Thursday, September 13, 2012

Special Delivery Tea Party

I think this week of dreamy posts deserves a tea party, don't you? I hope you are enjoying this jaunt through the English countryside through favorite books and BBC costume dramas.

Yesterday I introduced my new favorite series, Lark Rise to Candleford. You can catch all four seasons on DVD or on Amazon Prime, available here. I generally watch BBC costume dramas while doing housework, but I dream of enjoying an episode over tea instead of a mountain of laundry. With that thought in mind, I developed this little recipe and tablescape.

I think this special delivery would be worthy of tea at the Candleford Post and Telegraph, don't you? The beauty of this recipe is that each envelope tart is prepared individually, so you can fill a tiered server for a viewing party, offer two for tea with a friend, or make one for a laundry-day marathon.

Special Delivery Fruit Tart

This recipe makes one dainty envelope.

1 refrigerated pie crust
Peach slices (about four)
1/8 teaspoon flour
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Sugar sprinkles
You can get four tarts from one refrigerated pie crust. Simply cut the circle into four equal pie-shaped sections. (Or cut one segment to make one tart, and reserve the rest of the dough.) Each wedge of pie crust should have two straight sides and a rounded edge. Cut the rounded edges away to make a square. You can use the scraps of dough to cut little decorative shapes, like the scalloped heart accenting the tart pictured. You will fold the square of dough into an envelope. If you have one corner of the square that looks best, let this one be the open point of the envelope. Place a few slices of peach and a few raspberries in the center of the dough. I placed one peach slice lengthwise inside the envelope and fanned three out to stick out of the envelope. After you place the peaches, nestle a few raspberries around them. Sprinkle the fruit with flour and sugar, and pull up the points of the envelope. Add a decorative shape to the dough and sprinkle with Wilton sugar sprinkles, if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for about 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with ice cream and a cup of tea.

Note: I also tried this recipe with sliced apples and a sprinkling of cinnamon added to the recipe.

Using store-bought dough makes this recipe quick and easy, but a little attention to detail makes it a special delivery.

Promise me you'll make a special delivery fruit tart to watch an episode of Lark Rise to Candleford, or bookmark it for an easy Valentine dessert.

Tea time, a pretty dessert, a favorite BBC costume drama and the opportunity to share a special moment with a friend?

In the words of Dorcas Lane, "It's my one weakness."

I'm sharing this post with "Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits" at Stone Gable.

Stop in tomorrow for an exciting end to this special week -- a giveaway fans of BBC costume dramas are sure to love!


Val said...

I love this post! I made sugar cookies once that looked like open envelopes but had completely forgotten about them until now. Thank you for the reminder. I will have to try these for a favorite aunt who's a pen pal of sorts. :)

Lea said...

I love everything about this post! The dainty pink color of the flowers, the tart, the table setting. Thank you for sharing your loveliness! :)

Kristen said...

Oh, that's completely precious!! I watched my first episode of Lark Rise to Candleford yesterday. =) I will definitely have to remember this tea party idea!

Lois Evensen said...

What a beautiful and tasty tart! Thank you for the recipe. :)

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Mmmm... YUM!!
I adore BBC dramas. I am currently awaiting the new season of Downton Abbey. Will have to check this one out.
Born in a British country, to a European mother and Punjabi father, I am quite one for high teas and tarts, or scones with clotted cream. So this is right up my alley
Thanks for sharing.
Please visit me at my blog :
I am off to 'follow' you on yours.
Cheers, Gee

Cindy Reinert said...

What a darling idea!! This will certainly go in my file of "things to try"!!! Thanks!! :)

Katie Clooney said...

your blog is truly lovely...I enjoy every post of yours!

Sarah said...

These are the sweetest little tarts I've ever seen. Saving this idea for a valentine dinner party in February. Thank you for sharing......Sarah

Anonymous said...

Oh, so sweet!
I am going to try to make some this weekend with my daughter.
I am learning her to drink tea the english way, with milk, cookies or scone or cake..such a precious moment.
I love everything about´s so beautiful there and most people are polite and sophisticated..
Kind regards, Mariel

Anonymous said...

So sweet! Enjoying this English themed week so much!! Wish you would make it a month theme rather than a week. Thank you for helping me fill up my Christmas list with all your wonderful book suggestions!!

~Sarah A

joanie shalom said...

Such a lovely post!

Candice said...

These are the most sweet little desserts! Do you mind if I put a link on my blog back to this post?

jo wilde said...

I live in England and these are just gorgeous. What about a little creme pattisserie in the middle .... i make a fruit crisp and do fruit on the bottom custard over it and crisp on the top. My husband says its the best dessert he's dver had and i've had him for 39 years xxx

Marianne said...

Found your delightful envelope tart on Pinterest! I will have to try this recipe. Thank you for posting it.

Blessings for a happy day,


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