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, October 28, 2013

Tea In The Parlor

We love company for tea
In the spring and fall 
we take our tea tray to the garden.

In the summer, we often take tea in the breakfast room
overlooking the garden

And when it's cool outside,
the parlor is a perfect place for tea

Blue and white china, of course,
Spode Blue Italian
English cake forks
And for tea treat
Butter Almond Cake

It's the kind of cake I love
No mixer, one bowl
It's a relative of one my grandmother used to make
Buttery, almond flavored with loads of almonds on the top
The recipe calls for a 9 inch pan
I used two of my 7 inch pans that I got in England when we lived there
One for now --
One for later!

The tray on the coffee table
The teapot full of Harney's Hot Cinnamon Tea
added just as my guest was ringing the doorbell!

We munched, we sipped, she fed the begging dogs
And the cake that was left was sent home with her.


1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup melted butter.
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 ½ cup flour
½ tsp. salt
Almonds and sugar for garnish

Blend sugar with melted butter. Beat in eggs. Add almond and vanilla extracts. Add salt and flour. Spread batter into a greased 9-inch round pan. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and slivered almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.


GardenOfDaisies said...

This looks delicious. Almond extract and butter... I can almost smell it ... I'll have to give this a try when I have my friend come over for tea this weekend.

Sarah said...

Martha, you have me craving a slice of your Buttery almond cake. This looks delicious! The blue and white tea service is gorgeous. I think tea at your home must be very special.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Looks delicious, and simple to make.

Pat said...

Lovely Blue & White Spode Trayscape, dear friend!!!
I, too, need to do some baking. . .love your one for now and one for later theory!!! (wink! wink!)
We do soups and chili in large porportions and freeze. . .especially during this type of weather!!!

From the Kitchen said...

So, too, my grandmother did a similar cake. Perhaps the recipe was passed around back in their day. I'm happy that you've passed it as well since I didn't have it.


Marilyn Miller said...

Love your post, Martha!
I keep telling myself to visit more often and then I don't. Love the blue transferware and the cake looks totally wonderful to have with tea.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Pretty blue and white tea set. That cake looks delicious I'll have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

Rosemary said...

Delicious and beautiful!