I'm so excited today to be participating in a progressive Anne of Green Gables tea party hosted by Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.
Today I made Anne's Plum Puffs, which, according to my recipe from a book called The Anne of Green Gables Treasury, is a cream puff, with plum jam and whipped cream! Doesn't that sound delightful? I'm sure, though, that Marilla made her own Plum Jam and didn't purchase the Smuckers brand from the local Kroger!! LOL!!
I also made Anne's infamous Raspberry Cordial! This is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Anne was having her best friend Diana over for tea. Marilla has given her permission to use a bottle of her famous Raspberry Cordial. Poor Anne had never tasted raspberry cordial before and picks up a bottle of Red Currant Wine instead. She serves it to Diana, who proceeds to drink not one, but three large glasses of it and gets very tipsy indeed!! So cute! I got the recipe from here if you would like to try it. (The cordial, not the red currant wine lol!!).
So welcome to my part of the tea party! Let me pour you a glass of Raspberry Cordial. Please help yourself to a Plum Puff.....
and have a seat at the table and enjoy yourself! While you're having your refreshments, I thought I would show you how I made the Plum Puffs.
The first thing you do is heat a bit of water and butter in a saucepan until boiling, then turn heat to low and add your flour and sugar. Just stir with a wooden spoon until mixture leaves the sides of the pan - usually only takes a minute. What I do next is transfer my mixture to a bowl of a mixer and let it cool about 5 minutes before adding the eggs. Add your eggs one at a time and beat each time until mixture becomes smooth. Thats it! Now drop dough by spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I use my small icecream scoop and it works just great. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. The recipe didn't say this, but what I do next is to take them out, poke a hole in each with a toothpick, turn the oven off and place the puffs back in. Let them dry out about 5 more minutes in the oven.
After the puffs have cooled, split them open to get them ready to fill.
Next, whip your heavy cream and sugar in a chilled bowl with chilled beaters and whip till stiff. Then either fill a piping bag with the cream or just plop some on the puffs with a spoon.
Here's a closeup of the puffs with cream. Doesn't it make your mouth water?!
Then you place a spoonful of plum jam on top! Yummy! You could also combine the cream and jam and whip together. I think you might get a pretty shade of pink if you did! I think Anne would like that version as well! Finally you place the top on the cream puffs and give them a pretty sprinkling of powdered sugar! So pretty!!
I arranged my plum puffs in a lovely milk glass stand and decorated them with some organic roses. They look so pretty next to my glasses of Raspberry Cordial! I bought the pretty vintage glasses at an antique store. For the Tea Table I used a vintage tablecloth from my collection.
I think Anne would approve!
Thanks so much for coming today. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Have a great day!