Set a fireside table on a chilly afternoon with good friends, small bites, and a steaming pot of tea. Graciously unconditional, this loyal tonic for the soul gives us hope, solace, and an open invitation to live in the moment.
Served with jam and clotted cream, our Cream Cheese Scones bake up golden brown for a classic teatime favorite. These iconic confections are delightfully balanced with the perfect amount of sugar and then lightly coated with cream before popping into the oven for a melt-in-your-mouth finish. Accompany them with a variety of gentle tea flavors that will enhance the delicate taste and texture.
A plate of distinctively shaped sandwiches creates a hearty mix of options that will satisfy late-afternoon appetites. Clockwise from bottom right: Wrapped in thin strips of English cucumber, rectangular Roast Beef Tea Sandwiches are layered with provolone cheese and Horseradish Cream. Egg-and-Olive Salad mixed with whole-grain mustard is spread between triangles of pumpernickel bread garnished with egg slices and fresh dill. Round Smoked-Salmon Tea Sandwiches topped with fresh oregano feature stacked bread slices slathered with creamy dill spread and pancetta.
Indulge sugar cravings with a sweet selection of miniature desserts. Clockwise from top right: Inspire thoughts of springtime with sublime confections, including Opera Cake dressed in luscious cream cheese mousse and White Chocolate Ganache Tartlets capped with edible flowers. Bite-size Éclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream are dipped in and swirled with melted candy coatings.
“Winter’s Warming Cup” can be found on page 77 in the January/February 2013 issue of Victoria.