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, November 5, 2012

It's That Time Again . . .

Dundee Cakes

Always made the first of November

The recipe makes four small cakes
which is perfect

For afternoon teas during December

Decorated this year with green cherries -- for I had no red ones!

The cakes need to be made early and aged in a cool spot.
I find the freezer is the perfect spot for aging.

And the first of December, the cakes appear at tea.
They're a sort of fruit cake.
And are perfect for December tea.

But, alas, no Dundee cake for afternoon tea today.

Instead, a slice of cranberry bread
Made by a dear friend who came to dinner last week.

While reading a cookbook.
There's a potluck tomorrow night
And I'm trying to figure out what to bring!

The cranberry bread was very good and reminded me that I haven't made any for a while.
It's also a perfect nosh for November and December tea.
Not just for us but for company too!

The Dundee cakes are tradition and I've posted about them before
and given the recipe in my post, If It's November It Must Be Dundee Time.
But this time, I substituted Grand Marnier for the orange juice.
I must say it takes it from good to great!

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tuesday Tea and Bernideen  for Friends Sharing Tea.

We've finally gotten cool on the prairie and it makes afternoon tea even more welcoming.


Gardening with Juanita said...

Looks good no very good. I am not a cook really, we get by, but I love to garden. I have 40 rose bushes, however this has not been a good summer at all, too hot too dry. Have a good Nov.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Dundee cakes are a favorite! But I usually make mine in a bundt pan. I love them!!!

Beth said...

I've never had a Dundee cake but I'm heading over to your recipe so I can give it a try. Have a good week, Martha.
p.s. I noted with a chuckle Dolly's comments on your sidebar!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've not made Dundee cakes either and I find so many good recipes on blogs like yours. Better dust off the cake tins.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
I have never had Dundee cake either. Sounds interesting and the green cherries on top make them very attractive. The cranberry bread sounds good too. Your blueware is always a welcome sight! Thank you for coming to tea and enjoy your week, Martha.


On Crooked Creek said...

These look delicious and I adore the green cherries!!! "Mr. Ed" and I ate Cranberry Orange mini muffins and bread over the weekend! This was my "signature" bread when I was your Northern Neighbor! I agree, it's "perfect" for the Season!