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.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Solitary Tea

Every afternoon at half past three I stop for a cup of tea . . . and a treat! The birds have been very active the last few days and Squire Squirrel also has been to the feeders more than once a day!

Tea includes classical music playing softly in the background and often a book -- this day it was my latest (which just arrived in the mail) an 1897 copy of Pot-pourri from a Surrey
Garden by C. W. Earle.

I have two small teapots -- perfect for tea for me. This one is Asiatic Pheasant. A very British pattern. I love the softness of this blue and white!

Tulips (from the market -- not from my garden) in an old Mason pitcher and a glass pedastal
filled with . . .

Palmiers. A favorite of mine. There is usually a sack in the freezer waiting to be baked off and they go so perfectly with tea!


2 cups granulated sugar
1/8 t. kosher salt
2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix sugar and salt together. Pour 1 cup of the sugar/salt mixture on a flat surface. Unfoled each sheet of puff pastry onto the sugar and pour 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture on top, spreading it evenly on the puff pastry. This is not about sprinkling, it's about an even covering of sugar. With a rolling pin, roll the dough until it's 13 x 13 inches square and the sugar is pressed into the puff pastry on top and bottom. Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle. Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough. Then fold 1 half over the other half as though closing a book. You will have 6 layers. slice the dough into 3/8 inch slices and place the slices, cut side up, on baking sheets, lined with parchment paper. Place the second sheet of pastry on the sugared board, sprinkling with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar/salt mixture and continue as above. (There will be quite a bit of sugar left on the board.) Slice and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment or silpat.

Bake the cookies for 6 minutes until caramelized and brown on the brown on the bottom, then turn with a spatula and bake another 3 to 5 minutes, until caramelized on the other side. Transfer to a baking rack to cool.

It's Tuesday which means that it's Tea Time . . . . Let's join these parties!!!

Tabletop Tuesday 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


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

the recipe looks so good! How nice you take time for yourself for a spot of tea daily!

From the Kitchen said...

Might I recommend "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson as a book to go well with one of your solitary teas? It's delightful and so is your tea!!


acorn hollow said...

sounds amazing. I wish I were home to have tea. I usually grab a cup at work about 2 when I am starting to fade.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

your tea table looks really inviting. The Palmiers are smelling wonderful. What a nice idea to have every afternoon a little break with tea and a book. Have a great time.
Greetings, Johanna

Kuki... said...

Two of my favorite things...tea and sweets. The Palmiers recipe looks wonderful...hope to try it soon.

On Crooked Creek said...

Your Tea Time today looks so tranquil with the softer blues and white china set. Those Palimers look delicious! I adore your tulips, made me think back to our visit in Holland during our last tour of duty in Germany! Field, upon field, upon field, of tulips! Breathtaking!Enjoy your reading. . . a real book on printed paper. . .devine!

Honey at 2805 said...

Everything looks so good. I'm having a cup of tea right now - with you.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

The Asiatic Pheasant is such a lovely pattern and it looks wonderful on your table. I have never had palmiers but they sure look good! Lovely tulips and a soothing tea; a wonderful treat! Thank you for having me and for joining me for tea too.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have had palmiers but never baked them myself - yours look yummy.
We both stop for tea every day about the same time and I always have biscuits of some sort with mine too.

Terri said...

Beautiful delicate looking tea cup and tea pot! Your treat looks so tasty. Thank you for including a recipe for it.
It is so nice that you have tea at the same time each day. What a lovely way to treat yourself.

laxsupermom said...

I love that you take the time for a real afternoon tea everyday. What a great reminder to spend some time on ourselves. The palmiers look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

I love how you take time each day to have tea, play classical music and read. You have inspired me to do the same.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such an inviting setting. Love the Palmiers, and your teascape is fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Looks lovely! Happy Tuesday.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

It looked like a lovely tea for one! I've never had palmiers before..they look delicious though!!! I might have to try those soon.

bj said...

A beautiful tea for one. The cookies sound so gooooood. Can't wait to get to the store for the pastry to make some.
xo bj

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Just got an old copy of that book myself, Martha! Has a nice little paragraph on verbena, the lemon kind! Beautiful presentation as always!

Theresa said...

Love your tea post! I always wondered how to make the Palmiers cookies. They look delish! I will have to try your recipe! ~Theresa
(popping in from my Sew Crafty blog)

Mary Bergfeld said...

I think it important we all seek and enjoy moments of solitude. Your solo tea sounds delicious. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

paperbutterfly said...

It is important to take a moment every day for a quiet moment. This setting is perfect for tea nad a book.
I have never tried these before. Love how simple they would be to make. Thank you for sharing the recipes.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.

paperbutterfly said...

It is important to take a moment every day for a quiet moment. This setting is perfect for tea nad a book.
I have never tried these before. Love how simple they would be to make. Thank you for sharing the recipes.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Jocelyn said...

Everything looks so lovely and delicious. What an inviting tea.


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

don't we just love palmiers! my fave too! tea & palmiers just perfect! lovely!

Elaine said...

Your tea time sounds very peaceful. The Palmiers look gorgeous. Elaine