|Norah, anxious for the party to start!|
I thought I would share with you our menu we served ... so you can enjoy your own little tea-party, too.
(This recipe is from Pillsbury: Best Muffins and Quick Breads.)
This recipe makes two batches of scones, so I only prepared half the recipe.
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used half wheat and half white.)
2 T. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup buttermilk (Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to regular milk.)
1/2 cup raisins (You can also use dried cranberries.)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 egg, separated
2 t. sugar
Lightly spray a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 T. sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Mix well. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the raisins and nuts.
In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and egg yolk. Add this to the flour mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist.
|Rolled out and ready to cut.|
On a lightly floured surface, gently knead the down a few times. Then carefully roll out the dough until it's about 3/4 of an inch thick. I used a heart cookie cutter to cut out the scones. Keep rolling out the left-over dough until you have used it all. Place the scones on the cookie sheet. In a small bowl, beat the egg white. Then brush each scone with a little egg white and sprinkle the tops with sugar.
|Golden, glittery tops ... yum!|
Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. We served our scones with a little home-made apricot jam on the side. They were devoured! Who knew little girls could eat some much?!
(This is a recipe I made up ... as usual!)
Several slices of sandwich bread, we used wheat
Cream cheese, softened
Cucumber, peeled and sliced
|Ready to de-crust and slice.|
Lay the number of slices of bread that you will need for your party out on the cutting board. (I made 5 sandwiches for our party and they were all gone!) Spread a little cream cheese on each side of bread. (If the cream cheese is too firm, pop it in the microwave on low for a few seconds until it reaches a good spreadability.) Layer the sliced cucumbers one one side of the bread. Sprinkle dill on top and put the sandwiches together. Here's the important part: cut off the crusts and cut them into triangles. That makes them special!
|A great way to enjoy cucumbers from your garden.|
Honey Crisp apples, our new favorites!
Toss all the fruit together in a bowl. If you are afraid of the apples or bananas browning, splash a little lemon juice on top and give it a stir.
We also had a few extra items on the table: a bit of the infamous (ever-lasting, apparently) pasta salad and some little cinnamon rolls from MOPS the day before. Anything to get those girls fed!
We offered a variety of teas to our tea-partiers. The favorites in our family are Celestial Seasoning's "Lemon Zinger", "Wild Berry Zinger" and "Madagascar Red Vanilla". My particular favorite is "Almond Sunset", which they have stopped making. :( My wonderful in-laws brought me 6 boxes from the factory last year (the last on the shelves!) and I have been rationing them.
The key to delicious tea, however, isn't the flavor so much as the cream and sugar! I buy sugar cubes to have on hand and the kids love to plop their own little cubes in their cups and watch them dissolve. I also set out a little pitcher of milk. Just so you know, cream will curdle in your hot tea, so a little splash of milk is yummier.
The tea-party was certainly a success! Hope you can enjoy a few tasty morsels with your next spot o' tea.
A few snapshots before you go ...
|Making it look good!|
|Lydia samples the fruit and Ashley enjoys a sandwich.|