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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vintage Tea Party Recipes

I'm not quite sure why but every spring I get the urge to make tea party food.





Finger sandwiches, cream scones, cake, deviled eggs etc.  All foods with a distinctly retro feel to them, and all easy to make.   In just a few hours you can easily assemble a tea party feat that will make you feel as if you stepped back in time.


Cucumber Tea Sandwiches


Softened cream cheese, about 3-4 ounces
whole grain or whole wheat bread with the crust cut off, about one loaf
1/2 seedless cucumber sliced very thin with a mandolin slicer (I just got one ad it makes such a difference)
salt and pepper

Spread the cream cheese on one half of the bread.   Top with a few paper think slices of cucumber season with salt and pepper.  Cut into triangles or squares.



Radish Tea Sandwiches with Lemon butter



High quality unsalted butter, very soft
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
4-5 radishes sliced paper thin with a mandolin slicer
white bread with the crust cut off, about one loaf

Mash the soft butter together with the lemon zest and juice and salt and pepper to taste.  Spread the lemon butter on 1/2 half of the bread and top with the radish slices.  Cut into triangles or squares.


Cream Scones from Tea and Sympathy

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 375 .  Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Pour in the cream and mix with a fork until it just comes together.  DO NOT OVERMIX! Dump onto a floured surface and pat out with your hands until about an inch thick.  Cut out circles with a biscuit cutter and place on a parchment lined sheet.   Bake 12 minutes rotating at the half way point.  Serve with raspberry jam and clotted cream.  You really need clotted cream for these.   Some gourmet grocers in the US have it or you can buy it online. These are really only good the day they are made.


Deviled Eggs 


I use a different recipe every year.  This year I tried this one.





Victoria Sandwich from Tea and Sympathy (This is the ultimate tea party cake)

Cake
2 sticks unsalted butter, very soft
1 cup sugar
4 eggs at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

Frosting
1 stick butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract 
2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
1 -2 tbsp milk

Raspberry jam (the best you can find)

Preheat the oven to 350.
Cream the butter and sugar in the electric mixer until very light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs in one and a time, scraping down after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla.  Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in with a spatula.  Mix until smooth.

Divide between two 8 inch cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes until a tester comes out clean.  Cool on a rack before frosting.


Buttercream Frosting
Beat the soft butter and confectioners sugar together until fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla.  Add enough milk to achieve a good spreading consistency.


Assemble
Place one cake on the cake stand and spread the top with all of the buttercream frosting.  Spread on a nice layer of raspberry jam.  Top with the other cake slice.  Sift confectioners sugar on top.








15 comments:

  1. It's funny I was never all that interested and then I started reading those Tea Shop mysteries and it caught my attention.

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  2. There's a cafe in Woburn, just up the road from us that specialises in afternoon tea spreads, its pawsome!
    I luffs it when Mum goes there and brings me home a doggie bag
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. I love an afternoon tea! Your photos and recipes have made me feel quite hungry though. xxx

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  4. Mom remembers some of that stuff from when she was little
    Lily & Edward

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  5. Looks so yummy! Def want to try them out! xox

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  6. Sure looks like fun! Deviled eggs are a staple at most of our family get togethers.

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  7. This made me so hungry I'm not sure I can finish typing this comment before I have to

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  8. You have the best recipes!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  9. Ohhh they look so yummy! Love the idea of lemon butter. I gotta try some time :-)

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  10. It would be very fun to taste those!
    love
    tweedles

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  11. I love afternoon tea. I find it can be faffy to make for myself, though if you do it regularly a freeze some things it makes things simpler. I'm pretty sure we can get clotted cream in supermarkets over here, it hadn't occurred to me that it would be a specialised item elsewhere. You can make do with whipped cream, though - I often do.

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  12. I love having afternoon tea, it's just so civilised! Cream teas, which is just scones and tea is one of my favourite during the summer, especially with an abundance of strawberries on the side. You make me want to have one now! xx

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  13. You are making my mouth water! I love sipping tea while eating tea sandwiches all the better when you add scones, tea cake, and deviled eggs into the mix! Afternoon tea is such a treat! <3

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  14. Giant yums! You're not alone, I always feel a pull towards dainty, elegant tea and garden party foods once the warmer days of spring return as well. Thank you for sharing some of your favourites with us. I'm going to be craving those radish sandwiches all weekend now. :)

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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