Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Corrie's Jennie Launches a Sweet Sideline ; Follow Us on Twitter @MENNEWSDESK THE DIARY DIANNE BOURNE WITH ALL THE INSIDE STORIES

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Corrie's Jennie Launches a Sweet Sideline ; Follow Us on Twitter @MENNEWSDESK THE DIARY DIANNE BOURNE WITH ALL THE INSIDE STORIES

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CORONATION Street star Jennie McAlpine got her new tearoom business oto a chipper start - serving up her home-made jam and scones to her soap co-stars.

A host of her pals headed down to Annies Restaurant in Manchester last night, where Jennie launched her online tearoom shop selling her homemade strawberry preserves and chutneys.

And her co-stars certainly dressed for the occasion, with Catherine Tyldesley rocking a retro primrose tea dress, ex-Corrie favourite Suranne Jones in polka dots, while Jennie herself showed oher burgeoning baby bump in a pretty 'oral dress.

Soap pals Antony Cotton, Debbie Rush, Katie McGlynn and Alan Halsall with wife Lucy-Jo Hudson also joined the tea-time revels.

Katie said: "I used to live ojam butties so this is my kind of thing.

Although I'm trying to cut down on the cakes at the minute." Debbie smiled: "fie scones are fabulous, with jam that might just about rival my own!" " Earlier in the day Jennie, who plays soap favourite Fiz, showed her jam-making skills as she boiled and bottled the 'rst strawberry preserves to be sold in her tearoom Annies' new online shop.

fie Diary donned a hairnet and chef's scrubs to join her in the kitchen at the Old Bank Street restaurant she runs with boyfriend Chris Farr and her dad Tom, who were also there to let us in on the family recipe.

Jennie, 30, said of her jam recipe: "It's an old family recipe, it's been tried and tested by the family over generations.

"It's simple but also easy to get wrong, which is probably why I'm not a permanent member of the kitchen!" fie family decided to start selling their preserves and other treats online after noticing customers squirrelling away leftovers from afternoon tea - one of the most popular dining options at Annies.

Jennie said she wanted the experience to feel like having tea at a favourite grandma or aunty's house.

"People call it afternoon tea but I just called it going round to my nana's," she said.

"fiere never wouldn't be a doily and it was very much normal to have a pot of tea. …

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