Monday, June 15, 2015

The Vintage Tea Party with the Novel Bakers

The Novel Bakers
cordially invite you to a week-long tea party, inspired by a trio of books: The Vintage Tea Party Book, Vintage Sweets, and The Vintage Tea Party Year. Today, we're sharing recipes from the first volume, The Vintage Tea Party Book, written by British author Angel Adoree.

How to describe the magic in this book? It's vibrant, colorful, informative, and energetic.  Yet these words fall short. Each time I opened the book, I found new recipes. Even now, as I thumb through the pages, another recipe leaps out. I'm thinking that if Alice in Wonderland married Harry Potter, The Vintage Tea Party Book would be their offspring.

The author of the trilogy, Angel Adoree, had a life-long passion for all things vintage, and she turned it into a wildly popular party business in Great Britain. Along the way, she wrote three charming books--they are super cute, packed with recipes, tips on 1940s style (vintage dresses, thrifting, hair, make up), downloadable invitations, and DIY craft ideas (such as how to decorate china).  
The Vintage Tea Party Book is divided into 5 chapters: an Introduction; Brunch; Afternoon Tea, Evening Tea, and Style (this includes a chapter on "The Science of Style"), along with fun tutorials, such as how to make a headscarf and how to make a hat). 

All DIY projects and recipes have detailed step-by-step instructions.

When you open the book, a little bit of magic is released into the air. Suddenly you'll start dreaming of tea sandwiches, scones, roses, cake pedestals, brightly colored tablecloths. 

Tomato Mozzarella Balls
                                                  Yield: 25 kabobs

24 springs of basil
24 mini-plum tomatoes
24 fresh mozzarella balls
freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Slice off each end of each tomato. 
Thread basil leaves onto kabob sticks.
Thread 1 tomato on top of the basil (1 tomato per kabob stick)
Use a melon ball scoop to make mozzarella pearls. Place mozzarella pearl on top of the tomato, securing it with the kabob stick. Season with pepper.
Dip: Serve extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar in shot glasses or bowls.

When I think about High Tea, I start to crave double cream and treacle and scones. I knew I would love the book because it has a marvelous British slant; but you needn't be an Anglophile to appreciate this gem.

Lemon Tart
                                                Serves 6 to 8

1-1/2 store-bought pie dough sheets or homemade pastry
4 large organic eggs, beaten slightly*
1 stick unsalted butter*
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup super fine white granulated sugar
pinch of salt*
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 Tablespoon lemon zest*

13" x 4" non-stick tart pan with a removable bottom
citrus zester

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Roll out dough slightly. Cut and fit into a 13" x 4" tart pan. Flute the edges. Put into the refrigerator to chill. Meanwhile, place butter and sugar in a saucepan. Melt butter over medium flame. Using a wooden spoon, blend sugar and butter. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove  pan from heat and cool slightly. Into a large mixing bowl, add 4 eggs, pinch of salt, lemon juice, zest. Whisk until smooth. Add cooled. butter/sugar mixture to egg/citrus mixture. If it is still warm, add a little butter/sugar mixture to the egg mixture--a little at a time until temps equalize. 
Remove chilled tart pastry/pan. Add filling. Place tart pan on a baking sheet. Pop into the oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Garnish with lemon slices and berries; add whipped cream or crème fraîche

* I used 4 eggs, 1 stick butter, pinch of salt, and added lemon zest.

Angel Adoree's Tea Party Tips:
1. Decide when and where your tea party will be held (home; picnic, pub, etc.)
2. How many guests?
3. Select the theme and mood you wish to create
4. Gather props (thrifting; rummage sales, DIY projects)
5. Plan your menu
6. Create a party planning timeline (shopping, cooking, cooking time, cleaning, decorating).
7. Create and mail invitations
8. Give yourself extra time to prepare

On Angel's website, you can download adorable party invitations.

On Tuesday, I'm returning with The Vintage Tea Party and Edible Flowers. 
The partying will continue all week with Jain at a quiet life and Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is.
Linda at More Fun Less Laundry will be joining us on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, The Novel Bakers will share recipes and ideas from Vintage Sweets.
On Friday, our finale will include recipes (and a bit of magic) from The Vintage Tea Party Year.

Today, you are cordially invited to tea with Jain at a quiet life 

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  1. Oh, you girls do find the most enchanting books! I can see I need to add a few to my own library. Your lemon tart is gorgeous, and how I wish for a slice right now. The cup of tea w/ lemon is perfection. Is that an Emma Bridgwater tea pot? I'm in tea party heaven!

  2. Oh what a feast for the eyes...your wonderful tablecloth and vase filled with grapevine and flowers are the perfect accompaniments to your vintage tea. I had to chuckle at "I'm thinking that if Alice in Wonderland married Harry Potter, The Vintage Tea Party Book would be their offspring", what a fun description :) You've sprinkled your own fairy dust on this post with your beautifully styled cover shots and your tea cup among the blooms and elevated tomato and mozzerella to high style with your skewers. Yes, I'm just here for dessert and your lemon tart looks oh so tempting! Thanks for the delicious start to my week, I look forward to your edible flowers tomorrow. ♥

  3. What a fabulous post- your photos are wonderful! I received this book as a gift a little while ago and LOVE it- so whimsical and fun - but I haven't tried the recipes yet :)

  4. Oh Michael Lee, your table is just soooo pretty all displayed with your vintage tablecloth, outstanding floral bouquet in the hand painted vase, your teapot on a cake stand and your appetizer and tart. I was trying to get a good look at the plates under the red swag. Do they have a strawberry border? Also, don't you just love the name of the author of the book? I must look into buying this book to add to my already overcrowded cookbook shelves!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face as I sip my morning tea!

  5. isn't this a breath of fresh air! i love your styling, it always just pops! such a fun book and of course i get the greatest kick seeing how we all select the same recipes from scads and all present them so differently. your commentary is delightful too, its that darn author in your, always entrancing us!

    oh that lemon tart... i wanted to make it but went with the midgets, i am sorry i made that choice now, i would love a thick slab of tart cool lemon right now washed down with a warm pot of tea. i am in the deep bristish isle moor like fog as i type, i can almost feel it all glide down my throat... your pics are that magical! and yes, i am ALWAYS HERE JUST FOR THE DESSERTS!

    fabulous presentation, i can't wait to see the rest of the week unfold, thanks so much for playing, it truly delights me

  6. Michael Lee, I loved these books and Harry and Alice would be perfect parents for them! Your presentation of the lemon tart and tomatoes is just gorgeous. I can't wait to see your edible flowers tomorrow. Linda

  7. What a wonderful motivator you are. I love the pictures, makes me feel like I am right there. Looking forward to a fun week.

  8. Emma Bridgewater makes the cutest teapots and other treasures...
    Your photos are just out of this pretty.
    Now on to finding your doughnuts.

  9. Michael Lee: You can make anything beautiful, even a humble egg shell! I'm staggered by your beautiful photography! That lemon tart looks wonderful, and I'd love a little slice to go with that cup of tea. I can't wat for tomorrow's post!

  10. Oh your tea table took my breath away Michael Lee, it's absolutely wonderful!! The books sound entirely delightful and I am sure I will be drooling over the recipes all week long~ I would love a Darcy cocktail with a slice of lemon tart right now served up on that adorable cake server!

  11. That's a darling book, Michael! Of course, you probably knew I'd love it ;)


  12. Beautiful post, beautiful photos and that lemon tart looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing at SYS and wishing you a wonderful week!
    XO Barbara