Friday, I went to the little town east of here to have lunch with a friend. After lunch, we visited some of the flea markets.
And I was determined that something I had found mid December at one, if it was still there I would go ahead and get. (Sometimes in December, I have a hard time buying things for myself!)
And yes, there it was and remarkably it was 33% off for they were having an after Christmas sale! Sometimes, I guess, it pays to wait!!!
A box of "tartlet tin", 4 different shapes and Made in Sweden . . . . .
And inside -- four little tartlet tins, never used. I didn't get them originally because I have some -- I've used them to make pastry crusts for tea tarlets. Bought without a box ages and ages ago. I reasoned that I didn't need more even if they were in their own little box!
But under the tins was this recipe for Sand Bakkels. Which I've never heard of but seemed simple enough. The directions, however, had me confused as to whether or not they were to be filled after baking -- the outside of the box DID say "tartlet tins"!
And so to the internet, where I found out that they were really Norwegian cookies, they were baked in these molds and they were not filled! Mostly baked at Christmas time, it seems. But, why, I wonder were my little molds Made in Sweden?
The recipe is easy and goes together quickly and soon I had a cookie sheet full of dough in these little molds.
And they unmolded very easily -- I love the little shapes and although they do really look like cakes in the picture, they are cookies -- a buttery almond flavored cookie. Similar in taste, I think, to an almond shortbread.
Today, it is snowing on the prairie -- our first real snow of the 2010/2011 winter. Big fat flakes are falling and what better day to stay inside (and continue with house cleaning). But cleaning can't go on forever and so when the grandfather clock in the living room strikes quarter past three, I stop and put the kettle on.
For every afternoon at half past three, it's time for tea and a nosh.
At the breakfast room table, with a cookbook (I'm looking for recipes for a luncheon I'm giving on the 18th), watching the snow falling, sipping tea and nibbling on the Sand Bakkels.
They are a bit of a trouble but I like shortbread type cookies and these are really fantastic! And I love their shapes! And they go so well with tea (or with coffee).
It's more of a celebratory tea so I'm using a Spode pot and cup and saucer and plate. It's a celebratory tea because it's finally snowing and the garden is always so pretty in the snow!!! Much needed moisture for the plants and more of our feathered friends come to the feeders and bird bath because of the snow!
It's Tuesday which means that it's Tea Tuesday! I'm sharing my Sand Bakkels with:
Tabletop Tuessday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life
Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations
Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air
Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor
Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage