Friday, October 14, 2011

Tea With Bea


Tea With Bea is one of the books that I’ve added to my tea library lately.  This is a lovely baking book by pastry chef Bea Vo, owner of Bea's of Bloomsbury in the heart of London, which opened in 2008. 

The recipe chapters for cookies & bars, scones & small treats, tarts, cake bases & fillings, special cakes, and cheesecakes are full of wonderful teatime treats.


If you’d like a recipe for “the ultimate afternoon tea scone”, it’s in the bookBea says that her method, using only the coldest butter, should produce a high rise and flaky result.


American-style orange cranberry scones are included.

DSCF0406There are recipes for Almond Cherry Muffins, as well as Blueberry Streusel, and Doughnut muffins.  I was thrilled to see Foolproof Vanilla Macarons for the more adventurous baker.  Did I mention that Ms. Vo studied at Le Cordon Bleu. 

The tarts section has recipes for pate brisee and pate sablee dough and a recipe for Key Lime Pie that my hubby would love.  The many luscious cake recipes include Red Velvet, Espresso Bourbon, Chocolate Buttermilk, and Almond Tea Cake.  I love the Leftovers Trifle recipe to use up any extra cake from a cake-baking frenzy.

DSCF0410 Doesn’t this Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake look perfect for Thanksgiving dinner?  Maybe I’ll make this the first “family special occasion” recipe I try.

This could be the perfect gift for any bakers or tea enthusiasts on your Christmas list.


Bernideen said...

Please come link up with this great book. I am not familiar with it and wondered who the publisher is? I am always looking for new tea books for my store as I sell quite a few! Doesn't that cake look incredible!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Doesn't that look like a great book? That goes on the list...Thanks for sharing!

Micupoftea~ said...

Looks like a wonderful book...gosh the photos make me want a cup of tea and scone right now! Have a lovely weekend~

Johanna said...

the cakes, skones and cookies look so tempting. Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings, Johanna

Marilyn said...

That pumpkin cheesecake looks delicious. I am not a cheesecake fan, but this one does look tempting. Let us know how it turns out if you make it.

Rosemary said...

Oh wow! This is a new one to me! Are the ingredients listed in metric? Looks fantastic!

Angela McRae said...

Oh, yum, this looks like a terrific book! I always appreciate a good book review, and hearing about the scone recipe alone lets me know I must have this!

Red Rose Alley said...

That spice pumpkin cheese cake looks scrumptious. I love anything pumpkin, espcially in the Fall.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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