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Cricket Themed Afternoon Tea

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Cricket Themed Afternoon Tea – Jess’s Messes Style

I was trying to decide what to do for my Mum for Mother’s Day earlier this year. I know she loves Afternoon Tea, but I didn’t want to do just a standard, normal Afternoon Tea. Yes, Jess’s Messes is all about the flavour, however this time the presentation had to be special.

Another love of my Mum’s is cricket, so the idea developed from there. Here is my Cricket Themed Afternoon Tea:

The table display – with essential Pimms
Brownie Scoreboard, Shortbread ECB Logo

Bacon Bat, Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Ball and Pesto and Roasted Veg Pitches
Red Pesto and Grissini Wickets
Shortbread and Chocolate Soil Paul Collingwood
Broken Paul Collingwood 😦
The whole meal


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Choccywoccydoodah

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Choccywoccydoodah Dipping Pot – pure joy!

 Recently I took a trip to Brighton for my lovely friend Ali’s Hen Do!

It was a fantastic weekend, and we were lucky to get beautiful weather, very much needed when beside the seaside, beside the sea… But one of the highlights of the trip was our visit to Choccywoccydoodah!

Chocolatey tea break

For one thing, what a FANTASTIC name for a place, I had never seen the show on TV before, but got told about it before we went, so was beyond excited to see what it was all about. Obviously with i being a Hen Do, there were a few tender heads on the Sunday morning, and what better way for a group of girls (dressed as Brownie Guides the night before) to recover, than to go to a place dedicated to the wonderful creation of chocolate!!!

We went to the cafe to begin with, where there was a wonderful selection of cakes and treats. I decided to go for a ‘dipping pot’. You can choose from white, milk or dark chocolate to dip in and then get presented with such a wonderful supply of different delights to dip in the most gorgeous melted chocolate ever! It truly was delicious, and I’ll be honest, I’ve thought of it every day since then… why don’t I live closer to Brighton? 😦

We then had a quick look around the shop, and wow – the creations there are out of this world. Like nothing I have ever seen before!

Massive Rocky Road from the shop

So, to conclude, if anyone goes down to Brighton you absolutely have to visit this place. Pop in for a drink and a small slice of cake (I tell a lie, there’s no such thing at this place as a small slice of cake) they are magnificent and well worth every penny, so I’m told by the hens that chose cake. Then you must look around the shop, it really is fascinating!

Next action for me – investigate the programme, I can’t wait to see it.

Have chocolatey fun times everyone, and thanks to Choccywoccydoodah for a delicious experience!


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Recipe of the week – Giant Jaffa Cake

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This Jess’s Messesrecipe is very easy really, and so effective, so definitely worth taking a little extra time and making a special, stand out cake – rather than a normal victoria sponge/chocolate cake! If you like Jaffa Cakes, this will be yum beyond belief for you and it stops you feeling guilty for working through a whole packet of ‘biscuits’ in one night, well that works for me anyway! 🙂


Giant Jaffa Cake
What do I need?
125g Butter
125g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
125g Flour
300ml Orange Juice
125g Caster Sugar
3 Leaves Gelatine
250g Dark Chocolate
250ml Double Cream

How do I do it?
1.   Place orange juice and sugar in a pan and heat slowly until sugar has dissolved, place gelatine in warm water until soft and then add it to the orange juice, mis until gelatine has disappeared, place in fridge to set.
2.   Beat together butter and sugar until thick and pale. Add eggs and beat in, fold in flour.
3.   Grease and line a cake tin and fill with mix. Place in oven at Gas mark 5/180˚C for 15 minutes.
4.   Meanwhile, break the plain chocolate into a heatproof bowl.
5.   Place cream in a pan and bring slowly to the boil. Pour over chocolate and whisk together until it goes smooth. Place in fridge and leave to set.
6.   When cake is cooked and cooled place on plate.
7.   Cover the middle of cake in set jelly, place back in fridge for 10 minutes.
8.   Cover the jelly and cake in chocolate ganache. This could take a while to make it work properly.
9.   Place in fridge and serve when set! Lovely, lovely!
Let me know what you think: jess@jesssmesses.co.uk