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Amish Snickerdoodles…Just right with a cuppa tea

Buttery Amish Snickerdoodles and tea…

 

I’m so lonesome for my Ozark cousins and friends!

I miss that refreshing Southern Hospitality! Those big bear hugs and the exclamations, “I’m jus’ so glad to see ya! Y’all come on in now and have some tea.” And tea will be served with a little something…cookies, pie or a slice of cake.

Growing up, my Momma always had a stash of cookies somewhere.  Just in case somebody dropped by. Good manners…good Southern manners dictate you offer food with an iced or hot beverage.

Well, I can’t make a trip to Missouri…but I did bake some cookies. I love these buttery Amish Snickerdoodles. Hope you’ll try them and let me know what you think!

 

Amish Snickerdoodles

1 cup butter
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
2-3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine the following:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

* Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring in between.
* Sift together the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt. Add to the first mixture.
* Form the cookie dough into balls (walnut size). Roll into mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
* Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Cookies will flatten into circles as they cook.

Serve with tea!!

* **These store well in sealed container***

 

 

May everyday be your cup of tea!

Kate

Key Lime Bread….for tea-time!

Perfect with a cuppa your favorite tea!

 

I wandered around the kitchen with my cuppa tea, opening a cupboard door, staring at the contents inside. I gently pushed it closed. I opened the refrigerator. Examining the shelves, pulling open drawers, searching for what, I wasn’t sure.

I was wishing for a little something “special” to have with my cuppa.

Searching in an old magazine,  a great quick bread recipe and photo grabbed my attention. I made a few changes, mixed, stirred and baked… and voila…the answer to my craving came out of the oven filling the whole kitchen with a delicious aroma.

This key lime bread is sweet and slightly tart, perfect with a nice cup of English Breakfast. Hope you enjoy!

 

Key Lime Bread....for Tea-Time!
 
Delicious slightly tart lime bread that goes well with a cup of your favorite tea!
Author:
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons grated lime peel
  • 3 Tablespoons Key Lime Juice or fresh lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour~all purpose flour works great
  • 3 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts: pecans, walnuts or almonds
  • GLAZE:
  • ⅔ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Key Lime Juice or fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add lime peel, lime juice and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this to the creamed mixture alternating with the milk. Fold in nuts.
  3. Spoon batter into two greased 9 x 5 x 3 in loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack.
  4. Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm bread. Cool completely. Enjoy one with tea, freeze one for later!
  5. Happy Tea-Time!

 

My Chai-Tea Smoothie…2 Ways…

If you love tea like I do, you’re always on the prowl for fun ways to enjoy tea! I like to experiment with blends of teas and fruits..dried fruits, tea in recipes and tea in beverages!

Smoothies~the homemade or handcrafted variety are especially adaptable and can be HEALTHY too!

I tried one made with Chai tea recently. Light and refreshing…and of course, I immediately thought of other ingredients to test with this tea in making a smoothie. Let me know if you’ve found some great tea smoothie combinations!

 

My Chai-Tea Smoothie…the “skinny” version:

 

 

My Chai-Tea Smoothie…the “not so skinny” version:

 

 

 

Recipe for My Chai-Tea Smoothie:

 

1 cup         Chai tea~~ steeped and chilled

1/2 cup     milk~~my favorite is Almond Vanilla milk

but you could choose another kind or use what you have on hand…

1/2 cup    Greek yogurt…I like to use Vanilla or plain

1               ripe banana…fresh or frozen

Optional…Whipped Cream….

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Light and refreshing..and you get to have your tea too!!

 

Happy Infusions,

Kate

 

 

Sunday Morning Scones….

This morning, I just needed scones with my tea. I tweaked our Traditional Scone recipe

 

and came up with these Blueberry-Sour Cream Scones…so perfect with my Assam tea…outside on the patio…

 

a perfect Sunday Morning!

 

Blueberry-Sour Cream Scones with tea on the patio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Iced Tea Recipes to Celebrate National Iced Tea Month in June !

In the summer, at our house, there were always two pitchers of iced tea in our refrigerator. One of them, my mother referred to as ” Your Father’s Tea” (meaning sweet tea–southern style) and the other was, regular plain iced tea, no sugar. These were the two choices available. My mother made the iced tea from tea bags, although our neighbors used that very modern, “Instant Tea”. ( You can taste the difference).

Growing up in the ’60’s, I started making sun tea in the summertime, and have continued the practice. Now, however, warnings about bacteria that can grow in sun tea may cause me to consider it a “Steep Risk” http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/suntea.asp.
If any of us got sick from sun tea, I didn’t know it. I probably blamed some other “germ” or even
decided that a small child must have shared his illness.


The popularity and availability of a wide variety of flavored black and green teas has greatly increased my iced tea choices. (See list below for teas that are excellent iced). Magnificent Mango, quite popular in our tea room, competed with Arctic Raspberry and Shanghai Lime (photo) as favorites for iced teas. My iced tea choices are not limited to tea bags, instant tea, sweetened or unsweetened. …..I can celebrate incredible abundance !

Oregon Street Tea Company‘s Great Iced Tea Recipe:

For 2 quarts (1/2 gallon)

* In a 6 cup teapot, place an infuser filled with 12 teaspoons of tea.

* Fill the teapot with water heated to 195 degrees.

* Brew 5 minutes.

* In a 2 quart container fill 1/2 with ice.

* Pour tea over ice.

* Add cold water if needed to make 1/2 gallon of great iced tea !

 

 

The following teas are delicious iced:

Black Flavored Teas:

Arctic Raspberry
Cranberry Breeze or Cranberry Orange
Lemon Lift
Magnificent Mango
Peach Apricot
Wild Cherry Blast

Green Flavored tea:

Strawberry Fields Forever
Shanghai Lime

 

 

The Very Popular “Arnold Palmer” http://www.arnoldpalmertee.com/news.asp

Fill a glass with ice and add:

1/2 lemonade
1/2 black tea (brewed)
1/2 Lemon slice to decorate the rim of the glass

Very Refreshing !

 

 

Hawaiian Iced Tea

Make 2 quarts of Oregon Street Tea Company’s Great Iced Tea

Add:
1 can (16 oz) pineapple juice
1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe follows)
Refrigerate until chilled.

Garnish with fresh pineapple spears and serve

 

 

Simple Syrup: ( You can also purchase this)

1 cup white sugar
1 cup water

Combine sugar and water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Cool.

 

Happy Iced Infusions !
Kate


www.oregonstreetteacompany.com

Cranberry-Meyer Lemon Scones….a favorite for a rainy day….

 

 

A huge bin filled with smooth skinned Meyer Lemons triggered a drooling response. Wiping my mouth, and stuffing a plastic bag with yellow fruit, I dreamed of our Oregon St. Tea Company signature Cranberry-Meyer Lemon Scones.

Rushing in the door, I plopped the groceries down….put away all items requiring refrigeration….washed the lemons and proceeded to stir up a batch of scones.

Add a little clotted cream…(which I found in our local market!)……

 

 

…a cup of tea…..

 

 

…..and enjoy those delicious scones….

 

 

 

Cranberry-Meyer Lemon Scones (an Oregon Street Tea Room Signature Recipe)

3 cups Self Rising Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter
Zest of 1 small Meyer lemon
½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Add zest of Meyer lemon.
Add cranberries.
Mix in ¾ cup buttermilk, adding more if necessary to form dough. Do not over mix.
Turn onto floured work space and knead until easy to handle. (About 4-5 turns)
Pat gently to 1 inch thick.
Cut with small biscuit cutter.
Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet. (Vegetable oil spray works great too)
Brush with egg wash (1 egg combined with 1 tablespoon milk)
Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.
Glaze with powdered sugar thinned to glazing consistency with Meyer lemon juice.

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