With our Guinness World Records attempt for the Largest cream tea party just around the corner (hands up if you’re excited!), we pop the kettle on for a cuppa and a chat with our lovely event host and the queen of all things baking, Mary Berry.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Baker Extraordinaire

With our Guinness World Records attempt for the Largest cream tea party just around the corner (hands up if you’re excited!), we pop the kettle on for a cuppa and a chat with our lovely event host and the queen of all things baking, Mary Berry.

Q: Mary, we know that you’ve been a Cath Kidston fan for a long time – what do you love the most about your purchases from us?

A: I love the vibrant, colourful and high-quality fabrics, as well as the way the brand appeals to all ages!

Q: We’re so pleased to hear that! Do you have a favourite product?

A: My favourite product has to be my little pencil case. It was my first Cath Kidston gift and I give it to other people as a gift too. I keep it in my handbag with Sharpies in so that that it’s always there when I need to sign books.

Q: Speaking of books (or more accurately, cookery books), here at Cath Kidston HQ, we love to bake and regularly have ‘Cake Day’ to celebrate birthdays in the office. Do you have a sweet treat you can’t live without?

A: Lemon Drizzle Cake has always been my favourite, it’s so easy to make and is loved by all!

Q: The classics are always the best! Going towards the other end of the spectrum, where do you tend to find inspiration for new recipes and ideas?

A: I always look for inspiration when eating out, but friends also give me recipes and I pick up ideas on my travels. I love to experiment with new ingredients too!

Q: We don’t think our experimentations would be quite as tasty as yours! Do you have favourite recipes that you continue to use in the kitchen?

A: My favourite dish to make is anything the family say ‘OOH’ and ‘AAH’ about – usually a British classic! My favourite meal is when all our family and friends are together.

Q: There’s nothing like a good gathering. With this in mind, you helped us achieve the title for the Largest cream tea party to date, so here’s a very important question! How do you like your tea and scone?

A: The tea must be very hot! It’s good to try all different kinds of tea, but my favourite is Early Grey. I also love a freshly baked scone, slightly warm with cream and strawberry jam.

Q: At Cath Kidston HQ, we’re always looking to your recipes for cooking tips and guidelines – do you have any tips for making scones?

A: Choose a good recipe, follow it exactly, make the mixture on the wet side, handle as little as possible and bake in a hot oven. Serve freshly baked.