Tea Time #3 A Melting New Year!

Tea Time #3

A Melting New Year!

So here we are,now in to 2015 woohoo and this is my 3rd Tea Time Event, slotted in between my fortnightly Eclectic Corner event which is also on a Tuesday.

I am loving these Tea Time Events and want to thank everyone who joined me in submitting a post, if you didn’t see them all you can still catch them on the Inlinkz page here – Tea Time #2 Christmas Special

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Here are the last Tea Time party goers who my greatest thanks go out to –

The Novice Gardener – who brought along her hot chocolate bar, I will confess to being supremely envious that she has this permanently set up around that Festive time of the year, wow my kids would want to move in!  She is a surpeme cook and foodie photographer, pop by and be dazzled and hungry.

Belgian Streets – who brought along fabulous photos, Andy is definitely becoming our regular alcohol supplier for our Tea Time Events, so thank you Andy who is a fabulous photographer with a definitive character stamp on all he does, pop by and have a chat, he’s very friendly.

Giraffes Can Bake – brought along a cake, oh my I nearly fainted when I saw this. This is soooo on my to do list, please pop by and take a look, you will be melting in to the computer at all her delights.

My Own Private Idaho – brought along presents, yay, I love presents and a wonderful poem.  If you pop by which I recommend, you will find lots of insightful and meaninful posts to read and lovely photos to look at.

Aromas and Flavours – brought along cookies, in my house one can never have enough cookies and they looked as melt in your mouth as my  moments do below.  Pop by to see some wonderful flavoursome dishes and chat away with good company.

Lucile De Godoy – showed us a little bit of her holiday and a scrumptous drink, very healthy which I think we all needed after Andys drinks LOL.  I think she might be back from her exotic climes to go and say hello if time you wont be disappointed.

Thirsty for Tea – I am always astounded at this bloggers posts, if you are a tea lover like me you will love this blog. You will see that we were brought the most amazing cup and saucer made out of gingerbread!!! It’s a piece of art lol..really it is.

Musings of a frequent flying Scientist – well we were brought lots of goodies, her family and glorious crockery, what a party we had.  I am a crockery girl so was feasting at the lovely bone china and lovely tea cosy, yup yup, that’s all an A.Star from me hehe.  Pop by and say hello, you will see wonderful photography from what is a very new blogger yet seems like an old timer she is so adept at what she does.

Viaja – brought us again some wonderful crockery and a recipe/cake, mmmm yum, another recipe to add to my book yipee, I feel spoilt!  Please pop by and have a cuppa with her 🙂

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Tea Time #3

2015 Is Upon Us, Yay!

It will be the same process as in, open for a week and a half before closing to give time to have our cuppas, chat and generally Tea Time style party!!

This event is for anything related to the ‘Experience of Tea Time’, please feel free to be as out of the box as you like.  Bring alcohol, tea, cakes, a poem, a song, whatever, really bring it all along.

If you need to familiarize yourself with what the Tea Time Event is, please follow the link which goes to the Tea Time Page – Tea Time Page

A quick summary of the process 😉

  • Please grab a badge to display
  • Tag your post Tea Time (#1 or #2 etc depending on which week it is)
  • When you write your post, please link back to my post that it relates to
  • Please then come to my post back here and enter the URL in to the InLinkz which you will find below.  This collects all the entries and displays thumbnails on the InLinkz page so everyone can congregate together, find out what everyone is doing and party!
  • Even if you are not posting a link, please pop by the InLinkz page to blog hop and enjoy everyone’s 2015 New Year Tea Party.

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So I present my treats for the Tea Time #3 New Year 2015! – 

Melting Moments

Recipe courtesy originally from: Nashira of nashplateful, however I found this recipe from Sadia from Savour and Sweet Food, here is her suggestion for the Melting Moments, the words below are pretty  much as per her insructions – Melting Moments
Makes 50

Ingredients

  • 250g (8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (80g) icing sugar (confectioners), sifted
  • 1 ½ cup (225g) plain flour (all-purpose), sifted
  • ½ cup (75g) corn flour (cornstarch), sifted

Method

1. Preheat oven to 160oC/325oF. Line baking sheet or flat oven tray with parchment paper.

2. Beat butter, vanilla and sifted icing sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Transfer mixture to large bowl, and stir in sifted flours using a wooden spoon. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3. With floured hands, roll rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place balls about 2.5cm apart on trays to allow room for spreading, and then flatten slightly with the back of a lightly floured fork.

4. Bake cookies about 15 minutes or until just cooked through and light golden. Stand 5 minutes in tray before lifting onto wire racks to cool. Dust with extra sifted icing sugar before serving, if you like.

Notes:

  • Sadia had a great suggestion of using custard powder instead of corn flour, I will definitely try that next time.
  • The biscuits if not with the buttercream filling, will keep in an airtight container between wax or parchment paper up to one week mind you I doubt they will stay around that long.
  • You can swap the vanilla extract for 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder, however you can play and experiment as you wish, if you do so I would love to hear your alternatives.
  • There is also the decorating factor, I used a fork to make a pattern on my biscuits, let your imagination go wild on other forms of embossing.

Buttercream filling- if you wish to sandwich the biscuits together, which is what I did:

90g (3 ounces) butter, room temperature
¾ cup (120g) icing sugar (confectioners’), sifted
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Beat butter, sifted icing sugar and rind in small bowl with electric mixer until pale and fluffy; beat in juice. Sandwich cookies with butter cream.

I enjoyed mine with a freshly brewed cup of illy Espresso Dark Roast Ground Coffee with hot milk!

I will say if you have any broken bits left over, as I did have a couple of casualties, then don’t throw them away because they are fabulous with ice cream.

I did sandwich my melting moments together with the suggested buttercream filling, as you can see, it isn’t for the faint hearted, it is a sweet melting blast in the mouth, mmm yum in my tum!

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So please come and join the Tea Time #3 Party, click the Tea badge below to go through to the InLinkz page to either post your tea time fun, or blog hop and visit others just to simply say ‘hello’ and see what they have done.  Remember to pop back and say ‘hi’ every so often to see what new deliciousness or visual treats might be there, Happy New Year to you all!  Justine xxxx

Have a little click below to enter or just enjoy!

  50 comments for “Tea Time #3 A Melting New Year!

  1. skd
    January 6, 2015 at 5:11 AM

    Thanks for all the lovely words and a refreshing high tea Justine ☕☺

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    • January 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

      Thank you for this it looks awesome, but i really really love the story, made me smile and all warm inside. It is funny and so sweet how she let you win each time but the tables are turned now and she wins hehe xx

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  2. January 6, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Wow Justine! Your Melting Moments look divine! x

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    • January 6, 2015 at 9:51 AM

      compared to the rum balls I confidentally say they turned out alright lol. I never seem to follow recipes very well, maybe its my lack of maths skills or something hehe, but yes these were lovely, so i am grateful to Sadia for finding them and sharing them on her blog, you must try them, honestly they really do melt x

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      • January 6, 2015 at 9:56 AM

        It’s okay to not stick to the recipe :p I do that too sometimes ^^
        I think I really al going to try this recipe because it looks so good 🙂

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  3. January 6, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    I love tea time, Justine. I am so upset I could not share something today. But you wont keep me from coming to your place. 😛 You are not having security, aren’t you? 😀

    Anyway, I want to clear one thing – is your Tea Time done is a specific day?? So I could stay tuned next time. 😉

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    • January 6, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      awe Jhuls please come, its not only today the InLinkz is open for a week and a half so you still have plenty of time to do something. I post them fortnightly on a tuesday, they remain open for a week and a half, the inbetween tuesday I post a blog hop that is photograpy/writing based.

      I have a page on the Tea Time, here it is:

      http://eclecticoddsnsods.com/tea-time-event/

      so you see, please do still join in hehe x

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      • January 6, 2015 at 12:11 PM

        Thank you so much, Justine. Now, everything is clear. 😀 I would try to make something to join. 😉 Hugs!

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        • January 6, 2015 at 12:13 PM

          ooh wonderful, now i am excited woohoo xx thank you

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  4. January 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Thank you for your kindness. I’m back and in need of lots of tea after ingesting more holidays’ calories than I could possible afford. Therefore this time I shall have no cookies…xxx

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    • January 6, 2015 at 3:12 PM

      oh well tea is what its really all about, without tea there is no tea time, so a cuppa of your finest is welcomed to be brought a long and i know those losing calories and getting healthy scenario, i am on a see food diet hehe..no really i will behave x

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  5. January 6, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Wonderful Justine – love your Melting Moments.

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    • January 6, 2015 at 5:31 PM

      awe thank you maybe you might make them some day? 🙂

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    • January 6, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      I saw this, how fabulous I knew you had talked about it, wow you have been busy. But but but empty bottles is that not a crime, or did you drink them all? Of course if the latter then understandeable that you brought them purely for visual pleasure and torture all at the same time…grins…ps thank you for coming to Tea our wonderful spirit provider hehe x

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  6. January 6, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Hello, I have some bottles but err…they are all empty, oh and they are also on my new (third) blog 😉 And also kind of a tribute to new beginnings

    Cheers!

    http://andytownend.com/2015/01/06/na-zdravi/

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  7. January 6, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Oh, and thank you so much for the comments about my belgianstreets.com blog, much appreciated!

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  8. NotAPunkRocker
    January 6, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I fell behind on these with being sick and then the holidays, but I resolve to bound back this week 🙂

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  9. January 6, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    it looks delicious! I decided to place some candles today, needed some relaxing tea time today 🙂 https://angleandviews.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/tea-time/

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    • January 6, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      Oooh i saw and commented thank you so much for coming i love the pic snd super impressed your friends makes her own tea! What does it taste like? X

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      • January 7, 2015 at 7:24 AM

        She uses black tea as a basis and adds dried orange blossom, orange peel, cinnamon and galangal – the self-dried orange blossoms and peels give the tea a stronger aroma, completely different to the scented fruity teas that you usually buy.

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        • January 7, 2015 at 12:24 PM

          I had to look up galangal as never heard of it before, but its ginger right? That combo sounds lovely and quite festive too. I just bought a new tea today, Teapigs rooibos creme caramel, cant wait to try it x

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          • January 7, 2015 at 1:32 PM

            it is some sort of ginger, at least closely related. in winter my tea consumption is also at high level, I soon will need to refill my cupboard as well 🙂

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    • January 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      I am definitely coming around to the idea of fruit cake 😀 This looks super yummy, wowweee… a save for next year i think and thank you so much for joining in, what type of tea might you have with this? 😀

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  10. January 7, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    I am gonna try this recipe over the weekend! The photographs are very very tempting!

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    • January 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      hah and they totally melt, really they do, i would love to know what you think if you try them xx

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    • January 7, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      this is like totally amazing i think i passed out. I never saw a cake like that in my life!!!!! Wowww…..everyone will be not able to walk out of the door after this haha..the combinations sound like something from charlie and the chocolate factory hehe, thank you so much for coming to Tea you just bounced up the sugar levels to hit the moon lol xx

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    • January 8, 2015 at 9:35 AM

      oh remember to link this lovely amazing pudding in to the InLinkz, I was dreaming about it last night, wow haha x

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    • January 9, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      this is a beautiful cake, really it is and wow your photography blows me away… I really want to try this cake, so am saving it hehe..thank you so much for coming to the Tea Time xxx hugs xxx

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  11. January 9, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Thanks so much for the shout out Justine!! So many yummy and festive posts here…I especially love the Spiced Chocolate Cake from Giraffes Can Bake…yum!! 🙂

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    • January 10, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      oh my that cake is amazing, i made it the other day and am going to feature it next tea time, now I gave the game away lol. It took me three hours to make but oh boy so worth it, amazing cake x

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  12. January 14, 2015 at 3:16 AM

    Tea Time #3 Hope I’m not too, late with my entry.
    OMG! All these cakes look so delicious, I will put them in my recipe collection for later in the year. I am baked out after the Holidays.
    Happy New Year’s all and cheers!

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    • January 14, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      hah I know what you mean about the baked out thingy. did you make a post then and link it in to the Inlinkz, I must go and look 🙂 xxx

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  13. January 14, 2015 at 3:17 AM

    those cookies look uhmaaayzing!!

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    • January 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      hah thank you, the melting moments were fab and everyone else has brought such lovely things too i try not to look at the posts too often as they make me eat too much lol x

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      • January 14, 2015 at 7:40 PM

        i set up my mother in law’s royal copenhagen set she gave me today and tried to take some pics. they turned out very badly so I scrapped them all. i will join you on the next challenge!

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        • January 15, 2015 at 4:03 PM

          oh no 😦 Maybe you were being a harsh critic? Remember those jugs you said you hadn’t liked them at first and I thought they were marvellous hehe…anyways i hope your having a fab week and I do look forward to having tea with you soon hehe xx

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