Traybakes, Scones, and Sunday Tea

20140119-193450.jpgSomeone once said “time passes strangely on Sundays” and it’s true. No matter what you do, the day seems longer and it’s over before you know it. Sunday is by far my favourite day of the week. When I was in my second year of university, a classmate of mine was talking to me about her spiritual disciplines. She told me that she often struggled with feeling overrun with busyness and stress, but that she felt convicted and challenged to take a day of rest. Sunday was her day where she did no schoolwork, and just spent the day with family and loved ones–just relaxing. I marvelled at this since my Sunday’s were usually made up of last minute scrambling to finish assignments that were due the next morning. I decided to take a page from her book and try this “Sabbath-keeping” for myself. I’ve never looked back. When Sunday rolls around, I put down my work and rest. It’s tremendous the good it can do to ones soul. I feel more energized and prepared for the week ahead of me, and I feel less tired and run down. When I don’t take my day of rest, I feel exhausted and worn out. There is something to be said for taking a break from the cycle of work-work-work.

This afternoon I decided to do something that always makes me feel happy: baking. I was missing Ireland terribly today, so I put on some British sit-coms and made some chocolate biscuit cake. In Ireland, this delectable treat was everywhere. Local cafes and bakeries always had it in stock, and we often had some with tea (which was at least three times a day). It quickly became one of my favourite treats while I was in Ireland and I brought lots of it home (albeit it was mostly glued to my hips by the time we got on the plane…). When I got home I found a recipe for it from an amazing site called edible-ireland.com and got to making some right away. It quickly became a hit among my friends and family! I encourage you to make some and really experience this delicious treat! So delicious that Prince William had it made as his grooms cake!

Chocolate Biscuit Traybake

Adapted by Lena Rigby from: edible-ireland.com/2012/06/21/chocolate-biscuit-cake/

7 oz  semi-sweet Bakers chocolate

4 oz  bittersweet Bakers chocolate

½ cup of butter

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

½ package of digestive biscuits (I use either President’s Choice or McVities)

Boil a pot of water over the stove and place a heat-safe bowl on top to create a double boiler. Melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl until smooth. Remove the bowl from heat and stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Break up digestive biscuits into thirds and fold them into the mixture. Pour the mixture into a loaf pan lined with Saran Wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or over night, until set. You can also top this treat with sea salt to balance out the sweetness. Cut into small slices, as the cake is very rich. Feel free to freeze the extras or store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy! 

20140119-193508.jpgI also made some chocolate-strawberry scones and enjoyed them with some lovely Bewley’s tea. Recipe for those will come soon enough! One of my roommates came home just in time to enjoy these just as they came out of the oven! They’re lovely when paired with some strong tea and jam. A delightful sabbath Sunday is drawing to a close, and I’ve got just enough treats to keep me full for the rest of the week! Have a cuppa and enjoy the evening!

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