Lady Pamela's Tea Parlor

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

From Giada's Recipe Box

D o come in and cosy up in the chair by the fireplace.  I have a pretty pot of tea steeping for you and a sweet treat to share.  I will enjoy a relaxing chat with you before we visit with Silken Purse  for Wednesday Tea for Me and Thee.

 I was the hostess for a meeting at my home yesterday.  Nothing like company coming to spur me on to catch up on neglected chores. I had just a few minutes (14 minutes) to whip something up and pop it in the oven (Bake for 12 minutes).  
 It was just enough to eliminate that peck-ish feeling around tea time. 

Cinnamon Twists & Cardamom-Honey Dipping Sauce
Recipe & Picture courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Cinnamon Twists

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 (9 by 10-inch) sheet frozen puff pastry,
thawed and cut into 20 (1 by 4-inch) pieces
    I cut mine in half again

1 egg, beaten


1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom


For the cinnamon twists:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a shallow bowl, mix together the cinnamon, sesame seeds, cardamom, and brown sugar. Twist 2 pieces of dough together to form a rope-shape. Pinch the ends together to seal. Brush the dough with the beaten egg and roll gently in the cinnamon mixture until coated. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until puffed and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

For the sauce:

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom until smooth. Pour into a small dipping bowl.(taste to see if you would like it sweeter)

Arrange the pastries on a platter and serve with the dipping sauce.

NOTE: The puff pastry that is available to me had to be rolled out
            Allow 2 hours for puff pastry to thaw


  1. Time allowing, I will take photos the next time around. Good Luck and enjoy!

  2. Thanks so much for the kind and encouraging comment dear friend!.., It was lovely as always to speak with you!

    Your recipe looks yummy; it's a delight to have you partake with, Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee, this week!

    Cheers, blessings and hugs

  3. Wow, I am impressed, you did well for just 14 mins. of time. They look delish, I love cinnamon and honey too!
    Hope you have a lovely day dear,
    Blessings, Nellie

  4. Your pastries look really good. I've never cooked with cardamon so it would be interesting for me to try something new - thanks for the recipe! Would love to join you for tea and cinnamon sticks!

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