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In the land of Downton (and across the British Commonwealth), homage is paid to those who gave their lives for their country on Remembrance Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In the US this is called Veterans Day, celebrating the service of all those who have served their country. In the US yesterday was Memorial Day, specifically remembering fallen soldiers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one day we all lived in a world of peace and harmony?
As you may know, Tea Tuesday is a weekly tradition I started, dishing about Downton Abbey, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe. Refer to my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea, helpful in understanding traditions and recipes to help you host your own tea party with family and friends.
This week’s treat is a lovely Rhubarb Orange Betty. We have all heard of the apple brown betty, but this version has a delightful flavour of tangy rhubarb, and not paired with traditional strawberry, but with the refreshing taste of orange. Mrs. Patmore might say that anyone with the use of their limbs can make a brown betty.
Canadians have now joined Brits and Americans in Downton Downtime. I almost wish I lived in South Africa who haven’t seen Season 3 yet (see below). For the rest of us, here is some Downton news to help carry you through Downton Downtime until we meet again for Season 4:
- Season 3 in South Africa: coming this August
- The Downton Effect: Tourists flock to Shrimpy’s Castle.
- Fancy a Date with Bates? A new contest.
- Season 4 Speculations: Mary will likely soldier on.
- Meet a Season 4 bachelor: Tom Cullen talks Downton
- Corrie’s Rosie still campaigning to appear on the show: Sorry, I think the guest spots are full (thank goodness)
- Downton Quiz: Find the 20 words which describe Lady Cora
Abbey Cooks Entertain: Entertain this Summer Downton Style
With 220 Downton era recipes, you will want to get this book for recipes for the famous Downton dishes from Season 1-3. I also presented a whole chapter on Garden Parties. Experimenting with ices (ice creams and frozen yoghurts) was my favorite part.
This 432 page ebook sells for only $7.95. Book sales help offset my costs in food, equipment and time to keep bringing you new dishes each week. You can only get a signed copy here on my site. If you don’t have an eReader I would suggest the PDF version which allows you to print recipes as you go, if you wish.
Low Fat Rhubarb Orange Brown Betty
Brown Betty in the Victorian era were made with apples, breadcrumbs and suet and was a popular pudding with the downstairs crowd.
Brown Betty can be made with other fruits, adjusting the amount of sugar. I have a flourishing rhubarb plant which needed a haircut (plus rhubarb was an Edwardian favorite) so try this rhubarb version or consider other fruits you have around like plums, blackcurrants, pears, blackberries and cherries.
This version adapted from the National Trust, using only a fraction of the butter and sugar substitute to cut fat and extra sugar.
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 4 cups fresh breadcrumbs (whole wheat preferred)
- 5 cups chopped rhubarb
- 1 cup of white/brown sugar (or sugar substitute)
- 1 orange, juiced and zested
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Melt the butter in a heavy frying pan, add the breadcrumbs and cook over moderate heat, stirring continuously to prevent burning, until the crumbs are light golden in colour.
- Mix the rhubarb with 2/3rd cup of sugar, orange zest, and juice.
- Prepare a 9″ square ovenproof dish (lightly butter or spray with nonfat cooking spray).
- Place half of the rhubarb in the bottom, then half the breadcrumbs and repeat.
- Sprinkle with reserved sugar and cover with foil.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and continue cooking for a further 25–30 minutes, or until the top is brown and crisp and the rhubarb underneath is soft.
- Serve hot with a nice cool vanilla nonfat greek or frozen yoghurt.