It was 2:00 on Friday afternoon and I hadn't decided what to make for tea. I wanted something simple, not chocolate (we've had quite a bit lately), and something that didn't require softened butter, because it's February, I hadn't prepared, and I don't have a microwave.
The butter for Marmalade Teabread is rubbed in, like making a pie crust, which means it goes in cold--no softening required. I also haven't been to the grocery store in almost a week now, because we've had so much snow, but this recipe only requires pantry ingredients. I used Mackay's Dundee Marmalade, because the last time I attempted a marmalade cake, I used Frank Cooper's Original Oxford Marmalade and the cake was unpalatable in its bitterness.
How about a movie set in a Scottish village to go with your teabread? Cottage to Let (Anthony Asquith, 1941) is a fun thriller, in which any number of the village's new arrivals may or may not be Nazi spies. You'll probably recognize John Mills, Alistair Sim and Leslie Banks in starring roles. My favorite character, however, is Ronald Mittsby, a smart but aggravating evacuee played by George Cole. Put the kettle on and enjoy--