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Tea Party

parousia's picture

Tea Party

hi all,

My wife has decided to orchestrate a tea party/ baby shower for one of the 10 pregnant mothers on our neighboorhood street.

Could any of you, more creative than myself, suggest a way to encorporate fresh ground whole wheat into tea party treats?

Perhaps some of the members here who are of British training could suggest?


swtgran's picture

Tea sandwiches!  You can bake the bread in small loaf pans, you can make larger loaves and cut into triangles, you can make larger loaves and cut with cookie cutters. 

The possibilities are limitless for fillings and toppings.  You can do a search for tea sandwiches for a lot of ideas.  

It is cool to mix it up a little and do some of the sandwiches with two different kinds of bread. 

Have a good time helping your wife get ready for the party and take some pictures for us to see your final products.  Terry 

Marni's picture

You can make scones with many different whole grains ( spelt and oat are two I think would be nice along with WW) or combinations of them.  Of course they could be made with simply whole wheat too.

Crusts for small quiches could also be whole wheat.

This may be too cute, but you can make ribbon sandwiches by rolling out the bread with a rolling pin, (you slice it into long slices, lengthwise) spreading on a filling and roll it up like a jelly roll.  Then tie ribbons at even intervals and slice between the ribbons.  Choose your filling and ribbons to create a look you like.  I believe this idea originated with the Victorians - lots of fussy details back then.


Hope this helps and have fun.  As Terry said, we'd love to see pics!


bellepauly's picture


I am from England and I would suggest using recipes / ideas from they have some great recipes for traditional biscuits and scones. Try making Digestive biscuits, great with a cup of tea. If you make sandwiches, make cucumber sandwiches and make them bite size. Also make Victoria Sandwich Cake, this is so simple and easy to make but its very very yummy and very English.

Anyway I hope this helps

bellepauly's picture

Hi me again, I thought of this in bed. Weetabix is a English cereal, it's whole wheat and very healthy. You can find it at Albetsons in the health food section and I have found it in other supermarkets around the U.S. Its not fresh whole wheat but it makes great muffins.

Weetabix Honey Muffins 

35 min | 15 min prep

SERVES 9 -11

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached Flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

  • 5 Weetabix, biscuits, crushed

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 4 tablespoons honey

  • brown suger, for topping

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Grease muffin cups or use paper baking cups.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and allspice. Stir in the Weetabix and sugar.

  4. Mix the yogurt and milk together in separate bowl and beat in the egg, melted butter, and honey.

  5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.

  6. Scoop batter into the muffin cups and sprinkle a little more brown sugar on top of the batter.

  7. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the miffins have risen and are golden brown.

  8. Turn out onto a rack to cool or serve warm for breakfast with yogurt and fruit.