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Old 06-14-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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Ideas please- esp from UKers

I would love some ideas, especially from the UK folks. A friend and I are hosting an English Tea for two ladies who are retiring. I just found out that one of them is a low carber and an English Tea isn't exactly low carb- at least the ones I have had.

We were thinking of having some finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, and jam, tea, and assorted sweet treats.

I would like to add in some low carb items too and I know the ideas may make it not authentic in the least, but maybe some of you have thoughts? I can get some carb zero bread, so I can do some finger sandwiches out of that. Does anyone know how to make LC scones that you are sure taste good without using carbquick, vital wheat gluten etc.? I did a search for recipes here, but I don't see a recipe that looks like it would work. Also I was thinking of cutting some chunks of cucumber, hollowing out the center and filling with whipped cream cheese. What about strawberries dipped in sugarfree chocolate? Any ideas? Would love some help on this. TIA
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There might be something you can do with almond meal and coconut flour? for the scones I mean... maybe search recipes in that vein? They'd probably have to be drop biscuits, and you could use wet fingers to make them a bit more scone-looking.

I love the cucumber idea-- I did that once with a lovely shrimp paste-- I have the recipe for the paste if you want it, as an option.

the strawberries sound great. Using your carb zero bread, you could also do something open-face, or toast it and use it like a cracker/bruscetta?

you could make the LC chocolate flourless cake, in mini muffin molds.

Sounds like fun, and any effort you put forth will be hugely appreciated I'm sure!

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There might be something you can do with almond meal and coconut flour? for the scones I mean... maybe search recipes in that vein? They'd probably have to be drop biscuits, and you could use wet fingers to make them a bit more scone-looking.

I love the cucumber idea-- I did that once with a lovely shrimp paste-- I have the recipe for the paste if you want it, as an option.

the strawberries sound great. Using your carb zero bread, you could also do something open-face, or toast it and use it like a cracker/bruscetta?

you could make the LC chocolate flourless cake, in mini muffin molds.

Sounds like fun, and any effort you put forth will be hugely appreciated I'm sure!

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Thanks Soren. I did see one recipe for drop scones on Maria's blog. The only thing with her recipes is she always uses that stevia glycerite and that tastes so bitter to my tongue. I made her twinkies for some kids and they couldn't take the bitter taste. I could try to sub it with Splenda I guess. I will have to see if I can find how much 1 tsp of stevia glycerite is equal to in Splenda or Truvia.

I would LOVE your shrimp paste recipe. I know you are an awesome cook! TIA I always wanted to come to Canada for your Thanksgiving!

The flourless LC cake in mini molds sounds good and I see there is an LC lemon bar recipe I could do. I guess I do do the famous chicken lady's awesome carrot cake as mini cakes too. Now you have got me thinking!

I just really want recipes that are definitely winners. I won't have time to test anything out ahead of time.

Anyone know what kind of tea to serve? I am a coffee drinker!
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Tea: earl grey (or lady grey, which is more citrus/bergamot-y). Maybe darjeeling.
Serve milk and/or lemon on the side.

I'll PM you the shrimp recipe
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Tea: earl grey (or lady grey, which is more citrus/bergamot-y). Maybe darjeeling.
Serve milk and/or lemon on the side.

I'll PM you the shrimp recipe
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what about those cream cheese cloud things i've heard about? never made them myself...but they sound good!

and/or make little crustless cheesecakes in muffin tins...flavor with davinci syrups and/or sf jam or garnish with fresh fruit

maybe mini-quiches too? crustless

one of my favorite quiches ever was made with crabmeat and sauteed mushrooms, red peppers, and onion.

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Lady Grey is very good--I get the Twinings brand for that flavor, but generally I prefer Bigelow to Twinings.
Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast, Darjeeling are all good.
Loose tea--my favorite is Assam.
If you can find a blackcurrant-flavored tea, those are nice.
Or an Orange Spice.
Maybe a couple of herbal teas for anyone who doesn't want caffeine.

The cucumber & strawberry ideas sound splendid!

How many people are you serving?
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Sorry I don't have any good afternoon tea like ideas except for my favorite low carb treats muffins & brownies with almond meal, coconut flour & Flax meal!

Can I ask where you get low carb bread in the UK?

Thanks!
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what about those cream cheese cloud things i've heard about? never made them myself...but they sound good!

and/or make little crustless cheesecakes in muffin tins...flavor with davinci syrups and/or sf jam or garnish with fresh fruit

maybe mini-quiches too? crustless

one of my favorite quiches ever was made with crabmeat and sauteed mushrooms, red peppers, and onion.

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Lady Grey is very good--I get the Twinings brand for that flavor, but generally I prefer Bigelow to Twinings.
Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast, Darjeeling are all good.
Loose tea--my favorite is Assam.
If you can find a blackcurrant-flavored tea, those are nice.
Or an Orange Spice.
Maybe a couple of herbal teas for anyone who doesn't want caffeine.

The cucumber & strawberry ideas sound splendid!

How many people are you serving?
Oh thank you for your ideas PJ!!! You guys have got my idea juices flowing again. There should be 10-12 people.

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Sorry I don't have any good afternoon tea like ideas except for my favorite low carb treats muffins & brownies with almond meal, coconut flour & Flax meal!

Can I ask where you get low carb bread in the UK?

Thanks!
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I live in the USA so I get my carb zero bread in California. I titled my thread to UKers as I thought they would be the experts on an English tea!
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hi, i thought of a couple other things...

if you can't find a tried-and-true LC recipe for scones,
shortbread could be an option--it lends itself very well to nut flours!!!
My first choice would be pecan meal, but I bet hazelnut or almond would be delicious too.
Also, it is something that does not have to be very sweet, and it's okay if it's a bit crumbly.

And I know a lot of people like "the" black bean chocolate cake or brownies!
Again, haven't made it myself but I've gotten the impression that the basic recipe is easy to find online.
A friend of mine teaches at a school for autistic children, many of whom are on a gluten-free diet, and it's often brought in for birthdays etc. She says it's excellent!

Tea parties are so fun! Now I want to have one!!!
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I would think that berries with cream would be fairly low carb. And lovely.
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scones don't really turn out, but nut flours make some lovely small cakes with the density of pound cake. google coconut flour or almond flour recipes. the black bean chocolate cake is delicious, but MUST be made at least one day in advance, two is best. The flavors don't develop into really chocolately until then -oddly enough. a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a few lavender buds make cubes of the bean cake beautiful to serve.


cucumber slices with cream cheese are good
you can make cheese crisps in the oven or a skillet with good parm and herbs
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Wow, can I come to this tea?

I second the Twinings Lady Grey tea. Delicious.

How about little strawberry pots with a thick crust of clotted cream? It would be like the scone topping without the flour.

Make a syrup by simmering some strawberries with stevia to taste, stir in some chopped fresh strawberries when it is cool.

Cheesecake always goes down well.
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I haven't tried making meringue with artificial sweetener but if it's possible you could have meringue nests, cream and strawberries and/or blueberries.

Yes, def go for the Lady Grey tea
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Unfortunately, as you say - an English Tea is not Low Carb!!!!

I think you've thought of all the traditional things - and there are also petits fours (little cakes - spelling may be wrong) - if you eat at a 'posh' hotel they might include these?

Some sort of macaroon biscuit (not sure if you can low carb!)

The problem I see is that if you're in the UK you don't have access to the Low Carb stuff you have in the States (well not easily!) so we haven't really come up with low carb alternatives!

Sounds like fun - I keep thinking I must have a cream tea for breakfast on an UD!
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I highly recommend Almond Thins
Almond Thins

They are the most fantastic crackers I have ever had. They are very addictive, so make few batches, as they will fly out of the window They would be great for dipping or on their own.
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Thank you so much for responding everyone. I really appreciate it. We will have some traditional items and some low carb offerings. You ideas are fantastic and I am going to finalize up a menu. Since I am doing JUDDD, I am going to have a non-LC scone because I really love them with that wonderful cream. I may try those almond thins out this week for myself!
Wish all of you were able to come!
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Sorry Beverley, I have only just seen this. I sat at a classic Devonshire cream tea today just watching the others eat their scones, jam and cream. You guessed it, its a DD for me.

I am sorry I have nothing to add except if you can get the LC bread, perhaps some grilled Cheddar cheese on toast? Lovely when it's hot and bubbly.
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Low carb scones are easy. You can use Dottie's biscuit recipe with a little sugar added (see the recipe thread), or try these:

SCONES
1 cup almond flour
2 T erythritol
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 small egg
3 T butter
1 T cream

In a food processor, whirl together almond flour, erythritol, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add cold butter and process for a few seconds, until mixture resembles cornmeal. Then add egg & cream and process for a few seconds until mixture comes together. (This is just like a pie crust).

Shape dough into circle (Handle as little as possible) and cut into wedges the size you like your scones to be. Bake at 325 (preheated) for 10-15 minutes or until scones are lightly browned. Keep an eye on the bottoms to make sure they don’t burn.
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No sugar in a traditional scone, though some recipes do add it. That does sound excellent!
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Low carb scones are easy. You can use Dottie's biscuit recipe with a little sugar added (see the recipe thread), or try these:

SCONES
1 cup almond flour
2 T erythritol
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 small egg
3 T butter
1 T cream

In a food processor, whirl together almond flour, erythritol, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add cold butter and process for a few seconds, until mixture resembles cornmeal. Then add egg & cream and process for a few seconds until mixture comes together. (This is just like a pie crust).

Shape dough into circle (Handle as little as possible) and cut into wedges the size you like your scones to be. Bake at 325 (preheated) for 10-15 minutes or until scones are lightly browned. Keep an eye on the bottoms to make sure they don’t burn.
Thank you Tiva!

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No sugar in a traditional scone, though some recipes do add it. That does sound excellent!
I didn't know that!! Interesting!
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