Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Peacocks and Lemon Flower Teacakes for Tablescape

Joining Kathleen @Cuisine Kathleen for her Let's Dish Tablescape Party with the theme challenge of birds, bees. flowers, trees  
A quiet afternoon tea for one in the family room
with tiny, lemon flavored, flower-shaped teacakes
(the set/4 peacock plates and matching mug are 222 Fifth from HomeGoods; the linen napkins, milk glass votive, Wedgewood Crane dish are vintage pieces, the oil lamp a gift from my daughter, Jill before she was married; the lace tablecloth is a re-purposed curtain panel, peacock lamp a recent find during our March trip to Lancaster and the table and two chairs were given to me from daughter, Jamie several years ago) 
peacock dish gifted to me from my cousin just recently
The teacakes were baked in a silicone baking mould from Birkmann Millefleur and though there is an English version recipe, I needed to use my kitchen scale to measure grams.

Lemon Flowers ( Fleurs au Citron)
source Birkmann Millefleur recipe booklet

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60 g butter
60 g icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
1 egg
60 g flour
grated peel of half an untreated lemon

Blend butter, icing sugar and grated lemon peel.  Add the egg and beat until mixture becomes light and fluffy.  Gradually sift in the flour and mix to a smooth dough.  Fill the Millefleur mould and bake in oven at 170 C (350F) for about 25 minutes (I baked for 20 mins).  Dust the cakes with a little icing sugar when they have cooled down or coat with icing made from 2 Tbs. icing sugar and a little lemon juice.

Linking to Let's Dish @Cuisine Kathleen, Grace at Home @Imparting Grace

32 comments:

Haddock said...

Now that is a coincidence. That first photograph.... just what we had for desert this last Sunday. And now the second photograph.... the perfect table for two, and I like that tapestry. Simply beautiful.

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, this is GORGEOUS! I love every bit of it. I've been tempted by those plates, but resisted. You've done a fabulous job with them.

- The Tablescaper

Barbara F. said...

Lorraine, this is so stunningly beautiful, I adore peacocks, and those little lemon cakes, yum. Fabulous. xo

Adrienne said...

What a delightful treat for one! Your table is beautiful and the cakes must be wonderful.
~Adrienne~

kitty said...

Oh so pretty, Lorraine, and a perfect spot for tea. I love the colors you've chosen, your pretty dishes and accessories and the yummy lemon tea cakes.

Cindy said...

Beautiful!

EMMA said...

My mouth is watering!!
Your table looks beautiful.

podso said...

What an elegant table for one! I love it, and how relaxing to sit there and have a cup and the little tea cakes look so light and delicate!

La Tea Dah said...

I am sitting here saying OH, OH, OH as I read your post. What a beautiful and delicious tea for one! Just perfect! Thank you for your inspiration!!!!

LaDonna
Gracious Hospitality

Susan said...

WOWSERS. That peacock and the lamp and the dishes----everything----gorgeous. Great job! Susan

Brandi said...

So, so beautiful! You set the most gorgeous table. I love the peacocks!

Winnie said...

Lorraince - everything looks just FABULOUS !!
And I'd just like to grab all these lemon tea-cakes and eat them :)

Phyllis said...

So beautiful, Lorraine. You are so gifted and creative.

NanaDiana said...

It's beautiful, Lorraine! Great teacakes (I have never baked using the gram measurements) and that peacock table setting is just gorgeous, I have never seen any like then-xo Diana

Lea Culp said...

Love peacocks, love teacakes, love the table setting, it is all just gorgeous and so inviting. Happy rest of the week!

Jacqueline said...

Oh my! How did your cousin find a dish that was so perfect. What pretty pretty plates and the color is just fabulous. I love your little goodies too. Sound wonderful. I never saw those plates, but you can bet if I had, I would have grabbed them too!

Marlis said...

Lorraine, this is gorgeous. It reminds me of a beautiful painting. The crane bowl is gorgeous. Wow. Love the peacock plates cup. Your blue plates match beautifully. A really beautiful setting. have a blessed week. xo marlis

lindsey said...

Your table setting is so pretty and those cakes.....yum! They look so light. Here in the UK, the cakes that we call 'tea cakes' are more bread like, large flat and with dried fruit. We would slice, toast and butter them and eat with a cup of tea.

Debbie said...

Loved everything about this! Such pretty colors and an inviting feel. Hope your week was good!

thepaintedapron.com said...

Oh goodness, the peacock plates are gorgeous! And the aqua peacock serving piece is also incredible. I would love to have a little lemon flower to nibble on also! You are so right our tables do compliment each other!
Jenna

Richella Parham said...

Oh, how beautiful!! This is just gorgeous! And now I am hungry!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a lovely setting! The tea cakes look delicious! I just included lemon tea cakes in my last post!! Lol! This is beautiful! Visiting from Richella's Grace At Home party!

Marigene said...

What a fabulous table...♥♥♥ everything about it! That peacock dish is great.

Heather said...

Wow that all looks fabulous I will be right over to help you eat those cakes hehehe!! Girl you know how to set a table ~Love Heather

Tea in Texas said...

What a beautitiful tablescape with the peacocks and blue and green hues. The china with the peacock was one I debated acquiring for it is so lovely. Your lamp and turquoise dish with the peacock are gorgeous. This is a pretty presentation with birds and the flowers so coordinated. I love how you used the table and chairs with the lace tablecloth/curtain for an airy outdoor feel. The lemon flower teacakes are so yummy looking and thanks for sharing the recipe.

Pam

Carol said...

Gorgeous table. The tea cakes look absolutely amazing!

Melissa Skidmore said...

So beautiful! I love the turquoise! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

Just a little something from Judy said...

So inviting!
So beautiful!
The care and detail you put into this occasion is evident, and makes me want to sit down and have a long conversation. Thank you for sharing.

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love peacocks and your dishes and decor are just perfect.

I have no clue how to measure grams ~ no kitchen scale ~ so will enjoy from afar.

Thanks for sharing such a splendid table!

xo
Pat

Alycia Nichols said...

Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog via Cuisine Kathleen's blog party. I'm a little late getting around to everyone's post this week, but I'm glad I finally made it!

I have seen those beautiful dishes at Home Goods and longed for them. You really did a great job in the way you used them here. I LOVE that peacock bowl on the left!!! What a graceful little thing!!! Your cousin must love you very much to have gifted you with such a treasure!

Very nice post and very pretty pictures! Have a wonderful week!!!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

This is so pretty! I hope you'll come and share at Pinworthy Projects on Friday!

Kathleen said...

Hi L! It was so nice to see you join in at Let's Dish. Love those dishes, the whole table is so sweet. And the sweets, well, they have made me hungry!

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