Sepia Saturday – Seventy Years of Baking with Be-Ro: Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Sepia Saturday – Seventy Years of Baking with Be-Ro:

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

It’s Saturday and that can only mean one thing, it’s my weekly Sepia Saturday post, where I attempt to bake my way through seventy years of Be-Ro cookbooks! For those of you who don’t know what Be-Ro is, or what I am talking about when I mention Be-Ro cookbooks, below is a potted history, as posted on the Be-Ro website – I think it’s much easier to let them tell you about the history of these much-loved and traditional cookbooks!

The Birth of Be-Ro

Thomas Bell founded a wholesale grocery firm near the Tyne quays and railway station in Newcastle in the 1880s. Among his top-selling brands were ‘Bells Royal’ baking powder and a self-raising flour.

Following the death of Edward VII, it became illegal to use the Royal name. As a result, Bell decided to take the first couple of letters from the each of the two words of the brand name and turn them into the more catchy sounding ‘Be-Ro’.

In the early 1920s, plain flour was the flour most commonly used. Self raising flour was considered a novelty – consumers bought plain flour direct from the miller and self-raising flour was only sold into independent grocers. In a bid to make self-raising flour more popular among the general public, the company staged a series of exhibitions in the early 1920s where freshly baked scones, pastries and cakes were sold for a shilling to visitors. These were so popular that people demanded that they had copies of the recipes so that they could bake the dishes at home. 

Old Be-Ro Cookbook

Old Be-Ro Cookbook

As a result a free recipe book was produced and handed out at the exhibitions as well as door to door. The Be-Ro cookbook contained recipes to feed hungry families on a very low-budget. They soon became an essential part of a young woman’s education in running a home and feeding a family. Consequently, the cookbooks achieved their objective of making Be-Ro the best known flour in the North.

Book of generations

The first Be-Ro cookbook was produced in 1923 and contained a total of 19 pages. Traditionally, local women from the North were featured on the front cover and “Miss Be-Ro” became its trademark.

Forty editions later, the book has grown to 86 pages, and is arguably one of the best-selling cookery books ever with more than thirty-eight million copies having been sold. The latest edition is packed with even more inspiring dishes together with a brand new “quick and easy” section which even the novice baker can follow.

NEW 41st edition Be-Ro Recipe Book, available August 2011 - 1st edition published in 1923!

NEW 41st edition Be-Ro Recipe Book, available August 2011 – 1st edition published in 1923!

So, there is a brief history of the start of the humble Be-Ro cookbook and I am an avid collector of them……I have about eighteen copies, and my oldest one is the 9th edition, which I guesstimate to have been published in the 1930’s, hence my weekly challenge to bake my way through seventy years of Be-Ro cook books! For this week’s recipe, I have jumped RIGHT up to the present day, and I have chosen a VERY modern recipe from the latest Be-Ro book, the 41st edition, from which I have made a batch of Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins. You can tell this recipe comes from the latest edition, as muffins were, (and still are in my mind) little YEAST raised griddle baked buns, sometimes incorrectly called “English Muffins”, they are NOT English, but British and Irish. The muffins in question that I baked from the latest book, are what I would call Buns, or Cakes…….but NOT  muffins! However, whatever you choose to call them, these were DIVINE and I WILL be baking them again!

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

These were weighed, mixed, baked and on the tea table in just over half an hour! Freshly picked raspberries from the garden were added to the batter and the addition of the cream cheese was a brilliant idea that made the muffins moist and almost like cheesecake cakes! I made a pot of tea and we had one each – the rest I popped into the freezer for later.

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

I highly recommend these little cakes/buns/muffins and I may try them with blackberries next time, I bet that would be great too. That’s it for my Sepia Saturday weekly post; don’t forget the NEW TEA TIME TREATS challenge is open, and it’s a GOOD ONE! Tea Time Random Recipes – A DOUBLE the Fun Cooking & Baking Challenge for September! My Be-Ro bake from last week was a GREAT historical recipe, London “Bath” Buns.  

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

I hope you have enjoyed my weekly Be-Ro recipe, I am back on the fast next week, so look out for some NEW 5:2 diet fast day recipes, as well as my usual meal plan on Monday and many other treats and surprises! Have a wonderful Saturday, Karen.

A cuppa with some freshly baked Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

A cuppa with some freshly baked Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Serves 12 Muffins
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Valentines day
From book Be-Ro Home Baking 41st Edition
Delicious little buns (muffins) that have fresh raspberries and cream cheese in them, making them almost like a cheesecake cake! Great for school lunch boxes, afternoon tea or for cake stalls; these are on the table in just over half an hour making them an easy treat to bake when time is at a premium.

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 110g soft light brown sugar
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 125ml milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 175g fresh raspberries (and 12 for the tops of the muffins)
  • 110g cream cheese

Note

Delicious little buns (muffins) that have fresh raspberries and cream cheese in them, making them almost like a cheesecake cake! Great for school lunch boxes, afternoon tea or for cake stalls; these are on the table in just over half an hour making them an easy treat to bake when time is at a premium.

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 180C Fan/200C conventional/Gas 6. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases or baking parchment.
Step 2 Put all of the ingredients, except the fresh raspberries and cream cheese into a large bowl and mix to amalgamate all the ingredients together, do not over mix. Add the fresh raspberries and gently fold through the muffin mixture.
Step 3 Pour or spoon the mixture into the paper cases and then push as spoonful of the cream cheese into the middle of each muffin and then add a raspberry, pushing down slightly.
Step 4 Bake in the middle of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the muffins are well risen, firm and golden brown. Remove and allow to cool in the tin for a minute before taking them out and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
A cuppa with some freshly baked Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

A cuppa with some freshly baked Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

If you fancy joining in, just add your recipe/post link to the Linky below, or if you don’t have a blog, please just leave a comment and let me know that you baked along with Be-Ro! Happy baking,
Karen

Comments

  1. says

    You can certainly tell this is a modern recipe with the cheesecake references and ‘muffin’, you do make me laugh with your anti-muffin prejudice – tee hee!

  2. says

    Karen, your close up shot looked so moist and delicious with the cream cheese that I mistakenly thought it was added after baking along with the raspberry. Must read slower in future! Hence I thought the end of the recipe had gone awol! But no just my brain. PS Think I’ve added a link when all I wanted to do was comment! It’s been a long day!

    • says

      NOT a problem Camilla! I am glad that the photos do my little buns justice! Go take a nice long bath and relax and thanks for your lovely comments as always! Karen

  3. Fiona Matters says

    These look wonderful – I have a really soft spot for raspberries and putting the cream cheese on top is such a good idea!

  4. Louise Hutchings says

    Mmmmm yummy they luck delicious and combine two of my favorite treats muffins and cheesecake. What’s not to love. Hehe x

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