If you have never invited your friends for tea, consider the options. Formal or informal, elaborate or simple, several friends or tea-for-two; no need to feel intimidated by the idea of hosting. Make someone feel special by inviting them for a chat over a steaming teapot. Special moments with friends and family are cherished.
Here are three recipes from my "Tea Party" files. I keep a note card with new ideas, recipes that will freeze nicely, names of tea flavors to try, and party themes to consider.
|Mint Ruffles Brownies|
It's best to keep recipes simple, to save a lot of stress when preparing for large groups. My Mint Ruffle Brownies are a basic brownie recipe, cut in tiny squares and topped with an easy butter cream icing that I flavored with 3-4 drops of mint. (use peppermint oil for cooking not peppermint extract, drops only) I used a leaf decorating tip to make the ruffles.
1 c. butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
Blend butter and sugar together until fluffy.
3/4 c. cornstarch
1 c. flour
1/2 c. chopped and toasted pecans
Add to butter mixture, mixing until well combined. Chill about 30 minutes and roll into 1 inch balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until they just start to brown. Cool well on wire rack. Dip in icing and set on a cake rack to dry.
2 c. powdered sugar
1/8 t. salt
1/2 t. almond flavor, vanilla or lemon
1-2 T. milk
Mix with 1 T. milk then add more milk to make a thin pour-able icing. Drop cookie into icing, turn over gently with a fork and lift out; use a fork in each hand.