The Story Behind “Pam’s English Cakery”
In 2007 our daughter Beth met and fell in love with James of Lancashire, England.
James proposed to Beth in the spring of 2008 in the beautiful "Lake District" of England, and they were married later that year.
When we were planning the wedding James expressed the desire to have "Sticky Toffee Pudding” (his favorite English dessert, or "pudding") as the groom’s cake.
I asked his mother for her original family recipe, and then I converted it from the "English" version to an "American" one for the wedding caterer. That's when things got "sticky!" (Long story, but I eventually figured it out!)
It's several years later and we now have 3 grandchildren in England! Where has the time gone?
James, Beth, and our grandchildren live in the beautiful countryside of Lancashire, England near the Lake District. There you will find narrow, hedge-lined winding roads that meander through quaint villages and beautiful green farmlands. Livestock, especially sheep, can be seen grazing over hill and dale. There are little countryside tearooms here and there.
We have been "across the pond" several times, and once we even went to Cartmel, which is referred to as the “home” of "Sticky Toffee Pudding.” I believe the recipe I use tastes quite similar to the one from Cartmel's village shop.
I enjoy the countryside tearooms in the Lake District so much that I have dreamt of opening one somewhere here in Alabama, but I don't know if it will ever come to pass. In the meantime, "Pam's English Cakery" features British cakes that give you a taste of England on "this" side of the pond.
As a hobby I also enjoy doing tea parties for little girls. They always involve dressing up, little sandwiches, cakes, and lots of "lumps" of sugar in their tea!