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I’ve done it again…

Got my baking fix, that is.
I was going to say “here’s afternoon tea” but 3pm turned into 10.30, and it’s never too late or early to have a soft, fluffy cupcake or rich, fudgy brownie.

36 full size vanilla cupcakes with pink and yellow icing and a double batch of brownies done 3 ways – plain, dates and with cherries.
Scrummy.

Birthday Baking

It’s dad’s birthday on Saturday and while it’s still only Wednesday, I will be really busy between now and then, so I’m going to bake today.
Two chocolate brownie marshmallow type slices.

Caramel Peanut Squares and Chocolate Cherry Brownies.
Yum!

The brownies turned out beautifully, very tasty. They would be better if I was able to follow the recipe properly – dark chocolate and real fruit. I used milk chocolate, marshmallows and glacé cherries.  No complaints thought, there is definitely nothing wrong with them.

 

Caramel Peanut Squares.

Yeah, let’s not talk about those. A very tasty un mitigated failure.
I have no idea what went wrong, I did have to laugh when I saw what happened, but, oh, what to do. The caramel was supposed to be on top, mine somehow went all the way to the bottom, so now it’s a caramel chocolate upside down slice. And the caramel has not set, so it can stay in the fridge over night.
I seriously dislike my oven.

Happy Hump day.
Jen 🙂

Alfresco Saturday, pt 1 – High Tea

Mr 17’s girlfriend had her birthday today and I thought a little girl’s afternoon out would be a nice change from the usual.
We visited Jam & Bread* in Margate for High Tea.  The menu is set with four each of savoury and sweet treats. It may not sound like much but once you start it proves to be quite filling.
* This link takes you to the review I wrote when they first opened.

– Brioche rolls with smoked salmon and coleslaw. Beautiful, but filling.
– Super chocolate brownies – Omg, divine & rich.
– A delicate pannacotta (?) with honeycomb.  Light and creamy with a sweet crunchy topping. 

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– Lime curd with citrus fruit. Sweet, creamy with a definite Zing, not a bad zing either. – Rich chocolate mousse on shortbread with berry coulis. Rich & smooth, with the shortbread evening it out. 

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– Chorizo and Spinach quiche with cauliflower. It doesn’t sound much, but very nice. – – And pumpkin tartlets. Smooth creamy pumpkin like a pie, and the roasted tomato had a sweetness that complimented it perfectly.

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– Mini toasts with The Best liver pate I’ve ever tasted. I love a good liver pate (the only way I will eat it by the way) and this was smooth, creamy, with an awesome flavour. The aspic on top was flavoured to totally enhance the pate. I normally don’t eat that, but I was ready to devour the lot. I was the only one who ate this.

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And a missing picture of huge melt in the mouth scones with jam and cream.
The coffee was good, it kept me going for  some time, the orange juice arrived in an old fashioned juice bottle and the iced chocolate came with chunks of chocolate on top in a refashioned bottle. It was huge.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂
Jennifer

Jam & Bread – review

At approx 25 mins north of me and 20 mins south of Hobart lies the township of Margate and it is here I find myself today at a new tea house and gift shop. They opened their doors on Wednesday and so today I come and check out what the menu and gift range. I know oneof the owners from a market we’ve done, and visited the house before they had started the renovations so I was very interested in seeing how their vision was realised.
Behind this door if a 1920’s cottage is the sweetest, vintage styled tea house…
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The decor is understated but classy and with a simple scheme of dark green, and brown. Polished floor boards and wonderfully comfortable chairs finish it off.
There are two rooms and small seating capacity of around 6 tables. (Oops, the picture is a little dark)
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All the food is made on the premises using food from their own garden or sourced from local suppliers.
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One of their specialities is the High Tea. A selection of sweet and savoury + your choice of beverage for the easy price of $25 per person.

Included the menu are a selection of pies and tarts, soup of the day (served with a savoury scone) and sweet delights.
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One item on the menu caught my eye, Sliders. A neat replacement to the usual burger. With 3 per serve, you get their homemade Brioche topped with pulled pork, confit duck and slow cooked chilli beef with condiments. Yum!!

The choice was hard but I chose the Moroccan lamb pie. A single serve pie filled with shredded meat and chick peas with a gentle flavour and spicyness was perfectly complimented by the coleslaw, beetroot and carrot salads, with a little dish of homemade tomato sauce.
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I finished my meal with a cappuccino. Served in a delicate tea cup with a ‘collectible’ spoon it was strong enough to guarantee I was bouncing off the walls later in the day – but the flavour was rich and certainly not bitter.
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Tim, chef and owner, also made most of the glassware, sugar bowls and light fittings by recycling old glass bottles with his brother Simon and their business ‘drystore’.
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Peisha, co-owner and hostess, also has her range of lotions and soaps ‘Lotus Child’ for sale (see her etsy store for more)
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Some of the beautiful and quirky items in use at Jam & Bread
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Many small eateries like this can be overpriced but for no more than I could buy a sushi/coffee or bakery pie/coffee combo I had a delicious homemade pie with salad, great coffee in a beautiful setting. The service quick and friendly, which is no surprise at all.
Tim started work at Meadowbank just north of Hobart before moving to Sydney where he and Peisha had several cafes under their belt. They’ve been back in Tassie for a couple for years and this is the first venture they’ve taken on from scratch. And what a job they’ve done already!
Perfect for a light lunch, weekend brunch or getting the girls together for high tea Jam & Bread should be on the list of places to stop at on the trip south of Hobart.

Check them out on Facebook and if you’re in the area please call in and say hi 🙂
Jennifer