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. This will without a doubt impress your guests
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 second episode Shane will cover scones. You will learn how to make delicious classic scones and savoury cheddar and scallion scones with homemade butter.
You can catch up on our first episode for pastry here. You will learn how to make beautiful Strawberries & Cream Shortbread and Chocolate & Candied Orange Eclairs.
Shane’s scones are his most requested recipe! The secret to scones that aren’t heavy and stodgy is using chilled ingredients and handling the dough as little as possible. You can’t beat a classic, and whether you put the jam first or the cream, you will love this recipe.
Shane Smith’s savoury scones are dotted with scallions of strong red cheddar, perfect to serve with lashings of creamy butter, even more impressive when you tell your afternoon tea guests that you made the butter yourself. You can get creative with your savoury scones and try different cheese or add fresh herbs and olives.
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.