Hello! I’m so glad you could make it! Here at Buttermilk Party Cake we are having a virtual tea party. Come on in and make yourself comfortable—I think there’s a space there on the sofa for you. How do you take your tea?
For those of you just joining us, you may have never heard of elevenses: just tap into your inner-English-grandmother and think about what you’d like to eat at that particular time of morning when you’ve run out of steam from your breakfast, but it’s still too early to legitimately go to lunch. That’s it, that’s elevenses!
We’re in good company: Paddington Bear enjoys his daily tea and sticky bun over a chat with Mr. Gruber in his Portobello Road antique shop. Winnie-the-Pooh indulges in honey and bread with condensed milk, and calls it ‘smakerel.’ And no Hobbit could go with out that all-important meal between second breakfast and luncheon. Once you join the ranks of these loveable gluttons, you’ll never go back to eating three measly meals a day.
Today we’ve got a table full of irresistible treats from some great bloggers. Thanks so much to Five and Spice, InnBrooklyn, Cake Walk, Lemons and Lavender, Sasasunakku, and Fun and Food Cafe for each bringing a dish. Feel free to help yourself to the buffet. That’s OK, you can choose more than one…
Pistachio, cardamom, and lemon biscotti
350 g/ 2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 t baking powder
pinch of salt
100 g/ 1/3 cup sugar
4 T honey
50 g/ 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
zest of 1 lemon
seeds from 10 cardamom pods
Mix your dry ingredients with the sugar and honey. Beat the eggs and add them into the dry mix a little at a time, until a wet dough forms. Then mix in the pistachios, lemon zest, and cardamom seeds.
Turn the dough out onto a very well floured surface, and roll it into a log shape. It’s ok if it won’t stay perfectly cylindrical—the log will flatten out a little.
Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment at 150C/ 300F for 35 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Cut the cooled log on the diagonal, in about 3/4 inch slices. Arrange the slices back on the baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Flip the biscotti over and bake for a further 10 minutes.