Downton in September, but it’s doubtful that will happen. J A girl can dream though....

While we wait for Season 4, I thought it might be fun to prepare some Downton recipes. We made these for our Season 3 Downton parties every Sunday night and they were all very fun and surprisingly easy to recreate. Carson would be proud!

Recipe One – Raspberry Meringue – Otherwise Known as the Infamous Salty Pudding


  • 16 fluid ounces of milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, split or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 ounces caster sugar (super fine sugar or sugar substitute)
  • 4 egg yolks (freeze the whites if you aren’t making your own meringues)
  • 5 ounces fresh breadcrumbs
  • zests from 2 lemons
  • 7 ounces raspberry jam
  • 4 ounces caster sugar (super fine sugar or sugar substitute)
  • 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbsp. caster sugar for garnish (not salt!)
  • meringue cookies, or make your own (we made our own and it was pretty easy)


  1. Preheat the oven to 300F.
  2. For the pudding base, pour the milk into a pan and add the split vanilla pod. Bring slowly to the boil over a medium heat.
  3. Separate the eggs, and reserve the whites to make the meringues.
  4. Place the sugar into a large bowl with the egg yolks and whisk until the mixture is light and creamy.
  5. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the hot milk, whisking all the time, then add the breadcrumbs and lemon zest.
  6. Half-fill a roasting tin with boiling water to make a bain-marie (water bath). Pour the pudding mixture into 4 x 4 oz individual ramekins, or one large oven-proof baking dish and place them into the bain-marie.
  7. Place the bain-marie in the center of the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes for the individual molds, 30 – 40 minutes for the larger version, or until the pudding or puddings are almost set, but still slightly wobbly in the center.
  8. Place the jam into a small pan over a low heat and gently melt. Spread the jam over the top of the pudding when it has finished baking and cooled.
  9. To serve, gently remove the pudding from the molds, and transfer to a serving platter(s), garnish with raspberries and meringues, and sprinkle with some extra caster sugar. Or salt. J
Everyone was pretty impressed with how this looked. (See picture above)

Recipe Two – Crepes Suzette – Ethel (and Isis’s) Favorite


For the crêpes

·         110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
·         pinch of salt

·         2 eggs
·         200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
·         50g/2oz butter
·         1 medium orange, grated zest only
·         1 tbsp caster (fine) sugar

For the sauce

·         150ml/5fl oz orange juice (from 3-4 medium oranges)
·         1 medium orange, grated zest only
·         1 small lemon, grated rind and juice
·         1 tbsp caster sugar
·         3 tbsp Grand Marnier, Cointreau or brandy (we used rum flavoring)
·         50g/2oz unsalted butter
·         a little extra Grand Marnier, for flaming (if you feel bold)

To make the pancakes

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing.
  2. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
  3. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
  4. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
  5. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a large pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake. Stir the orange zest and caster sugar into the batter.
  6. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. These little crêpes should be thinner than the basic pancakes, so when you’re making them, use ½ tbsp of batter at a time in a 18cm/7in pan.
  7. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be.
  8. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate. If the pancakes look a little bit ragged in the pan, no matter because they are going to be folded anyway. You should end up with 15-16 crêpes.
  9. Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.

The Sauce

  1. Mix all the ingredients – with the exception of the butter – in a bowl.
  2. At the same time warm the plates on which the crêpes are going to be served.
  3. Now melt the butter in the frying pan, pour in the sauce and allow it to heat very gently.
  4. Then place the first crêpes in the pan and give it time to warm through before folding it in half and then in half again to make a triangular shape.
  5. Slide this onto the very edge of the pan, tilt the pan slightly so the sauce runs back into the centre, then add the next crêpe. Continue like this until they’re all re-heated, folded and well soaked with the sauce.
  6. You can flame them at this point if you like. Heat a metal ladle by holding it over a gas flame or by resting it on the edge of a hotplate, then, away from the heat, pour a little liqueur or brandy into it, return it to the heat to warm the spirit, then set light to it. Carry the flaming ladle to the table over the pan and pour the flames over the crêpes before serving on the warmed plates.




Adrienne said...
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Adrienne said...

Hi Amanda,

I just found your blog and I'm pleased to find someone else who enjoyed Downton Abbey and the food of the period.

I hope to see more of your blog and that you get your chance to go to England and perhaps visit Highclere yourself. I've been to England at least 2x myself but not to Highclere.

I just started a blog about Downton Abbey and the unofficial cookbook, and my thoughts on it, like Julie and Julia movie. I've called my blog mrspatmorekitchendowntonabbey. I look foward to trying and posting recipes. I hope you will join me in making some of the recipes and perhaps providing your thoughts on how you think I'm doing.


Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Hello Amanda, dropped over to read more of your wonderful blog posts that I've missed since late Jan. Wonderful writing helps. Keep up the good work, friend. I hope you can get to UK soon. Yes, a girl can dream. Then the dream may come true.
Love the goodies, too. Nothing quite like English pastries, tea and their presentation.
Pat in Philly

Amanda said...

Hi Adrienne,
Thank you so much for stopping by!!! It’s obvious you’re as big a fan of Downton and Mrs. Patmore as I am. Yes, I love the food of Edwardian England and will follow your blog with interest and try some of the recipes. I’ve made Crepes Suzzette before and had fun with that. I didn’t, however, feed any to Isis :)

So great to see you again, Pat! Glad you’re enjoying the posts! And I definitely will keep dreaming of England.