Birthday tea party8/08/2014
I'm about to share with you the six secrets of a successful and food filled tea party. SECRET ONE: Ask your mum and your mother-in...
I'm about to share with you the six secrets of a successful and food filled tea party.
SECRET ONE: Ask your mum and your mother-in-law to 'bring a few bits and bobs'. They will both turn up with enough food to supply a peace core mission.
SECRET TWO: Put your dad in charge of alcohol. They get serious over this shit.
SECRET THREE: Hint heavily to all talented baker friends about how good their cooking is until they offer to bring you baked goods for the party. Resist urge to kiss them.
SECRET FOUR: Have so much food on the table that at least four people will say "That will never all get eaten" Set out to prove them all wrong.
SECRET FIVE: Have lots of chairs. People love chairs.
SECRET SIX: Everyone must eat cake.
PAHAHA, god I love that picture. That right there, is one of my best buds, Phil. Yes, this post will contain a lot of talk of cake, because all I seem to be doing at the moment, is baking it, eating it, talking about it and watching it. *YAY GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF IS BACK*
But that is a post for another day. I promised you awesome folks some recipes and pictures from the party.
YOU WILL NEED
115g/4oz butter - plus extra for greasing
85g/3oz caster sugar
1 egg yolk
200g/7oz plain flour - plus extra for dusting
1 1/2 tablespoon early grey tea leaves (blended if they are big and chunky leaves)
pinch of salt
1/2 a lemon's worth of rind (finely grated)
Cool cookie cutters (or ordinary ones... pfft)
FIRST OF ALL
Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Next, cream together your sugar and butter until it is light and creamy. Whisk in the egg yolk, lemon rind and tea leaves. Gradually fold in the flour until it forms a soft dough.
Grease up a baking sheet with baking parchment, ready for your biscuits.
ROLLIN WITH THE HOMIES
Dust your surface with a little flour and roll out your dough to roughly 5mm thick. Cut out your biscuits using the cutter and place onto your pre-greased baking sheet.
Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the biscuits have browned slightly. Leave to cool on a rack, they will harden up as they cool :)
YOU WILL NEED
This website that I got the shortbread recipe from.
Two large bars of chocolate - plus extra because don't lie, you are obviously going to have some.
FIRST OF ALL
Make the recipe as Paul Hollywood says, because it tastes nice and some things don't need changing. Always cite your sources guys!
JUST THE DIP
Place a mixing bowl over a pan of boiling water and break up your chocolate into it. Keep stirring it as it melts. Once it has all melted, dip your cooled shortbreads in, one by one. Sprinkle with a bit of caster sugar afterwards.
If you want to temper your chocolate properly instead of just melting and hoping for the best like I did - use this guide.
-official sounding part- and that concludes the recipe section of this blog post.
This isn't even all of the food, the overspill ran into the kitchen. Which lead to a lot of this...
"I can't move! Just let me at the quiches!"
Another talking point was the cheesecake, made my my very talented friend Fiona. Seriously, let me talk about this cheesecake. It has three points (not WW ones unfortunately... I have a feeling they would be significantly higher per slice) which make it probably the best cheesecake of your life.
- A nice thick buttery biscuit-y base. (see video)
- Generous thick creamy part.
- It is the biggest mofo-ing cheesecake you'll ever see.
Let's have a nice gratuitous look at this cheesecake.
So what else was there? Georgie made me some red velvet cupcakes, the mums bought between them - 8 bags of big sharer crisps, 5 platters of sandwiches, three quiches, 3 plates of sausages rolls, boxes of chocolates, Auntie Bee made my birthday cake (more on that in a moment) and there was also pizza, pasta, chicken wings and the usual buffet fodder.
This also means I got to use my friends fancy tea cups and my awesome collection of mugs ALL FRICKEN DAY.
CUE TEA MONTAGE (play video for perfect tea montage music, yay!)
So here's a wee snippet of some photos of some of the kookiest people you will ever meet.
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