I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Tea in the City customers and friends for their continued support during 2012 – it has been a fabulous year filled with many memory’s.
I am hanging up my baking apron from Friday 21st for the Christmas period and will be back with more wonderful treats in 2013!
I wish you all a very happy,safe and blessed Christmas and a most marvelous 2013!
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Sunday 18th November saw the Crikey its Vintage fair return to the Thistle Hotel,Exeter, the place was buzzing with fabulous music, vintage style and hungry tummies – so much so that we sold out of everything – including all our festive gifts!!
We had a selection of freshly baked sweet treats such as Rudolf cupcakes, Double chocolate cupcakes with cherry, madagascan vanilla and coconut snowball cupcakes,rickety rocky road, oat & raisin and double choc cookies and mallow pops!
On the festive gift side we had our gorgeous DIY oat and raisin cookie jars, chocolate and ginger cookie jars, reindeer food and snowball snacks – keep an eye out in your stocking you may receive something!!
Never fear I have been busy making up DIY jars to replenish stocks for those crimbo pressies!
This season go independent and buy something lovingly handmade – support your local businesses www.teainthecity.co.uk/shop
New into the Tea in the City store this week is “Reindeer Food”
The perfect gift for this Christmas Eve is Tea in the City “Reindeer Food”.
Each bag contains delicious oats (a reindeer favourite!!) and edible glitter perfect for lighting the way for Santa’s sleigh
The reindeer food bag is labelled with all important instructions!
This product can be posted directly to its young or old recipient – bring a smile to someone’s face this holiday season with this charming gift.
£2.00 per bag
Postage within the UK will be £1.00
To purchase this product please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is a very exciting day for Tea in the City as we have been listed as number 4 in the top 10 things to do in Devon and Plymouth in the national magazine found in every fashionistas paw – GRAZIA!!
Big Thanks to Grazia Magazine, Holly Saxton of Grazia and Antonia Hawken.
Tis the season to start getting your jolly on and elasticated pants in preparation for culinary treats!
Now I am a recent convert to mince pies dripping with clotted cream but understand they aren’t for everyone, so I wanted to share with you this fab recipes which brings the festive flavours in the form of cupcakes!!
The recipe may seem a little complicated – but I can assure you its not!
So if you want to try something different this year I recommend you give these a go.
You will need:
- 225g self-raising flour
- 2tsp mixed spice
- 175g unsalted butter (Softened)
- 175g muscovado sugar
- 3 eggs
- 100ml buttermilk
- 150g mincemeat
For the topping
- 150g mincemeat
- 300ml double cream
- 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC and pop your cupcake cases into your trays.
- Sift the mixed spice and flour into your mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until creamy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing all the time. If the mixture looks like it is separating,don’t worry, this is quite normal.
- Fold in a third of the flour and mix well.
- Add half of the buttermilk and mix well. Fold in another third of the flour and beat well. Add the remaining buttermilk and finally the last third of the flour mixture, mixing well between each addition.
- Put a spoonful of the mix into each cupcake case.
- Using a teaspoon place the mincemeat over the mix in each case and cover with another spoon of the cake mix.
- Bake for 20–25 minutes until golden brown and toothpick comes out clear.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- For the topping on the cupcakes, put the mincemeat into a small pan and bring slowly to the boil and then simmer on a low heat for a couple of minutes.
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
- Whip the cream and brandy together to soft peaks and then fold in the mincemeat.
- Decorate show you wish, either pipe the mixture with a large star nozzle like a butterfly cake remove the centre spoon in the topping and replace the sponge.
Sunday November 18th, Tea in the City is once again off to Crikey its Vintage fair at the Thistle Hotel,Exeter.
We will be armed full of sweet treats and festive smiles .
From festive cupcakes to our famous ‘Rickety Rocky Road’, Oatmeal gift jars and cookies we are bound to have something to tickle your taste buds.
You can pre-order boxes of mini cupcakes,boxes of 6/12 cupcakes and bags of Rickety Rocky Road to collect on the day to avoid missing out!!
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We look forward to seeing you there x
The air is crisp (and slightly damp) and now is the perfect time to start trying out all those delicious autumnal treats.
This easy peasy toffee apple recipe is fun to make as a gift or with the children.
From the larder you will need:
- 6 Apples
- 6 small wooden ice lolly sticks
- 225g Granulated sugar
- 110ml Water
- 30g Butter
Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper and insert the lolly sticks to the base of the apples (approx half way)
Over a gentle heat warm the water and add the sugar, add the butter and syrup and bring to the boil.
You will see the consistency change to a thick and dark caramel (if you have a sugar thermometer the temperature should be approx 140c)
Remove the pan from the heat and carefully dip each apple into the pan until completely covered – this is now a good time to add any extras to decorate such as dried fruit,nuts,sprinkles or even popping candy!
Place the apples onto your tray and leave to set (overnight is best)
Children should be supervised during the making of these.
This is Tea in the City’s very first Halloween and to celebrate we are doing a Limited Edition range of spooky cupcakes available in boxes of 6′s and 12′s!
From black Madagascan vanilla sponge to scrumptious black buttercream icing topped with fondant ghosts,pumpkins and spiders to triple chocolate sponge with spiders and eyeballs!!
A perfect spooky treat for the office,party,children or clients.
Limited spaces available, to avoid dissipointment email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow sees the launch of ‘Uppity Up’ a magical hideaway above Otto Retro, I will be using this as a base to host icing sessions and other events. (Tres fun!!)
The best news is the room will be available to hire for any function/occasion for a very reasonable rate. I of course will gladly supply you with all things sweet and tea like and think this is the best place to have an exclusive tea party.
I guarantee you will be the envy of all your guests for hosting with Tea in the City here!!
No photos are going to be put up until after the launch!
You are invited to come to the launch tomorrow evening at 7pm for fizz,cupcakes,chocolates,live music and of course shopping.
6 New Bridge Street
On street parking available
I look forward to seeing you all for a chitty chat xx
I just wanted to share with you a lovely email I recieved last night from a bride to be.
On Saturday 18th August I set up a tea party at Elizabeth Armitage photography for a hen party.
The setting couldnt have been lovelier, the room was dressed beautifully and vanilla scent wafted through the air – (all tres romantic!!!)
Having a tea party whilst having a fun photo shoot with your girls has to be one of the best ways to spend your hen day.
Below are a few of the images from the tea set up, I hope to be able to share with you further images from the day shortly.