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, August 11, 2010

A Sweet Tea

In the South, a sweet tea, is a glass of icy cold iced tea sweetened with sugar . . . .

But at Linderhof, a Sweet Tea, is afternoon tea for friends with "sweets" only -- no sandwiches -- no scones.

And last week, two friends came to Linderhof to enjoy a Sweet Tea. One friend we were saying good by to -- for she's leaving us. What better way to bid her adieu than around the tea table.
A sunny (and hot) day -- but even though the garden is a bit parched and weedy, the breakfast room overlooking the garden is still an ideal spot for tea.
With a lace cloth and tea napkins and mother of pearl handled forks.
And my Spode Famille Rose china teacups and saucers. Special cups and plates for a special tea.
A homemade cake on a pedestal and two tiered curate filled with boughten sweet treats. And because this is a special tea, the silver tea pot.
Tarts -- apricot and cherry. Filled with pastry cream, fresh fruit and glazed.

My favorite -- French macaroons. Lemon, strawberry and pistachio.

And a true English tea cake -- a golden sponge -- made rich with egg yolks, lots of vanilla and chunk full of golden raisins. Then dusted with powdered sugar. To serve the cake with -- one of my antique silver cake servers.

A feast for the afternoon. Cake, tarts and macaroons.

We had pots and pots of tea, ate, visited and ate some more. When friends Marilyn and Shirley Ann left to go home, there was nothing left but crumbs (and a piece or two of cake for Husband Jim's dessert that evening).

We'll miss Marilyn when she moves away, all too quickly, but it was good to have this girl time before she goes. Before we have to say farewell.

It's Thursday and so it's time to join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for it's Tablescape Thursday.


2 cups flour
1 T. baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
3 egg yolks, well beaten
1 T. vanilla
3/4 cup milk
1/2 c. golden raisins
Baker's Syrup

Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare an 8 inch springform pan by lightly oiling and then dusting with flour (or use Pam).

Sift together the flour and baking powder and set aside. Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy; and blend in the beaten egg yolks and vanilla. Begin adding the dry ingredients and milk alternately, gently beating them in after each addition. Stir in the raisins.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and place in the center of the oven. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour or until skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and while the cake is still hot, paint liberally with warm Baker's syrup -- and really liberally. Allow to cool in pan.

Turn out onto a cake plate. Because of the liberal use of the Baker's syrup, this cake will stay fresh for a week on a covered cake plate.

Baker's Syrup

1 cup sugar
2 T. butter
1 T. vanilla

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Use warm to paint on cakes. Can be kept in refrigerator and reheated.


Lyn said...

Lovely tea. The cakes look delicious and on such a pretty cake stands.

The Tablescaper said...

Such a lovely tea. Love the tiered stand and the macaroons!

- The Tablescaper

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, you sent her off with some lovely memories- she will miss you
xoxo Pattie

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"SO SWEET"! You know I'm there when there is Lace involved AND NOW I'm craving your goodies too"... The table is "Delicious"! Hugs, Donna

Susie A. said...

I'm not sure where I've been the past 2 years, but I love your blog! Life + Style sent me here. I haven't had time to get to many of the past blogs, but wondered if you remember any great bread recipes. Years ago I had a starter bread recipe that you fed. In the end the taste of the bread reminded me of the Hawaiian loaves available at stores, only better as home made. Cynthia thought you either had a recipe such as this or one with a similar outcome. I am so enjoying slowly going over your past blogs and look forward to each day's new one. Thanks. Susie

Susie A. said...

Thanks again for your blog and the wonderful inspiration. Hope to hear from you on the bread.

Beth said...

Martha, your tablecloth and teacups are so pretty. I really think those macaroons are pretty too! Glad you had a good time with your friends.

Barbara said...

Your tablecloth looks so pretty with those lovely dishes. The food looks delicious. How wonderful to have a special tea to say goodbye.

Pondside said...

I'll bet it would be worth moving just to be invited for tea a Linderhof....that cake looked yummy.

Martha said...

Susie A -- I think what you're referring to is called Amish Friendship Bread. You keep a started in the fridge and bake bread from it. You also give away your starter to friends. Just google "Amish Friendship Bread" and you'll find lots of information and recipes.

Rachel said...

I am in the South but I prefer your Sweet Tea better! I have already drooled on my laptop thanks to your macaroons!
Thanks for sharing!

craftyles said...

Pretty table. The goodies look delicious! I love the cake stand!

parTea lady said...

Your sweet tea looks wonderful. What pretty Spode china, dainty linens and silver teapot. The sweets look delicious - thanks for the golden sponge recipe.

Marlis said...

lovely, charming. It all came together so perfectly. Love the food pics..

Sue said...

There really is nothing better than girl time and tea! I'm sure your friends loved their visit and all the yummy treats. Everything is very pretty.

michele said...

The silver teapot is beautiful and large. The entire table setting is adorable. Nice idea of just cake with tea, no sandwiches, etc.

Entertaining Women said...

It must have been an extremely special time for your friends and you...tea on the porch. Is the lovely teapot Towle. We have the Towle Lafayette silver tea service, and the pots are quite similar in shape. Your teapot is truly a treasure! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

BumbleVee said...

cherry tarts for me please!

Amy said...

Your 'sweet tea' looked devine! How nice of you to have such an occasion to bid your friend goodbye. Everything looks yummy?

Marigene said...

Sweet tea sounds wonderful...I love macarons. Beautiful table, beautiful china.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What a beautifully set table and the cake recipe reminds me of a hot milk sponge cake I made many years ago.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~