In Greek mythology Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was traditionally accompanied by an owl. This is one of several reasons why owls are considered clever sorts. Our Owl Cupcake Brownie pays a chocolatey tribute to this wise old bird.
If you think it’s still a little early to be concerning ourselves with Christmas puddings, the news is that we started making them weeks ago, at the height of summer. Back in July, as we do every year, we dug out the recipe for our Classic Christmas Pudding. It’s based on an old Bettys family one belonging to Lesley Wild’s mother, although these days, as with all of our Christmas puddings, we use vegetarian-friendly suet.
There’s no denying it: autumn is peeking around the corner, heralding a more crisp and colourful world. With senses sharpened, it’s time to relish rich flavours and tantalising aromas, or to indulge yourself with treats only found at this time of year. So dig out your favourite jumper and prepare to dive into our leaf-pile of magical treats.
We are delighted to welcome York-born author Kate Atkinson to Bettys for her only event of the year. Fond mentions of the city, and Bettys, have appeared in many of her bestselling novels, from her award-winning debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum to the most recent A God in Ruins.
As part of Ilkley Literature Festival, Bettys Ilkley is proud to be hosting a reading and two course supper with author and cleric David Wilbourne, who'll be discussing his charming new book Shepherd of Another Flock.
Sam Gibson's official title is Ethical Projects Officer, but she often refers to herself as 'The Tree Lady'. That's because she manages our Trees for Life projects, keeping alive a commitment to tree planting that goes back to 1990, when Bettys set out to plant 3 million trees around the world. Here, she explores the impact of one of our most recent projects, Seedlings at Schools, as it draws to a close.
From tea top-ups to the best seat in the house: we asked the real Bettys experts – the people who have been coming to our Café Tea Rooms for years – to share their insider knowledge and tips.
These wickedly naughty little loaf cakes are truly made in Yorkshire. They combine the expert baking knowledge of Lisa Bennison, one of our most experienced Cookery School tutors and a Yorkshire lass through and through, with the irresistible flavours of Harrogate’s very own Slingsby Gin. What’s the saying? One for the cake, one for me…
When I taste Yorkshire Wolds Pressed Apple Juice for the first time, I realise that I’ve never actually tasted apple juice before. Not real apple juice. Smooth, sweet, mellow, moreish – this is a far cry from the tart acid green drink that we’re all accustomed to.
Celebrate Yorkshire Day with perfect Yorkshire Puddings. Not sure how? Lisa Bennison from has been with Bettys for 32 years and now teaches at our Cookery School. Who better to guide you?
If you’ve ever joined us on a course at Bettys Cookery School, you’ll know that our food experts are bursting with clever tips to help you make the most delicious food while saving time, money and effort. We asked senior course tutor Lisa Bennison to share a few of her favourite secrets for kitchen success.