As a person who is always working, it is hard to find time for family and friends. I have dedicated quality time with my husband and my children. For readers who follow me on twitter and Instagram, you will know I have the hash tags #mummyanddaughtertime and #familytime where we go to the park or do some baking together.
When possible, I try to make time for friends, though it can be hard sometimes. I've missed on a lot of feasts and celebrations. So when I had the opportunity to host an afternoon high tea, I jumped at the chance and planned straight away.
The usual gang of food bloggers came along and brought their treats with them. I am so lucky to have friends that know and CAN bake. Needless to say, there was sugar overload and had great conversations about all things, including the ingenuity of the whoopie cushion.
Here's some of the goodies that we ate that day.
Eclairs and profiteroles by Thanh. A good bake:)
I made mini chocolate cakes
I also made the orange and chocolate Madeleines. I got the recipe from women's weekly cookbooks but I added the orange zest and dipped them in dark chocolate for that extra decadence.
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs caster sugar
- 2 tbs icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 1/4 cup self raising flour
- 1/4 cup plain flour
- 75g butter, melted
- 1 tbs hot water
- zest of an orange
- Melted dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 200degC (180degC fan forced)
- Grease 2 Madeleine pans with a little butter
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs, caster sugar, icing sugar and vanilla paste until thick and creamy
- Meanwhile, sift flours twice. Sift the third time over the egg mixture. Add the orange zest and pour combined butter and water down the side of the bowl then fold together.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of mixture into pan holes.
- Bake for about 10 minutes.
- When cooked, tap the pan firmly onto baking paper covered wire racks to cool
- When cooled, dip one end into the melted chocolate. Place onto baking paper for chocolate to set.