Sunday, May 15, 2016

High Tea Afternoon at Home

Hello sweet friends!

   I hosted an afternoon Tea Time for a special guest of honor, my mother's cousin who came to live here, in Cuenca-Ecuador, after she retired and lived in New Jersey for 54 years or so and I knew her since I was a child in Astoria, NY. and have so many memories with her and her family. She is now a widow as well.

We were ten friends among my guest of honor and I served a special 'Angel Cake' that was my Mil's recipe and it's a local treat people love here, so I thought it would be good for my mom's cousin to remember her childhood.
'This Angel Cake' is made out of farm-country eggs, as the yokes are so much yellower then the regular ones.

You can see it in the pics.

The Angel Cake is also served with "clotted cream" not the regular whip-cream kind, so it gives it a special, richer flavor on top of each piece of cake.
I heard the English serve it often for 'High Tea' on top of scones.

In case you want the recipe is at the end of this post.

A little crooked... I was so busy at the time I took these pics, sorry..

A 'Country Angel Cake' made with 10 yokes from farm eggs, which is what makes it so yellow, more then regular eggs... plus 5 whites.

Delish recipes from Pinterest for Ham and Avocado finger sandwiches.

I will give you the recipes names so you can look them up. My guests loved them !

1) Avocado Tea Sandwiches for Tea  2) Cream Cheese and Ham Spread Sandwiches.

The cookies are my recipe for 'Sugar Cookies' and the others are 'Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies.'

On top white Chocolate Bonbons.

You can see it up front the white bowl with the "Clattered Cream" for the top of each piece of 'Angel Cake.' The Clattered Cream it's easy to buy it locally in some of the bakery shops.

This is my favorite tea china for twelve place settings, teacups and saucers and cake plates in addition to, two teapots, two creamers and two sugar bowls, plus two sandwich platters.
Pretty complete and perfect for a big bunch of guests and I just served ten.

Thank you so much for your comments dear friends, you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


Old Fashion Angel Cake

10 yolks from farm eggs and,

5 whites

 6 ounces of potato flour, Sieved

8 ounces of  powder sugar, Sieved

The little cup of the bottle 'measurement' of Anisette liquor

The same measurement for lemon juice


In your stand beater beat the whites to soft peaks and then add the yokes one at a time while beating at the same time.

Add the sieved powder sugar slowly while beating.  Now the same thing with the potato sieved flour... beat slowly again.

Then finally while beaters are going add the lemon juice and Anisette liquor.

I use a 9' inch Spring form type pan for a big pirce, but if you have more people, like I did, I used the nextbigger size spring form pan and it was perfect enough.

 I use a piece of wax paper to cover the bottom because sometimes it spills on your oven and it stinks and burns badly on your oven and it could also ruin your cake.

Grease it and flour it too.  Pour the batter and put into a previously hot oven on 300F for 20 minutes... then raise the oven to 350F for another 20 minutes. You check your oven... on mine it's only 15 more and it's ready to go. It shouldn't be so dry, so there's a trick my Mil taught me. Place a metal bowl with hot water under the cake in the oven while it bakes and it'll make it humid.

Take  out the ring of the pan. Let it cool at room temp. After it's cool you can sprinkle powder sugar on top of it to serve with 'clotted cream' on top, so it's not dry.

Now some young people have it with 'Dulce de Leche' too. Specially cause they don't like cluttered cream that is.

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  1. What a sweet and thoughtful thing to do for your returning family member. She couldn't help but feel welcomed home at such a table. Would you be willing to share the angel cake recipe? It looks delicious! Tea is one of my favourite ways to entertain, and I haven't done it for quite some time. You will probably be responsible for a spate of tea parties all over the continent!

  2. Dear Fabby:
    That is an amazing set of dishes and the Afternoon Tea food looks wonderful I think you did a fabulous job. The table setting is just beautiful. I know they loved it.

  3. Your aunt must have been thrilled and honored. Everything is beautiful! Thanks for inviting us to your table. Cherry Kay

  4. Dearest Fabby,
    That was mighty sweet of you for doing this for your dear Mom's cousin.
    Yes, it is not only the kind gesture but also the many fond memories that you hand them!
    Lovely setting with great food as usual.
    Sending you hugs and blessings,

  5. What a lovely thing to do to welcome her! The table looks pretty and welcoming. My goodness, treats, sandwiches and clotted cream? Yummy! Happy May :)

  6. Fabby,
    A beautiful tablescape!! Lovely dishes!! The food lookks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by!!


  7. Fabby, such a beautiful high tea for your family member. How special they all must have felt when they saw this lovely table. All of the food looks fabulous and was made with love. Love the tea cups. You know how much I admire you pretty dishes. Thank you for sharing at DI&DI. XO

  8. Oh this all looks SO delicious! I adore the touches of pink. Have a wonderful flower filled week!

  9. What a lovely welcome.
    Beautiful table as always.

  10. Love your beautiful dishes and tablescape. So beautifully sweet. precious of you to do this. I am sure it was most welcoming. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. Hello sweet Fabby,

    It's been a while. Hope things are progressing there.

    I must say, your tea is very elegant. You really went all out. Such a wonderful thing to do for the ones we love. I would be very flattered and honored.

    Have a blessed week.


  12. I have no doubt your friends always look forward to coming to your house for these!! Always so lovely and well-thought of Fabby! I know I would!

  13. Dear Fabby,
    What a lovely table setting with beautiful china and mouth-watering treats! Your Angel cake looks scrumptious and I'm sure everything served was a big hit. I'm so happy you shared your table with us and have a beautiful day.


  14. Wow! What an amazing afternoon tea! I've always been a fan of clotted cream and I'm intrigued by the avocado sandwiches and the chocolate chip and coconut cookies. YUM!

  15. It is amazing how people move around and become neighbors again!
    Your table is equally as amazing as your menu!!! What a blessing it must have been for those seated around it! You truly are a gifted hostess who ministers to the souls of your friends and family!

  16. Wow! So much fun!! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. A wonderful tea. Everything looks delicious. What a pleasant setting as well.

  18. What a sweet and thoughtful tea to have in honor of your dear family member, Fabby. The food looks delish and your table is so pretty. I lve those floral dishes and all your serving pieces. The angel cake sounds fabulous and the cookies and tea sandwiches do, too. You're the sweetest hostess!

  19. So sweet! I love how you set out your food, everything in mini finger foods. The cake looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  20. Oh wow Fabby, this looks so beautiful. I love your teapot, beautiful :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  21. Fabby: I am so happy for you. Your table looks amazing. You are a very special lady. Blessings, Martha

  22. This is a pretty table for your visiting cousin. The floral table wares are so perfect for the season. Love the flowers and your preparations. Hope you had a lovely time remembering your good old days with them. Love Sujatha:)

  23. Hi Fabby
    I just saw this mornings news. So sorry Ecuador has had another earthquake. Praying you and your family are okay and praying for Ecuador!!

    God bless your family!!!!

    God bless Ecuador !!!!

  24. Sorry forgot to sign my comment

    God bless


  25. Always impressive. Your party looked lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Hello Fabby,
    What a gorgeous tables cape!
    Thanks for sharing this and the recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week and we hope to see you again! :)
    Julie xo

  27. Your cousin must have felt so special. Such a beautiful tea. Love the cake, will try it for sure.

  28. Such a pretty table and what a lovely occasion. I love clotted cream! It all looks beautiful and delicious.

  29. Fabby, no one appreciates a lovely afternoon tea party more than I. Your table is beautiful. I'd love to try all the delicious items on the table. Funny thing, I just today posted my lemon curd recipe and it has a link to my clotted cream recipe!

  30. Lovely table for a tea party. I know your guest of honor and others had an enjoyable time and felt honored. Your food and decorations are delightful. So pretty and happy. Beautiful flowers and china.

  31. Hi, Fabby! As always, a lovely table-setting!! The food looks so delicious and the flower bouquet is gorgeous!! Oh, I would have loved being a guest!! I also wanted to let you know that I FINALLY shared my curio cabinet display of teapots. I mentioned that I got the idea from your post. Stop on over when you get the chance! -

    Have a great weekend!! Ann @ Cairn Cottage

  32. Fabby, your dishes are beautiful and the setting gorgeous. All of the baked goods must have taken a while to make. The cake looks amazing and I bet it was.

    Thank you for joining us on #OMHGFF this week to share your amazing home.
    I wish you a wonderful weekend!

  33. Would truly enjoy a big slice of your cake as I do not cook much for just one. Trust things will improve in your country.

  34. I love the idea of a high tea at home. Your table is so pretty. We so appreciate you joining the Thoughts of Home on Thursday gathering. May you have a delightfully lovely weekend.

  35. Fabby,
    Thank you for joining us at TOHOT, we always enjoy your participation and the lovely nature of your table settings.
    Your grace us with you presence.

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