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Welcome to my English Tea Party!

…and everyone is invited 🙂

Today is the Mad Tea Party blog hop, hosted by A Fanciful Twist. I hope you enjoy my Tea Party and also stop by the others taking part and have a lot of fun along the way!

All of the guests are arriving for this very important date…

Some arriving in style!

And here comes the Royal Knight – you can’t have an English Tea Party without some Royalty now, can you?

Come in, come in and make yourself comfortable. There is plenty of food to go around!

We have finger sandwiches of tuna and cucumber or egg and cress…

Hand made pork and apple pie from the local butcher…

Then traditional fruit scones from the local farm shop with strawberry and rhubarb preserve or quince and rose petal jelly, perfect for the ladies at the party, and of course some clotted cream!

Are the scones too sweet for you? Not to worry, we have a lovely hand made fruit tea bread that will do just the trick!

If you have room for more why not try the home made fairy cakes – made by fairies, of course!

Or perhaps you would like some home made berry muffins? I’ll be showing everyone how to make these next week too!

Now, we can’t have a good tea party without… TEA! The Royal Knight has been kind enough to bring a special selection, which one shall we choose?

…are you sure that this is tea, Sir?

It seems to be moving…

…no, it’s opening!

Beautiful blooming Jasmine Fairy tea. Now that truly IS tea fit for this magical Tea Party!

Thank you for coming to my English Tea Party, I hope you enjoyed yourself 🙂 Stay a while and chat but make sure to visit the other tea parties along the way too for some more Mad Tea Party fun!

Recipes

Easter Treats: Posh Cornflake Cakes

This is a more grown up version of my all time favourite Easter recipe, Cornflake Cakes 🙂

I made 8 cakes from this mixture but I made them fairly big and could have easily got 12 normal sized cakes. Going posh made me want to give a bit of decadence though!

Ingredients:
100 g Green & Blacks Maya Gold chocolate
Cornflakes
Mini Eggs (or any other topping you prefer)

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water. Make sure it doesn’t go past the melting point and turn to crumb.

2. When the chocolate has melted, and is lump-free, add the cornflakes! I guessed by eye on the quantity to add – shake some in, stir and fold them into the chocolate then add some more until you get the chocolate coverage that you want 🙂

3. Spoon the mixture into paper cases – I was very generous and made these sophisticated cakes a little larger than normal. I place mine into a cupcake tray for ease of carrying and to keep the cases more rigid while the chocolate sets.

4. As these are more grown up I wanted to have a bit more decadence with these cakes and decided to use 2 Mini Eggs on each cake. Alternative toppings (for non-Easter themes) could be silver balls, wafer flowers (I’m experimenting with those this weekend too!) jelly diamonds or even just a sprinkle of cinnamon to compliment the spices in the Maya Gold chocolate.

5. Place the cakes somewhere cool to set. Don’t put them in the fridge as chocolate shouldn’t be stored that way – it can become tasteless and also too solid to bite into later!

6. When the chocolate has set, serve them to your guests and enjoy a truly decadent and sophisticated treat!

This was the first time I tried making cornflake cakes with Maya Gold chocolate but I’ll definitely be doing it again!

Recipes

Easter Treats: Cornflake Cakes

For me, you can’t have Easter without Cornflake cakes! …or Krispie Cakes, for those who prefer the Rice Krispie version 🙂

This is a very loose definition of the word “recipe” because I only really have one measured ingredient, but these cakes are divine and so simple to make! They’re perfect to make with children and could be decorated in any way they want to.

I made 18 cakes from this mixture but probably could have got 20 with a few more Cornflakes in the mix.

Ingredients:
230 g milk chocolate (I used Cadbury Dairy Milk)
Cornflakes (or Rice Krispies if you prefer them!)
Mini Eggs

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water. Make sure it doesn’t go past the melting point and turn to crumb.

2. When the chocolate has melted, and is lump-free, add the cornflakes! I guessed by eye on the quantity to add – shake some in, stir and fold them into the chocolate then add some more until you get the chocolate coverage that you want 🙂 You could also add raisins, nuts or dried fruits at this stage if you wanted something a bit different – I prefer mine with just the chocolate and cornflakes though!

3. Spoon the mixture into paper cases. I place mine into a cupcake tray for ease of carrying and to keep the cases more rigid while the chocolate sets.

4. Lightly press one Mini Egg into the top of each cake then put them somewhere cool to set. Don’t put them in the fridge as chocolate shouldn’t be stored that way – it can become tasteless and also too solid to bite into later!

5. When the chocolate has set, enjoy the tasty treats! 🙂

You can make these cakes more “posh” for the adults by changing the ingredients a little. Check out my Posh Cornflake Cakes post for a simple way to make them more sophisticated!