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, June 11, 2012

A Porch Afternoon

Every afternoon at half past three I stop for tea.    Tea is a "moveable feast" for we take tea inside and out, front and back.

Two comfy chairs on the front porch

This afternoon, it was warm but not all that warm.     Since the porch faces east, it's often a good place for afternoon tea for it is shady.

Two wicker chairs with a table between -- the table is important for that glass of tea one often takes to the porch or, in this case, the whole tea tray.

Tea for Two

When temperatures soar, our afternoon tea is often served iced.    A refreshing break to whatever chore we've been doing.

A little silver pitcher holds more tea

Of course, there has to be a nibble.    I've made madeleines again.    These are plain lemon ones from Laura Calder (whom I found in Canada when I picked up one of her cookbooks at Costco.    Then, once we got satellite TV and the Cooking Channel, I found her wonderful cooking show.

Madeleines are one of my favorite tea treats

These aren't as lemony as last week's lemon and lavender madeleines.    But they taste more like a "real" French madeleine.    Denser and more like a pound cake.    They are easy to do for you don't have to use your mixer!      And they make two dozen!


1 cup plus 2 T. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
pinch salt
2/3 cup + 1 T. butter
1/2 cup + 2 T. sugar
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. honey
4 eggs
Zest of 2 lemons

Grease madeleine tins and set in freezer.   (I did this).   Heat the oven to 400.

Sift together the flour and baking powder.    Melt the butter and stir in the sugar and honey.    Lightly beat the eggs and temper them into the butter mixture.    Whisk into the flour to make a smooth batter.   Pour into the moulds and bake until the cakes are puffed up, golden around the edges and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes, without opening the door during cooking.

I've enjoyed baking madeleines the last two weeks that I'm now looking at financier molds.    Those look like delicious little cakes as well.    And I found a pan at Fante's.    I just have to order it!

It is Tuesday and I'd like to share my tea on the porch with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.


Unknown said...

Wonderful afternoon relaxing by the window with all those goodies. I've just bought myself a new tin to make mandelines,they're on my list of things to bake next! They look delicious! Have a lovely day! x said...

What a nice custom to stop for tea every afternoon. It has been a long time since I baked Madelines-I need to try your recipe.

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, how I'm looking forward to lazy afternoons with "Mr. Ed"! Soon...very soon! In the meanwhile, I'll just visit you via blogger @ Linderhof on the porch!

Tea Party said...

What a perfect spot for a spot of tea!

Deb said...

Thanks for the recipe, Martha. Deb

Pondside said...

I always love being 'invited' to your afternoon tea breaks. I never think of iced tea when I think of afternoon tea, but I guess if it's as hot as it gets where you are, iced tea has to be the choice.

Rowan said...

I'm about to order a madeleine pan:) It's a good idea to have a definite time to stop for afternoon tea, I always stop but not at a particular time.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a beautiful way to enjoy the afternoon!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
Your tea looks very refreshing and I would love a sip of iced tea and a nibble of your lovely madeleines. Thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love the iced tea and cookies. What a nice treat and to sit on the porch is wonderful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

podso said...

A lovely relaxing tea table. But on your previous post, how have the royal doulton ladies returned? Did you get more? they look so lovely on the mantle. My mother inherited some from my grandmother and we three girls got one each from my mother. I do love mine. Those and hummels just aren't appreciated like they used to be. Younger people seem to want stream lined homes with (in my opinion) a little less of the beautiful things in life!

Bookie said...

This is such a beautiful post that I have looked at it many times already. The tea...I can almost taste its coldness! Guess what? I have ordered madeleine was thrilled to see a recipe other than one with cornbread. And it has so little sugar which is important at this house! I have a zester but it seems to take so many lemons for just a little zest...then lots of lemons have to be used for something else!

Martha said...

Bookie -- if I don't use the lemon juice in what I'm making, I just put them in my iced tea -- "naked" lemons for family are okay! Enjoy your madeleine pan -- I have used mine so much!

And today I ordered a financier pan -- I've not made them before so will be posting when I get mine!

Martha said...

Podso -- the Royal Doulton ladies were in a bookcase in the bedroom -- shut away behind glass doors -- now they're cavorting on the mantle!

And years ago I had them on the mantle and changed things around . . . the Royal Doultons got put on shelves in the bookcase!

Southerncook said...

Enjoying catching on your blog. It's been over a week since I have been able to do that. Loved your post and want to try both Madeline recipes. BTW, I really like Laura Calder too but don't often catch it. I should record it.


Entertaining Women said...

I love special large trays, and yours is wonderful! Thank you for the Madelines recipe. I look forward to trying it. Cherry Kay

Martha said...

Carolyn -- I record her daily (but then I've just found her!) for I really like her.

Michelle said...

Your tea break looks so refreshing. Need to check out Laura Calder...I want to put a small t.v. in the kitchen so I can cook while having the cooking channel on. Just read your post on the the flags in the urns! So relaxing to catch up on your always enjoyable posts this morning! xoxo