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Tea Time with Friends

Tea time has a lot to offer. It is a fun activity to do while you're visiting, the food is always delicious, and the table setting and accessories are full of texture!

How'd I get obsessed with Afternoon Tea and Teatime? Downton Abbey, of course! But even if you're not a super fan of the show, the cookbook is a great place for beginner and experienced tea-time go-ers for some great recipes! Facts about the show are bonus!

The "Quick Strawberry Jam" and "Mock Clotted Cream" recipe are from this book! Check it out!

Scroll down to find all the featured recipes I spoke about on the show. Set your alarm to catch "Happy Home Cooking," on, Thursdays at 10am and Sundays at 3pm. New Shows every week with something to help make you a HAPPY home cook.

Strawberry Jam Recipe from Downton Abbey Cookbook

The easiest thing to remember about making Quick Strawberry Jam is that you are basically reducing it by half and looking for your preferred-type of jam consistency. It will continue to thicken as it cools so watch out for that. When you see that beautiful ring around the pot, you'll know it's ready.

Mock Clotted Cream Recipe from Downton Abbey Cookbook

Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe from Baker Bettie

Baker Bettie Book Link: #youneedthis

Finger Sammies

•Cucumber with herb and garlic spreadable cheese on white bread

•Smoked salmon with onion and chive cheese on pumpernickel

•Store-bought chicken salad on white with iceberg lettuce

  • Desserts - bakery purchased brownies and gooey butter cake, and No-Bake Cheesecake. Please see our "No Bake" Recipes show for the recipe.

Recommended Tea: Black or Herbal tea

•Proper tea brewing temperature can range anywhere from 140 degrees for green teas to 212 degrees (a full boil) for black and herbal teas, with plenty of degrees in between.

•It’s important to brew teas at the proper temperature to get the best flavor from your tea. Use water that’s too hot, and you could burn delicate tea leaves, resulting in an unpleasantly bitter cup. Use water that’s too cool, and you risk ending up with a weak, less flavorful cup of tea.

•Black Tea likes boiling water. Herbal Tea likes boiling water. You will get a variety of choices in both black teas and herbals without having to worry about your water temperature, and that is why I choose these teas for my parties. Because I don’t have to think about it. The water boils, I pour it in. Steep. Done.

Here is my favorite black tea to use for tea parties. Serve with flavoring options such as thin slices of lemon, sugar cubes, alternative sugars, and honey.

Links can be found at the bottom of the blog. :0)

Here's a link for some interesting Tea-Time Info!

We have some of these items in our tea set:

More Pics!

If you'd like to order from Nouveau Cakery, here's her website:

Some of the products I like to use for Afternoon Tea:

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