Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tea with Julie, Lemon Lavender Cake

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”
Strydess helping me set up tea.
Julie and I try to get together for tea if were lucky once every week. It is something we haven't stopped practicing ever since I lived next door. 
This Weeks Menu:
Lemon Lavender Tea Cake
Fresh Strawberries 
Hot Black Tea
Tea Cake Recipe
Lemon Lavender Tea Cake:
6 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
1 1/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract ( I didn't have )
* Because I didn't have lemon extract I used pure lavender oil ( 2 drops ) instead. If you don't have lavender oil you can use dried lavender leaves. 

Heat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 5x9x3-inch loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
 In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until light and lemon colored; blend thoroughly into creamed mixture.  Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to the first mixture, alternating with the milk. Beat well. Blend in the lemon zest and juice and the extracts. Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan. 
Bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for about 45 minutes; remove from pan and cool thoroughly. If desired, sift powdered sugar over the top.

I spy a baby in this post,
 do you spy a baby?


Sharon said...

Very pretty and looks so yummy... but I do not see a baby?
Love ya, and so glad you have a good friend!!

Elizabeth said...

Such a lovely tea time Marie! I love the pictures!

he he I spy baby! :) He is so cute!

What a Wonderful World said...

I spy baby!! He looks like he is having fun!

That is a beautiful tea set up, and the cake looks scrumpcious!

Meredith Ivy said...

I see sweet Zane. :) What a beautiful, inspiring post, dear Marie!

Bex said...

Marie, your afternoon tea pictures are very inviting i could stare at them for a long while. i was thinking, when i saw the lemon lavender cake on your menu, that it sounded lovely and i must get the recipe and much to my surprise as i scrolled down further there it was! i can not wait to try it out i just love lemon and lavender but i've never had them together.

Katy VanRyckeghem said...

went back to look- so cute! i bet as the weather warms you'll be outdoors even more!

Amber said...

what gorgeous pictures!! Especially the first one - it makes me want to sit right down with some hot tea, candles, and a good book! That cake sounds lovely, I'm going to have to try it! :)

Holly Trujillo said...

Amber said it perfectly. I spy a cute baby! Cannot wait to talk to you later today. Love ya

Mia said...

I finally spotted the baby!
lol It took me a while :)

Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I really enjoy your blog!


Marie said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments. You all make me feel so great.
Thanks again for reading.

I am glad you found the baby!

Sharon, He is kinda hard to see but he is swinging in the picture with Strydess.

living from glory to glory said...

Marie, I did spy with my little eye the baby swinging Oh so high.
Yummy that cake looked so good.
We leave for Florida on Wed morning. bur your Mom and I will be having our tea party on Monday.
Love You Roxy

Marie said...

Oh Roxy,
I hope you have a wonderful time in Florida! Please say hi to Ashley for me!
I wish I could join you and mom at your tea party on Monday!

Pam said...

I saw that baby too. :) I can't decide what is more scrumpcioius, him or that lavender cake... definitely him; but I can't wait to try that cake. I just made a post about hospitality, and how it seems to have gone missing in the world, but it has never been missing at your house, your an inspiration.
Love you


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