Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Tea Time Treats October: The Round-Up!

It's the October Tea Time Treats round-up!

This monthly challenge, hosted alternatively by myself and Karen, covers one of our most delightful and eternally popular British institutions, Tea Time! This month's theme was:

Jams, Preserves, Curds and Chutneys

First off the hob this month was Ruchira from Cookaroo, who not only has an ace name for her blog but has also made this ace Caramelised Onion Jam. Ruchira describes caramalised onions as: 'sweet, bursting with flavor and are an awesome accompaniment to just about anything'

Our first sweet entry came from Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food for Families with a Versatile Lemon Curd Slice- just look at that gooey, zesty lemon bursting from the crumbly cake!

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A very keen jam maker, Tea Time Treats regular (yay!) Kiki from Kitchen of Kiki has made this Blackberry Jam with Lemon - a perfectly Autumnal preserve!

While on holiday in France this summer Jean from Baking in Franglais and her two little kitchen helpers made these lovely Lemon Curd Macaroons- complete with sweet pastry, zesty lemon and delicious frangipane. The recipe was inspired by the Be-Ro cookbooks 

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Continuing the Autumnal theme with these fine Blackcurrent and Rose Nonnettes is Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog. Nonnettes are eggless French honey cakes-  sweet, sticky and flavoursome in equal measure!

 A lovely exotic jam arrived on the Tea Time Treats table from Cooking Pleasure who has cooked up this Mango and Tomato Jam:

After arriving home, armed with pounds of peaches from the local market, Chef Mireille made this scrumptious  Peach Jam. Check out the blog for Mireille's three other entries: Pumpkin Jam Cookies, Strawberry Rose Jam and Cranberry Sauce- thank you Mireille!

I'm learning so much about jam and preserve making this month from reading all the great recipes- including that when made into jam, gooseberries turn pink! With thanks to Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen for this Gooseberry Jam and that nugget of jam knowledge!

In a post filled full of beautiful photos of lavender, Sarah from The Garden Deli has baked these small pastries filled with a delicious mix of apricot jam (made from Karen's jam recipe no less) and dark chocolate 

For her very first entry into Tea Time Treats (welcome!) Chez Foti has made both a crackin' Cinnamon and Greengage Jam and a terrific Tomato Ketchup. Jam and preserve making clearly runs in the family as the post describes: 'Dad’s an amazing jam, marmalade, chutney and pickle maker and has been supplying Family Foti with his wonderful retirement hobby preserves for years.' 

Inspired by the classic Be Ro cookbook series, Karen from Lavender and Lovage has baked this yummy Rich Jam and Coconut Cake. Karen has also made this Apple, Fig and Pear Chutney with Cardamom. There is a whole host of inspiring recipes on Karen's site and she describes being 'well into my preserving season now, and all sorts of jams, jellies, cheeses, chutney, bottled fruits, liqueurs, pickles and relishes have already been made and are sitting with their paper mob caps and labels in the pantry'. Yep, I too would love a little tasting session in Karen's pantry!

Sepia Saturday with Be-Ro, Tea Time Treats and Rich Jam and Coconut Cake

From the Autumn Preserves Pantry - Apple, Fig and Pear Chutney with Cardamom

Someone mention Stilton and Chutney thumbprint biscuits? These are the brainchild (or should I say bakingchild?) of Blue Kitchen Bakes- thank you for your entry!

From the wonderfully named Leeks and Limoni comes this Chilli Jam. The jam, a Nigella recipe, is such a vibrant, cheery colour and the perfect preserving gift this Christmas 

From Cookbooks Galore, a huge fan of all chutneys for their versatility, comes this next entry, a delicious Pear, Date and Cinnamon Chutney

Doesn't this next entry, Bramble and Liqourice Tarts made by the wonderful Dom from Belleau Kitchen look terribly tempting and tantalizing? 

Putting some long-forgotten jam, hidden at the back of the fridge, to extremely good use is Caroline from Caroline Makes with these crunchy, sweet Jammy Flapjacks

One of the most unique entries ever to grace the TTT table is this next one, a Pizza Filling: Strawberry Balsamic Chicken with Cilantro by Piece of Cake! The sauce is made from a fab combination of jam, balsamic vinegar and chilli sauce creating a sweet, tangy flavour.  

Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker has baked these Plum Cupcakes with delicate, juicy plum segments and a hidden dollop of delectable Plum Jam

Meanwhile, Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen has cooking the excellently named Cape Breton Chow Chow, similar to British piccalili

Making an ideal foodie gift and with Christmas only 55 days and 51 minutes away, C from Cake, Crumbs and Cooking informatively describes how she made Red and Blackcurrent Jelly- a jelly most certainly not just for Christmas

This next entry, Tropical Fruit Jam from Under the Blue Gum Tree looks like it is bursting with the flavours of tangy tropical fruit and subsequently put to fantastic use in a terrifically tempting pineapple, passionfruit and elderflower arctic roll

Now I know you can do a lemon version and an orange version but how deeee-lish does a Blueberry version sound? I'm talking of course about Hungry Hinny's Blueberry Curd. Tickle your fancy? There's also a recipe for Raspberry Curd 

Last but certainly not least and continuing the curds is this gorgeous Ginger Curd from Signor Biscotti. After being inspired by a similar curd on holiday Euan created this curd which he highly recommends on his flaky, buttery rowies (Aberdeen Butteries)

And finally, my little entry: Dumpsy Dearie Jam!

Thank you as always for each and every Tea Time Treat entry! Next month's very special theme will be on Karen's blog, Lavender and Lovage at the start of November


  1. What a delicious set of recipes once again, I am always amazed at how varied all the entries are. So sorry I didn't get around to entering. I got as far as making and photographing the dish but not to writing it up :(( x

  2. Brilliant round up, and great timing with Christmas around the corner - my family can look forward to lots of homemade jams and chutneys in their hampers this year!

  3. Wow so many delicious jam recipes! It's inspired me to make my own jam if only to bake into cakes :) Great round up as always.

  4. Hasn't everyone done a fantastic job, some very inventive jams in the mix too. I really must try to find some time to take part in the monthly baking events again ...

  5. Fab round up! So many yummy jam recipes. I must get jamming. I totally forgot to email you my entry this month. My fault entirely. But here's the link: http://www.belleaukitchen.com/2012/10/bramble-and-liquorice-jam-tarts.html?m=0

  6. What a great collection of goodies.Can't wait for jam season,keep looking at my figs and hope I get to them before the birds!

  7. Sorry Dom, your delicious entry is now included! x

  8. FABULOUS jammy sticky round up Kate, and the NEW BIRTHDAY TEA TIME TREATS challenge is OPEN and the theme is CAKE! Karen xxx

  9. great collections with lots of delicious recipes!

  10. What a lot of tasty jammy treats. I'm surprised how many savoury entries you've got too!


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