WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR BRITISH CAKES?..

 

 Welsh cake – A traditional Welsh snack which is made from flour, sultanas, raisins and currants.


French Fancy – A very British iced sponge cake topped with buttercream and fondant icing.

Fat Rascal – A rough domed-shaped type of cake, similar to a scone, made with currants and candied peel.


The Victoria sponge – was named after Queen Victoria who favoured a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea.


Lemon Drizzle – A classic sponge cake made in many parts of England for Easter Sunday.

Bakewell tart – Bakewell pudding (a puff pastry and almond paste delicacy) is thought to be made as a mistake by the cook of Derbyshire landlady Mrs Greaves who misunderstood her instructions.


Battenburg – it has a distinctive check-patterned marzipan-covered cake that is alternately coloured pink and yellow.

Eccles cake – A small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter and can sometimes be topped with demerara sugar named after the English town of Eccles in Manchester.


Jaffa Cake  – An orange-flavoured snack which is either a cake or a biscuit.


Chelsea bun – Made of a rich dough flavoured with lemon and cinnamon and rolled into a square spiral shape, which was first created in the ’18th Century’, at a Bun House in London.

Christmas Cake – The most famous British fruitcake must be the Christmas Cake. No other cake is so laden with rich dried fruits and spices. This cake is eaten only at Christmas and the rest of the year is reserved for a slightly lighter, yet still rich fruit cake and Brack, a fruitcake not just in Ireland but loved in Yorkshire too.

A FEW TEAS THAT CAN HELP YOU TO LOSE A FEW POUNDS…

Cinnamon is a great addition to your diet as it lowers blood sugar levels. They suggest you only have one teaspoon to help lower your blood sugar level.

Cinnamon is a popular spice, especially for baked goods and desserts. Aside from its distinctive aroma, cinnamon is believed to help lower the blood sugar level, making it suitable for obese patients who are at higher risk of diabetes. However, consumption should be limited to one teaspoon per day, as excessive amounts can result in liver problems.

The website Livestrong says whether or not you take your coffee with cream and sugar, milk and honey or with nothing at all, cinnamon tea is a simple, healthful beverage that many enjoy. Cinnamon tea has a sweet, spicy flavour as well as significant health benefits. To prepare this tea, boil a 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick in 1 1/4 cups of water for 15 to 25 minutes, and then let it steep and rest for another 15 minutes. Or, mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with hot water and stir. One gram of cinnamon equals 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder or 1/2 cinnamon stick.

Failing that there are a number of Cinnamon Teas you can buy like Pukka Teas Organic Three Cinnamon Tea Bags, Holland and Barrett Yogi Organic Cinnamon Spiced Tea or Rooibos Ahmad Cinnamon Tea.

Green tea is one of the most well-known types of tea and is linked with many health benefits.

It’s also one of the most effective teas for weight loss. There is substantial evidence linking green tea to decreases in both weight and body fat.

Another study writes Healthline found that people who consumed green tea extract for 12 weeks experienced significant decreases in body weight, body fat and waist circumference, compared to a control group.

Black tea is a type of tea that has undergone more oxidation than other types, such as green, white or oolong teas.

There are many different types and blends of black tea available, including popular varieties like Earl Grey and English breakfast. Several studies have found that black tea could be effective when it comes to weight control.

One study of 111 people found that drinking three cups of black tea each day for three months significantly increased weight loss and reduced waist circumference, compared to drinking a caffeine-matched control beverage.

Source: Healthline, Livestrong