Saturday, April 16, 2011

Crumb Cake ~ From My Mothers Kitchen

Since receiving several requests for
The Crumb Cake recipe mentioned in my post 
"Please Come For Tea", I thought what better 
way to share it than on my blog....Enjoy...

Crumb Cake

Preheat oven to 375 F
Grease a 9-inch square cake pan.

In small bowl of electric mixer, cream
¾ cup of butter {my Mother used lard}
Blend together {rub}
1 cup of white sugar
Add 2 cups of all-purpose flour
and blend until resembles cornmeal…crumbs.
Reserve 1 cup of this mixture and set aside

Sift together and add
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
½-tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

Then mix in
2 eggs
1 cup of buttermilk or sour milk

Fold in
1 cup of raisons
1 cup of currants

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake in preheated 375 oven for 40 - 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool 5 minutes then remove from pan.

From my Mothers own pen

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Please Come For Tea

In moments of alone time or in the company of friends,
the genuine pleasure of tea drinking is a timeless social
gesture that never loses its charm.

Enjoying a cup of tea has always been a special ritual for me.
My Mother taught me the knack of tea-time. From early on,
I have fond memories of sharing a cup of tea with my Mother.
I consider my Mother's famous crumb cake to be
the perfect accompaniment to this day.

The tradition of having a tea party has been passed down to my
children, and I now enjoy sipping tea
together with my grandchildren.
More than simply a beverage, tea allows one to pause,
while it feeds the soul through quiet reflection.

I always love to peruse different towns and villages,
seeking out a congenial respite for lunch.
Visiting these small towns almost always entails my discovering
the neighbourhood Tea Room.
I have often fantasized about running my own Tea Room.
While in these sanctuaries,
I continuously decorate in my mind's eye,
improving on their décor choices.
It would have an adjoining gift shop that would sell
everything related to the Art Of Making Tea.
I even have a name at the ready…
"The Lavender Lace Tea Room".

Ahh, I can picture it so clearly…..
Step in the door and be met by the fragrant aroma of tea...
the scent of scones warm from the oven...
the delightful company of friends, both old and new.
Sip & savour the moment! "Thε Lavender Lace Tea Room",
a fɾiendly, loving and peaceful place to visit and enjoy your favourite cup of Tea.

The ceremony of tea drinking has managed to remain a constant in my life - a comfort, a haven, a warm treat that outshines any afternoon refreshment and recharges my spirit. There is something calming found in a warm cup of tea...a time to reflect, relax, and treasure our friendships.

The art of tea allows us to celebrate. It is a time-honored ritual, a unique recipe for musing that secretly feeds the soul, especially when savoring that first sip.  Ahh, the sweet aroma of crumb cake…thank you Mom.

___________ ♥ღϠ₡ღ♥_____________
~~~~~~~VICTORIAN TEA~~~~~~~
~~~~~~NOW BEING SERVED~~~~~~
___________ ♥ღϠ₡ღ♥_____________
Finger Sandwiches*Fresh Scones*Jams*
*Whipped Cream*Butter tarts*Mini Muffins*
*Blueberry Truffles*Chocolate Surprise*
___________ ♥ღϠ₡ღ♥_____________
House Specialty~ Lavender Lace Tea

For my Mother Mary
April 06 1917 - October 27, 2000