TEA TRAVELS (TM) - A Springtime Tea Menu

TEA TRAVELS (TM) - A Springtime Tea Menu
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A springtime tea is the perfect time of year to embrace the luxuries of fashion. Whether your party is an indoor formal affair or outdoor garden celebration, it is a great excuse to put on your favorite dress, pearls and gloves with the added indulgence of a fabulous new hat. Invite your friends and loved for a festive gathering.

Honey Ham & Sliced Asparagus with Watercress Butter in rolled White bread

Cheddar Cheese and Chopped Chive spread on Brioche slices

Crab, Avocado & Bacon with Dill Butter in Whole grain Bread cones

Chicken, Granny Smith Apple and Golden Raisin salad in Cucumber Cups

Chopped Egg, Tomato and Fresh Mint in Celery Boats

Lavender Scones with Rose Petal Jam and Devon Cream


Mini Meringue Cups with Whipped Cream, Currant Jelly & Raspberries

Pastel Iced Vanilla Petit Fours

Orange Blossom infused Chocolate Truffles

Lemon -Lime Curd Mini Tarts

Caramel Glazed dipped Jumbo Strawberry


SHANGHAI ROSE- Rose Petals & White Tea

LADY GREY-Bergamot, Lavender Flowers & Black Tea

CITY HARVEST GREEN- Jasmine, Apple & Green Tea (20% to City Harvest)


yield: one pound

1/2 pound pink or red edible rose petals

2 cups sugar

4 1/2 cups water

juice of 2 lemons

Cut white bottom off of each petal. Place rose petals in a bowl and sprinkle sugar to coat each petal. Save overnight. In a saucepan place remaining sugar, water & lemon juice. Dissolve contents over a low heat. Stir in rose petals, simmer 20 minutes. Bring to a boil, continue boiling for 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Pour into a clean, warmed jar, cover & label. Store in a cool place.


YIELD: 12 Scones

2 cups all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

4 Tablespoons (1/2) stick) sweet, unsalted butter

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons fresh lavender or 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender, coarsely chopped

2/3 cup milk, plus extra for glaze

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease & flour a large baking sheet. Sift flour and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the butter until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar and lavender (save a small amount to sprinkle on top of scones before baking). Add enough milk to make a soft, sticky dough. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Cut dough into 1 inch thick rounds with a cookie cutter. Place scones on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top of each scone with a dash of milk and sprinkle with the reserved lavender and sugar. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with rose petal jam and Devon cream.


YIELD: 40 Truffles

1/4 cup sweet, unsalted butter,chopped

1/3 cup heavy cream

7 oz. semi sweet chocolate, chopped

1 egg yolk*

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

2 tablespoons zest of mixed citrus peel (orange, lime, lemon)

2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (or substitute 1 teaspoon Orange extract or to taste)

unsweetened cocoa powder

In a small saucepan, combine butter and cream. Over a low flame, heat until the butter melts and the cream bubbles around the edge. Remove from heat, add chocolate. Cover and let stand until chocolate melts. Stir until smooth. Stir in egg yolk*. Mix in orange peel, citrus peel and Grand Marnier. Chill until firm. Roll into balls. Roll balls in cocoa. Refrigerate in airtight container. Will hold for two weeks. * If eggs are a problem in your area, omit egg yolk from recipe.


Tea Resources

*TEAS available from SERENDIPITEA 1- (888) TEA-LIFE

For fanciful inspirations:

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More of Ellen's Articles:

Planning a Tea Menu

FAQ About Afternoon Tea

A Spring Tea Menu

Tea and Silver

Tea at the Holidays

Understanding Tea Time Service

The Afternoon Tea Gown

The History of Chocolate

A Summer Rose Tea

Etiquette Faux Pas


About The Author

Ellen Easton, author of TEA TRAVELS(TM), TEA PARTIES and Good $ense For $uccess(TM) published by RED WAGON PRESS, 45 East 89th Street, Suite 20A, NYC, NY 10128-1256: (212) 722-7981, is a consultant and designer of related products, to the hotel, food service, special event and retail industries. She is also available for speaking engagements. Please contact her for more information.

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