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Tea Party Recipes Part 3- Your Just Desserts!

Mmm,Mmm – Saved the best for last! The Desserts.

To read more about my tea party and the delicious easy recipes click on the link. Would you like a spot of tea?

You can’t have a party without the delicious desserts. This is always the best part!

Apple Cinnamon Scones 

This is a good basic scone recipe that you can easily add any fruit or spice too, you could even just leave them plain. These were so good, I wish I had doubled the recipe. Chris said they were the best I had ever made.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tble baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or spice of your choice)
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces (1 stick)
  • 1 cup finely chopped, peeled apple, about  1 medium apple (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup whipping cream (or heavy cream)

This is so easy to mix up I just do it by hand.

Place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Use a whisk to combine ingredients.  Use a pastry blender, fork, or two knives to cut in the butter. Cut in till it resembles crumbs. Add chopped apples.

In a small bowl, combine cream and egg, mix well. Add to dry ingredients until just moistened, don’t over mix.   Dump onto a floured surface and gently kneed. Place on a greased cookie sheet and pat into a circle about 8 inches 1 inch thick. Cut into 8 edges, slightly separate.

This is to much work, I just scooped some out of the bowl, kneaded it slightly and shaped it into a small heart with my hands and placed on the cookie sheet. I ended up with 4 large heart shaped scones. (I forgot to take pictures the first time so I made a second batch just for you, my lovely readers)

I topped my with sparkling sugar you can get in the baking section of Micheals or JoAnns. 

bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

If you don’t have sparkling sugar just use plain granulated sugar, or a simple glace made with ½ cup powdered sugar and about 1 tble of either milk, cream, water, or lemon juice. Add 1 tsp at a time until you get a nice consistency. Drizzle over the scones.

This recipe is also featured on  It’s a Keeper Thursday: Recipe & Project Blog Hop

Mock Clotted Cream 

At first this doesn’t sound appealing, but if you have ever had clotted cream you will love this. Clotted cream is not easy to find in the US but this is a good substitute.

  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and sour cream. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat until smooth. Add cream and vanilla extract, beating until light and fluffy. Refrigerate until needed. Original recipe is from Tea Time Magazine. Be sure to take a look for some amazing recipes for your tea party.

Caramel Brownie Bites 

  • Brownies cut into 1 inch circles
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Caramel Sauce
  • chopped nuts

These couldn’t be easier.  I found some Pillsbury Brownie Bites at the store, cut them in half to resemble a layered cake. Put a dab of frosting in between the layers, spooned on some caramel sauce, then topped with chopped pecans and a raspberry. They looked so elegant but were so easy.

If you can’t find the brownie bites just bake you favorite brownies, allow to cool. Cut into 1 inch circles or squares. Depending on the thickness you might want to stack two of them or cut them in half like I did.

These can easily be changed up by using pound cake, mini cupcakes, and different flavors of filling such as strawberry cream cheese. MMMM

Next time your in town, drop by for a spot of tea

and I will mix up a batch of fresh scones! 

Would you like a spot of tea?

My friend Gregg has an adorable daughter named Simone decided to come spend the weekend with us.  Chris just adores Simone so Gregg and I like to get them together for play dates. I suggested to Chris that we have a tea party and he became very excited.  We spent two days planning the menu, changing our minds and deciding what to do. Since the weather is so hot I decided to do as little baking as possible. Except for scones, you just have to have scones.

Here is the menu:

The tea party was a hit and the food turned out great. The sandwiches can easily be made ahead of time but try to bake the scones fresh, they were so good fresh out of the oven. Over the next week I will share and link to the recipes outlined above.

First tip- When planning your menu keep in mind who your guests are, Greg and Simone are vegetarians but they will eat cheese and eggs occasionally, Simone is also only 7 years old so I didn’t want to make anything with complex flavors or too unusual. I thought the pickle sandwiches would be her favorite but she couldn’t get enough of the cucumber ones and of course the brownie bites. I had water and apple juice in case she didn’t like tea but she loved the Huckleberry.

Planning the Menu – Well before the party outline your menu, and make a list of recipes. I often find that I have way to many desserts or sweet treats that I plan on making. By outlining my menu I am able to limit myself and see how all the foods fit together.  Don’t try too many new, complicated, or unusual recipes. Keep it simple, my specialty is desserts and I always have 2-3 choices but have learned to make only 1/2 a recipe or single serving sizes so I don’t have as many left overs.  After the menu is set, I print out each recipe and make the shopping list.

Prepping for the party – Go shopping a day or two before the party. It never fails when I go shopping I come up with several new ideas such as the brownie bites above (Originally I was going to make a strawberry trifle).  Lay out your printed recipes and set the ingredients next to the recipe. Prep as much as you can the day before.  If I am baking I will measure the dry ingredients and put them in containers so it is one less thing to do the day off. Chop vegetables and mix what you can. Wash the dishes so every thing is clean and ready the day of.  When possible I like to make up as much of the food as I can the day ahead. The cucumber spread, egg salad, and Brownie bites can easily be made the night before. You do want to allow enough time for them to at least chill in the fridge.

Setting the table – When choosing what dishes I use I think about how much time I will probably spend in the kitchen doing the dishes. I save old butter and yogurt containers through out the year and use those in my prep so the day of I can just throw them out. They are also nice if guests want to take home left overs.  I have no problem using paper plates, just buy the nice ones so they hold up better.  Since there were only 4 of us I brought out my best china, silver, and depression glass.

The china is a set my Father bought for my Grandmother when he was in Vietnam. I remember seeing the set in my Grandmothers china cabinet but I never remember her using it.  When she died much of it was still in the original boxes, wrapped in what looked to be the original paper.  I thought it was sad that such a beautiful set was never used and possibly enjoyed. It reminded me of an episode of Little House on the Prairie. The mother got a set of china and packed it away for a special occasion. At the end she served dinner to the family on the china and said special dishes are for special people.  I loved that idea and am always looking for excuses to pull out my special dishes. Over the years some have broken, chipped, and become scratched but the memories I have of the special people will always be there.  They have helped me create memories instead of collecting dust. So I encourage you to surprise your loved ones by pulling out those special dishes and make a simple dinner or lunch an event.

and on the eigth day God created Duct Tape!

My favorite husband had to go to a friends house to take care of the cats and dragged me along to go help him out and keep him company. He said he missed me and wanted to spend some time with me.  I got dressed and grabbed my purse and was about to head out the door when I noticed something strange in my purse.

Jule: Hey, there is duct tape in my purse!?! ( a big roll of duct tape)

Chris: (with a smile and a wink) Why yes there is!

Jule: (With a puzzled look on my face; I was trying to figure out what was going on.) The light bulb went off and I said Hey, were going to The Red Green Show!

I you haven’t heard of it The Red Green Show is a show about/for men that was filmed for the Canadian version of PBS.  Well, it is about men for men but really makes fun of men but… Err. Well, it seems to be  life observations by a pretty funny guy. He also invents these great Rube Goldberg machines out of old cars, washing machines, vans, boats, and duct tape; Lots and lots of duct tape…

Most of the show is a monologue by the main character. Funny stories abound about the strange things people do in Canada, which can be quite strange and very entertaining. It is centered around the fictional  “Possum Lodge” and even has a motto and the “Man’s Prayer” : “I am a man, but I can change if I have to, I guess.”  It was a brilliant long running spoof (300 episodes!) of outdoorsy type man shows and is worth a look. Even cooler, all of the episodes can be viewed for free on the website.

When asked by his brother to describe the character and genre of the show my husband replied: “Its just… Canadian, very Canadian. You just have to watch it for yourself.”  On that I would have to agree.