Scrummy Shortbread!

We had this scrumptious shortbread at the Press day and they were so delicious, lovely and light and melted in your mouth. I usually cut mine into hearts, which would be perfect for Valentine’s day! Brand them with a cookie stamp which are readily available from Amazon for added effect!

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Shortbread

Makes about 40

225g plain flour

75g corn flour

200g butter, straight from the fridge, cut into cubes

100g caster sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

Extra sugar and flour for dusting

Preheat oven to 180C.

Cover a large baking sheet with baking parchment, cut to size. I use a little butter rubbed on to the sheet to get he parchment to stay in place.

Sift the flour together and put into a food processor with the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt. Blitz until it is well mixed, looks like breadcrumbs or begins to clump. Turn out onto the work surface and work into a ball. Divide into 4 and dust the work surface with a little flour. Roll out each piece of dough to a thickness of a £ coin or a little thinner. Cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter if you have one, or an upturned glass and place on the baking sheet. Place on the middle rung of the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Leave in the tin to cool and dust with caster sugar.

Press Breakfast at Home

We had a delightful morning at home celebrating the launch of my new ‘Sophie Blue’ collection as well as getting an exclusive look at my collections for the year ahead, which will be exclusive to my website. The event started bright and early on a beautiful wintery Thursday morning and upon arrival our guests were given a mug of coffee and a pain au chocolate to warm them up. However some of our guests on a Jan detox opted for the healthier fruit salad and green tea option!  Guests were guided through each display and afterwards invited to hazard a guess at our summer fete-esque games; guess the weight of the coffee cake and guess how many Rococo jelly babies were in my new trifle bowl!  As lunch time neared, guests tucked into smoked salmon bagels, which went down a treat! It was lovely to see so many people there and I’m so excited to be revealing my new collections on my website in the next few months. Watch this space! Sophie X

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Delicious Breakfasts!

It’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week this week, which celebrates the importance of breakfast. With all of us living such busy lives, breakfast is slowly being pushed out of our daily eating habits, which is not good for keeping active both physically and mentally at work or out and about. Farmhouse Breakfast Week highlights the fact that breakfast is essential for productivity so have a look at some of my favourite breakfasts, which I hope will give you some inspiration for some delicious morning meals this week. Sophie X

Medium Oval Platter

Medium Oval Platter with some fabulous apricots and lemons

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Coffee, waffles and a lovely fruit salad.

 

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Small Footed Bowl with a Delicious Cup of Blueberries

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Cereal Bowl containing muesli with yoghurt, topped with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and passion fruit.

 

Delicious Quick and Healthy Couscous

January is upon us and this recipe is perfect for those having a new year health kick! It is such a simple recipe that it can be made for a quick dinner or for lunch the night before. Deliciously light and incredibly healthy, this is my go-to recipe for something a bit different than your usual salad and can be popped in the fridge to be used whenever you need a tasty meal in a hurry.

White Large Casserole available at sophieconran.com

White Large Casserole available at www.sophieconran.com

Couscous Salad

75g Couscous

Pinch of Cumin

Pinch of Salt

2 Small Tomatoes (finely chopped)

Small bunch of Mint (finely chopped)

1 tbsp Olive Oil

10 cm’s of Cucumber (peeled & finely chopped)

1 Carrot (peeled & finely chopped)

½ Chicken Breast

Cook the Couscous according to the instructions on the packet then allow to cool. Fry the Chicken in a little Olive Oil and slice. Combine the ingredients together and serve. Quick and Delicious!

Try adding Prawns, Roasted Vegetables, Pomegranate or a squeeze of Lemon to this recipe for something a little more indulgent or try combinations of your own! I also love to pair this recipe with my Moroccan Lamb with Apricots when I have lots of mouths to feed.

Enjoy!

Little Mouths to Feed Over the Holidays?

Tired of feeding the five thousand this Christmas and want to do something quick and easy to keep the kids (and any grown up kids) happy? Try this delicious yet oh so simple recipe, which is so easy to make and perfect served hot or cold.

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White Medium Casserole from sophieconran.com

 

PASTA SALAD WITH PEAS AND HAM

Handful of Frissilli (Corkscrew) Pasta (Cooked)

1 tbspn Parmesan Cheese (grated)

2 Slices of Ham (cubed or sliced)

Handful of Peas (cooked)

 

Mix everything together.

NEW COLLECTION – ‘Sophie Blue’

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

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In this image – Small Footed Bowl, Medium Oval Platter, Medium Pitcher.

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In this image- Sophie Blue Mugs, Bistro Plate, Dinner Plates and Side Plates

 

Sophie Conran and Peggy Porschen Competition

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.

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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.

Sophie Conran Measuring Spoons

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.

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Our new ‘Baking Bundle’ is also available on my website. So, Happy Pinning and Good Luck! x

Speaker Event & Pop-Up Shop At Coworth Park!

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.

Sophie X

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Selection of Christmas Products at the Pop-Up shop.

 

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