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Unmatched china tea and a sable recipe

Unmatched china tea and a sable recipe.

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Spring came to Madrid. The days are getting longer and our dark flat fills with a beautiful springtime light. The windows are wide open, birds are singing outside, and I can almost forget that I am in the center of the city.

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Yesterday my friend stopped for tea. She was curious about my china tea set so I took numerous cups and saucers from the cupboard to show.

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I bought them piece-by-piece while being a student in London. Most certainly they are not collectables but they are collectors of my special memories. First of my Saturday’ visits to Portobello market in London, then of my tea parties in Moscow and shoots for the magazines at my parents’ house, and later of our guests in Madrid.

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I think my china tea set story can’t be full without the recipe of delicious biscuits. Here is the one which I received from my sister.

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Sable recipe

130g whole grain flour

100g butter, cut into small cubes

60g icing sugar

pinch of salt

1 big egg yolk

zest of lemon (optional)

raisans

Place the flour, butter, icing sugar and salt into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the ingredients together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolks, zest, raisans and mix until a dough forms. Form into ball, wrap with plastic film and transfer to refrigerator for 1 hour to chill. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a thickness of about 0.5cm. Cut out shapes using a cutter. Place the sables on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes at 160C, or until light golden-brown and crisp. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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