Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chocolate Tea Treat

This beautiful teacup is the from the
Royal Albert birthday month collection.
A generous gift given to me by my
dear friend and co-worker ~ Lisa.
She knew that I love teacups and that my favorite
color is purple - a perfect match - a perfect cup.
This is a vintage treasure ~ the month of February
is depicted on the bottom of the cup.
The modern version has it written on the inside!
My mom's birthday is in February and I bought
her the newer cup for her special day a couple of years ago.
Now we have matches so of course every time I see this
exquisite teacup I think of my gracious friend and my mom!
I filled this teacup with something delicious!!
A new tea that I found in Vermont ~
Chocolate Mint Oolong Tea by Stash
....so luxurious....so luscious....mmmmmm

Decadent Chocolate Mint Brownie Wedges
the quintessential pairing with my new tea!

Remember I shared that baking is an art in Vermont?
This is another example of pure bliss made by my friend Tonya.
(the mama of Pie Champion Hannah)

We could not settle for simple wedges of chocolate delights -
we were serving our husbands a romantic dinner and decided
to put it over-the-top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream,
homemade chocolate ganache and a dollop of freshly whipped
sweet cream........oh my was it yummy!

Chocolate Mint Brownie Wedges

1- 1/3 c flour

2 T cocoa

1/4 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

3/4 c sugar

1/2 c butter, cut into pieces

2 T water

1- 2/3 c (10-oz package)

Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels

1/2 t vanilla extract

2 large eggs

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.

Combine sugar, butter and water in a medium saucepan.

Warm over medium heat, stirring constantly,

just until butter is melted, but do not boil.

Remove from the heat. Add 3/4 c chips and vanilla.

Stir until the morsels are nearly melted.

Add eggs, one at a time, stirring until smooth.

Stir in flour mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Sprinkle the top of the batter with the remaining chips.

Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in

the center comes out a bit sticky.

Cool the mint brownies in the pan on a wire rack.

Remove the side of the springform pan.

Cut the brownies into wedges.


Homemade Chocolate Ganache

1 pkg. chocolate chips

(I use Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet)

1-1/2 c heavy whipping cream


Heat the cream to just below below boiling.

Place chips in a glass bowl - pour hot cream on top.

Stir cream and chocolate chips gently

until melted and blended to a silky sauce.

I am linking to my favorite tea parties:
Tea Cup Tuesday ** Tea Time Tuesday ** Tea Time Tuesday **Teapot & Tea Things Tuesdays

and favorite sites:

Prairie Story Thursday Recipe Swap ** Tasty Traditions Thursday



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  1. I love the combination of chocolate/mint and this certainly with thrill the taste buds.Looks delicious!
    Love the teacup. Treasured items for me too!
    http://yvettesblogs.com/2011/03/01/sandys-tea-society/...Yvette x

  2. I will be making these delicious brownies! I am very interested in your 'Kitchenettes' activities and think that is a wonderful way to teach young women how to be hospitable, something we as Christians should all do. All the better to learn how to do it graciously and why we should serve one another this way. Just wonderful!

    Oh, almost forgot, lovely teacup all the prettier because of the givers and the memories created by them in the gift.

  3. Love that these are topped with ice cream. Is there any other way to make a brownie?

    Thanks for linking up to Sweet Tooth Friday!

  4. Mmmmm, such a delicious post! I love your new tea cup. What a kind friend to give you a cup in your own favorite color! It is a beautiful cup. Thank you so much for participating in Tea Cup Tuesday. I am so glad to get a chance to visit your lovely blog.

  5. Hi Concetta,
    I'm sorry I'm so late in making my visit. I have been sick with the flu but now am able to be up and around again. Your little violet teacup is very sweet! I have the more modern version but yours is a treasure! Thanks for stopping by to have tea with me and enjoy your weekend.


  6. Your recipe sounds wonderful! I love chocolate and mint. I didn't know you could get chocolate and mint Toll House morsels! I'm afraid they won't be available in England, but I can get the plain chocolate ones, so with a bit of mint flavouring I may just be able to make these anyway. Thank you for sharing such a yummy recipe.

  7. Hi Concetta,
    How sweet of you to invite me to have tea with you and served in such a lovely tea cup with very special meaning. Your Brownies look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  8. Hi Concetta! I am visiting you from feed me tweet me follow me home fridays and I am so happy to see you running the blog hop on your blog! I am now following your lovely blog and have to tell you I also love collecting fancy tea cups and enjoy sitting and sipping with a sweet treat! I do hope you will stop by a moderate life, especially on tuesdays to link up to the hearth and soul hop, because I think you would really fit in and like the great group of bloggers who participate! All the best! Alex

  9. The brownies look wonderful and then you topped them with ice cream and a sauce and Wow! they are awesome. Thanks for linking up this recipe. Beautiful tea cup too.

  10. Hi: What a beautiful set. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  11. My mouth is watering over the choc mint brownies!! I am going to have to try that recipe. Thanks for sharing. I have stumbled upon all these wonderful new blogs via the Tuesday Tea Time links.


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The Kitchenettes ~ A Hospitality Club

Romans 12:13
Pursue the practice of hospitality.

The Kitchenettes is all about teaching and mentoring young girls in the art of hospitality. It is so much more than cooking or doing domestic tasks ~ hospitality is the very heart of God ~ a demonstration of pouring His love onto others. This group of young girls are learning the very nature and character of God as they serve people and sharpen their skills in homemaking.



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