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Sweet Expressions by a Brit

Sweet Expressions by a Brit A registered licensed and inspected home based business Making British baked goods, all your favor A specialty British baker baking all things British for your afternoon tea or just because you need a treat from 'home'.

Operating as usual

A simple, albeit 12” cookie cake for granddaughter Penelope. Can’t believe she is 9 already.  Growing up too fast.
09/22/2022

A simple, albeit 12” cookie cake for granddaughter Penelope. Can’t believe she is 9 already. Growing up too fast.

09/19/2022

Happy Saturday!! Support a Small Business today!! ❤️

You don't have to wait for Christmas to have a fruit cake.  How about a small 4" fruit cake with royal icing for your bi...
09/16/2022

You don't have to wait for Christmas to have a fruit cake. How about a small 4" fruit cake with royal icing for your birthday.

Made some Scottish bakes today (seemed fitting).  Abernathy Biscuits, a slightly sweet biscuit with caraway seeds, Fern ...
09/15/2022

Made some Scottish bakes today (seemed fitting). Abernathy Biscuits, a slightly sweet biscuit with caraway seeds, Fern Cakes similar to Bake wells but with blackberry jam and the chocolate fern design on top and Snow biscuits, similar to Empires but with desiccated coconut on the top white icing and raspberry filling.
Needless to say I will be even more glued to the tele on Monday as we say our final goodbyes to our dear Queen.

My customer kindly sent a picture of their Victoria Sponge slice plated up,  Nice to see the inside.  When you pick up y...
09/02/2022

My customer kindly sent a picture of their Victoria Sponge slice plated up, Nice to see the inside. When you pick up your cake I will put an acetate collar around the cake to help stop it drying out and also to stop the top layer sliding off on your way home.

Orders are already coming in for Christmas cake so just in case you have been wondering, No, it's not too early to reser...
08/30/2022

Orders are already coming in for Christmas cake so just in case you have been wondering, No, it's not too early to reserve yours. There are a few option this year - the fruit cake mix for 6" cake $10, A baked 6" fruit cake $40, baked 8" $75, (theres no marzipan or icing on these, ready for you to finish). A marzipan and either Royal iced or fondant 6" cake $60, or a 4" $25. For those making there own cakes i also have a decorating pack including a retro Christmas cake frill. ($20 includes postage, $15 if ordering with a cake). Postage for cakes around $10-15.

All the Yorkshire tea cake order have been posted. I’ll update each of you here later this evening with your tracking in...
08/29/2022

All the Yorkshire tea cake order have been posted. I’ll update each of you here later this evening with your tracking info. BUT. I do have some extras if anyone would like to pick up. Or I can post tomorrow too.

I have available today for pick up only. A box of 4   3”x3” slices of tiffin, almond slice, flapjack and millionaire sho...
08/26/2022

I have available today for pick up only. A box of 4 3”x3” slices of tiffin, almond slice, flapjack and millionaire shortbread $15.

I'll be baking Yorkshire teacakes on Monday for posting and pick up.  If you would like to add an order please do by end...
08/24/2022

I'll be baking Yorkshire teacakes on Monday for posting and pick up. If you would like to add an order please do by end of day Sunday. its $21/doz and postage around $10.
What are they? Very similar to Hot cross buns but with less spice, no peel, no cross, more mixed dried fruit and baked into a larger but flatter bap shape. Serve split and toasted, spread with butter, or spread of choice.

Golly, Can't believe this is from Aug 2012, 10 years ago!  Time flies.
08/23/2022

Golly, Can't believe this is from Aug 2012, 10 years ago! Time flies.

I have some spare Yorkshire tea cakes baked this morning available,$1.75 each. Pickup or I can post. But will need to kn...
08/22/2022

I have some spare Yorkshire tea cakes baked this morning available,$1.75 each. Pickup or I can post. But will need to know by 2:30 for posting today. In Tx you will get them tomorrow. ALL GONE. BUT YOU CAN PLACE AN ORDER ANY TIME. :)

08/18/2022

Quick profile picture change for my daughter and SIL 4th anniversary today.

Egg custard, Bakewell and Coconut lemon tart.  SO good.  The lemon with the coconut is my new favourite.
08/18/2022

Egg custard, Bakewell and Coconut lemon tart. SO good. The lemon with the coconut is my new favourite.

Family treated me to Afternoon tea at the Adolphus in Dallas today.  First time I've ever had a fancy ($$$$) afternoon t...
08/15/2022

Family treated me to Afternoon tea at the Adolphus in Dallas today. First time I've ever had a fancy ($$$$) afternoon tea. Think I could show them a thing or 2 on making scones. They were very tasty but more like fat biscuits. It was a lovely afternoon out with the hubby, children, daughter in law and granddaughter.

Another test bake today.  A lot better. Just don't eat them hot off the griddle, wait for them to go cold then toast.
08/04/2022

Another test bake today. A lot better. Just don't eat them hot off the griddle, wait for them to go cold then toast.

Thank you to Carla for sharing my cousin Toody's recipe for rusks.  It's been years since I've had these.  Great with a ...
08/01/2022

Thank you to Carla for sharing my cousin Toody's recipe for rusks. It's been years since I've had these. Great with a good spread of butter and/or cheese.

Malt loaf.  Still warm so I have to wait to cut a slice, but I've read that it will be better in a couple of days, golly...
07/23/2022

Malt loaf. Still warm so I have to wait to cut a slice, but I've read that it will be better in a couple of days, golly, don't know if I can't wait that long! Waited till today to taste. Strong malt flavour but not having it before I’m not sure it’s how it should be.

Scottish Tea Loaf/Fruit bread.  Lovely served sliced, and spread with butter if you choose.  With the fruit soaked in te...
07/23/2022

Scottish Tea Loaf/Fruit bread. Lovely served sliced, and spread with butter if you choose. With the fruit soaked in tea it gives the fruit a little twang. Similar to Welsh Bara Brith.

Still baking everyday.  Here’s a Victoria sandwich and a couple of lardy cakes.
07/13/2022

Still baking everyday. Here’s a Victoria sandwich and a couple of lardy cakes.

And a few little treats for a tea party.
06/05/2022

And a few little treats for a tea party.

Made The trifle.  Fit for a Queen!
06/05/2022

Made The trifle. Fit for a Queen!

05/28/2022

ORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS.
Last Call for the Afternoon tea boxes for 2. Pick up Saturday June 4th.

From bridge rolls to iced buns.  Either way they are yummy!
05/27/2022

From bridge rolls to iced buns. Either way they are yummy!

Bridge rolls, finger rolls, party rolls, super soft too.
05/27/2022

Bridge rolls, finger rolls, party rolls, super soft too.

Here is the 9" bread roll, actually turned out around 10-11" round, the size of a dinner plate.  I've been craving one o...
05/26/2022

Here is the 9" bread roll, actually turned out around 10-11" round, the size of a dinner plate. I've been craving one of these for a while, and going to New Orleans isn't in the plans at the moment, So what does one do. Make it yourself. Here's my Muffalatta weighing in at 4lb 9oz! it was delicious, only ate an 1/8th, more then enough.

Blue and red Battenburg.
05/25/2022

Blue and red Battenburg.

05/23/2022

Can you guess what i'm making if I bake a 9" round sesame seed coated bread roll?

Little loaves of bread.  How cute.
05/21/2022

Little loaves of bread. How cute.

Petit fours and Empire biscuits for the Jubilee celebrations.
05/19/2022

Petit fours and Empire biscuits for the Jubilee celebrations.

Not mine, but I believe these would be delicious.
05/18/2022

Not mine, but I believe these would be delicious.

Mini bites, maxi taste - plus you can have more than one if they're that small, right?!! :D Mini Pavlovas this time - super and cute as a button!

Now that is pretty darn good!  Lardy cake, also known as Fourses cake in Norfolk and Suffolk.
05/12/2022

Now that is pretty darn good! Lardy cake, also known as Fourses cake in Norfolk and Suffolk.

OK!  In just a short month the Queen will be celebrating her 70th Platinum Jubilee.  I remember the Silver Jubilee in 19...
05/09/2022

OK! In just a short month the Queen will be celebrating her 70th Platinum Jubilee. I remember the Silver Jubilee in 1977 with long trestle tables in the high street lined with children, celebrating with sandwiches and cake. All the children of the town getting a souvenir pottery mug, I still have mine. Oh, wouldn't it be lovely to be home for that. Alas, that will not be. SO, celebrate here we must.

I will be doing LIMITED Afternoon Tea boxes for 2. With pick up Saturday 4th. $40 a box.
Will include 4 finger sandwiches, 2 scones, pot of jam and (mock) clotted cream, 3 small desserts, small pot of fresh fruit, per person. You will need to provide the tea. Send me a message to email, [email protected] and I will get your details. Sorry but i don't do any gluten, sugar or fat free items.

Let's celebrate in good British fashion. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

Mini 2 bite Bakewell tarts.  Sized for an afternoon tea 3 tier stand display.  They were yummy.
05/01/2022

Mini 2 bite Bakewell tarts. Sized for an afternoon tea 3 tier stand display. They were yummy.

Melting Moments biscuits. A soft buttery biscuit rolled in oats giving it a light crisp outside and soft center.  Not to...
04/28/2022

Melting Moments biscuits. A soft buttery biscuit rolled in oats giving it a light crisp outside and soft center. Not to be confused with Viennese Whirls.

Tuesday is tart baking day.  Gypsy tart, individuals and tray bake and Butterscotch tart.  Both old school dinner puddin...
04/26/2022

Tuesday is tart baking day. Gypsy tart, individuals and tray bake and Butterscotch tart. Both old school dinner puddings. For those with a sweet tooth.

9" Victoria Sandwich cake
04/24/2022

9" Victoria Sandwich cake

These made a nice egg and bacon roll this morning.
04/24/2022

These made a nice egg and bacon roll this morning.

Reading my 1953 British Bakers recipe book it lists Yorkshire tea cakes with no spices. Recipes of today use cinnamon, m...
04/23/2022

Reading my 1953 British Bakers recipe book it lists Yorkshire tea cakes with no spices. Recipes of today use cinnamon, mixed spice. How should they truly be? I prefer to bake traditional.

Another practice day. As you can see by the 2nd picture I still have to work on getting the sizes right.  2.5oz is just ...
04/20/2022

Another practice day. As you can see by the 2nd picture I still have to work on getting the sizes right. 2.5oz is just too big, enough for two people. Thought you all might like to see these fresh cream doughnuts. Don’t be drooling now.

These will do nicely. Split tin loaf.
04/13/2022

These will do nicely. Split tin loaf.

Being a little ambidextrous today taking a photo with my left hand.  On the home stretch now.
04/13/2022

Being a little ambidextrous today taking a photo with my left hand. On the home stretch now.

When ingredients get too expensive to source from home and you're not keen on the ones available here, its time to make ...
04/06/2022

When ingredients get too expensive to source from home and you're not keen on the ones available here, its time to make it yourself. 8lb oranges, 3 lb of lemons made 30oz of mixed candied peel. To go in Eccles, Easter biscuits, fruit cake and hot cross buns.

03/25/2022

I’m only taking hot cross bun orders now until
Easter.

I go through a lot of mixed spice so I make my own.
03/19/2022

I go through a lot of mixed spice so I make my own.

Just couldn't help myself, had a couple of hours spare and had to try a new but old time favourite.
03/19/2022

Just couldn't help myself, had a couple of hours spare and had to try a new but old time favourite.

St patrick”s day empire biscuits.
03/17/2022

St patrick”s day empire biscuits.

Looking to see if there would be an interest in an afternoon tea box for 2 for the Queens Jubilee celebration weekend in...
03/06/2022

Looking to see if there would be an interest in an afternoon tea box for 2 for the Queens Jubilee celebration weekend in the UK, June 4th and 5th. Pick up only.

02/28/2022

Thank you to every one wanting Hot cross buns. I do make them every week up to Easter. Send me a message, better yet an email with your address and date or week you would like them sent.

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Northlake, TX
76226

Telephone

(940) 391-0120

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A small custom bakery focusing on British baking and afternoon tea catering. From finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones, and little sweet desserts. Cookie and cupcakes along with cake stand hire available. Everything baked to order only by appointment.

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I have a question (a conundrum). I've been watching English baking shows and want to make some of the pastries and such but I don't know how to convert grams to cups and such. Any ideas? I know the measurements are more accurate but was still wondering if there was a way to convert the recipes.
Tiffany Thompson she is amazing! This is who u used for my wedding and Kenzli's birthday!
Hey Selina Spatchett DiCesare, do you make Victoria sponges? If so can you pm me a quote for a really good, decadent one.... I have a craving you wouldnt believe haha!
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