Tea Time Treats
Of course, you can have these treats at any time of the day, but there is a specific kind of comestible that we tend to associate with tea time. We expect a certain delicacy to the treats offered, be they sweet or savory. A basic afternoon tea would have biscuits at the very least, but I chose a recipe that is a little bit more indulgent than a digestive. Lemon cookies are a classic British offering, but the addition of cheddar, adds a certain savory edge. I know all the rage these days are Macarons, but I feel a return to old-fashioned Macaroons is due. My recipe doesn’t use flour, so it’s more akin to a lace cookie but one made of coconuts. Nothing is more perfect than for tea in the tropics, don’t you think?
- 1 can (300 ml) full-cream sweetened condensed milk
- 3 cups freshly grated coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients.
- Drop from a tablespoon into a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from sheet while still hot.
Lemon Cheese Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon lemon extract
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar.
- Add egg and beat just to mix. Add flour, cheese and lemon extract; mix well.
- Use a cookie press or form into 1-inch balls and press on your palm using your thumb and arrange on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until light brown.