Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Kids Easter Tea Party Menu

Somehow, and I think I may have even suggested it myself I've agreed to throw an impromptu childrens' tea party tomorrow. I guess it will be Maundy Thursday... Little and Small have put their requests in and we'll be having the following:

Sandwiches
cucumber (of course)
egg mayonnaise
tuna mayonnaise
marmite

Cakes
Super Simple Sort of Simnel Cupcakes (recipe below)
Chocolate Nests
Easter Biscuits which they want to decorate with their friends

I'll post pictures asap after the tea party... Must go, got some work to do between now and then...

Super Simple Sort of Simnel Cupcakes
6oz butter, softened
6oz light brown sugar
6oz self raising flour
3 eggs at room temperature
10 dried apricots finely chopped
large handful of sultanas or raisins (we only had sultanas)
1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice
Block of ready to roll marzipan
Few tablespoons of apricot jam

Preheat the oven to 175C. Place cupcake cases in a baking tray. Slice a quarter of the marzipan block off and make into 12 small balls (grape size). Cream the butter and sugar. In a separate bowl put the chopped apricots and sultanas or raisins, add a spoonful of flour and mix. Add the eggs one at a time to the creamed butter and sugar and mix well. Add the flour a spoonful at a time and mix. Add the mixed spice and dried fruit and mix well. Fill the cupcake cases 3/4 full and then bake in the oven for approximately 18-25 minutes. When they are done take them out to cool on a wire rack. Then roll out the rest of the marzipan and cut circles that will fit the top of each cake. When the cakes are cooled, brush with apricot jam and then place the marzipan circles on each one. With the leftover marzipan make balls to sit atop of each cake. Authentic simnel cake has baked marzipan on the top so I guess for a more authentic look you could scorch the top with a blowtorch but I wouldn't and that way the children can help with making them at every stage.

4 comments:

Asha said...

Happy Easter and Good Friday too. Cake sounds good to me, enjoy! :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Happy Easter to you and your family!

I love the sound of your childrens' tea party and I bet nothing gets left in the foodline ;0) The Simnel Cupcakes sound good.

Baking Soda said...

uhoh...kids... somehow yesterday night it was arranged that there will be 7 kids at my house for lunch today, I'll be taxi to take them to the swimmingpool, back again and dinner too mom? Oh and there's one vegetarian and one that doesn't like food at all..
Eh help? Your tea sounds wonderful and so organised and planned!

Marie said...

How wonderful! I bet your kids and their guests really enjoyed themselves!

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