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.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

An English Country House Tea

We didn't venture far afield today -- to Warminster and Frome and Westbury where we saw the Chalk Horse (in fact, we picnicked on the hill by the Chalk Horse). Another grocery store run and we hit Antique Row in Warminster. On the way home to Pitts House, we felt a bit peckish and so stopped by . . .

A Country House and Spa in Wiltshire.

Where we had a lovely restorative cup of tea and cake.

The inside was what I think of as an English Country House -- like the house that was shown in Gosford Park or the Manor Houses that are featured in Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Books.

One of the parlors . . .

Comfortable English Country with cushy chairs and lamps and great art!

Another wall of the "yellow parlor" . . . with red stripe chairs and a low table -- perfect for a tea tray

Ladies comfortable enjoying chat and tea in the "yellow parlor". We didn't want to interrupt so we instead had tea

in the "blue parlor" -- with it's comfy chairs, chintz drapes and a well worn and well loved leather chesterfield sofa.

The main hall which is now the bar -- with a wonderful plaid rug and stone floors.

And it was a true afternoon or "low" tea for it was served on the low coffee table in between the sofa and a chair

With white china with deep saucers --

And a slice of lemon drizzle cake -- a favorite tea cake of the Brits. It's sooo good and so easy to make.

And I did have success on Antique Row (although neither a silver napkin ring or silver bits did I find -- instead I found)

These wonderful engravings date are old -- the top is of St. Martin's in the Fields (before it was torn down) and the other is of St. Paul's in London. Loved the frames and mats and they weren't very expensive.

As was this . . .
A very wrinkled tea tray mat -- which will remind me of another wonderful day in England and a lovely tea at Bishopstrow House.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

1 cup self rising flour
1/2 c. butter
2/3 c. sugar
2 teaspoons lemon curd
grated zest of 1 lemon

For the drizzle:

Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 T. sugar

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter a loaf tin and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

Put all the cake ingredients into a food processor. Blend together for 2 minutes. Scrape mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While the cake is still warm, and before turning it out of the tin, mix the lemon juice and sugar together until the sugar dissolves somewhat and pour this mixture over top evenly. Let sit for about 10 minutes before removing from the tin to cool completely on a wire rack.

I'm sharing this with Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday and with Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.


Miss Sandra said...

Dear Martha,
Thank you for taking us to tea with you! *smiles*
This is such a lovely house! I would love to have tea in a place like this! Thank you for the recipe. I believe I shall make this cake real soon! Enjoy your travels! xo
Blissful Tidings,

Rose H (UK) said...

You certainly know how to make afternoon tea an 'event' Martha. Love your finds, that tea tray mat will be a treat when it's pressed!
I'm so pleased the weather is being kind to you, though it looks like it's about to break here in Staffordshire. Enjoy the rest of your precious holiday :o)
Best wishes
Rose H

Bernideen said...

Oh how delightful - another recipe!

xinex said...

The hgouse is beautiful and looks so comfy and warm, perfect to be able to relax in while having tea....Christine

The Sewing and Knitting Loft said...

Thank you for sharing your trip with us. The tea looks lovely.


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megan said...

Martha, you are almost treading in our footsteps from our visit last year.
My brother in the U.K. just loves Drizzle cake, he bought me a whole one when I was there.
I am so enjoying the account of your vacation.

quakerhillfarm said...

Can't wait to try the recipe! The pictures are just lovely. Thanks for sharing. Lynn

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Martha, I hope you know how much I appreciate you taking us along with you on your adventures!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I just caught up with you on your delightful tour! I love your new engravings! But mostly seeing all your wonderful teas makes me hungry! I'm enjoying all your pictures of interiors. I love England so much!

Sarah said...

Martha, I'm enjoying your lovely photos and your adventure. I may just have to go put on a pot of water for a cup of tea. ~ sarah

Maggie said...

Hi Martha,
we do love our afternoon tea here in the UK and I know you do too!
Lemon drizzle cake is a favourite of mine, MR B prefers an old fashioned fruit cake or scone.
See you on Sunday, I can't wait!

Sue said...

Oh Martha I just got a chance to come by and catch up on your fabulous trip. What a wonderful adventure you are on and how amazing to have been in the Mother Country during the Royal Wedding.
The house you are featuring today reminds me of my parents house.
Off to catch up some more.

william said...

Martha, I am loving your blog posts from England! I am so happy you are there!


Lori said...

Nice corgi. I'm going to try your cake recipe. Thought it looked good. I am following your blog. Stop by our blog sometime and check it out.


Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Ohhh, that cake sounds delightful!

I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely Tea House and my what beautiful "finds" !