English Country Cooking

A Blackberry & Damson Hedgerow Jam Recipe 29/08/2023
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A Blackberry & Damson Hedgerow Jam Recipe

Blackberry & Damson Hedgerow Jam If you are a fan of our blogs, you will have seen our recipe for a delicious blackberry & apple crumble, however between August & September the blackberries are the best they could possibly be, which is perfect for a delicious blackberry & damson jam recipe. The tartness of the damsons combined with the sweetness of blackberries makes the most delicious jam and perfect on top of a slice of soft, fresh farmhouse bread or baked into a cake. This recipe is perfect for any... Read More

What To Harvest In September 28/08/2023
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What to harvest in September

September is abundant in crop and deep within the soil, your vegetables have been maturing and ripening in the warmth, ready to add to delicious and healthy meals. Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than home grown is there? There is something so rewarding about eating a meal that is packed full of fresh flavour, that you’ve not only cooked from scratch but with added ingredients that you have grown and harvested with your own bare hands. Not only will your very own vegetables be healthy and nutritious but they... Read More

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Foraged Recipe | The Basket Company 26/08/2023
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The Perfect Blackberry and Apple Crumble Recipe

The trees and hedgerows are laden with fruits & berries along the tracks and riverbanks here at The Basket Company. Blackberries in particular are in bountiful supply and it looks like this year has provided a plentiful harvest. September is the perfect time to pick the sweetest fruits for all your recipes including pies and desserts and this month, we bring you the epitome of British puddings – a blackberry and apple crumble recipe including freshly picked blackberries. But first, fill your basket Ideal for collecting your apples and blackberries from... Read More

Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe 16/03/2023
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Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding

We have a very special Easter treat for you all. This month we bring you a classic English recipe with a delicious Easter twist, a hot cross bun Bread and Butter pudding. This warming dessert recipe serves 4 – 6 people and it is the perfect pudding to compliment your classic English Sunday roast dinner (especially if you add some cream or ice cream to go with it, yum!) Typically, in a regular Bread & Butter pudding you would use “day-old” bread as slightly stale it holds together better however... Read More


Our Favourite Pancake Toppings

We love pancake day, who doesn’t? The opportunity to sink our teeth into sweet and soft mouth-watering pancakes, smothered in syrup & sugar… yum! When and what is Pancake Day? Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday) is on the 21st February 2023. It is a tradition celebrated before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Amongst the religious communities, Ash Wednesday is the first day of the 6 weeks of penitence before Easter. During these 6 weeks holy prayer and fasting will commence until the Easter celebration begins. Shrove... Read More

Foraged Dorset Apple Cake Recipe 22/09/2022
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A Foraged Dorset Crab Apple Cake Recipe

It’s crab apple season, which means that these abundant fruits are ripening on the branches ready to be made into something delicious. These ancient trees can live up to 100 years old and in some cultures, apples are seen as a sacred fruit, as well as magical fruits in folklore and of course in childhood fairytales. Crab apples are small but mighty as they are absolutely delicious as an ingredient (especially in a cake). This month we have a delicious foraged Dorset crab apple cake for you to try and... Read More

How To Create The Perfect Tablescape 10/12/2021
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How To Create The Perfect Christmas Tablescape

The main event after opening up presents on Christmas day is of course Christmas Day lunch (and it’s not just the food that needs your attention). As the delicious turkey, roasted chestnut stuffing and crispy roast potatoes sizzle away in the oven, the scents of our favourite meal of the year eagerly remind us, that it’s time to set the table. This year we have partnered with the incredibly talented and creative Helen of with some ideas on how to create the perfect Christmas tablescape. Helen has combined our... Read More

A Beginner's Guide To Foraging | The Basket Company 17/09/2021
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A Beginner’s Guide To Foraging

Wandering along the hedgerows, collecting your blackberries for a delicious crumble often brings such a sense of joy and excitement and the prospect of using ingredients that you have harvested yourself, makes the achieved result even more enjoyable. Hedgerows were first planted in the UK by the Romans, as the intertwined thorns and brambles helped to protect specific areas. Since then, they have become a necessity for nature, providing food and shelter for wildlife including delicious, plump berries which taste delicious in homemade recipes. September to October is the prime... Read More

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Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake (With A Twist)

We don’t know about you but every year when the Great British Bake-Off returns, it gets us in the mood for some more English Country Cooking! We just love all the inspiring creations that we see on Bake off and we love trying out lots of different recipes and adding our own twist. Mary Berry’s extraordinary zingy lemon drizzle cake recipe is one of our favourites. It’s the perfect accompaniment with a hot cup of tea or coffee or even as a light dessert to have after a Sunday roast.... Read More

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The Basket Company Christmas Gift Guide

In between gorging on chocolates and mince pies we need to be thinking about putting up the Christmas tree and doing some Christmas shopping! Sometimes it can be so difficult to think of what to get everyone. The usual socks, pants and chocolates can sometimes feel a bit monotonous and boring. What about doing something a bit different this year?  To help give you some inspiration, read The Basket Company’s Christmas Gift Guide and view our wide range of charming and unique gifts. Know someone who loves their wine, champagne... Read More