Tea Time #4
Come and join me for Tea for two, or three or four 😀
Again I want to thank everyone who joined me for Tea Time #3, we were all just recovering from Christmas Festivities so really appreciate the effort. You can still pop by direct to the Inlinkz page to blog hope if you wish, here it is: Tea Time #3 InLinkz Page
Here are the last Tea Time party goers who my greatest thanks go out to
(please note sometimes posts are missed off the Inlinkz, so I apologise if I have missed anyone who didn’t put themselves in there)
- Sarah’s Little Kitchen – Wow she brought along a 12th Night Pie, I learn’t some history too. It looks great. Do you ever remember hearing about those cakes that would have things inside them? I do, as a child but never got the chance to try one. Well now I know how to make my very own.
- Andy Townend – being our regular supplier of alcohol he brought along some more, or did he? I had a closer look and all the bottles were empty…gasp! Should we complain? Go and take a look at his lovely photography, you won’t be disappointed.
- Mixed Bag – now we were brought a wonderful rum cake and I am wondering whether that is where all the alcohol went that Andy (above) was meant to supply..hrmmm suspicious look here. It looks like an amazing cake if you havn’t popped by yet, please make sure to do so.
- Angle and Views – we were brought a wonderfully relaxing photo, pop along to see what I mean, plus I got some inside information on how to make one’s own tea, now that is top notch.
- Musings of a frequently flying scientist – Now I am not even going to tell you about this cake, you have to go and see it for yourself. Seriously that is all I am going to say.
- Viaja2 – brought us a wonderful looking doughtnut shaped cake that had me drooling and some fanciful crockery which I always, always love, she also shared her recipe later, just to tempt us.
- Gluten free. Lekker food, Lekker life – Now I have had a complete educational system now on Rooibos tea which I am utterly addicted to. Tea pigs do it with caramel which is adorable. The great thing is it has many health benefits and is caffiene free. I had no idea that I was so late cottoning on to this tea, it seems everyone drinks it already. If you pop by to this blog you will find a whole SERIES on rooibos tea, it really is very interesting.
- Savoury and sweet food – brought us along the most delicious looking lemon cake recipe. Now my last Tea Time featured melting moments which were from the same blog, if the lemon cake tastes anything the same we are on to a good thing here.
- Lucile de Godoy – Another rooibos drinker, woohoo and a great photo, pop by and say hello, Lucile is a friendly charming soul.
- Creative Focus – We got insider information that there is actually a drive through for a tea place and wow pop by and see what they provide, I am so so jealous we do not have one of those locally.
- Viaja2 – yay we got the recipe, see above, thank you for sharing ❤
Tea Time #4
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.
- Please don’t forget to put your link in to the InLinkz page, just click the tea picture below 🙂
So I present my treats for the Tea Time #3 :-
Now I need to tell you a little bit about this cake and where I sourced it from. First of all I found it from Giraffes Can Bake, seriously that is the name of the blog. I love it and that is what first ever caught my attention of this blog. I have still yet to find out how on earth Michelle came about calling her blog this name.
This is how Michelle describes herself – a baker, cinnamon enthusiast and kitty snuggler – how cute! She is simply an AMAZING BAKER, really every time I pop by her blog I am drooling.
I had earmarked this cake to bake before Christmas but never got around to it. I will say it took me THREE hours to bake haha, but oh boy it was worth it. It is one of those cakes you take your first bite and you have to pinch yourself that you are still of this world because it is so heavenly.
I made the spiced caramel that is the filling for this too and there was some left over which I have kept in the fridge. This has been used for all kinds of things, on toast, on ice cream etc etc. The kids have also been dipping their fingers in to it when I am not looking much to my annoyance and chasing them around the kitchen!
Michelle has a recipe index, you will find things like Parsnip Raspberry Cupcakes, Peppermint Stuffed Brownies and Fig and Orange Kugelhope, here is the index – Giraffes Can Bake Recipe Index. – why not pop by and bookmark something mouthwatering to make later? 🙂
So here we go, what do you need?
Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake
I originally found this cake recipe from: Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake at Giraffes Can Bake – please pop here to see the full version.
I also found the Spiced Caramel from: Spiced Caramel at Giraffes Can Bake – this is not included on my post here, please pop by to Giraffes can bake to find it, it’s really yummy!
Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake
- 225g plain flour (all purpose flour)
- 375g caster sugar (super fine granulated sugar)
- 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 2 clementines, zest and juice
- 240ml buttermilk, room temperature
- 120ml vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- ~230ml freshly brewed hot strong coffee
- 300ml double cream (heavy cream), cold
- 3 tbsp Kirsch
- 50g walnuts
- 1 clementine, juice
- 15g butter
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
So please come and join the Tea Time #4 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!