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Win high tea at the Table Bay Hotel – #CuppaforCANSA

Cuppa for CANSA

Who can resist an invitation to tea? Especially when it comes from the very lovely Vicki from I Want That (feels a bit like being invited to tea with the Liz at Buck’ Palace). Best part of Vicki’s invite is: I get to bring one lucky ready with me!

So here is the low down:

Vicki will be hosting an Afternoon Tea, with Le Creuset, in aid of CuppaforCANSA – the cancer awareness organisation. This delicious get-together will take place at the Table Bay Hotel next Thursday 23rd October from 2.30 – 5pm.

“Le Creuset is challenging people all over South Africa to open their homes, workplaces and hearts by hosting a Cuppa For CANSA. By hosting or attending a Cuppa For CANSA or raising funds online, guests are enabling CANSA’s Care & Support Programmes to those affected by cancer – the focus for 2014 being on the Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme which supports children/teens &
families affected by cancer.”

So, if you are keen to join me, Vicki and a bunch of fabulous bloggers (and their guests) here is what you need to do:

Share the following sentence on Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment below letting me know you have done so – SUPER easy!

I’ve entered to win High Tea at The Table Bay with @Pretty_Pretty & @LeCreusetSA #CuppaforCANSA – you can enter too: http://goo.gl/qvHxo7

It’s going to be a lovely afternoon filled with cake and fabulous chit chat. There will also be fabulous raffle prizes on the day and everyone who attends will automatically get entered into a draw to win R10 000 to spend at a Le Creuset – SO ENTER NOW! (you’d be daft not to!)

Vital bits of info you need to know:
– Entries close at 3pm on Friday 17th Oct 2014
– Winners will be notified at 5pm on Friday 17th Oct 2014
– Open to folks who are based in Cape Town and are able to meet for tea at the Table Bay Hotel at 2:30pm on Thurs 23rd Oct 2014.

Be sure to also follow Le Creuset on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #cuppaforCANSA

Cuppa for CANSA

If you have also been eye-balling these pretty pink Le Creuset mugs then now is the time to buy them – 30% of all sales made will be donated to CANSA.

Cuppa for CANSA

Early Birds

It’s 7am and the sun isn’t even up yet – winter really is not agreeing with me. Thankfully we leave for Europe on Friday and apparently the sun is up in Berlin at 4:30 in the morning. Hooray!

Do you also need at least two cuppa’s to face the dark and cold world? Then you are going to love this packaging from Douwe Egberts – Simply divine.
(Found via Free Flavour)

Early Bird

Amish Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Amish Cinnamon Bread
Yesterday morning I was desperate for something delicious to have with my tea, so I turned to the ever trusty Pinterest to see if I could find the perfect, quick and easy treat to whip up before elevenses.

Thanks to a Redfly Creations pin, I stumbled upon this amazing recipe for Amish Cinnamon bread (cheats version). Apparently the real deal is made with yeast and takes a while to prepare, so this less fussy version suited me perfectly.

I was not disappointed. As soon as this gem went into the oven I knew it was going to be amazing – quickly the house filled with the delicious smell of cinnamon and before you knew it I was scoffing a second huge wedge of it smothered in butter – divine!

(NB – If you click through to the original recipe you will see that I halved the quantity as I didn’t have enough sugar to make two loaves. The recipe below is for one average size loaf)

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Batter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cinnamon & sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 180C. Grease a loaf tin and set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar. Once light and fluffy add in the egg. Sift together the flour and baking soda. Slowly add a third of the flour to the butter mixture and then a third of the milk mixture, continue alternating between the milk and flour until the batter is smooth. Don’t over beat it.

Pour half the batter into your loaf tin and then sprinkle half the cinnamon & sugar mixture over the top. Take a knife and swirl the cinnamon & sugar through the batter. Pour the rest of the batter on top and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon & sugar on the very top (don’t swirl this time)

Pop your loaf in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes (or until a skew tester comes out clean).
Keep your eye on this precious bread – you don’t want the sugar to brown too much. If it starts looking too dark, pop some tinfoil over the top.

Now for the hardest part – leave the loaf in the tin to cool for 20 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack. Trust me here, if you turn it out to quickly it will fall apart.

Now cut yourself an enormous hunk, spread with loads of butter and enjoy.

Original recipe from here

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pretty Pretty Chocolate Chip CookiesIn my quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever, I found this delicious version on the Australian Cadbury website. It’s a really easy recipe with just the right amount of chewiness and firmness needed in a choc chip cookie. In fact, it was so good that even Alexis (who is NOT a biscuit fan) was caught with his paws in the cookie jar around tea time.

I haven’t adapted the recipe at all from the original, except to subsitute normal flour and baking powder (we never have self raising flour at home). Oh, and I also added in more chocolate chips (why not?)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

All you will need:
125g butter, softened
½ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups of all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup white chocolate chips

Here’s how:
1 – Preheat your oven to 160°C.
2 – Cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy.
3 – Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
4 – Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. While the mixer is going slowly add this to your wet batter.
5 – Finally mix in the chocolate chips. You should have a fairly stiff mixture.
6 – Roll little balls of the dough and place them onto a greased baking tray. Gently press each ball down with the back of a dessert spoon.
7 – Pop in the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Keep an eye on these lovelies as you don’t want them to burn. The chocolate batter is fairly dark & you may not notice them getting too brown.
8 – Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with a huge glass of ice cold milk.