Welcome!

News Feed Item

Fall for a Tea Party This Season

MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 10/04/12 -- (Family Features) Looking for a new way to entertain this year? Try a tea party. This seasonal soirée from the celebration experts at Wilton is casual, colorful and delicious.

First, the tea. Every tea enthusiast knows that a great brew starts with fresh, cold, high-quality water -- filtered or bottled is preferred over tap water. Using a tea kettle, like Copco's Red Delicious Apple Tea Kettle -- complete with a playful design and bright harvest colors -- is the best way to heat water to the correct temperature. The kettle's plug-in harmonic whistle lets you know when water is just boiling. Offer a selection of tea bags to easily display a variety of unique flavors. Include a classic like Earl Grey alongside several choices with citrus, fruit or floral notes.

Next, the sweets. This trio of ideas from the Wilton Test Kitchen features favorite fall flavors that pair perfectly with a cup of tea -- whether it's tea for two or quite a few.

  • Apple Hazelnut Linzer Cookies -- delicate and buttery with a hint of nutmeg -- are sandwiched together with apple butter. They practically melt in your mouth.
  • Harvest Sweet Potato Cakes are spicy-sweet, moist little cakes that will stand out at any party. Use the Wilton Harvest Whoopie Pie Pan to make the fun fall shapes that are Candy Melt candy-dipped, then decorated with sprinkles and sugars.
  • Cinnamon Glazed Apples just might be the unexpected show-stopper. Granny Smith apples stuffed with walnuts and raisins are basted with a mixture of melted red cinnamon candies and apple juice as they bake. A tangy piping of cream cheese is just the right balance for the sweet-hot apples -- ideal for an afternoon tea party.

For more seasonal project ideas, recipes and additional information on Copco and Wilton Enterprises, visit www.copco.com and www.wilton.com.

Apple Hazelnut Linzer Cookies
2      cups all-purpose flour
2/3    cup finely ground hazelnuts (about 2 oz.)
1/4    teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4    teaspoon salt
1      cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2/3    cup granulated sugar
1      egg
1/2    teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2    cup apple butter
       Red Icing Color, optional
       Confectioners' sugar, optional

In small bowl, combine flour, hazelnuts, nutmeg and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture; mix only until combined. Form dough into 2 disks, about 1 in. thick; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

On floured surface, roll out dough 1/8-in. thick (keep dough in refrigerator until ready to roll). Using square Linzer Cutter, cut half of the dough with 3-in. cutter and place on prepared pan. Cut remaining dough with 3-in. cutter with insert; transfer to second baking sheet. Form scraps into a disk, chill at least 30 minutes and reroll.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes; remove to cooling grid and cool completely. Tint apple butter with red icing color, if desired. Spread whole cookies with apple butter; if desired, lightly dust cookies with cut-outs with confectioners' sugar and gently sandwich cookies together.

Makes about 32 sandwich cookies.

Cinnamon Glazed Apples
3      medium Granny Smith apples
3/4    cup apple juice
1      jar (3 oz.) Cinnamon Drops Sprinkles
1/4    cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1      tablespoon chopped walnuts, toasted
2      tablespoons raisins
       Pinch of salt
4      oz. (1/2 8-oz. package) cream cheese, softened
2      tablespoons confectioners' sugar
       Pinch nutmeg (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut a small amount off top and bottom of each apple so it will stand up. Cut apple in half horizontally. Scoop out core, leaving about 1/4 in. at the edges. Do not core all the way to the end of the apple. Pour juice and cinnamon drops into the bottom of a 9 in. square baking dish. Arrange apple halves in baking dish. In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, walnuts, raisins and salt. Pack about 2 tablespoons of mixture into hollowed core of each apple.

Bake 40-45 minutes, basting with juice every 10 minutes, until apples are easily pierced with a fork. Cool.

In small bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer until creamy. Add confectioners' sugar and nutmeg; beat until smooth. Pipe onto cooled apples, or along side of plate.

Makes 6 servings.

Harvest Sweet Potato Cakes
1-3/4  cups all-purpose flour
2      teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1      teaspoon baking soda
3/4    teaspoon baking powder
1/2    teaspoon salt
1/2    teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
1/4    cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1      cup granulated sugar
2      eggs
1      can (15 oz.) sweet potatoes, drained and mashed (about 1 cup)
1/4    cup buttermilk
1      bag (12 oz.) white Candy Melts candy, melted
       Assorted Autumn sprinkles and colored sugars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray Autumn Harvest Pie Pan with vegetable pan spray.

In medium bowl, combine flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with sweet potatoes and buttermilk, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Fill pan with 1-1/2 tablespoons batter (about 1/2 full), spreading batter to edges of cavities.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating.

In small bowl, combine melted candy with remaining cinnamon and nutmeg. Dip half of each single (not sandwiched) cake into candy mixture; add sprinkles and sugars. Place on parchment paper until set.

Makes about 24 cakes.

About Family Features Editorial Syndicate
This and other food and lifestyle content can be found at www.editors.familyfeatures.com. Family Features is a leading provider of free food and lifestyle content for use in print and online publications. Register with no obligation to access a variety of formatted and unformatted features, accompanying photos, and automatically updating Web content solutions.

Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2073578

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

Matthew Barksdale
[email protected]
1-888-824-3337
http://editors.familyfeatures.com

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Vulnerability management is vital for large companies that need to secure containers across thousands of hosts, but many struggle to understand how exposed they are when they discover a new high security vulnerability. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, John Morello, CTO of Twistlock, addressed this pressing concern by introducing the concept of the “Vulnerability Risk Tree API,” which brings all the data together in a simple REST endpoint, allowing companies to easily grasp the severity of the ...
Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the conn...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, James Henry, Co-CEO/CTO of Calgary Scientific Inc., introduced you to the challenges, solutions and benefits of training AI systems to solve visual problems with an emphasis on improving AIs with continuous training in the field. He explored applications in several industries and discussed technologies that allow the deployment of advanced visualization solutions to the cloud.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
"NetApp is known as a data management leader but we do a lot more than just data management on-prem with the data centers of our customers. We're also big in the hybrid cloud," explained Wes Talbert, Principal Architect at NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, provided a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to oper...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"Infoblox does DNS, DHCP and IP address management for not only enterprise networks but cloud networks as well. Customers are looking for a single platform that can extend not only in their private enterprise environment but private cloud, public cloud, tracking all the IP space and everything that is going on in that environment," explained Steve Salo, Principal Systems Engineer at Infoblox, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventio...