Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Recipes: Tea Treats

Summer is a wonderful time to host a tea party. If you are wondering what to serve along with your tea, Old Fashioned Living has numerous ideas that can help. We've outlined a few below, as well as included links to some tasty recipes out there in blogland. First, Brenda has put together some fabulous recipes, a summer tea menu in fact, that I know you will love:

A Summer Tea Menu
By Brenda Hyde

Near the end of the summer, when it's just starting to cool off, is a lovely time to give a small tea party with family and friends. Pick a bouquet from your flower gardens for your centerpiece. If you have a vegetable garden, send some of your harvest home with your guests along with a small bouquet. The cherry recipes use dried cherries, but if you have fresh cherries in your area be sure to place some in a pretty bowl for guests.

Herbed Quiche Appetizer

10 eggs
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 pound Swiss cheese, grated
1 can sliced mushrooms (8 oz.)
1/2 cup butter -- melted
1 tablespoon minced herbs---oregano, parsley, minced
garlic, basil, chives, chervil, etc.
salt and pepper to season

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large bowl, beat eggs, cottage cheese, flour, baking powder and seasoned salt. Stir in cheese, mushrooms, butter, salt, pepper and the herbs. Pour into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish. Bake uncovered 15 minutes at 400 degrees . Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 35-40 minutes. Cut into bite-size squares. Serve hot or cold.

Mini Onion Tarts

1 1/2 cup butter cracker crumbs
1/3 cups butter
2 cup chopped sweet onion
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. minced fresh parsley

Combine crumbs and two-thirds of the butter in a bowl and mix well. Press the mixture on the bottom and up the sides of mini muffin tins. Heat remaining butter in a skillet, over medium heat, add onions and sauté for 10-12 minutes, until tender and just beginning to caramelize. Divide onions among muffin cups. Now combine milk, eggs, and salt and whisk well. Pour over the onions into muffin cups. Divide the grated cheese between muffin cups and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and gently remove from muffin tin. Garnish with minced parsley and serve warm.

Cherry Scones

1/3 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup Half and Half -- plus 1 tablespoon
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon almond extract

Soak cherries in hot water for 10 minutes and then drain and set aside. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolk, sour cream, cream and extract. Add the sour cream mixture to the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Mix in the cherries and then knead the dough lightly on a floured surface just until dough can be handled. Shape dough into a ball and pat into a 6-inch circle on a greased baking sheet. Cut into six wedges and brush with beaten egg white and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cherry Cheese Spread

1 cup dried cherries
1 cup water
2- 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

In a small heavy pan simmer the dried cherries in water until water is reduced to about a tablespoon. Remove pan from the heat and cool. In a medium sized bowl, beat the remaining ingredients together with the cherries and water once they have cooled. Serve with scones or crackers.

Cherry Tea

6 cups water
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
4 tea bags---black or green tea
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Boil the water, remove from heat and add the tea bags. Brew for 5 minutes. Pour into a teapot with the juices. Serve in cups warm, or over ice. This is easily doubled.

Shortbread Cookies

2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
scant 1 cup (a little less than 1 cup) of corn starch

To get the instructions, click here

Grown-Up Southern Tea Room
Chutney Chicken Salad for Two

1/2 of a stalk of celery, chopped
1 thick slice of red onion, chopped
1/2 of a small apple, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons of chopped pecans
12 red seedless grapes, cut in half
2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of mango chutney (like Major Grey's)
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups of chopped cooked chicken
Four slices of fresh white or whole wheat bread, or two large croissants
Additional mayo for bread
Curly lettuce and tomato, optional

To get the instructions, click here

Cinnamon Chip Scones

2 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 c. butter
1/2 c. cinnamon chips, heaping
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

To get the instructions, click here

Cherry Tassies

1 1/4 cups butter, softened
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely crushed striped round peppermint candies (about 18)
48 red maraschino cherries or liquor-flavored maraschino cherries with stems, drained
Coarse sugar

To get the instructions, click here

See the rest of their tea party menu, including Cucumber sandwiches, scones and other goodies here

Sour Cherry Financier

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup powdered or caster sugar
1/2 cup almond meal
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
24 sour cherries, pitted from the bottom so the stem remains attached (process described above)

To get the instructions, click here

Strawberry Tea Bread

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 cups sugar
4 well-beaten eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries

To get the instructions, click here

Creamy Date Nut Filling

5 packages of cream cheese softened(20 oz.)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c chopped walnuts
2 2/3 c chopped dates

To get the instructions and to see other fillings, click here

Coconut Cherry Petits Gateaux

1/2 cup (100gr) sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup (125ml) coconut milk
2 tablespoons (30gr) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1 3/4 cups (220gr) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
3 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds, chopped

To get the instructions click here

Pastry Cream Filled Fillo Shells

1 large box instant chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
fruit for garnish (such as mandarin oranges cut in half, raspberries, strawberry slices, banana slices, etc)

To get the instructions click here

Classic Shortbread

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for the pan
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

To get the instructions click here

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
Cream Cheese Filling:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
Lemon Curd:

4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon corn starch
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons butter

To get the instructions click here


  1. So many great recipes! My plan is to make a totally different menu every year....this is going to help me sooo much!

    Thanks for including my recipe!

  2. this is such a great post! i'm always looking for new ideas for tea parties (my friends and i are always having them!), so this is a great resource. and thanks for including my recipe as well!

  3. This is a wonderful post with many wonderful recipes that I am anxious to try with my friends at my tea parties. The cherry tea with the cherry scones intrigue me. Thanks you so much for sharing!

  4. Glad you all enjoyed it!

  5. Fantastic post! I'm so glad I found your blog. :)


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