A Lavender Tea, you say!
I see another blue and white transfer tea set
No lavender there!
And no lavender flowers, either!
So where is the lavender?
How can you have a lavender tea
with blue china?
Tea on the porch this afternoon
With a friend
And yes, there was lavender for tea
The cookies were lavender cookies
Not in the cookies but the jam on the cookies!
The tea set is my Wedgwood one,
It's Asiatic Pheasant in pattern
It fits well on the tea tray
and also comes with sugar and creamer
I've had it "forever"
A gift Saturday from a friend
I baked my favorite thumbprint cookies
And instead of raspberry or apricot jam,
used the lavender jelly
Oh, and instead of the almond extract called for in the recipe,
I used lemon and for an extra hint of lemon, grated the rind of one lemon into the dough.
Lavender and lemon seem to have an affinity for one another.
And for the friend,
I sent her home with a sack of lavender cookies
(for she gave me some lingonberry jam as well)
(And tomato bacon jam but that's not for dainty tea cookies --
it's a "man's" jam!)
We spent a pleasant afternoon
And sipping tea
(Earl Grey -- not lavender!)
The recipe -- from Tasha Tudor
I make these quite often for they are a perfect tea cookie!
And you really can use any kind of jam you like -- raspberry is not mandatory!
TASHA TUDOR'S JAM THUMBPRINT
1 cup butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 egg yolks
2 cups flour
1/2 t. almond extract
Preheat oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the jam. Chill dough for a half hour. Roll dough into small balls and make an indentation with your thumb; fill indentation with jam.
Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a rack to cool.
I like to sprinkle with powdered sugar after they cool.
It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my lavender tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.