Afternoon Tea Party

I have been hosting a number of afternoon teas at home recently as a great setting for old friends to catch up and for new friendships to blossom.  What better way to relax with a cup of specially selected tea along with all freshly made sandwiches, desserts and good conversation?  I only wish we can do this everyday.

First on the menu were two new flavors of scones:

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

Strawberry Buttermilk and Orange Raisin. I have made different versions of strawberry buttermilk scones in the past.  Although they tasted pretty good, I was not entirely satisfied with it.  This new version finally met my own bench mark with just the right amount of moisture and taste.  The Orange Raisin scones were made with freshly grated orange zest

Orange Raisin Scones

and preservative-free raisins.  The taste of scones fresh out of the oven with generous amount of whipped cream and jam is just heavenly!  If you don’t have the luxury of having a scone fresh out of the over, see my post “How to have a Scone at its Best” for tips.  A warm scone makes a world of difference in taste!  These scones are now available for purchase at https://tweetealicious.com/scones/.

Next up on the menu were two kinds of delicious finger sandwiches made by two friends who specialize in savory food.  One was with turkey, smoked sharp cheddar, cranberry sauce and topped with a horse radish mayonnaise on cinnamon raisin bread.  The other was a roast beef sandwich with carmelized onion topped with a spicy honey mustard sauce on whole wheat bread.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
Cream Puff

For pastries, I made some filled-to-the brim cream puffs that were freshly piped.  Store bought cream puffs tend to become soggy quickly.  With these home-made cream puffs, you could taste the still crusty shell with that nicely sweet and creamy vanilla pastry cream dripping from each bite.  In addition to the cream puffs, I made a new flavor of Shortbread Cookies – Chocolate Chocolate Chip.  This cookie flavor was inspired by my friend, Pat, who had requested a double chocolate cake for her birthday.  These Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies were made with gourmet quality cocoa powder and one of the highest rated chocolate chips.  They are buttery, with a full chocolate taste, and with a nice bite of chocolate chips that are of just the right softness.  These are now available for purchase at https://tweetealicious.com/cookies/.

Brown Velvet Cake
Brown Velvet CakeBrown Velvet Cake

To complete the afternoon tea experience, the final item is a delicious and moist Brown Velvet Cake frosted with a beautiful cream cheese frosting.  It is essentially a Red Velvet Cake without all the red coloring.  As I cringe at the idea of putting in the amount of red coloring from all of the recipes I see, I decided to go all natural.  The taste?  Fantastic!  The not so sweet cream cheese frosting was a perfect balance to a velvety textured chocolate cake.

Finally, we have two drinks to accompany the wonderful afternoon tea time.  For our tea selection, I used a white tea, courtesy of my friend, Lisa, from Chambre de Sucre Gourmet Artisanal Sugars (http://www.chambredesucre.com).  The tea was very fragrant and smelled and tasted wonderful.  For our cold drink, my friend, May, made a great virgin mojito that consisted of fresh mint, lime, agave nectar and seltzer water.  It was delightfully refreshing.

I hope you will also have the opportunity of enjoying afternoon tea with some wonderful friends.  If you ever want to have an afternoon tea catered, please email me at tweetealicious@gmail.com.

Trivia of the Day – September 23

Dried Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

“With its origins in a hardened biscuit bread that was common in the Middle Ages, shortbread may have existed as early as the 1100s, though legend gives Mary, Queen of Scots the credit for developing it in the 1500s. She enjoyed eating a traditional form of shortbread called Petticoat Tails, which were triangular wedges cut from the shortbread round, resembling the shape of fabric pieces used to make women’s petticoats in that era.” (Information from ehow.com)

Check out the buttery Shortbread Cookies by Twee-tea-licious on the Cookies page at www.tweetealicious.com/cookies/.

Trivia of the Day – September 22

Kenyan Spiced Tea Cookies

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

Shortbread was expensive and reserved as a luxury for special occasions such as Christmas, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve), and weddings, according to Wikipedia.  In Shetland, it is traditional to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride on the entrance of her new house.

The Shortbread Cookies made by Twee-tea-licious use 100% butter as their fat which gives the cookies a delicious buttery taste.  Check them out on the Cookies page at www.tweetealicious.com/cookies/.

Trivia of the Day – September 21

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

Sesame Peanut Shortbread Cookies

Early Scottish bakers fought to prevent shortbread from being classified as a biscuit to avoid paying a government tax on biscuits.

The Shortbread Cookies made by Twee-tea-licious use 100% butter as their fat which gives the cookies a delicious buttery taste.  Check them out on the Cookies page at http://www.tweetealcious.com/cookies/.

Trivia of the Day – September 20

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Most “authentic” shortbread recipes use only real butter for their fat.  In 1921 the British government proclaimed that, in order to be called shortbread, a product must get at least 51% of its fat from real butter.

The Shortbread Cookies made by Twee-tea-licious use 100% butter as their fat which gives the cookies a delicious buttery taste.  Check them out on the Cookies Page of http://www.tweetealcious.com/cookies/.

Trivia of the Day – September 19

Why was Shortbread Cookies called “shortbread”?

Dried Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
  1. Because of the amount of shortening used
  2. Because it is a cookie like a miniature bread
  3. Because it was made by accident while a baker was trying to make bread
  4. Because the making process is much shorter than making bread

 

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Answer: 1

The name “shortbread” came from the amount of butter used.  Butter is a shortening that shortens the long protein or gluten strands formed in the dough.  The long protein strands give the dough a tough and elastic texture.  For Shortbread Cookies to be crumbly, butter is used to shorten the gluten strands.

Check out the delicious and crumbly Shortbread Cookies on the Cookies Page of http://www.tweetealcious.com/cookies/.

Welcome to Twee-tea-licious!

Welcome to Twee-tea-licious!

Twee-tea-licious.com is a home based bakery that makes uniquely flavored shortbread cookies, soft crumbly scones and other delicious desserts for family and friends.  These tasty treats are great for tea time and any time, as it is my philosophy that one can never be too full for a little bit of sweets.

All of our baked goods are made from scratch with fresh and gourmet quality ingredients to ensure best tasting product.

Please check out the pages showing available product.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email me at tweetealicious@gmail.com.  I hope you like this site.

Flora