Fancy some tea?
I’m a TOFI – that’s thin on the outside and fat inside.
I was born with a sweet tooth and have always had a weak spot for chocolate, and not just any kind, but the best Belgian that melts on your tongue.
However, the craving for cocoa and sugar has slowly diverted towards fluffy pastries and cakes. Oh, my mouth waters just by thinking about rich chocolate cake and scrumptious cinnamon rolls, washed down with earl grey tea.
I can have them at any time of the day – for breakfast, with lunch or as a little bedtime snack (hiding in the kitchen so my husband doesn’t see me).
Those who know me best are fully aware that I adore high tea sittings where little light biscuits, pastries and smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches are served on the best silverware, accompanied with the greatest selection of tea and coffee.
My friends know me so well that they even took me to a high tea sitting for my hens day last year! Read about that little adventure here.
I recently attended The High Tea Party at the luxurious Langham Hotel in Melbourne with friends Julie and Alison (pictured below)
The all-day event did not only include a high tea sitting but fabulous activities and stalls making it the perfect excuse for a girly catch-up.
We sipped on sparkling Rosé, tasted low-calorie cocktails, enjoyed beauty treatments and were given complimentary gift bags.
The highlight of the annual event was the beautiful ballroom where our high tea sitting was held, consisting of finger sandwiches, cakes, mini pastries and scones with jam and cream, accompanied by freshly brewed tea.
Growing up in Norway, we used to have regular visits from friends for some waffles, crepes or cinnamon rolls, with coffee. I guess this is where my love affair for high tea began – catching up with friends over simple good-feel food.
Event organiser Alison Dean tells me that The High Tea Party has been running since 2007 in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, attracting some 15,000 ladies.
This year was the largest ever, with more than 30 companies involved, showing off their products and services.
The fabulous event takes about a year to plan which includes finding partners, companies and of course confirming the number of guests.
“I think this is a popular event because the ladies know they are having high tea and receive a gift bag but most of the other experience rooms aren’t really communicated so the ladies do get a surprise when they arrive, which helps with the day,” Dean says.
A team of ten chefs helped prepare the food that was all made fresh on the day.
Up to four pallets of Lindaeur sparkling wine was also served, so you can imagine our fun on the day.
Dean believes the spirit of high tea will continue for many years, saying the event is a special occasion where ladies have a “gorgeous excuse to catch up with the girls.”
Have you ever been to a high tea sitting? If so, what’s your favourite thing about it?
For all those sweet-tooth out there, here’s my favourite Norwegian cinnamon rolls recipe. Enjoy!
- 1kg sifted white flour
- 150g sugar
- 150g butter, cut in cubes
- 2tsp salt
- 2tsp cardamom
- 6dl full cream milk
- 50g fresh yeast
- 2tsp cinnamon
- 100g butter at room temperature
- 100g crystal sugar
Warm up the milk and blend the yeast in.
Blend all the other ingredients (except the filling) with the milk in a bowl and start working with your hand until a firm dough mixture starts forming. Keep kneading for about eight minutes until firm.
Leave the dough in the bowl, with a kitchen cloth over it, in a warm place for an hour.
Work the dough again, then leave for another 30 minutes to stand.
Divide the dough in smaller batches, and roll each to about a centimetre thick.
Meanwhile, mix the filling ingredients and brush over the rolled dough.
Roll the dough into a sausage, then cut into five centimetre thick pieces. You can have them as thick or thin as you wish – I personally prefer smaller pieces so I can freeze them and use for later.
Brush with beaten egg and bake for 10 to 15 minutes in an already pre-heated oven at 220C.
Cool on a rack and enjoy with coffee or tea!
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