Monday, August 8, 2011

Tea Party! with Recipes

I had a tea party yesterday - and promised to share some recipes.
First thing is to set the table . . . and make some herby centerpieces. Coleus and potato vine, asparagus fern, sage, and some of the herbs I didn't put in the food - parsley, basil and rosemary.
Table is all set!
Le Menu:
Chilled Peach Champagne Soup
Salmon Mousse Hearts
Cucumber Herbed Cream Cheese
Tomato and Aged Cheddar
Shrimp Salad
Raspberry Scones with Raspberry Cream Cheese
Fudgy Brownies with Praline Topping
Tea Assortment
Food preparation - champagne for the soup - and the cook!

Peach Champagne Soup
5 Local Ripe Peaches, peeled and stones removed
Superfine sugar to taste, about 1/2 cup depending how sweet the peaches are.
Juice from 1/4 lemon
Put the 1st three items in the blended and puree. Store overnight in the refrigerator. Before serving, add 2 to 3 cups champagne. Stir together with a whisk and serve chilled.
Drink the rest of the champagne.

Fudgy Brownies with Praline Topping
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks butter
4 squares bittersweet chocolate
4 squares semisweet chocolate
(eat the rest of the chocolate - it's good for you)
Get really good chocolate
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
5 eggs
5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons water
2 cups confectioners sugar.

Oven 350* Butter a 13 x 9 inch pan.
Mix flour and salt in a small bowl.
Melt butter and chocolates over low heat, stirring
frequently. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and
sugar. Add eggs, stir until well-mixed.
Stir in flour mixture and spread in prepared pan.
 Bake about 30 minutes.

Praline topping: Heat 5 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar over medium heat until mixturebubbles, about 5 minutes. With a wire whisk beat in 1 tablespoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons water. Stir in 2 cups confectioners sugar. Spread over cooled brownies.

Making the praline - and the finished brownies!
Salmon Mousse Hearts
, , , and the Raspberry Scones
I forgot a picture of the sandwiches - until they were all eaten! They looked nice on the white three-tier server though!
The guests:

I've set you a place! Love, Linda
"Make thee a box of rosemary, and smell to it, and it shall preserve thy youth."
Wm Shakespeare


  1. This looks like so much fun! I love tea parties! Your table setting is beautiful and looks so fresh and gardeny. The food looks yummy and thanks for sharing a few recipes too! :)

  2. Ahh so elegant and such a sense of satisfaction when the people you invite enjoy themselves and how delightful for those that are invited that you thought enought of them to make so much effort!

  3. I was lucky enough to be invited! Everything was delightful and delicious!

  4. I grew up when they were still having tea parties. My Mom and I would be invited and I loved getting all dressed up and wearing gloves and a pretty hat! I wonder why those sweet times went away?

    Your party is so pretty....beautiful settings and the food looks scrumptious!

    Thank you for the visit!

  5. Linda- what a beautiful post. A wonderful tea party- the food is utterly fabulous. Thanks for that great brownie recipe- love it!