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Alice's Tea Cup: Delectable Recipes for Scones, Cakes, Sandwiches, and More from New York's Most Whimsical Tea Spot Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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The several locations of Alice’s Tea Cup in Manhattan have so grown in popularity that they now serve every meal of the day, not just afternoon tea. Fans of their esteemed scones, cookies, and cakes now have in hand the shop’s recipes recast for the home cook. Lemon–poppy seed and mixed-berry scones figure among the tea shop’s favored pastries, but there are savory scones as well, such as walnut-Stilton, and ham and cheese. Sandwiches transcend traditional egg and tuna salad to encompass even cheeseburgers for those seeking a substantial meal. Whimsically decorated cakes satisfy the serious sweet tooth. Many of the specialty baked goods have tea baked into them as part of their flavor spectrums. Those who need something more stimulating than tea may imbibe some cocktails such as a mixture of smoky Lapsang souchong tea and Scotch, meant to recall an after-dinner whiskey and cigar. --Mark Knoblauch

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In the “Alice’s” book, you’ll find recipes both delightful and down to earth. In only six steps, you can re–create the shop’s popular berry scones… A savory and crunchy cumin carrot sandwich takes just minutes. The vanilla tea–infused granola or the blueberry lemon cake are, well, a piece of cake. (NY Daily News)

One of the Best NYC Cookbooks of 2010 (New York magazine)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061964921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061964923
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Haley Fox, a New York University film school graduate, started her career as an aspiring director. She went into film development at MGM in California and worked with various film companies before moving back to New York to open Alice's Tea Cup with her husband, Michael Eisenberg, and her sister. She lives with Michael and their two children in Manhattan.

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My family ate at Alice's Tea Cup for a celebration and everything was scrumptious. I am thrilled with the book because it has all the delicious recipes I enjoyed in their tearoom. So far, I've made the molasses ginger cookies and the curried chicken sandwiches and both recipes turned out great. Their recipe ideas are very creative.

3 weeks later...Hi all, Here are some corrections to Alice's Tea Cup's new tea book...I made the pumpkin scones; they were extremely over-spiced. When I first read the recipe, the quantities of the spices sounded wrong, so I called them. A gentleman insisted the 1/4 cup each of cinnamon and ginger was the correct amount. I doubted it, but decided to give them a try since he verified the recipe. Well, the scones were totally unpalatable and I threw out the whole batch. A sad waste of money:(
This morning, I called again and tracked down the cook who actually makes the scones. She said she uses only 1 teaspoon each of the cinnamon and the ginger. I asked about any other recipe corrections and she said the curried chicken sandwiches should have chopped red apple in the recipe.

Despite the corrections, I still believe it's a book that most will enjoy, as I do. The curried chicken recipe is very good. I found you can get away without dry rubbing and baking the chicken. I made it again with leftover roasted chicken to which I added equal amounts of mayo, sour cream, and apricot preserves. Then I chopped up celery, red onion, sliced almonds and dried apricots and added those in. Finally I sprinkled on sea salt, fresh ground pepper and curry to taste. It was delicious. Alice's cook told me they add in chopped red apple so I'll do that next time.

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WARNING! RECIPE ERRORS ...Pumpkin scone recipe has incorrect amounts for the spices (which another reviewer confirmed by calling Alice's and talking to the baker who actually makes them. The correct amount is 1 tsp. ginger, and 1 tsp. cinn.) Unfortunately I did not read the reviews before diving in to make the pumpkin scones (the reason I bought the book in the first place!) which were inedible and a waste of time & money. I get very frustrated with books that are poorly proofread. According to same reviewer the curry chicken was also missing chopped apple.(although this mistake at least makes it just taste different, not inedible!)
It makes me wonder how many other recipes I'm going to go through that might have mistakes, and what the cost of them could be to the consumer who purchased the book trusting the outcome would be correct according to the recipes paid for by buying the book. I think the integrity of the book is at stake when already 2 mistakes have been found and the book just came out.
On the positive side.. this might very well mean they really did give out their real recipe which most establishments don't usually do. They change something. But since they have to bake these in bulk, I am guessing that 1/4 cup of ginger and cinnamon was actually the amount in their bulk recipe before it was reduced for home baking. The scary part is the reviewer who called talked to someone who confirmed the book was correct, and lucky for her she knew in her gut it still had to be wrong (after knowing they were inedible!) and finally ended up talking to the baker and found out it really was a mistake.)
Note to self: Always check reviews on Amazon BEFORE I start baking out of any book. At least I would know if there were any mistakes already found that needed correction before wasting my time and money. :) And.. I would know which recipes were the most successful to start with!
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By MaryKB on January 13, 2011
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I hope that the restaurant issues corrections on their website for the items other readers have mentioned. So far, I have LOVED this book. I made a lemon-blueberry cake with butter cream frosting and it was delicious - so light and fluffy, my friends were very impressed. Then I made my favorite from the restaurant- their granola. My husband & I can't stop eating this. Its so good, and very easy. Though I did have to add more honey/butter and cook for a bit longer, but that didn't make it that bad.

If you love this restaurant (or brunch or tea or dessert for that matter), you'll love this book!
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I've had this book on my wish list for quite awhile and since I'm planning an afternoon tea, I thought I'd buy it and get some new ideas. I already own several little books on afternoon tea, petite desserts, entertaining, etc.. If I had thoroughly read the product page, I would have seen the comment in Editorial Reviews that said that there's a recipe for cheeseburgers, "for those seeking a substantial meal." I don't know about you, but I don't want to serve cheeseburgers at my afternoon tea. Furthermore, I would never look in a "tea" cookbook for a recipe for a cheeseburger, and I can't say I actually even need a recipe for one...

There are several scone recipes that start the book off, including the famous pumpkin scones with an interesting sounding caramel glaze. Then we get into breakfast recipes: pancakes, waffles, granola, hash, and omelet. Next are soups and salads. Then sandwiches, including the cheeseburger and a Rueben. The third of the sandwich recipes that could be made into tea sandwiches are not incredibly original: an egg salad, two chicken salads, ham and cheese, cucumber and watercress...the exception being the carrot and cumin. Cookies, then cakes and cupcakes, and other sweets and treats are fine chapters. I must admit that the Peanut Butter Ganache Cake and the Blueberry Lemon Cake both look delicious. The "Mar-tea-nis" chapter is very original.

To sum up, I was looking for a book with new ideas for filling tea sandwiches, and other dainty tea-time fare, and this book did not deliver.
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