Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tea Party

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It's a Tea Party, hosted by Parsley and her daughter! I figured since the sun came out and I am a little blue today, it's a perfect time to have my spirits uplifted with a spot of tea.  I picked Cream of Early Grey tea from David's Teas, pulled out my grandmother's Royal Albert tea cup that has the sweetest little cross stitched rose design.  I didn't bake anything because I'm all by my lonesome and I'm not about to eat a dozen scones, biscuits or cookies on my own! I will share with you my recipe for those vegan chocolate chip cookies that are delish!!
Titus joined my tea time too!


I wore my laced Victorian gloves while sipping my tea.  Mmmmmm!!!

The Recipe:

Anne’s Vegan Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup vegan margarine (I'm guessing you can use oil too, but maybe 1/3cup instead)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cane sugar (or white)
~this bit I changed~ it says 1/2 Tbsp egg replacer + 3 Tbsp warm water mixed...I just followed my egg replacer recipe and added 1 Tbsp egg replacer with 3 Tbsps warm water and mixed before I added it to the wet ingredients...it worked so I'm not going to mess with my methods~~If you have flax egg, that works too, just add 1 flax egg
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (didn't have this so I just used my unbleached white flour--worked fine)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips (use whatever you have on hand, I used the chocolate bar, coconut and pecans--eyeballed it too)

Oven at 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a small bowl, make the egg replacer mix, set aside.
With a mixer, beat the margarine until fluffy, add the brown and white sugar and beat for 1-2 mins until creamy. 
Beat in the egg replacer mix. 
Beat the remaining ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips, nuts, coconut.
Shape balls of dough and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 mins or up to 14 mins.  Allow to cool for 5 mins on the sheet and then transfer to cooling rack.

It says for crisper cookies, use the 1/2 margarine and 1 tbsp olive oil. I guess they spread out more with the oil.


I hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy your tea!!!

Hugs

Anne and Titus

16 comments:

Lianne said...

Sorry to hear you are blue today Anne. Hope the tea and yummy looking cookies cheer you up.

I think tea is always better out of beautiful china, especially the pieces that tie us to ones we love.

Hope and Titus have a good day!

cucki said...

aww so sorry to hear that you are feeling a bit blue today..
we all here to cheer you up..dont worry..
tea and biscuit are very yummyyyyy looking..love them so much..
big hugs xxx

gracie said...

I hope the tea parties will cheer you up...stop by and have a cup with me! Oh, I had my white gloves too....

Parsley said...

I'm sorry you are blue but we friends that have tea together are there for one another.

Earl Grey Creme is my FAV but mine is from Teavana. I must try David's Teas.

Scones sound good but these cookies look FAB. I'll have 6 or 7 please ;-)

Margaret said...

Aww, I hope the tea helped you feel less blue. Glad Titus joined in too! The recipe sounds yummy!

Barb said...

I do hope that delightful tea party cheered you up! With such a cute companion, you can't loose!

Brigitte said...

What a delightful tea party you made, with some lovely decoration and China. I hope it helped you to feel a bit better.

Vickie said...

I hope Titus and the Olympics cheer you up today. Such a pretty tea.

Annie said...

Hello

Just found your lovely blog.
You have some beautiful stitching.
I love the idea of a tea party, it's great!
Titus is gorgeous!

Ewa said...

Awwwww that sounds wonderful! I had some friends over last night (no, still no new friends in Texas, this girl I've known since College and she lives 2 hours away with her husband) so I made an apple pie. Of course now I'm left with half a pie and Boyfriend is still gone. WHAT TO DO?! hehehe...

Carol said...

I hope your visits from your fellow blogging friends helped lift your spirits, Anne. We all have days like that now and then--makes us appreciate the happy times all the more!

Your cookie recipe looks wonderful!! Anything with chocolate in it is okay in my book :)

Hope today is a better day for you...

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

So what stopped you making the cookies for us? LOL.

I'm really enjoying all the tea parties this weekend. I didn't join in because our idea of afternoon tea is a cup of instant coffee and an apple! But I'm happy to live vicariously through everyone else.

Hope you're feeling less blue now (((hugs)))

Melissa said...

Awww, I hope hubby comes back soon and have tea with you, along with the goodies. Come to think of it, he should take you to The Secret Garden for a high tea, or even a mini high tea!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I love a good cup of tea but I'm very picky when it comes to my tea, it's a good ole cup of steeped orange pekoe or nothing!

♥ Nia said...

Can I have one cookies??? :p
heheheh those look delicious! :D
I didn't get the chance to join the tea party because my birthday weekend was too full! But it's fun to follow everyone else :D Thanks for sharing with us! even when you were having a bit of a blue day.. but soon a new days comes along with new reasons to smile! Right? ;) heheheh
hugs to you sweetie!!

Meari said...

Awww... I wish I had known, I would've had tea with you. :)