Thursday, August 8, 2013

Flowers to plant for Spring & tea with lemon cake

We made a trip to Bunnings today for some lovely Spring flowers
I so love pansies and daffodils

A lovely much awaited parcel arrived today also.
I ordered two climbing roses from Treloars in Melbourne
I couldn't get the ones I wanted here in Adelaide

I have to soak them in water for 24 hours before planting

I read on Pinterest that banana skins are so good for planting 
under the roses. They are supposed to love them,so I've been saving
them up in the freezer. 

Afternoon tea time
Strawberries with a sprinkle of icing sugar(confectioners sugar)

and Lemon almond cake with a refreshing cup of Dilmar tea

Recipe for Lemon Almond cake

185gms(6oz)butter softened
1/2cup caster sugar(ordinary white sugar but finer)
1/2cup curd(butter) or I used juice of 1 lemon instead
as I didn't have lemon curd on hand and it worked perfectly well
3 eggs beaten
11/4 cups Self Raising flour sifted
30grms(1oz) ground almonds
1/2 cup milk
3 tblspns flaked almonds for decoration
(can be toasted)

I just iced the cake with a simple icing 
made with icing sugar and a little water
but the recipe says to use the one below

Lemon Frosting
125 grms(4 oz cream cheese
1 T finely grated lemon rind
11/2 cups icing sugar(confectioners sugar)
2  Tspns lemon juice

Place butter,sugar,lemon butter(curd) or lemon juice of 1 lemon
eggs,flour,ground almonds and milk in a large bowl and mix well

Spoon batter into a greased and lined 20cm(8 inch round cake pan
and bake 40mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer that comes out clean

Stand in the tin for 5 mins before turning out onto a cake rack to cool

To make frosting place cream cheese,lemon rind,icing sugar and lemon juice in
a food processor and process for 1 min or until frostiing is of and easy spreading 
Spread over cake and decorate with almonds


Hope you are enjoying your week,I certainly am. It's nice to get out into the garden again
I am joining my usual Linky parties and having a peek at some new ones
Please join me
The links to the parties are on my side bar

xx jeanetteann


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Beautiful blooms and lovely tea cup!! Everything looks do yummy too!!


Susan said...

Hello Janette....
oooooo, your cake looked yum! Is castor sugar regular white sugar or confectioner's. I'd like to try that.

And Janette, I never knew that banana peels were good for roses. I'm going to try that.

Hope you have a nice weekend!Susan

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those flowers look so pretty! It is so hot here a lot is dying--but my roses and petunias are still looking beautiful. Those strawberries look so pretty they don't even look real!

iris said...

c'est vrai pour les peaux de bananes
les rosiers aiment bien
si vous avez aussi des avocats
qui ne sont pas trop mûrs
les mettre dans un sac en plastic
avec une peau de banane
en une nuit , ils seront mûrs :::::
j'ai installé une petite vignette
sur mon blog , il y a la même fonction
à très bientôt
edith (iris ) France

iris said...

dommage la liste est fermée
ce qui m'a permis de prendre la
recette du gâteau au citron
merci du partage
à plus
edith (iris)

Tea in Texas said...

Fabulous photos of spring flowers! Love the tea time with the sugared strawberries and the delicious cake. Your tea is very sweet and I hope you have many large blossoms this spring. Please, share more flower photos as they develop!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Jeanette,
I never knew about banana peelings for roses. Good to know!
Your cake looks delicious and the teacups are so pretty. I was looking at your post below about the christening gowns. They are so beautiful!
Thank you for sharing and coming to tea.


janice15 said...

This looks good I want to try to make it... thank you for sharing with love Janice