Lemon Tangerine Coconut Trifle and a Wildflower Wedding


In honor of my friend Lily & Carl's super cute outdoor wildflower wedding, I prepared a summerly light and fresh Trifle. Herefore I modified slightly the recipe of my Mom's Shaking Cake. I still used Tangerines but I paired it with lemon and coconut flavors.

Ingredients (for a really big Trifle):

  • 2 Angle fruit cakes 
  • 4-5 cans Tangerines
  • 2 pints heavy whipping cream
  • 2 lemon yoghurts
  • 2-3 instant vanilla pudding mix (e.g. snack pack)
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup toasted and sweetend coconut flakes

Preparation:

  1. Cut the angle fruit cake in 2 inch cubes. Drain the tangerines, set about 15 pieces aside for decoration. Whip the cream in a separate big bowl till stiff but still airy. Do not overwhip it. Then add the yoghurt and the pudding mix and fold it gently into the whipped cream. Add the juice of the lemons, just a little bit at a time and give it a stir. Try the cream in order to decide whether to add more lemon juice. Sweeten and toast the coconut flakes if necessary (see note below on how to do it).
  2. Now layer the triffle. First, arrange a layer of angle fruit cake cubes on the bottom of the triffle. Then, add half of the tangerines. Next, spread a layer of cream mix on top of the tangerins. Now, sprinkle with half of the coconut flakes. Finish with another layer of angle fruit cake cubes, the second half of tangerines and a layer of cream. 
  3. Decorate the top with a few tangerins and sprinkle a good layer of toasted coconut flakes on it.  

Note: If you only have unsweetened and untoasted coconut flakes, don't worry. It is fairly simple to change that.
  • In order to sweeten them, put the flakes in a ziploc bag, add 1-2 teaspoon confectioners suger and give it a good shake. 
  • To toast them, preheat oven to 325 degree and spread flakes in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Let them toast for about 5 min. Keep an eye on them, they toast quickly. The sweetened flakes need less time than unsweetened. 








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    TEA TIME - Afternoon Tea at the Butchart Gardens in Victoria



    It's almost becoming a habbit of mine to look for nice little cute afternoon tea places on vacation. After the Afternoon Tea Brunch in Switzerland, we now went went to Victoria, BC and there is an abundance of different afternoon tea options. Probably the most famous one, but with $60 per person also the most expansive one, is the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. After doing some research and reading some reviews, we decided for to combine an already planned visit of the Butchart Gardens with the afternoon tea that the Dining Room there offers. The menu sounded delicious and maybe it did not have the rennaisance flair of the Fairmont Empress Hotel and maybe the tea cups did not look as cute and antique, but for half the price and  the view of the beautiful gardens during a sunny day it was just perfect. The menu was so delicous.

    The Battenberg Cake - my favorite:

    My favorite snack during the afternoon tea was the Battenberg Cake square. The cake is a light sponge cake, covered in jam and surrounded by marzipan. If cut in squares, it displays a two-by-two check pattern. Such a fantastic little sweet treat. 

    Afternoon Tea at the Butchart Gardens:


    The Tea:
    First, you start with selecting the tea. They did not have too many options, but they had a good variety and served a huge silver tea pot (but be careful to not burn yourself on the tea pot). I tried the Teaberry Blend, black tea with mixed berries, very good.

    The Appetizer: 
    Second, you get a small appetizer, a nice little berry triffle. A good combination of fruit and mouse.

    The Snacks:
    Third, you get a cute three tier etagere with so many little things, that it will be difficult to eat all of it.
    • On the bottom you have seven small savory options: a warm sausage rolls, a quiche, a watercress sandwich, a cucumber sandwich, a curry chicken sandwich, a smoked ham salad sandwich and a salmon sandwich.
    • On the middle tier, you have five sweet treats. 
    • On the top tier you will have a fresh and handmade scone with vanilla cream and strawberry jam.






    Bottom Tier - Savory Tea Sandwiches and Warm Sausage Rolls and Quiche

    Mittdle Tier - Sweet treats with my favorite the Battenberg Cake Square
    Top Tier - Fresh Scones


    BRUNCH TIME: Strawberry & Goat Cheese Tarts - A Bridal Shower Treat


    It was a special brunch event, my good friend Lily's Bridal Shower. She actually found this amazing recipe, I was only the one who prepared these strawberry goat cheese tarts. It doesn't take long to make them, and they are delicious. The right little treat for a very fun and special day :)

    Ingredients (for 18 pieces):

    •  1 package Puff Pastry (package contains 2 sheets)
    • 1/4 cup Strawberry jam
    • 1/2 cup Goat cheese
    • 1 Egg (beaten)
        For the Glaze:
    • 1/4 cup Strawberries (finely chopped)
    • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar
    • 2 Tbsp Water

    Preparation:

     Heat oven at 435 degree.
    1. Thaw the Puff Pastry and use immediatelz. If you leave it out too long, it will dry out. Flour your working space, unfold both Puff Pastry sheets and cut each into 9 squares (cut twice horizontal and vertical).
    2. In the end, you will flip over each square and from triangles, so make sure that you add the filling ONLY to one triangle side of the square. Leave out a 1/2 inch border. Spread 1 teaspoon goat cheese and 1 teaspoon jam on top of it on one triangle half of the square. Now, use the egg wash and brush the borders of the triangle half you filled. Poke the other triangle half with a folk. Flip the empty triangle half over the filled one and press the edges closed. Use the tines of a fork to press edges to seal.
    3. Bake in pre-heated oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, till puffed and golden brown. Take them out and let them cool down completely.
    4. Prepare the glazing by mixing the sugar, strawberries and water. With a spoon, drip one tablespoon of glazing on top of completely cooled tart.









    Another little treat - chocolate covered strawberries

    Delicious little Black Forest Ham egg muffins

    Yummi sweet potato quiche




    Bridal Shower activity :)

    Making body scrubs




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