Tea in the garden

Spring is my favourite time of the year.  The days are warming up here on the farm, and I’m loving it! The garden is coming to life with the roses pushing out beautiful new foliage and buds starting to form.  Spring is a time to shake off winter lethargy and get stuck into new projects whether it be in your home or garden.  It is also a time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, and that is what we have for you today on the blog, a pretty tea setting in the garden.  Grab your picnic blankets and enjoy a lazy afternoon under the trees with tea and cake!

Spring in the garden.

Spring in the garden.

I am very lucky to have a talend ceramicist for a Mom, and am defintely spoilt rotten by her.  Mom made me this beautiful tea set recently as she knows how much I love green and white together.

Tea and cake in the garden.

Tea and cake in the garden.

This tea set is part of Sailthru’s Old Oak design (which includes a full dinner service), The saucers and larger plates in the photo have been done in a green crackle glaze.  It is a very fresh colour that goes beautifully with the white tea cups, tea and sugar pot and milk jug.

Tea pot, milk jug and sugar pot in white.

Tea pot, milk jug and sugar pot in white.

Gorgeous teacup in white with crackle glazed saucer in green.

Gorgeous teacup in white with crackle glazed saucer and plate in green.

The little rose teaspoons above and below are so pretty, they make any tea setting special.

Teacup and sacuer detail with rose teaspoon.

Teacup and saucer detail with rose teaspoon.

Old oak plate with detail in green crackle glaze.

Old oak plate with detail in green crackle glaze.

I love to bake and so for this post I thought it would be nice to bake some Lamington’s to display on Sailthru’s gorgeous cake stand.  I’m going to add a recipe for the Lamingtons at the end of the post, it is a really quick and easy recipe and yields seriously yummy Lamingtons! And yup my Lamingtons turned out a bit on the big side, but I figure that’s not necessarily a bad thing, more cake to eat 😉

Cake stand with yummy Lamingtons

Cake stand with yummy Lamingtons.

Pretty Pansies

And I have to mention the fact that I had a few handy helpers whilst taking photos, they were more than ready to assist with the Lamingtons, they take their job VERY seriously……

Jock, Mika, Gabby and Keila assisting with the Lamington tasting.

Jock, Mika, Gabby and Keila assisting with the Lamington tasting.

And then the sugar high began and they ran and ran and ran. They had such fun in the garden playing and chasing each other around.

And after the Lamingtons.......

And after the Lamingtons…….

Lamington Recipe:

Ingredients:

Cake:

2 cups flour.

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup room temperature butter

3/4 cup castor sugar

1 tsp Vanilla extract

Chocolate dipping sauce:

1/2 cup milk

2 cups icing sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 TBSP butter

Pinch of salt

*Coconut for dusting

Method:

– Preheat your oven to 180 deg C

– Butter a square cake tin ( seriously tho use a square one ’cause the first time I made this I didn’t have one and thought hey I’ll use my rectangular cake tin, should be ok right? NO wrong, it will not work, I know blonde moment!)

– Cream your butter and sugar till fluffy and pale and then add one egg at a time and beat well.

– Add your vanilla essence and combine well.

-Sift your flour, baking powder and salt together.

– Add flour and milk alternately and make sure it’s all mixed in but don’t over-work batter.

– Pour mixture in cake tin and bake for 30 minutes, test cake with a toothpick.

– Once cake has cooled put it in fridge for about an hour or so and then cut into blocks

To make choc sauce:

– Put all ingredients in a heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water and let everything melt, let the mixture thicken up slightly before letting it cool.

* I was in a hurry when I made these lamingtons for the post so I just chucked all ingredients for sauce in a pot and put it directly on the stove and it worked out just fine.

Assembly:

– Once sauce has cooled, take lamington square dip in sauce then in coconut and then eat!

Yummy!

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