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, June 8, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Tea

It was warm on Sunday
Really warm
And after such a cool May
it's like a furnace has been turned on

But our porch is on the East side of the house
And there are big trees in the front yard
Which means that it is shady in the morning
And shady (and cool) in the afternoon
And I like to be outside as much as possible

Sunday afternoon, I took tea on the porch

With my tea tray and my rocker

The Johnson Brothers Indies because it has the wee teapot
Tea is Tazzo's Ginger Tea
It's a great afternoon tea

The nosh:

Ina's Jam Thumbprints -- with my additions
became coconut lemon thumbprints!

And if I take tea alone,

my companion is always a book
And almost always a cookbook

This one, Miss Hulling's Favorite Recipes
Miss Hulling's was a well known St. Louis restaurant
(with several locations)
Published in the 50s, it has some great recipes
And is the kind of cookbook that I'm so fond of!

It's Thursday and I'm sharing my front porch tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.


3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

grated rind of 1 lemon1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
lemon curd


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Add lemon zest and mix again.  Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale they should each weigh 1 ounce.) Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of lemon curd  into each indentation. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, I haven't made Thumbprints in ages it seems. Yours look just wonderful with coconut and lemon; yum! I love JB Indies too although I don't have any pieces of it. Tomorrow may be a sitting out kind of day and I am having company. We'll see how it goes. I think our home is sitting in one of the windy capitals of the world. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a lovely week.


Deb said...

They do look good, Martha and I always love your blue and white. Thanks for the recipe. Deb

Margie said...

Your front porch tea setting rocks!

Tea in Texas said...

The blue and white Indies pattern is really lovely! The wee 1 cup teapot is just perfect for tea and a treat! My mother always loved reading cookbooks so I have her collection. Hope you will take a peek of my celebratin. Post this week. I still think of your pretty town we visited when I see your blog!


Bernideen said...

Those cookies look delicious as all your recipes turn out that way! Lovely china too!

Pat said...

A shady spot. . .a cup 'o tea. .. and a good book. . .
a little piece of heaven on the Prairie, I'd say, dear friend!!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

Zaa said...

Lemon Thumbprints and an easy chair in the shade ..sounds great to me... especially when company is coming..I think I shall make your delicious recipe...I love lemon and have never tried these cookies with a lemon twist...PERFECT...Thanks for sharing...hugs