Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tea Party

Recently my book club read Middlemarch by George Eliot and it was my turn to host. So I set up for a Victorian Tea Party. I set out fresh strawberries and cream, currant scones and lemon curd. Trader Joe's has frozen chocolate scones that turned out just perfect and so easy. For tea sandwiches I blended cream cheese with a splash of lemon juice and lemon zest, then layered it with cucumber and asparagus for an unexpected twist. But the real hit was the warm pastry we enjoyed with fresh brewed tea. I was inspired from a snack my mom makes that has blue cheese crumbles and dried figs on crackers. For this I took the same flavors, but used fresh figs and puff pastry instead. Delicious and oh so simple. 

1 sheet puff pastry 
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz blue cheese 
basket of fresh figs, halved (vertical)
1/2 jar of Stonewall Kitchen Fig & Walnut Butter
Candied walnuts 
cracked pepper

1. Roll 1 sheet puff pastry into square share (about 8 x 8), score 1/2 inch boarder. 
2. Blend cream cheese, blue cheese and cracked pepper together, then spread onto puff pastry leaving the boarder empty. 
3. Arrange halved figs face up on top of cream cheese mixture, pour Fig & Walnut Butter on top, then sprinkle candied walnuts on top. 
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 min or until puff pastry is golden brown. Cut into squares and serve.  


Erin @ BringingUpBurns said...

YUM! Maybe I will make this for my book club next week.

(Mom and Dad got rid of their fig tree, right? I forget? If not...we should have bushels of them in a couple months!)

9 days till I see your face. So excited! XOXO

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

That looks so fun!!