“Made in England” Vintage Kitchenalia:
Old Tins, Icing Sets and Measuring Cones with Tala
Welcome to my first “Made in England” Vintage Kitchenalia post, and before my lovely Scottish, Welsh and Irish friends say anything, I will be featuring items that have been made in Scotland, Wales and Ireland too, it’s just that all of the vintage kitchenalia that I am featuring today was made in England! I have decided to share some of the rather large (I’m embarrassed to say) collection I have of vintage baking bric-a-brac – most of which I still use today. Many items are much-loved family pieces that have been passed down to me, such as my grandmother’s old rolling-pin, the mixing bowl you see in the photo, a Tala measuring cone, lots of bread tins, mince-pie and patty tins plus a very old Yorkshire pudding tin. It’s a wonderful way to connect with family and the past and I make no apologies for being rather nostalgic as I write this post today.
The collection I am showing today is part of my vintage Tala range and comprises: Pastry Cutters in a Tin, Four Measuring Cones, a boxed set of Castle Pudding Moulds, an Icing set and some Card Pattern Sandwich Cutters. I have used ALL of the items that are shown, with the measuring cones and pastry cutters being in constant use. I have not used my little castle pudding moulds for a while, but the last time I used them I did make some almond castle puddings, with raspberry sauce and custard, taken from the recipe on the back of the box……and they were sublime! I promise to make them again soon, so I can share the photographs,as well as the recipe.
Along with my retro castle puddings, I have also had immense fun with the “Card Pattern Sandwich Cutters” too…….. a little box of four cutters in the shape of the card houses – Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades. Again, I must make some more sandwiches soon, so I can photograph them…….as I recall when I used the cutters last, it was for a Jubilee Party, with a retro theme, and they had traditional fillings such as cucumber, cheese and tomato and yes, there was some salmon paste ones too!
What is fascinating about the measuring cones in my collection, is how the ingredients that are marked inside have changed over the years. Apart from the obvious change of Imperial measures to metric, there have been a few changes with the ingredients too……..out go “Groats” (hulled or crushed grains, usually oats) and “Sago”, although “Tapioca” and “Ground Rice” are still there, comfortingly! One of the complaints I often have about using American recipes is the use of cups; but, I see that in both the old and new measures, there are “Standard” and “English” cups, as well as “American” cups and pints, which are different to ours.
I STILL prefer to use these amazing Tala measuring cones for all my dry ingredients, they are so handy and easy to use, even though I have a lovely old set of Salter scales as well as an “all singing and dancing” metric scale. Next in my “Show and Tell” line-up are the Cream Horn Moulds………I have a set of twelve and YES I have used them once, with average results – some of the pastry horns were intact, and some had sort of “frayed” away from the mould! Once again, I MUST make some more very soon, as I LOVE them, especially when made with home-made jam at the bottom.
There are lots of recipes out there for cream horns, but the best I have seen recently is the one that is featured in the Food Glorious Food book from the television series. Made by Colin W Ballard, the recipe was his father’s who was a baker, and they were regularly requested by members of his family for special events and large family gatherings. You can find the recipe in the book and here: Colin W Ballard’s Fresh Cream Horns.
Last on my vintage list is the Tala Icing Set; complete with the icing “syringe” and six nozzles the set also comes with a handy little booklet about how to achieve all sorts of different finishes, as well as recipes for all sorts if icing. I remember my mum using a similar set when piping the “swirls” on to her Christmas cake. I am not sure that I have ever used this set, as I have an older set with a cloth bag that I find easier to use, but, I am sure the nozzles will come in handy! I see that the price label is from one of my favourite shops, Fenwick, and it cost a BIG £1 and 16 shillings (£1. 16/-) in its day!
I’m going to end with a gallery of images, and I promise I will use some of these vintage items soon, so I can show the finished results and share the recipes. I’ll be back later with some new 5:2 diet recipes, as well as a regional bread recipe, and my Vintage Kitchenalia series will continue next week, bye for now, Karen