We first met three years ago. I thought it would be a good idea to invite a few blog friends from Rotterdam, and one friend from a bit further away, to a tea party in my garden. Since then we have met every summer. Some of us have even become good friends. It's amazing what a blog can do. It brings so much joy and widens your horizons!
While our allotment complex had an end of season fair, we had our traditional tea in the garden :-). One of my best friends helped me out baking.
We made macrons, savoury muffins, cupcakes, two sort of scones, a raspberry pie, wraps, lemon bars, chocolate fudge cake and granny square cookies. Riet made a delicious banana bread. The sweet peas, which are still blooming abundantly, and my vintage china, looked really pretty in combination with the cakes and sweet delights on the table
Dear Riet, Ingrid, Saskia, Fleur, Ilse, Anita, Lia and Jolanda. Thank you for making the tea party into such a success!
It was my intention to organise a tea party for 'new friends' this year, but I simply could not find the time. So, you never know.......perhaps we will meet in the garden the next gardening season :-) I am already looking forward to meet some of you!
I thought you might like the recipe for the Raspberry pie on the photographs. It's really tasty! Not too sweet and full of flavour.
For the base (round 22cm cake tin, with a loose bottom):
- 3 tablespoons of ground almonds
- 100 gr plain flower
- 1 tablespoon of plain white sugar
- 50 gr butter
- 2 tablespoons of water
For the bavarois filling:
- 400 gr raspberries
- 3 1/2 gelatine leaves
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 175 ml whipped cream/double cream (slagroom)
- 3-4 tablespoons of plain white sugar
- a pinch of salt
Grease the cake tin. Mix the flower with the almonds and the sugar. You can do this in a Kitchen aid or by hand. Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Gently add the water. The mixture has to form a dough. If necessary, add some extra water. Knead the dough into a ball, wrap it in clingfoil and put it in the fridge for about half an hour.
Roll out the dough, until you get a thin layer. Cut out a circle, larger than your cake tin and gently press into the tin. It should be just enough for the above mentioned tin. You have to bake it blind for about 20 minutes at 190 degrees Celcius.
For the bavarois filling, purée the raspberries. Dissolve the gelatine leaves one by one in cold water . When the gelatine leaves are flexible, get them out of the water and put them in a small pan together with the lemon juice. Warm on the stove, until the gelatine is fully dissolved. Add the raspberry purée. When the purée has cooled down a bit, put it in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes.
In the mean time mix the whipped/double cream with a pinch of salt and sugar. Gently fold the whipped/double cream through the raspberry puree. The bavarois filling is finished. What is left, is to add the bavarois filling to the pie base. The pie is ready to put into the fridge now. I leave it there for about two more hours, so that it becomes stiff. After that it's ready to serve!