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!
LAURA'S LEMON MADELEINES
1 cup plus 2 T. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
2/3 cup + 1 T. butter
1/2 cup + 2 T. sugar
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. honey
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.
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
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.
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!
What a perfect spot for a spot of tea!
Thanks for the recipe, Martha. Deb
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.
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.
what a beautiful way to enjoy the afternoon!
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.
Love the iced tea and cookies. What a nice treat and to sit on the porch is wonderful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty
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!
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 pans...so 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!
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!
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!
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.
I love special large trays, and yours is wonderful! Thank you for the Madelines recipe. I look forward to trying it. Cherry Kay
Carolyn -- I record her daily (but then I've just found her!) for I really like her.
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 flags...love the flags in the urns! So relaxing to catch up on your always enjoyable posts this morning! xoxo
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