Worldly Wednesday – What’s your cup of tea?
It’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop time again! Hosted by 84th and 3rd, this months adventurous theme is ‘What’s Your Cup of Tea?’
Versatile, comforting, warming tea. Sweet, milky, smoky, spicy however you like it – there are so many options to go with. We found it hard to narrow down what to make!
I ended up creating a Turkish Tea Delight Cake…
I used a sponge cake base, I followed this sponge tutorial over at Steve Cumper’s blog, but halved it and added a teaspoon or so (to taste) of rosewater.
I popped it in mini spring form tins (it filled 3 – one flopped though – I pulled it out too early, my bad!)
The night before I made a Rose White Tea Jelly, as per the jelly instructions (this one was 6 sheets of gelatin to 2 cups of tea – with three teaspoons of sugar in the tea for good measure). Once set, I chopped it into little squares.
I also made a chocolate disc the night before, I melted the chocolate in a double boiler, then I lined the base of a couple of the spring form tins with baking paper (pulled tight) and put a thin later of melted chocolate in the bottom (it took me a couple of attempts to get it thin enough)…
Whipped some cream with a little icing sugar and a teaspoon of rosewater.
I cut two of the cakes in half, made a later with cream on the bottom, topped with tea jelly, cake, cream, the chocolate disc, cream, cake, cream and tea jelly again. One last layer of cake, a dusting of icing sugar and sprinkled with rose petals.
Yummy and of so pretty (particularly if you can cut a cake in half evenly, unlike me)…
We also had a new friend, Arwen, joining us in the kitchen this month. She’s another Thermie person, and it was lovely to have another person to share in the fun (and baby wrangle Master O!). Arwen made some tea biscotti, but we’ve worked out that the recipe she was following was missing egg whites. She added some in, but the recipe needs some testing again before we could share it with you. The scent of earl grey while they were cooking was amazing and they did look oh-so-sweet dipped into the pink chocolate!
Now over to Miss Mixotropy for her tea treats!
I must admit, I got a bit excited by this month’s theme. There’s nothing like a good cup of tea! And I got doubly excited when I came across gorgeous silicone teacupcake moulds in a local shop. I couldn’t resist. So, clearly there had to be cupcakes involved.
I made these Tiramisu Cupcakes for Mother’s Day a couple of weeks ago and they were so good that I decided to vary the recipe to suit this month’s theme. Hence, I bring you Vanilla Chai Tiramisu Teacupcakes!
The combination of vanilla chai tea and marsala wine was so tasty that I thought I’d try making jellies as well by adapting Fiona Hoskin’s Real Fruit Jellies recipe on p.138 of Devil of a Cookbook. Oh my, they were good!
Devil of a Cookbook, the brand new cookbook from Thermomix in Australia, is the brain child of top chef Fiona Hoskin and features many of her recipes, along with recipes from renowned Tetsuya Wakuda and other Thermomix users. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Devil Island Project and copies are available from your consultant or online. Stay tuned for a Devil of a Cookbook give away right here on Honey You Baked, with a copy kindly donated by Erica from Mixotrophy!
To top off our ‘high tea’ I also made some Earl Grey truffles from p.158 of In the Mix as I’d wanted to try these for a while. You can’t go past Earl Grey infused honey ganache dipped in tempered chocolate and coated with slivered almonds. Yum!
Now what are you waiting for – make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet back and head on over to 84th and 3rd for some more tea-inspired treats!