As lockdown restrictions are finally being lifted, we have a brand new YouTube Chef Recipe Series that is perfect for entertaining guests.
Afternoon Tea or High Tea is the perfect indulgent treat to be enjoyed with friends a selections of sweet and savoury bites.
We have teamed up with Master Pastry Chef – Shane Smith to bring you our Afternoon Tea series. Our series will cover pastry, scones, cakes and no bakes. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to watch our series.
In our first episode Shane will cover pastry. You will learn how to make beautiful Strawberries & Cream Shortbread and Chocolate & Candied Orange Eclairs.
Shane’s strawberries & cream shortbread are beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. Celebrating a classic combination of beautiful ruby red summer strawberries with Chantilly cream and melt-in-the-mouth shortbread cookies. But don’t be limited by strawberries, you could use plump raspberries or blackberries instead, for a berry wonderful dessert, perfect to adorn an afternoon tea.
Shane makes choux pastry a breeze with fantastic tips and tricks for an airy pastry with a golden shell. These mini eclairs are filled with whipped cream, topped with dark chocolate and bejewelled with candied orange, a perfect addition to an afternoon tea.
Getting to know Shane….
Master Pastry Chef, Shane Smith has over 20 years’ experience working in some of the world’s most celebrated pastry kitchens across the globe.
Shane’s love of culinary arts started at a young age and he was inspired by his two grandmothers and mum who were all avid home bakers. At the age of 16, he began his first job as a Commis Chef at a local hotel, where his love of cooking was cemented. The aspiring chef began his formal training at Killybeg’s Tourism College in Donegal, and went on to graduate with a Degree in Culinary Arts, specialising in Pastry, from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Shane considers himself very lucky to have spent the past two decades in a career that fulfills him on a daily basis, experimenting with seasonal ingredients and methods, developing new recipes and pushing his creativity to produce exquisite pastries that are sculptural, beautiful and delicious. Today his culinary repertoire and technical skills are second to none and Shane is passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation of Pastry Chefs.
Over the years Shane has received numerous awards in recognition for his work, including “Best Bakery Manager in Ireland” and “Top 10 Pastry chefs in Ireland” by Food & Wine magazine. He can also be found cooking up a storm at some of Ireland’s most prestigious food festivals. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Food & Wine magazine and other national publications. He also writes a monthly baking column for the Anglo Celt newspaper in his hometown of County Cavan.
Shane holds regular cookery segments on RTÉ & Virgin Media Ireland where he can be seen bringing his natural flare and love for all things sweet to the nation’s homes.
Make sure to follow Shane on his own social media channels.