February, 2018

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Jam Drops Shortbread Cookies – Recipe

Bush Cookies - Jam Drop Shortbreads

Jam Drop Shortbreads

Jam Drops are a great favorite being basically a popular shortbread cookie that has been made pretty and sweet and tasty with a dob of jam. Its a quick and easy  to bake cookie that takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake, so they are ready in about half an hour. Here is a favorite recipe from a seasoned bush cook. Or you can buy a similar product online from Bush Cookies.

225g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
250g plain flour

Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth creamy and fluffy. Stir in vanilla then add flour and mix well. Stir until you get a smooth paste.
Roll out on to a work surface and gently roll until the paste is about 1cm thick.
Then cut out your preferred shapes with a biscuit cutter. Place them on a baking tray with non-stick baking paper

For the jam drops use a finger dipped in flour or object to make an indentation in the centre of each cookie. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of jam into the centre of each biscuit.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
Recommendation: Don’t talk too much at the table or they will all be quickly gone.

The Art of High Tea

High Tea with Bush Cookies

The art of high tea doesn’t only depend on the fine teas and tableware or the gourmet sweets or savory collection of delights, but more for the pleasure of a leisurely afternoon with true friends, maybe some new like-minded friends, and the relaxed easy discussion amid our busy lives.

High Tea is a time to enjoy fine treats like the hand-made gourmet cookies made by Bush Cookies. Your girlfriends may think you baked these, as they are unique and tasty and like all home made favorite recipes, are made to a quality and not to a price point.

Executive Chef at Bush Cookies, Aniko, commented that, “Today’s lifestyles are busy and mothers should take the time out to enjoy a first class high tea experience with friends, at least once a month”. “Get a baby sitter. Just unwind and enjoy some simple girl talk with like minded friends”.

High tea is an experience, it’s something everyone should enjoy. Enjoying fine teas, perhaps even a quality matcha tea as an option and some glorious sweet cookies that none of your guests need to feel guilty about, because its a rare and important event.  So get out your best crockery, borrow a nice teapot from your mum or your favorite aunt. Roll out that favorite tablecloth and linen napkins and order a wide variety of gourmet bush cookies online.

The rise in popularity of high tea parties is relevant to the times and to the need for better interpersonal relations and friendly discussion. Many brides these days select high tea as a simple hen’s party option, but most often high tea is used by friends who simply wish to catch up.

So, take a regular time out and treat your friends and your loved ones to an indulgent afternoon at home to experience the art of a high tea party.