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: 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.

Emma (1996)

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

 

 

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Cucumber Aioli Canapés

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 & 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.

This comes from Teatime Celebrations magazine. The recipe did call for alfalfa sprouts but I forgot them, but I did have leftover parsley and threw that on top.

Ingredients Lemon-Pepper Aioli:

  • 1/4 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Fresh Lemon Zest
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon zest, and pepper-stirring well.
  2. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to a day.

Ingredients Sandwiches:

  • 3 Large Slices of Firm White Sandwich Bread, Frozen
  • 1 English Cucumber
  • Lemon-Pepper Aioli
  • Parsley

Directions:

  1. Using a 2-inch cutter, cut 12 shapes out of the 3 slices of frozen bread. Discard scraps.
  2. Place bread in resealable bag and let thaw.
  3. Spread the aioli onto each bread square.
  4. Using a mandolin or sharp paring knife, cut 60 paper-thin slices from the cucumber.
  5. Place 5 cucumber slices on each bread square, overlapping each circle.
  6. Serve immediately.

These were good but not as good as the Cucumber-Four Peppercorn Goat Cheese Canapés.  But that’s okay, I like trying out recipes and trying to find the perfect cucumber sandwich.

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Parmesan and Chive Scones

For more recipes, go to Heirloom Tomato Tart

For more Tea Time Magazine Recipes, go to Lemon Gingerbread Cake

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

For more cucumber sandwich recipes, go to Cucumber-Four Peppercorn Goat Cheese Canapés

For more tea posts, go to Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Parmesan and Chive Scones

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 week two was 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, Ham & Apple Sandwiches, Cucumber Aioli Canapés, Cranberry and Brie Bites, and Mini Pumpkin Creme Brulee.

I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfst IX, so I am catching up and of course starting off our third dinner with scones.

This comes from Tea Time Magazine‘s 2020 Sept/Oct issue. The original recipe calls for dates, but I don’t like dates so I just took them out.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Cold Unsalted Butter, Cubed
  • 1/2 Cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Chives
  • 1 1/4 Cups + 1 Tablespoon of Cold Heavy Whipping Cream, Divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degree F
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut in cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add cheese and chives, tossing to combine.
  5. Add 1 1/4 cups of cold cream to flour mixture, stirring until a dough begins to form. Gather dough into a ball in the bowl.
  6. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 3-4 times.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 3/4-inch thickness.
  8. Fold dough into thirds (like an envelope). Roll dough again to a 3/4 inch thickness.
  9. Using a 2 1/4-inch round cutter, dipped in flour, cut dough without twisting-rerolling scraos once.
  10. Place scones 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  11. Freeze for 10 mins.
  12. Brush tops of scones with remaining 1 tablespoon of cream.
  13. Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean, approximately 17 mins.
  14. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 mins.
  15. Serve warm or at room temperature.

These were delicious! I loved them and will most likely make them again.

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Lemon Gingerbread Cake

For more recipes, go to Heirloom Tomato Tart

For more Tea Time Magazine Recipes, go to Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry

For more scone recipes, go to Dark Chocolate Ginger Scones

For more tea posts, go to Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Do you like pie? I love pie!

LOL j/k

So when I saw this recipe on Tea Time Magazine‘s instagram I pinned it with plans to make later.

Back in October, @SpilltheTeaWithLucy did a 31 Day Tea Challenge and Day 17/31 of 31 Days of Hallotean was an Autumn Tea Bake. Since I had just baked some sweets prior to this with The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club/Bible Study, I decided to make something savory instead. This is my take on Tea Time Magazine’s Heirloom Tomato Tart (I had to substitute a few ingredients) and since tomatoes are red I decided to pair it with Cederberg Tea Co.‘s Classic Red Tea. I also had to use a pink and red mug to match. This cat mug was a gift from a friend Christmas 2019 and part of a 4 set of cat mugs.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Package of Refrigerated Pie Dough (I used Phyllo dough I had bought to make the Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry as the store was out of puffed pastry, but my sister had bought me some so this was all leftover)
  • 1.5 Cups of Coarsely Grated, Sharp Yellow Cheddar Cheese (I used leftover Fotina Cheese from Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry)
  • 1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise (I substituted with Hummus)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of Green Onion
  • 1/4 Teaespoon of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
  • Garnish with pepper and additional fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice tomatoes, cutting larger tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices and smaller ones into 1/8 inch slices.
  3. Arrange tomato slices in a single layer on paper towels, sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 30 mins.
  4. Unroll pie dough, and press into a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom, trimming and discarding extra dough.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, mayonnaise, parsley, green onion, and pepper-stirring to blend.
  6. Spread half the cheese mixture into the bottom of the pan, in a thin even layer.
  7. Blot tomatoes dry with paper towels.
  8. Place a large tomato slice in the center of pan on top of the cheese mixture.
  9. Cut several tomato slices in half and arrange around the center slice. Fill every space.
  10. Spread remaining cheese mixture in an even layer on top of the tomatoes.
  11. Apply thinner tomatoes on top of cheese mixture in a pleasing pattern.
  12. Sprinkle with vinegar and drizzle with olive oil.
  13. Bake until crust is deep golden brown and cheese mixture is hot and beginning to bubble.
  14. Remove from oven and let cool, before removing from pan.
  15. Garnish with pepper and parsley if desired.
  16. Serve at room temp within 3 hours of baking.

 

This was delicious, it was like eating a fancy tea pizza, and you all know how much I love pizza.

It was incredibly delicious and I would most definitely make it again.

For more recipes, go to Lemon Gingerbread Cake

For more Tea Time Magazine recipes, go to Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry

For more pie recipes, go to Mini Apple Pies

For more on pizza, go to My Week With Jane

For more tea posts, go to Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches