If your mom is less of a brunch person and is more into dainty afternoon tea parties, then by all means indulge her on Mother's Day with a lavish treat that would make any tea lover melt in delight!
Denise Cooper of Be My Guest has a great post about preparing a tea party for Mother's Day, complete with all the savory munchies and sweet treats. As Denise's mom is fond of pretty tea cups, the ones used in the party were given to her mom (after a trip to the dishwasher) to remind her of the wonderful party.
For those of you who are wondering what to serve on your Mother's Day tea party, the mechanics are quite simple: there should be savory and sweet little snacks on the spread.
One popular high tea munchies is cucumber sandwich. Tracey of The Kitchen Is My Playground has an easy recipe for cucumber sandwiches that could be served three ways.
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Lemony Dill Spread (from The Kitchen is my Playground)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
packed 1/3 c. roughly chopped fresh dill
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch black pepper
1 large English cucumber
Approximately 12 to 16 slices good-quality sandwich bread
If you want a French flair to your afternoon tea party, serving macarons is always a great idea! Macarons may be quite pricey in specialty stores (hint: Ladurée), but baking a batch is actually fairly easy to make as long as you have the time. And yes, our moms deserve our extra time and effort on Mother's Day, so go ahead and give her a treat!
Coffee Macarons with Ganache Filling (from Playing With Flour)
Ingredients for Macaron Shells:
3 egg whites (aged 1-2 days*)
30 grams granulated sugar
110 grams almonds (I usually use slivered)
200 grams confectioners'/powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder
2 teaspoons cocoa nibs (optional)
Ingredients for Ganache:
4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
With a rich espresso flavor and bitterness of cocoa nibs, these macarons will surely become a hit with moms who love coffee!
Pink macarons also look nice in an afternoon tea tower plate! Rica Rants and Raves has a detailed post about making Strawberry Macarons for the first time. Hers came out perfect!
Strawberry Macarons (from Rica Rants and Raves)
100 gm egg whites
125 gm almond meal
200 gm powdered sugar
pinch of fine sea salt
food dye powder or gel
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup of cream or milk
2 cups of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of strawberry extract
Rica topped her macarons with minced dried strawberries and it made the macarons looking even more delectable!
TIP: Use silicone baking mats when baking macarons - the non-stick surface will make it a lot easier to take off the delicate meringue cookies from the baking sheet.
Know anyone who loves afternoon tea? Sharing is CARING! :-)