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, April 27, 2011

A Real Treat for Tea

Every afternoon at half past three, we stop and have a cup of tea. Sometimes are tea treats are Walker's Shortbread (if I haven't baked) or a cookie that I make for my afternoon tea . . . but every so often, I treat myself (for one reason or another) to a real dessert.

My afternoon tea is always "blue and white" -- a teapot -- this one the Blue Willow which I brought home from a street market in England, a Asiatic Pheasant from Royal Stafford and a Blue Room teacup and saucer.

There's always music playing while I have tea -- usually Mozart or Bach but a special favorite is Tchaikovsky for Tea Time -- the perfect music for afternoon tea.

And the treat . . .

And the treat . . .

A white chocolate napoleon. It was an extremely indulgent tea treat. It's simple to make with phyllo dough . . . and instant white chocolate pudding!!! A sprinkle of confectioner's sugar makes it look even more indulgent.

Refreshed, I can go back to the garden -- weeds (and sunflower sprouts) are everywhere!!!!


Tricia said...

The white chocolate Napoleon looks wonderful! As always, I love your blue and white. I finally tried the Walker's shortbread -- from an airline snack pack, of all places, and it WAS delicious! Now I'm on the hunt to find it locally.

The Sewing and Knitting Loft said...

Lovely treat and lovely tea setting.

Anonymous said...

This looks decadent enough already, but if you want to take it up a notch with that instant pudding, try dividing the 2 cup milk measurement so that part of it is sour cream and the rest is milk [like maybe 2/3 cup sour cream and 1 1/3 milk], it is very wicked and so good.

Meredith said...

That looks so good. I might have to try making it this weekend. Your dishes are beautiful. I'm searching for a blue willow tea pot myself!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, how I love white chocolate. I'll have to give this a try.

Hope to see you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

for the love of a house said...

hi Martha!
your English tea time and teapot are so appropriate as we head into the royal wedding weekend!! your dessert looks wonderful. how lovely that you stop everyday and appreciate the moment!

happy weekend!