Jane Austen Birthday Party Menu, Plus How to Dip Cookies in Chocolate, and a Sugar Cookie Recipe

So as you know if you have been following my page, I just celebrated my 29th birthday with a Jane Austen Garden Tea Party.

Some of you might be wondering why I am so extensively going through all the party planning and it was because I had been planning to have this two years ago, but life got in the way so I decided to wait and now I’ve finally been able to have it.

Party time!

So far we have gone over invitations, decorations, prizes, activities to have, how to make your own piñata, etc. Before we go over the games I thought I would share the menu.

So starting with sandwiches, remember how we’ve been having those The Magician’s Nephew Bible study/book club/tea party? Well, those have also been a dry run for me as it gives me a chance to try out recipes and see which ones I really love. I decided to start off with one I really loved: Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches

I also really love cucumber sandwiches and wanted to use the recipe from Spend With Pennies but to save time I used Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread.

I know not everyone will be into them so I needed some regular sandwiches. I decided on Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches:

And I rounded it out with Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches:

Out of all of them, the Ham and Cheese did the best. They were all gone before the party’s end.

My mom made a salad for a side and then we went to the strawberry farm down the street and bought a ton of strawberries. Yep, I wanted it to be like Donwell Abbey.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any scones. I had wanted to make some, but I ran out of time. I had also planned to buy some, but when I went to the store they were all out.

But I had lots of desserts! I had made them a few weeks earlier and put them in the freezer until the day before the party. The first cookie I made was Crispy, Chewy, Matcha Green Tea Cookies.

People didn’t really like these as much as the other cookies, but I love them. They were eaten, just not as much as all the others.

The next cookie I made was Basic Shortbread:

But I used a cookie cutter to make them into teapot shape; along with cutting the other half of the cookies into a teabag shape. And I dipped them in chocolate

Chocolate Dipped Cookies:

  1. Have your cookies baked and cooled.
  2. Using a double broiler, melt a chocolate bar or chocolate chips.
  3. If you do not have a double broiler, get two pots about the same size or have one be slightly smaller than the other. Heat water in one until it boils. Turn down the flame and take the other pot and hold it over the one with boiled water. Place the chocolate in the top pot and stir until melted.
  4. When chocolate is melted, dip cookies and lay on wax paper. Put cookies in freezer or fridge to get chocolate to harden.

The last cookie I made was Better Home and Gardens Sugar Cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Cup of Shortening
  • 3/4 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 Teaspoons of Milk
  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour (Sifted)
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Directions:

  1. Throughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Add egg; beat until mixture light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in milk.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Blend dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  6. Divide dough in half.
  7. Chill for one hour.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 of an inch thickness.
  9. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  10. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes.
  11. Cool slightly, then remove from pan.

I had wanted to make Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake but I ran out of time and I ended up just buying an Almond Poppyseed cake from Raleys. It was good, but not as amazing as the Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake.

My friend also made Carrot Cake (my favorite) and carrot cake cupcakes. I didn’t take a picture of the cake (so good) but in the picture below, where the cupcakes are is where the cake was placed. All the cupcakes were gone by the end of the party. The recipe is a secret or else I would have shared that too.

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, and even though the party has ended I will be continuing to share all my other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: Croquet

For more Jane Austen party ideas, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: Paper Fan Making

For more desserts, go to Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies

For more cookie recipes, go to The Picture of Earl Grey Tea Cookies

For more recipes, go to Savory Beef Hand Pies

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Easy Fruit Tarts

 

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl GreyHaarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well’s Radish Tea SandwichesTea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine’s Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Fruit Tarts.

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I couldn’t share the recipes but now I’m trying my best to catch up.

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This comes from Jenny Cookies. 

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Ingredients:

  • Angel Food Cake Cups
  • 2 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons of Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup of Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup of Blackberries
  • 1/2 Cup of Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of Corn Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt. 
  2. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. 
  3. Boil and stir 1 minute. 
  4. Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks, then stir back into hot mixture in saucepan. 
  5. Boil and stir for 1 minute; and remove from heat.
  6. Stir in butter and vanilla.
  7. Store covered in refrigerator. 
  8. While waiting for pudding to cool, rinse fruit and place in a bowl.
  9. Pour corn syrup over fruit and gently stir until coated. 
  10. Pour 1/2 Cup of sugar over fruit until coated in sugar. 
  11. Using a cookie scoop, place pudding in angel food cake cups. 
  12. Use a spatula to smooth out the top of the tarts. 
  13. Finish tarts by adding fruit and mint.
  14. Place larger berries on the tarts first, staying on just one side of the tart and fill in the spaces with the smaller berries.
  15. Store in fridge until ready to serve. 

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These were extremely delicious, and we gobbled them all up. I unfortunately didn’t get a better picture of them then this one of the whole table. 

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

For more recipes, go to Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches

For more Earl sandwiches, go to Mini Pumpkin Créme Brûlée

For more tea posts, go to Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Brisket and Slaw Roulades

 

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl GreyHaarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well‘s Radish Tea SandwichesTea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine‘s Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Fruit Tarts.

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I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfst IX, but I’m trying my best to move along through them all.

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This comes from Tea Time Magazine

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons of Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups of Finely Chopped Purple Cabbage
  • 1/3 Cup of Finely Chopped Carrot
  • 2 Large Multigrain Flatbreads
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Brisket

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add carrots and cabbage, stirring until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. 
  4. Stir slaw again, and drain well. 
  5. Spread an even layer of slaw onto flatbreads. Scatter brisket on top of slaw. 
  6. Starting at one short side, roll up flatbreads firmly and evenly to encase ingredients and form a cylinder. 
  7. Tuck ends under. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. 
  8. Just before serving, remove plastic wrap.
  9. Using a serrated knife in a gentle sawing motion, trim and discard ends. 
  10. Slice roulade into 12 (1/2 inch) slices. Serve immediately. 

Brisket and Slaw Roulades

 

These were very good, I love purple cabbage.

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

For more recipes, go to Tomato Hummus Salad

For more Earl sandwiches, go to Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Tea Sandwiches

For more tea posts, go to I Tried Madsen Creations’ Reusable Cloth Teabags

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had Cederberg Tea Company Rooibos + Ginger Tea, Cranberry-Spice Scones with Maple Cream, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Cucumber-Four Peppercorn Goat Cheese Canapés, Fotina & Pork Puffed Pastry, and Mini Apple Pies.

The second week we had Chami Spice Ginger Plum Tea, Dark Chocolate Ginger Scones, Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches, Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches, Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry, and Lemon Gingerbread Cake.

The third week we had Organic India Tulsi Masala Chai Tea, Parmesan and Chive Scones, Cucumber Aioli Canapés, Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Tea Sandwiches, Cranberry, Brie, and Rosemary Bites, and Mini Pumpkin Crème Brûlée.

And now to the fourth week. This week we had Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey, Lavender and Earl Grey Scones, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Tomato Hummus Salad, Cranberry Feta Pinwheels, and Triple Berry Salad.

Week five we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl GreyHaarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Fruit Tarts.

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I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfst IX, and as I am using a scone and sandwich recipe from before, I’m skipping right to the sandwiches.

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YUM!

 

This comes from Eating Well although I did make a few substitutions. 

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Ounces of Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
  • Chopped Fresh Dill for Garnish (They were out of dill so I used chives)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 12 Thin Small Slices of Pumpernickel or Rye Bread 
  • 6-8 Medium Radishes

Directions:

  1. Mash cream cheese (or goat cheese) pepper in a small bowl until well combined. 
  2. Spread two teaspoons of the mixture on each piece of bread.
  3. Top each with a few radish slices, a sprig of dill, and a generous grinding of pepper. 

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These were extremely delicious and healthy.

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

For more recipes, go to Tomato Hummus Salad

For more Earl sandwiches, go to Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Tea Sandwiches

For more tea posts, go to I Tried Madsen Creations’ Reusable Cloth Teabags

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Tea Sandwiches

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). I also need to catch up on these recipes. Week three we had Organic India Tulsi Masala Chai Tea, Parmesan and Chive Scones, Cucumber Aioli Canapés, Ham and Green Apple Sandwiches, Cranberry and Brie Bites, and Mini Pumpkin Creme Brulee.

I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfest IX, so I am catching up and of course next is sandwiches.

Tea first!

This comes from Tea Time Magazine’s Teatime Celebrations. I couldn’t find my cutter, and instead used my knife and cut the sandwiches into triangles instead.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 Slices of Pumpernickel-Rye Swirl (I couldn’t find any and instead used a light rye bread), frozen
  • 1 Tart Apple, such as Granny Smith
  • 2 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons of Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 6 Slices of Thin Deli-Style Smoked Ham
  • 6 Slices of Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup of Baby Arugula ( I substituted with Baby Spinach)

Directions for Sandwiches:

  1. Using a 2-inch square cutter, cut 12 shapes from frozen bread, discarding crusts.
  2. Cover with damp paper towels, and let bread thaw (about 15 mins).
  3. Core apple, but leave whole and unpeeled.
  4. Cut 6 (1/4-inch) crossway slices from apple. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and mustard, stirring well.
  6. Spread mayonnaise mixture in an even layer on each bread square.
  7. Using 6 bread squares (mayonnaise side up) as a base.
  8. Assemble 6 sandwiches, stacking ingredients in the following order: arugula/spinach, ham slice (folded into quarters), cheese slice, apple slice, and another bread square (mayonnaise side down).
  9. Garnish each tea sandwiches with arugula or spinach leaves, if desired.

These were delicious and a wonderful addition to the night’s tea.

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Cucumber Aioli Canapés

For more recipes, go to Parmesan and Chive Scones

For more Tea Time Magazine Recipes, go to Heirloom Tomato Tart

For more sandwich recipes, go to Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches

For more ham sandwich recipes, go to Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

For more tea posts, go to How to Clean Your Tea Infusers