Empire or Belgium biscuits are the rather patriotic names for a sandwich of two shortbread biscuits stuck together with ( raspberry ) jam and topped with icing and a cherry or a jelly tot sweet.
A Linzer Torte or Linzertorte is a tart made using a rich buttery sable pastry. It is made at Christmas across Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and across the USA.
An egg wash is usually a mix of beaten egg, egg and milk or egg and water brushed onto baked goods.
Cultivated Blackberries are a member of the ‘Rubus’ family like raspberries, tayberries, and loganberries. Blackberries are perennial shrubs that have a two-year lifecycle, fruiting in the second year. The soft fruit picked in summer and early autumn are rich in Vitamin C and contain relatively high amounts of dietary fibre. They are used in desserts, such as mousses and mixed with apples in pies and crumbles, in preserves such as seedless jams and to flavour sweets and drinks.
Brambles is the name given to wild varieties of blackberries that grow throughout the British Isles. Brambles are shrubs with tough with prickly thorns and fruit in late summer and early autumn, and collecting the fruit from roadsides, hedgerows and woodlands is very popular. You can make pies, crumbles, jams, wine and cider with the berries.
A cream tea is a popular form of afternoon tea in areas around the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. It normally consists of a pot of hot tea, milk, and sugar and scones, jam and cream.
Today's commercial manufactured gelatine is often made from pork bones so be careful of any dietary restrictions. As home cooks the most commonly available form of gelatine is sachets of dried powder or granules. Leaf gelatine is used by most commercial chefs because it generally results in a smooth, clearer consistency and comes in three quality grades bronze, silver, and gold.