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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
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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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.
Another update...I made the pumpkin scones with the 1 tsp each of the spices and they turned out great. Don't miss the topping, it truly adds to the scone. I had extra topping so I refrigerated it. To use it on something else, I warmed it on a very low heat and added a few spoonfuls of heavy cream...Oh my, how delicious, and it reheated really well.
Do not melt the butter in any of their scone recipe. Instead take cold butter and use a food processor or a pastry cutter to combine the flour and the butter. Also add enough buttermilk so that the dough is not dry, but pliable. After I made these adjustments the scones rose perfectly. I like knowing what ingredients go into their delicious food, but it's ridiculous to have to take the recipes with a grain of salt, not knowing if adjustments are necessary. They need to review these recipes and publish another edition.
Yes some of the measurements are off, but if you've been baking a while you'll know not to throw a pound of something in that you can't eat on it's own without gagging. This is a simple mistake that I believe the new versions and the kindle version has been fixed on, at least I haven't noticed the issue in my new kindle download. (Broke my kindle, had to redownload after two years, it all looks good!)