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.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

St. Nicholas Tea

Friday was St. Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas is very important in Germany
for good children put out their shoes
on St. Nicholas Eve
December 5
And he brings small gifts to children.

Saint Nicholas is an "ancestor"
of our American
Santa Claus!

We always celebrated Saint Nicholas Day
when I was a child
perhaps because Dad was German
perhaps because the "eve" was on my birthday.

And I have continued the tradition.
Normally the first of November
I make Dundee Cakes
They need to be "aged" in the freezer for a month.

But, alas, this year, the first of November found us in Italy.
And I did not make them in mid October before we left.

Tea on Saint Nicholas Day needs to be special.
And if no Dundee Cake
At least something special.

From my favorite store
I ordered

A Wolferman's Fruit and Berry Bread
I know if says "Harry and David"
but it's really Wolferman's
(a Kansas City institution from 1888 until they closed in the 90's)
And I thought it a good replacement this year
for the Dundee Cake.

And so on Friday, we enjoyed tea in the breakfast room

With the fruit and berry bread, the Christmas dishes and a wee Saint Nicholas and his pack of toys.

A special tea and so we used the
silver teapot

The bread studded with fruit

This delicious, fruity cake is perfectly sweet. Full of cranberries, blueberries, apricots, strawberries and raisins, it's topped with a brandied orange sauce. And with all that natural fruit flavor, it's sure to be a hit.

And it was!

There's more bread left for other teas in December.
And I think it will make a good breakfast bread as well.

I did miss the Dundee Cake and although the Wolferman's Fruit and Berry Bread is good
(all Wolferman's products are good)
it really doesn't replace the Dundee Cake.

It's Sunday and I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


Sarah said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your birthday week…. Sarah

Lottie said...

The fruit and berry bread looks delicious! What a wonderful way to celebrate St. Nicholas Day!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A belated happy birthday. The fruit and berry bread does look yummy but I know how important the Dundee cakes are to your table.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

My grandchildren put their shoes out the night before December 6th, and find sweet surprises the next morning!

Babs said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday. The fruit and berry bread looks delish! We used to celebrate St. Nicholas day when our son was young. We lived in Germany for a few years and enjoyed all the German traditions and decorations.


Your table looks lovely and the cake fabulous! I'd love to make it, so I will look it up for the récipe. Have a wonderful Christmas season.

Pat said...

I adore the silver Tea Pot in your elegant Christmas Tea Tablescape, dear friend!!!
Our sons enjoyed "St. Nicholas Day" during our Germany assignments!
Great memories!!!

GardenOfDaisies said...

My husband and I loved going to Wolfermans market in Fairway. And their English muffins were wonderful!! Your cake looks delicious.

GardenOfDaisies said...

PS- Happy birthday!