May 16, 2012

Hosting a Tea Party - Part 2 - The Recipes

The best part of hosting a tea party is the company of course. Little Miss and I had such a lovely afternoon with the Grandmas. It's nice to send the boys out of the house and eat dainty things for an afternoon. 


Cucumber Sandwiches
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Scones with Jam and Devon Cream
Lemon Squares
Jam Tarts
Chocolate Dipped Crescent Cookies

A tea party wouldn't be a tea party without scones. They taste best warm from the oven. The night before I put the dry ingredients together and then the next morning I added the rest, rolled them out and put them on a cookie sheet and waited just we were about to eat before sticking them in the oven.
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking poser
1/4 tsp salt
4 TBSP butter
3/4 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter into crumbly. Add milk and mix well. The dough will be sticky. Knead the dough for 30 seconds on a floured surface. Roll 1/2 inch thick and cut into triangles. Bake at 400 F for 10 -15 min.

Mixed greens with sliced green onions and strawberries, dressed with raspberry vinaigrette.

Egg salad 
Cucumber - cream cheese and cucumber with a sprinkle of salt.

Now, the rest of the yummy goodies you could buy from a bakery to save time or if you just don't want to bake. I made these the night before.
Lovely Lemon Squares
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
Combine all ingredients and mix at low speed until the mixture is crumbly. Press into a 8-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 F.

3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 TBSP flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 TBSP lemon juice
powdered sugar

Combine all the ingredients except the powdered sugar. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Pour filling over hot crust. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until filling is set. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let cool. Cut into bars and sprinkle again with powdered sugar.

Jam Tarts
Pastry - follow the directions on the box. Use lard. One box of lard makes a ton of pastry. Divide it into six balls. Wrap each ball in wax paper and place in freezer bag. Free. Pull out one ball from the freezer and let thaw on the counter. 

Roll out pastry and place in mini muffin tin. Place a teaspoon of jam in each shell. Bake.

Chocolate-Dipped Crescent Cookies
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips, melted
powdered sugar

Combine sugar and butter. Beat until creamy. Add egg and almond extract. Mix well. Add flour and other dry ingredients. Mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll into ropes and shape into crescents. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes. Cookies do not brown. Cool. Dip on end in melted chocolate and sprinkle the other end with powdered sugar.


  1. Looks like a wonderful time. I love tea parties.

    1. Thanks Rebecca. It was a wonderful time. Have you hosted a tea party?


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