Have tea with your Easter treats!

Easter eggs. Photo: A. Dimitrov, http://www.e-Cobo.com

San Jose at Easter-time is a beautiful time of year.  Once the rains stop, the blue skies, soft sunshine and spring breezes create some of the best picnic weather of the year.  Having an Easter party outside is a popular way of celebrating the holiday, and an Easter tea party can be a great alternative – or addtion — to the traditional sit-down dinner.  While San Jose’s Easter weather may be rainy, a springtime tea party can be held indoors or out.  Try using some of those holiday foods to create your tea menu.  Here are some suggestions for an Easter Tea party:

Black tea with rose water
Oolong tea with orange flower water
Mint tisane

Cream scones
Hot cross buns
Devon cream
Strawberry jam

Tea-soaked eggs
Egg-salad sandwiches with watercress
Cucumber sandwiches
Lamb sandwiches with mint

Lemon Sugar Cookies
Lemon Trifle
Strawberry Cream cake with rosewater-scented whipped cream
Coconut Layer cake
Spiced Carrot cake
Mini Eclairs with strawberries and cream
Chocolate Easter candy

Use extra Easter eggs for your tea sandwiches.  Fresh spring vegetables, like cucumbers, as well as traditional Easter dishes, like lamb with mint, and baked ham, fit on the Easter tea table as well as the dinner table.  Citrus and other fruit trees in the Santa Clara Valley bloom at Easter, so why not try some rosewater or orange flower water (from the Middle Eastern food section of the supermarket) as flavoring for a dessert, or even your tea?  Put some cheery garden flowers in a vase – even daisies and dandelions will do – and you’re ready for tea!

If you don’t feel like hosting a tea for Easter, try visiting one of San Jose’s tea shops to enjoy their seasonal menus.  Lisa’s Tea Treasures at the Pruneyard in Campbell features special seasonal tea menus every month of the year.  The Springtime Tea costs $27.95 and includes a variety of festive items.  Sometimes Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square also offers special holiday menus.  A bit farther afield, the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco will host an Easter Brunch and Tea in the Crown Room and Laurel Court; the Brunch starts at $54.50 and Tea starts at $25 plus tax and tip.

Springtime Tea
Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Pruneyard
1875 S. Bascom Avenue #165, Campbell, CA
(408) 371-7377

Easter Brunch and Easter Tea
Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason St., San Francisco, CA
(415)772-5000

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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