Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

After Dinner Coffee

Dinner at Linderhof when it is just the two of us rarely includes dessert. We prefer our sweet to be an afternoon nosh with tea and we're perfectly happy with fruit after dinner.

But, I had to make sweet treats for the Chamber of Commerce Coffee tomorrow and so I cadged a few to eat with our after dinner coffee.
It's not espresso but it's an espresso roast and it's a strong brew -- made, of course, in the French press. We're a bit informal when it is just the two of us and so two Spode blue room mugs are perfect for coffee (and after dinner coffee is always taken black) and the nosh -- also served on Spode Blue Room.
It's an old recipe that I call Linda's Crescents (but they're also known as Butterhorns). It's named "Linda's Crescents" because I got the recipe from co-worker Linda eons and eons ago. A simple recipe that I changed a bit because they were going to be served at the Chamber of Commerce Coffee hosted by the Garden Club. To make them more Garden Club appropriate, I added culinary lavender to the dough and then used vanilla rather than almond flavoring in the icing and sprinkled some more lavender on top.

It's Thursday, which means that it's Tabletop Thursday. So please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, to see what it on everyone's table this Thursday!

The recipe -- it's simple and oh, so good. For Christmas, I cut red and/or green maraschino cherries in half and top the crescents with them. They make a very festive Christmas cookie.


1 cup butter, softened
12 ounces cottage cheese
2 cups flour

Mix all together, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Divide dough into thirds and roll each third into a round. Cut each in 12 pieces and roll up as for a crescent roll. (From big side to little side). Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned.


2 T. butter, softened
1 T. milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla or almond flavoring

Mix powdered sugar into softened butter, add milk. Then add flavoring. Frost cooled crescents with the frosting.


Marlis said...

Your press is beautiful. Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try these this weekend.. off to get some lavender!

Anita Diaz said...

Yum, yum, looks great!! Love the french press too! I had one, but it got broken along the way.

The Tablescaper said...

Sometimes simple is best. These look delicious.

I'm hosting a new meme and would love to have you come and participate. It's called "Summer Sundays" and it's all about what summer means to YOU. Perhaps some beautiful flowers or herbs from your garden? Hope you'll come and join us.

- The Tablescaper

Allie and Pattie said...

I love the use of the lavender in these Martha- they look wonderful!
xoxo Pattie

Pondside said...

I love a recipe like this - they look melt-in-the-mouth!

Tricia said...

I wish I were your neighbor! You always bake the most scrumptious-looking-and-sounding goodies! And three ingredients in the dough? Love it! Your daily rituals sound wonderful, too!

Lynn said...

This looks like a great recipe, I think I'll try it!
PS-I made Aunt Addies Shortbread cookies and everyone loved them-thanks!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Oh, simple tablesettings are mostly very inviting and somehow relaxing, too. I like your table, it looks for a little tea very exclusive. Not at least because of this scrumptious looking crescents, which I will definately try. But mine will be called then "Linderhof-Crescents".
Greetings, Johanna

parTea lady said...

I love Spode Blue Room china. Those crescents sound yummy and I like that they only have three ingredients. Using the lavender was a great idea.

BumbleVee said...

oooh, yes.... Johanna said it.... we'll all call them Linderhof Crescents now...

I have some snowdrop anemones in my garden....well...let's face it...I have thousands of 'em.... and I call them Wendy's Weeds now... because they are soooo prolific and because a girl name Wendy gave them to us.... hhahahha.....

Kathy said...

Looks lovely and yummy. There's nothing better than a french press to my mind!

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha......I also use a French press. Love your recipe, they look melt-in-your--mouth..... Where do you get time????? Thanks for sharing again.

Dan said...

Loved the herb soup, and now something else for me to try! By coincidence, I have all the ingredients - will try these this weekend!
Hope everyone enjoyed them!!

Martha said...

There wasn't a crumb left this morning after the Chamber coffee -- they were ALL gone!

Bernideen said...

Another great post!

Barbara said...

These look delicious. I like your simplicity.

D.B. said...

Oh Martha, you've done it again! Beautiful, friendly, inviting.