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« on: September 27, 2009 11:48:35 AM »

here in ireland the one thing we can depend on is rain, There is no point in telling people to come for afternoon tea next week, because it might rain. So last Sunday on a stolen afternoon of sunshine (stolen from another country, it certainly never originated here!) I sms-ed some friends and invited them to afternoon tea. On the menu was

Cucumber sandwiches (of course!) they are surprisingly delicious, thin white bread, cream cheese and thin (peeled) slices of cucumber, plenty of salt and pepper.
Egg salad sandwiches.

Scones...(in the US they are similar to biscuits, but with a harder crust) these were great, they were cardomom and orange flavoured, served with some honeyed and oranged creamcheese/butter..so good!

Chocolate, marmalade and nutella cake (this is excellent and so easy to make,let me know if anyone wants the recipe)
125g of butter (use real butter. nothing else tastes as good)
50g good quality chocolate (I use 70% callibraud belgian chocolate..again you should use the good stuff)
75g of Nutella (aka elixier of the gods, if you cant buy it there are recipes online to make it)
300g of orange marmalade
150g of sugar
pinch of salt
2 large eggs, beaten
150g of self raising flour
1 tsp baking power

preheat oven to 190degrees Centigrade
Melt butter in a heavy based pan over a low heat, when nearly melted add in broken up chocolate and nutella, take it off the heat and stir until smooth (try not to eat it all at this stage..but you can lick the spoon)
Add marmalade, sugar, salt and eggs stirring in well with wooden spoon
Beat in flour and baking powder (gently and slowly)
Put in a greased tin, (I used one that was about 8 inches) bake for about 50 minutes, cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out.

this is rich and yummy and didnt need frosting, I just dusted it with powdered sugar.

I got this recipe online originally on the world nutella day website, but havent been able to find it since so I cant quote the source.

Pesto and feta scone twists...good...

2 1/4 cups self raising flour
2 teaspoons of caster sugar (not sure what you call this in the US its just fine granules of sugar, I never have it in the house so I always use regular sugar)
1/4 tsp salt
30g butter
1 cup milk (approx)
100g hard goats cheese
ground black pepper
Jar of basil pesto (You wont use it all)

sift flour, sugar and salt into a bowl, rub in butter until mix is like breadcrumbs, stir enough milk to give a light soft sticky dough. Dont work this dough too much, you need cool hands and a light touch, minimal handling because unlike yeast doughs too much handling will make it tough.
Turn out onto floured board, form into rectangle about 17cm by 30cm, spread dough with pesto and crumbled cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
Cut crossways into 3cm strips, take each end and loop dough as if you were going to knot it, tuck in the ends and put knots onto greased baking tray
Bake in a very hot oven for 15 minutes. 240-250 C (500f)


these are behind the chocolate cake in the picture below.
This is a variation on a recipe from the austrialian womans weekly cookbook on muffins scones and breads. their cookbooks are fantastic and well worth getting, there is a whole range of them and they are not expensive.

soo yummy


chocolate muffins. with peanut butter ....mmmm

A big pot of (hot) irish tea (the cool tea cosy in the pic was liberated from a thrift shop in australia, coincidentally it has the colours of my local hurling and football team) The table cloth is a piece of fabric that I tie-dyed when I lived in australia

Pink lemonade to drink..

it was fun, there was sun and everything was so good.

« Last Edit: September 29, 2009 10:40:52 AM by edelC » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2009 11:57:12 AM »

Sounds delicious!  I love tea.  I am interested in the nutella recipe if you would like to type it up Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009 12:16:14 PM »

Looks delicious, I'm jealous. Despite the possibility of rain, having afternoon tea in Ireland sounds divine. So does tie-dyeing down under.

Are those elephant napkins?
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2009 12:34:19 PM »

those are elephant paper napkins, they were on clearance at IKEA ages ago. very cute
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2009 12:54:50 PM »

That all looks delicious. I'm not familiar with a formal Irish tea, but what exactly are the pliers for? Holding one's cucumber sandwiches?
And on a completely different topic, I have knitted that tea cosy, not once, but twice.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2009 01:14:54 PM »

lol...I think I was fixing some jewellery...there always seem to be random things in my photos...and this is not an irish afternoon tea, we dont have that tradition....potato sandwiches dont taste so good. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2009 12:56:36 AM »

That looks absolutely scrummy. I'd love the recipes for:

Chocolate, marmalade and nutella cake

Pesto and feta scone twists...good...

chocolate muffins. with peanut butter
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009 01:40:39 AM »

it looks so yummy- i'd be intrested in the recipe for the nutella cake( my brother loves nutella^^)
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2009 03:26:40 AM »

Oh, what fun! I love tea!

Edelc, that chocolate, marmalade and nutella cake sounds dangerously yummy. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2009 04:35:55 AM »

I am still scouring the house for the recipe...of course I cant find where i originally got it online, but I will get it later today...promise...
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