No Tricks – Just Mini Treats!

Trick or Treat! While children and teens dress up and go out for Halloween festivities, the adults are busy helping the youngsters prepare for one of the biggest nights of the year (next to Christmas). What kind of treat do the ones not trick-or-treating deserve? Maybe a warm cup of tea along with some scones …

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Recipe – Empire Biscuits

Last year The English Tea Store mentioned that I would be writing a blog of recipes and also trying those recipes out. Penny Shiel asked for a good recipe for Empire biscuits and I have now found one. The basic biscuits are shortbread and two biscuits are sandwiched together with jam and then icing put on …

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Tea and Crumpets

One of the benefits of tea is that it can be paired with many foods. Scones are just the tip of the iceberg. There are cakes, cookies (or biscuits), sandwiches, and today’s topic, crumpets. You can either purchase them or make them yourself at home. You may be surprised to find that crumpets are not actually …

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Recipe – Maids of Honour

This is one of my favourite recipes, my Mother made 24 of these most Fridays and they were all gone by Monday!  On her 90th Birthday we had a party with a buffet, games and music, and then supper.  My husband and I made 94 of these for the supper and although there were only …

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Scones, Clotted Cream, and Jam — Oh, My!

Scones, baked fresh and then split open like we would an American-style biscuit, then topped with clotted cream and jam are the quintessence of Afternoon Tea heaven. Yet, there is some discord out there among aficionados about which to plop on that scone first: the clotted cream or the jam! A real dilemma. The operative …

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Tea and Jam, Plain and Simple

It all began innocently. One day I was making my usual favorite afternoon tea—Darjeeling, with toast and jam. Not exotic; I like things plain and simple. I smoothed the jam—in this case orange marmalade--thick on my toast, and then found myself looking thoughtfully down into the jam jar, while I remembered reading of the idea …

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Scones — The Ideal Tea Time Treat

Cookies are great, sandwiches, too, but scones are the ideal teatime treat. That’s this tea lover’s opinion. Of course, the fact that people around the world eat scones with their tea on a daily basis can be pretty persuasive when one is contemplating the plethora of choices available to accompany a cuppa tea. So, why …

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Tea Time Jam Session

Your teatime can be a real jam session — no, not music, but real, fruity, yummy jams to sweeten your palate. I’m talking about strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, peach, apricot, pear, and lots more. Spread thin on toast or globbed on thick on your scone, biscuit, crumpet, or muffin, jam will liven up your teatime as …

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