Festive canapés from Bake Off Flora Shedden and ao.com

The wonderfully sweet Flora Shedden shares some festive canapé tips here courtesy of the AO.com lifestyle hub of no-nonsense reviews, content and video round-ups of the things that make life great.

Flora Shedden and Alan Greenhalgh

Flora Shedden and yours truly, Man In London

Meeting Flora makes life great, too. So it was nice to have a coffee – from a large, shiny machine – obviously, and chat to the 19-year-old who wowed us for nine weeks on one of Britain’s great TV gems. She’s grateful for the Bake Off, the spin offs like this showcase with ao.com online appliance retailer and she’s just written a book called “Gatherings” which will be published next summer. Not a book about how to make the most of the things you brush up from kitchen surfaces and a thin larder. No, gatherings is about those times you have people around at home but are not quite confident to call it dinner or a party. I had gatherings at college with a second-hand drip coffee percolator and 99p supermarket Battenburg cake – cutting it into the squares made my gatherings go further.  Well, now I’ve got somewhere I can buy myself a nice new coffee machine but I can imagine from having seen and met her, Flora’s gatherings are an altogether classier event.

Flora still lives at home, in Scotland, and when back with her university friends at St Andrews ends up cooking for them and a team of hungry rowers. And it’s not all about the cakes, her  recent weekend favourite is roasting chicken atop, and dripping onto, carrots sprinkled with sumac giving the traditional dish a flavoursome Middle Eastern taste.

So it’s no surprise to see her whip up these mackerel blinis  – tastier than the usual smoked salmon suspects!

Recently we had the absolute pleasure of meeting up with Great British Bake Off contestant Flora Shedden and she showed us some of her favourite quick and easy canape recipes which would be just perfect to whip up for any last minute Christmas parties that crop up this festive season!

Mackerel and Horseradish Blinis


Here’s what you’ll need…

Breville Traditional Crèpe Maker for £30 – Flora says it’s great so we can believe her. Of course you can buy pre-made blinis but think of this as the technical challenge bit.

Breville Crepe Maker

VTP130 Crepe Maker – Black from ao.com £30

 Breville Traditional Crèpe Maker £30 from ao.com

Here’s the live demo with a Breville Traditional Crèpe Maker £30 from ao.com

Here’s the ingredients…

100g buckwheat flour
150g whole milk
1 large egg
pinch of salt
50g double cream
50g horseradish sauce
salt and pepper
squeeze of lemon juice
2 smoked peppered mackerel filets
handful fresh dill
zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp sesame seeds

And here’s how it’s done…

To make the blinis preheat your crepe maker. For the batter beat the flour, milk and egg together and add a touch of salt. Whisk until smooth. Spoon teaspoons of the batter onto the hot plate and cook for 1 minute. Flip once bubbles form – that’s the trick! Cook for a further 30 seconds then remove. Repeat for the remaining batter. To make the horseradish cream, whip the cream until it holds its shape then whisk in the horseradish. Add lemon and season to taste. Spread a little on each blini. Top with a small piece of mackerel, some dill, a little more pepper and the sesame seeds. Finish with a little lemon zest. Eh voila some great looking canapés and a great new Bake Off star has been born.

You can read more about Flora on her gorgeous blog here: florashedden.com or follow her here @florashedden


  1. I always enjoy ManinLondon postings. Thanks for the blogs.

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