Lady Pamela's Tea Parlor

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

T hank you for knocking on my door and stopping in for a visit. Do sit a spell and warm your toes by the fire and your fingers cupping your favorite tea. I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends and had time to count your blessings.


The New Year brings a renewed sense of starting fresh, for me. After a busy, bustling social season, with lots of friends and festivities the thought of getting back into routine feels reassuring to me, that there is a season for everything. I definitely enjoyed every sip and extravagant tasty morsel and don’t regret a one. Now its time to get on to the lighter side of life again, with an eye to sunny days when I might like to wear fewer layers and look a little lighter too.

Tea has wonderful healthy properties and there are so many ways to enjoy it, besides the comforting brew. I would like to share a dessert recipe with you that my guests have enjoyed. I don’t believe in denying oneself of dessert.

This is a creamy dessert that is satisfying without being at all heavy. I use pink depression glass teacups as my moulds.

¼ CUP berry-flavoured red tea, cooled  (for gelatin mixture
 3 1/2 TSP gelatin powder

3 1/2 CUPS 18% cream

3/4 TSP icing sugar

1/3 CUP berry-flavoured red tea, cooled  (for cream mixture)

Marinate ½ PINT raspberries in

¼ CUP berry-flavoured red tea, cooled

2 TSP sugar

Place ¼ CUP berry-flavoured red tea, cooled, in a small bowl and sprinkle with gelatin powder. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Heat the cream, icing sugar and remaining red tea in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until warm. Stir ¼ Cup of warm mixture into the softened gelatin, then add back into the saucepan. Gently warm the mixture for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Lightly oil eight ½ cup moulds. Pour mixture into moulds and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

Dissolve sugar in remaining red tea and marinate washed and dried raspberries.

Top each mould or teacup with a few berries and syrup and a sprig of fresh mint, if you have on hand.

Note: Tea should be well steeped for full flavour, but not bitter.

Serving a simple dessert in an unconventional way adds to the ambience of an evening.

T his is one way I “KISS,” my hostessing. Keeping It Simple and Stylish, your unique style of course.

D o give it a try and let me know how you made it, Keeping It Simple and Stylish.


  1. Thank you so much dear friend for participating with this weeks, Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee!

    I adore the pink depression glass teacups and the dessert presented in such a refined and stylish manner, in the recipe that you shared with Paper Butterfly; than you! ~ It not only sounds delicious, yet it also typifies perfectly, nothing less than the "very essence" of refined elegance in simple and stylish entertaining!

    Can't wait to try the recipe at my next, "actual tea party"..,

    Cheers from Silken Purse @ The Plumed Pen and @ Silken Purse

  2. Oops!~ It's obviously far too late at night apparently for me to spell properly!..,

    I meant to say..,"the recipe that you shared with US, Paper Butterfly!"..,(Where the, "than you"!.., came from I haven't a sweet clue)!

    Cheers; here's to a good nights sleep!

  3. Oh dear - I missed the tea party again this week!!!
    The recipe looks lovely! and the teacups just beautiful!
    Nice to meet you!

  4. Sounds Yummy! I'm sure it's beautiful served in the pink glasses.
    I've seen KISS used in a similar way, but I like how you use it much better!

    Patricia :o)

  5. Hello my friend...

    Just stopping in to say hello and see what you've been up to. Oooh...your recipe for red tea panna cotta sounds divine and I bet it looks fabulous and tastes heavenly in those pretty pink cups!!!

    I hope that my little note finds you well, my friend!!! Do take care...

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. I am sure your red tea panna cotta, made in "pink depression glass teacups", tastes very yummy.

    Just want you to know that I mentioned your blog name and your pseudonym in the post, "Hmmm...Fresh Flowers for Tea." (See "Note".)

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog! I, for one, don't deny myself a dessert now and then. Your panna cotta looks good and gluten free, too, so I may give it a try. I used to have pink depression cups and glasses but, had to sell them off when moving. Yours are very pretty. Hope to "meet" you again, soon!