Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time for Tea

There's been a whole lot of baking going on around here to accompany afternoon tea.
On Friday I made jam shortbread cookies.  By Saturday they were gone (some were given to friends).
On Saturday, I made pecan shortbread with chocolate, covered in powdered sugar.  The last few have just been eaten while drinking a nice cup of rooibus with cinnamon and ginger and reading my new little book of tea stories and quotes.
... the real wealth of the tea table lies in its ability to enrich the everyday, gild the moment with importance, and celebrate the loosening of the day's demands.
(Catherine Calvert from "Having Tea")

Last week, I made apple cake.
3/4 cup flour; 1 tsp baking powder; pinch of salt; 1/2 cup of sugar (or a little less); 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup milk; 1/4 cup canola oil; 1 egg; 1 peeled & diced apple.
To top it off, I mixed together a little sour cream and mascarpone cheese with a tiny bit of powdered sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

And yesterday, a banana cake.
1-1/2 mashed bananas; 1/2 cup sugar; 1 egg; 1 cup flour; 1 tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp baking soda; 1/2 tsp salt; 1/4 canola oil; 1 TBS water.
For the icing, I blended together powdered sugar, honey, 1 TBS butter and lemon juice til smooth.
It goes perfectly with organic honeybush & lemon tea.

Today I'm joining Kimmie at Art in Red Wagons for Tea on Tuesday.
Have a terrific day!


Kate said...

Hi Tammy
I wanted to stop by and say hello to your corner of the world! Love the yummy desserts and good reads.
Wishing you a beautiful week!!


Mereknits said...

Lovely tea, I will be right over to enjoy it with you. Can I bring anything?

Linda said...

I generally don't use our oven much during the summer, only occasionally baking or cooking, because it's so hot and humid and even within our little 1200 square foot home - it has high ceilings - and the small central air unit runs and runs continually all day on the hottest days and having the oven on, just makes that worse. So, winter time is our time for baking. But that being shared, I did bake potato chip cookies for my friend's party over the weekend and will be making those along with some other goodies for our upcoming big summer event this weekend.

Hope you are enjoying a nice week,
Linda :)

~*~Patty S said...


I could get in trouble if I were close to you and your taste tempting treats dear Tammy...each one looks mouth wateringly delicious

Happy T day to you

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Everything looks so yummy!

Being from the South the only way I really drink tea is with ice and sugar, but some the teas you talk about, really make me want to try them....but you know I am still gonna have to put sugar and ice in them! :)

Wishing you a lovely day and blessings always. :)

Createology said...

Oh how my tummy is growling for your delicious treats you are baking. I shouldn't be reading this before I have eaten my breakfast...hmmm those slices of apple or banana cake would be perfect...with a spot of tea please.

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Tammy! Your baking creations sound wonderful!

kimmie said...

I love how your tempting treats have such simple ingredients and are healthy too! I would never have thought of making a frosting with sour cream and mascarpone cheese - so much more nutritious than butter and powdered sugar whipped into a frenzy :)

Happy Tuesday ( and you know it's the summer holiday when you forget what day it is! )

vintage grey said...

Hi Tammy! Your family must love all these yummy treats you are baking! They all looks so tasty! Happy Tuesday! xo Heather

Elna said...

I think I'll go to you for afternoon thea *smile*.


Barbara Jean said...

Yummmm. And frosting sounds yummy too.

Thanks for your visits sweet girl

blessings on your week


val said...

gosh I had apple cake YEARS ago...seeing your makes me want to make one....yum!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I wasn't hungry until I stopped by. Since it's nearly 1 pm here, I think I'll look for something to eat. Nothing as good as what YOU have been making, because you are the BEST baker I've ever read! And of course, I must get some of that rooibus tea. Have a super rest of Tea Tuesday.

crafty cat corner said...

I like the idea of blending honey butter and lemon juice with the sugar, I'm going to try that.
You might be interested in my last post, its about a ginger cat similar to Jingles.

peli said...

you sure do a lot of baking!!! all these different cakes and cookies...you amaze me !!! i dont have the energy to bake that much...to be honest i hate all the washing up i have to do afterwards...plus we're trying to loose some weight (with no luck)..
have a great time!!!xxx

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Yumm! But I'll have mine with coffee. The only time tea tastes good to me is when I'm sick. My daughter made some chocolate chip bread today - it should be ready in about 30 minutes!

Mistea said...

Delicious - it sounds like tea time is perfect at your house.
A slice of that banana cake would be perfect for breakfast.
Enjoy your day and stay cool.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I would love to come for tea at your place.... all that baking... and the apple cake looks delicious... we are making your choc chip cookies later today... happy tea day...xx

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I just want to be your neighbor. ;) You are such a good cook! blessings ~ tanna

Catherine said...

Tammy everything you've baked sounds absolutely delicious and perfect to go with a cup of tea just about now:) The book you are reading sounds lovely I think I might have to try and find myself a copy. x

Diane said...

I wasn't even hungry until I read your post, everything sounds just so delicious. Diane

Anonymous said...

Wow, you really have been doing a lot of baking! I don't bake unless there is a special occasion. You know me and sweets. I have some dark chocolate I will enjoy tonight, 86% isnt that a odd number?

Susan said...

Holy Toledo, Tammy. You are reed slender even after baking all those yummies. I am JEALOUS. I could NOT eat just a nibble. I'd want ALL of them. They really look scrumptuos. Susan

June said...

I think I gain weight just coming to visit you Tammy : ) You are always whipping something wonderful up.
hugs from here...

Dianne said...

I may be gaining weight just looking at these wonderful treats...they look so yummy! thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your combination of baking and stitching is a treat for the eyes!

Lori ann said...

what a delicious post, your cakes look fantastic. i've gotten so out of practice baking since all my children have moved out. i really should make something for my husband, i know he'd love it. thank you for the inspiration tammy, i hope your walks are not too uncomfortably hot!

p.s. rooibos is my favorite tea, love it!

Leah said...

I think I just put on two kilos reading this post! Look at that beautiful apple cake - mmmmmmmmm.

Have a fab week hon,

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

Yeah, you want us all to gain weight it looks like. But you certainly are a lovely cook who loves to spoil hers.
Enjoy your mid-week.
Love to you,

angeliki said...

Hi Tammy,
you did a lot of stuff last week, really amazing! Your banana cake caught my eye!!
Wish you a great day,

lovestitch said...

Hi Tammy,
You are great at baking (and cooking, too)! Those cakes look so yummy-yummy! I would prefer to enjoy them with a cup of coffee! :)
Hope your days are delicious always!!
Hugs, LS

girls bedroom said...

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crocheted at home said...

Hi Tammy! Your baking recibe wonderful.

Anne said...

Tammy, to me theres no better time spent then tea time. Thank you for spending time at my blog and leaving comments.

Sam I Am...... said...

Well, I was going to lay off the dessert for awhile but now you've been baking up such a storm of delicacies that my taste buds are raring to go again! Thanks for the recipes!

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