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, April 29, 2013

Company For Tea

I got a text from friend Pam
who said she'd be in town
And would we be home.

Of course!!!

And so I invited her for tea

In the living room

For comfy chairs and sofas are much nicer 
And tea can be taken anywhere

On the coffee table
the tea wares

It's Whiledon Ware, Pattern Antique
It's that blue and pink flower motif that I simply adore
Alas, no tea pot and I'm not sure that there was even a teapot made.

I especially like the cups for they're nice big ones.
Great for tea with a friend.

The cookies are new
An easy dough of yogurt, flour and butter, filled with cinnamon sugar, rolled and baked.
They're a great tea cookie!

And I love the spirals
They remind me of palmiers. 


1/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
1 cup flour
1/2 cup plus 2 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/3 c. cold sour cream
1 t. vanilla

In a small bowl, stir the sugar and cinnamon together.

Put the flour and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low speed until the butter is in pieces the size of small ima beans.     With the mixer running, add the sour cream and vanilla and mix just until the dough holds together.      Gather the dough together and pat it into a flat rectangular shape.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll it out to a 18 by 16 inch rectangle with the short side facing you.     Leaving a 1 inch bare edge along both long edges and reserving 1 T. of the cinnamon sugar, sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar evenly over the dough.

Beginning at the bottom edge, roll the dough up tightly, but stop when you reach the halfway point.    Then, beginning at the top, roll the dough tightly toward the center until the second roll meets the first one.    Pinch the seem along the length of the roll to seal it tightly.    Pinch the ends to seal them tinghtly.    Sprinkle the reserved cinnamon sugar evenly over the folk and roll it back and forth to coat the outside with cinnamon sugar.     

Cut the roll in half crosswis to form two pieces, each 6 inches

Wrap each piece in a piece of plstic wrap.   Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight, until firm.     When ready to bake the cookies, position a rack in the middle of oven.    Preheat the oven to 350.   Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.    Use a large, sharp knife to cut each cold log into 18 slices.    About 1/4 inch thick.    Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.

Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time just until brown, about 17 minutes.    The cookies will spread into large open double spirals as they bake.    Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.    Use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining the Tuesday parties:

Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Such a pretty variety of flowers on that china. Perfect tea setting as always.

Bernideen said...

What a pretty set of dishes. Looks like a lovely table!

La Tea Dah said...

The tea spirals look SO good! And I love your tea set. How special that your friend came for tea.

Pondside said...

I like tea in the living room too. I also like a nice big china tea cup when I'm very thirsty.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The china has a pretty pattern and the spiral cookies look delicious. I miss having a coffee table in the living room for occasions like this.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Martha,
What a pretty tea set. I enjoy tea in the living room because I prefer a soft chair. My coffee table gets a lot of use. Your spiral cookies look delicious and thanks for the recipe. As always, it's a pleasure to have you join me for tea. Have a beautiful day.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You always create the most inviting tea. Beautiful teaset. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Martha, lovely tea set and great idea to have tea in the living room. We did the same thing ourselves today. We tend to chase the sun around the house here in the Pacific Hugs and have a lovely day.

Marilyn Miller said...

I keep telling myself I am going to make this cookie, thanks for the reminder. Would love to sit just there in that chair and have tea.

Ruthie Miller said...

Oh my, I love, love that china pattern. So pretty. Your spirals look fabulous. I must try and make them. Bet they are as delicious as they are attractive.
What a welcoming home and tea.
Ruthie from:

Southerncook said...

Love that china pattern.. Such a lovely tea for a special friend.


sandy said...

Beautiful Chine pattern! Enjoy your tea party!

On Crooked Creek said...

I agree...tea can be taken anywhere, dear friend!!!
What a gorgeous tea setting @ Linderhof in your living room!!!
Waiting for the return of Spring weather here on our side of the Prairie for Tea on the Deck!!!

Deb said...

Your cookies look amazing. Anything with cinnamon is a hit in this house. Love your china, Martha. So pretty.