I am thrilled to announce the launch on my brand new collection “Sophie Blue”, which is available to pre-order exclusively from my website www.sophieconran.com
My aim for the new blue collection was to create a joyful tableware range with a traditional English feel, for the modern home. With the lovely people at Portmeirion, we began by designing four patterns that form the basis of the collection, which I have fondly named with quintessentially English names – Eliza, Maud, Betty and Florence.
These designs are applied by hand and the pieces are then glazed giving a durable finish, meaning that they can be put in the dishwasher, freezer and straight in the oven making them practical as well as beautiful. I hope you like the new collection. Sophie X
In celebration of the launch of the ‘Baking Bundle’, Peggy Porschen and I are delighted to invite you to create a baking themed board on Pinterest titled ‘Sophie Conran and Peggy Porschen Bakes’. To enter, just pin as many inspirational and deliciously decadent images to your board, and tweet me the link. I have created my own board on Pinterest to get you excited, where I have included yummy images that inspire me to bake.
Once you have created your own boards, Peggy and I will choose a lucky winner who will be sent this fabulous prize. The new ‘Baking Bundle’ includes my beautiful cake stand and measuring spoons alongside a jar of delicious cake filler from Peggy Porschen, making the ideal gift for baking lovers alike.
The delightful measuring spoons will make a practical and beautiful addition to your kitchen. Once your creation is complete, serve beautifully on our gorgeous cake plate.
The Peggy Porschen cake filler is the very one that she uses to fill the freshly baked produce served at Peggy’s Cake Parlour in Belgravia, London.
I was delighted to be asked by the fabulous team at Coworth Park to give a presentation over a delicious three course lunch. It was great to speak to so many lovely people, and Coworth Park is an incredible setting: it’s a sister hotel of the Dorchester so you can imagine just how luxurious it is. The grounds are beautiful and the staff were incredibly friendly. I enjoyed speaking about my background as a designer and who and what inspires me. After lunch, we had a pop-up shop with a section of my products for sale, which was great fun and wonderful to get to speak to so many people who popped into the shop! Thank you so much to those who came along and to the team at Coworth Park for making it such an enjoyable afternoon.
Halloween is a fabulous time of the year, and a great excuse for a get together with friends and family. As a child we used to go to friend’s houses in the country and have a big, spooky party. When my kids were younger, I used to take them trick-or-treating in Notting Hill. People used to get dressed up to the nines, which was a true sight to behold! Pumpkins are perhaps the thing that most people symbolise with Halloween, and are also great fun to create. My Dad grows pumpkins in his garden, they are huge and hang off the vines. Pumpkin soup is a delicious reward from all your hard work carving and not forgetting pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack. Here’s a recipe for toffee apples, which are a real treat to have at this time of the year.
- 8 Royal Gala apples, stalks removed and washed thoroughly
- 8 toffee apple sticks – Burgon and Ball do some great ones
- 450g demerara sugar
- 50g unsalted butter
- 1tbsp golden syrup
- 2tsp cider vinegar
- 150ml water
- Sugar thermometer
- Greaseproof paper
- Clear cellophane for wrapping the apples
- Ribbon to tie around the tops of the apples
Remove the stalks from the apples and push the sticks into the tops in their place. Put the rest of the ingredients into a heavy bottomed pan and simmer gently until the sugar has melted. Once melted, turn up the heat and put the thermometer into the pan. When the temperature reaches 142°C, remove from the heat. Quickly swirl each apple in the toffee mixture, covering well. Allow excess toffee to drop back into the pan.
Place each apple (stick upright) on the paper until the toffee is hard and cooled. Once cooled, cut a square of cellophane for each apple and pull each corner up around the apple to encase it. Tie the corners together around the stick with a small ribbon and serve in a big basket ready for when you get that spooky knock at the door!
This is a perfect quick and easy treat to make for National Chocolate Week! Enjoy!
MAKES 6 CUPS
175g/6oz dark chocolate, chopped
110g/4oz butter, cut into cubes
3 large free range eggs, seperated
2 tablespoons of either rum, brandy or espresso coffee
Melt the chocolate slowly in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Then, remove the bowl from the heat and add the butter. Stir until melted and completely mixed together. Add the egg yolks one by one, stirring constantly. Add either the rum, brandy or espresso coffee (depending on your preference).Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed, then gently fold them into the chocolate mixture. Spoon the mixture into cups or mugs and refrigerate overnight or until ready to serve.
Serves 8 sprogs or 4 grown ups
Get your little pirates to help with this one. Peeling eggs, mashing spuds, measuring and weighing is all good fun for tiny chefs. They will also think it tastes better if they have made it themselves.
For the filling:
300 g smoked haddock
300 g cod fillet
1 bay leaf
450 ml milk, or enough to just cover the fish
4 large good eggs
4 handfuls frozen peas
1 handful chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp butter
salt and freshly ground black pepper
for the mash:
4 largish desiree potatoes, peeled and cubed
100 g butter
wine glass of milk
Pre heat oven to 220C, 425F, Gas Mark 7.
Place the fish in your pie dish with the bay leaf and milk.
Pop it in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the fish from the milk, reserve the milk. Remove the skin from the fish and any bones. Break into large chunks. Put the eggs in a pan of water on a high heat, bring to a rolling boil.
Boil the eggs for 2 minutes, add the peas and bring back to the boil for a minute or 2. Strain and run under cold water. Peel and quarter the eggs lengthways. Put the eggs, fish and peas in the pie dish while you make the sauce and mash
For the sauce:
Melt the butter in a large saucepan on a lowish heat, stir in the flour and sizzle for a couple of minutes, it should not brown. Whisk in the milk, from the fish and bay leaf (unless it is in the bin) Let it gently bubble away for almost 15 minutes, beating with a whisk from time to time. The whisking breaks down the flour, you end up with a nice creamy sauce without the flour flavour. Stir in the parsley and season with salt, allow it cool slightly before pouring over the fish etc. Stir through carefully so the eggs and fish don’t break up.
For the mash:
Boil the potatoes in plenty of salted water for about 15 minutes or until very tender when poked with a sharp knife. Drain well and mash with the butter, milk and plenty of salt.
Cover the fish with the mash by dolloping it on in large spoonfuls all over the top, fill in the holes by smoothing out with the back of a spoon.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Serve with buttered carrots and runner beans.
Cook the fish in the roasting oven on the grid shelf of the lowest set of runners.
Bake the pie on the grid shelf on the lowest set of runners, in the roasting oven.
My ‘Mini Book of Pies’ is available from my online shop.
A selection of my Sophie Conran for Portmeirion pie dishes are also available from my online shop.
I am so thrilled to launch my brand new collection of bedlinen and nightware, which is exclusive to www.sophieconran.com. The bedlinen collection comprises of two main designs; Moon Tree and Dorothy Dot. The Moon Tree pattern was designed to mirror the eternal nature of the moon’s cycle and the Dorothy Dot pattern takes a modern twist on an old classic. Both patterns have either been beautifully hand-embroidered or meticulously hand-printed by women in their homes in Eastern India, providing them with an income and financial independence. The bedlinen fabrics are 400 thread count pure cotton percale and the pyjamas are 100% linen making them supremely high quality. Scroll down for lots of pictures!
In my new collection is a gorgeous range of unique, chic and cuddly cushions. I have designed them so that they look fabulous on your bed or on your sofa. Like the bedlinen, the cushions have also been crafted in Eastern India and the fabrics are all extremely high quality, ensuring that they will last for years to come. I hope you love this collection as much as me and you enjoy shopping the range on www.sophieconran.com. Sophie X
Delicious as a pudding or a tea-time treat. I like mine served with a cup of English breakfast tea. The Cake Slice and Cake Plate are both available from my online shop. Happy baking! Sophie X
250g golden granulated sugar
200ml sunflower oil
2 organic eggs
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon marmalade
250g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 medium carrots peeled and grated
A hand full of chopped dried apricots (soft ones)
The juice of ½ an Orange
Pre heat the oven to 180C
Butter your 12 x 8 rectangular cake tin and line the bottom with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, eggs, nutmeg, cinnomon and vanilla with an electric whisk for 5 minutes. Add the marmalade and whisk through. Stir through the flour, bicarb and salt until well combined. Mix in the carrots, apricots and orange juice. Pour into the tin. Cover with foil and bake for an hour or until when poked in the centre with a skewer it comes out clean.
Now make your icing.
For the Icing:
1 heaped tablespoon marscapone
1 heaped tablespoon cream cheese
1 250g tub Ricotta
Grated Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
2 tablespoons of icing sugar
Mix everything together in a bowl using an electric whisk until smooth. Cover with fling film and store in the fridge until needed.
There’s nothing I love better than pottering in my garden and now is the best time to start planting bulbs, I get mine from Blombs bulbs, which have a huge selection. Here are some pictures from my garden which I hope you enjoy looking at. I would love to see some of your pictures so do tweet them to me @sophieconran. Sophie X