What is a Jersey Bean Crock? A Jersey Bean Crock or ‘les pais au fou’ is perhaps Jersey’s national dish. It is a tradition casserole of dried beans rather like a French Cassoulet. And don’t worry Guernsey readers I know that the Guernsey Bean Jar ( moussaettes au four ) is just as culturally important. The Bean Crock or Jar is cooked in a large clay casserole dish and historically was left in a baker’s oven overnight.
Condensed milk was a popular ingredient used as a substitute for sugar and milk and even (?) drank in tea. I have cheated slightly in this recipe and used fresh eggs and butter. The original would have been made with powdered egg and margarine.
Afternoon tea, the cream tea or high tea has an incredibly grand history and an impeccable pedigree. Indeed the Duchess of Bedford is believed to have created with what we now think of as high tea
Making traditional shortbread uses only three ingredients flour, butter, and sugar. The proportions are a 3:2:1 ratio. Above all, the type and quality of butter you use is very important as above all the butter gives the shortbread flavour.