Baking Day and Tea for Two

Ready, Set, Bake!

I’m in the mood for a little tea party – this time a Tea for Two.  Of course this means I need to whip up a little something  to serve my guest.  Come join me in my kitchen.


Ingredients are at hand, along with a few decorations to inspire me.  There are the two French chefs sitting in the window




eggs ,  rolling pin,




and  wisk  with a serving tool.

Now for the recipe


I think I’ll try something new today.  This Apricot Swiss Roll looks yummy.  I found the recipe in a National Trust book called Tea- time-Recipes by Jane Pettigrew.


 So let’s get started!


I mix the eggs with the sugar


Gently fold in the flour


Finally placing the sponge into the prepared pan


I probably should have mentioned the apricots earlier.  They were sliced and placed in a dish to marinate.  The recipe called for brandy, but I had cognac on hand and cognac works  just fine.


While the sponge bakes I prepared the dish towel by coating it with super fine sugar.  As soon as the sponge comes out of the oven it is rolled in this towel with the help of a rolling pin, and set aside to cool.


So while the sponge is cooling let’s go out to the porch and set the table


On this early Spring day I think I’ll serve at a table tucked in the corner so my guest can enjoy a little nature while she sips and chats with me.


You’re looking at a big old Buckeye tree and wonderful little white flowers that pop up in the lawn every April.  But back to the kitchen for us.  The sponge is now cool and ready to assemble.  (It actually takes at least 30 minutes for the sponge to cool but we’re dealing with the magic of blogging here).


I got a little carried away with whipping cream using more than twice as much as the  recipe called for, but what can I say?  I love whipped cream.  After spreading  the cream over the sponge I applied the apricots and untoasted almonds.


Then came the moment of truth.  Time to turn this concoction into a roll.  I take a deep breath and ROLL AWAY!


And “Ta Da”!  Here it is

Apricot Swiss Roll

Time to take it to the table


The table is set with my Laura Ashley Tea for Two china.  Now all I need is my guest.  I’ve invited my French friend Stephanie.  She is an excellent cook and baker so I wonder what she will think of my Apricot Swiss Roll.

And she’s arrived with one of her children – little Arpad.


Arpad is neither interested in tea nor Swiss Almond Rolls.  He is interested in the great outdoors – so off he goes to play amidst the forsythia.


Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean porch, it’s time for Stephanie to taste my creation.  Will she approve?



Stephanie gave me her culinary stamp of approval and this coming from a French woman made me proud.  Of course she would have only a small piece of my Swiss Roll.  The French are very good at appreciating and enjoying their food, but in small portions.  Besides, Stephanie is an athlete, a runner.  She wouldn’t dare overeat and get chubby!  Just look at all the medals she’s won at various marathons in the United States and abroad.


Stephanie and I sipped, nibbled and chatted.

It was a delightful Tea for Two

and a successful Baking Day as well.

I hope you take the time for both now and then.

And just in case you’d like to make a Swiss Apricot Roll for yourself I’ll share the recipe.


You know.


Swiss Apricot Roll

For the Sponge: 2 eggs, 3 oz. super fine sugar, 3 oz. self-rising flour, sifted

For the Filling: 14oz. apricots, drained and juice reserved  1 oz. untoasted flaked almonds

                                1-2 tablespoons brandy, 1oz. toasted flaked almonds, icing sugar

To make the sponge, preheat oven to 325F.  Grease and line 7 x 11 in tin.  Beat the eggs thoroughly.  Add the sugar and continue beating till frothy.  Fold in the flour and turn into the prepared tin.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until sponge springs up when lightly pressed.  Remove from oven and invert the tin on to a clean tea-cloth dusted with fine sugar.  Roll the sponge immediately round a wooden rolling pin and leave to cool.  Meanwhile slice the apricots and soak in brandy.  Just before serving, carefully unroll the sponge and spread with the whipped cream.  Arrange the apricots over the top and pour on the brandy.  Sprinkle with the untoasted almonds and carefully roll the sponge up again.  Place on a serving dish, pour a little of the reserved apricot juice over the sponge, sprinkle the top with toasted almonds and dust with icing sugar.  Serve immediately.

6 thoughts on “Baking Day and Tea for Two

  1. You have such a way with this blogging!! Your posts are so visually appealing and so interesting!! I can’t wait for the day when we can meet over a tea-for-two!! Maybe we can even have this delicious looking swiss apricot roll, (smile)

  2. Gwen, I look forward to that day when you come to town. We could have a tea for two or it could be more of a party. I told you how that works, didn’t I? I invite someone old (an old friend), someone new (you), someone borrowed (you bring a friend) and maybe two (my other guest might bring a friend too).

  3. Such a delicious apricot swiss roll. You are a great “patissiere”, a fantastic baker. I am amazed by your enthusiasm of creating new things, trying new recipes. You are not afraid of anything… The tea party at your house was spectacular. Merci beaucoup!

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