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Friday 1 July 2016

A Perfect Cup of Tea and a slice of low carb Coffee and Walnut Cake

Well anyone who has been following this blog knows I just love my cup of tea!

Now us tea drinkers may have our own favourite brand of tea - or tea bag - but apparently in a survey done last year the nation's biggest tea peeve is, too much milk! Apparently when it comes to tea us Brits can be very particular.

In last years survey 2000 tea enthusiasts gave voice to their opinions on the subject ...

The worst thing you can do to a cup of tea? Add too much milk was the overwhelming response, with more than 64% of tea fans citing this as the greatest offence of all.

About 63% also complained about drinking from a stained mug, while 46% admitted their biggest tea turn-off was drinking out of a chipped cup.

Other ways to anger the British tea-drinking population? Forgetting to take the tea bag out before serving and being handed an overflowing, spilling drink. 

But, however you like your tea, there is nothing better than enjoying a cuppa, and perhaps a small slice of low carb cake, such as this one. I find it always goes down a treat, but do be careful, you will only need a small slice ... it is yummy and very filling!

coffee and walnut cake - a tasty low carb version

100 grams of ground almonds
100 grams of walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon of melted butter
2 tablespoons of double (heavy) cream
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
100 grams of clotted cream

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Melt the butter, I used a Pyrex jug, add the eggs, cream.
3. Place 1 tablespoon of instant coffee in a cup and pour some boiling water over the coffee, keep water to a minimum, just enough to melt the coffee. Then add the dry ingredients and mix.
4. Microwave in a 700 watt for 5 minutes in a 6" x 3" micro-wave safe glass dish.
5. Allow to cool and cut in half. Spread on clotted cream and add walnut halves.

Serves 6-8, around five carbs per portion.

Please note this cake is very low in carbs,
but quite high in calories, so have a small slice !

and since tea-making is an art form, here's a guide to making the perfect cup

Ideas for article from here and here
If you want a low carb biscuit idea, look at these Coconut Macaroons here

All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

I hate chipped cups, I have to throw them out. That cake looks delicious.

Jenny S

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

A perfeição no preparado do chá.
Um abraço e bom fim de semana.

Debbie said...

i am a tea LOVER, hot or cold, it's all i drink. i didn't see any real dry ingredients in this recipe, except baking powder, maybe i missed it!!!

Debbie said...

and i forgot to say, what a cute teacup!!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, both the tea and cake sound great. I usually do not put milk in my tea. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

happyone said...

I like my tea with just a bit of sugar in it, no milk. And I think it tastes better in a nice china tea cup. : )

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Jenny, and thanks for your comment.
Yes, I do not like chipped cups either ...

This is one of our favourite low carb cakes

Enjoy your Friday evening

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Francisco translation:
A perfeição no preparado do chá. Perfection in prepared tea .
Um abraço e bom fim de semana A hug and good weekend .

Many thanks for your comment Muito obrigado por seus comentários

All the best Jan Todo o melhor Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Debbie, many thanks for both of your comments, yes the cup is a cute design!

This cake is the low carb variety so uses ground almond as its base, I don't know if you have tried any of these recipes? The strawberry one is good too, and as it is low in carbohydrate does not raise blood sugar levels important for my husband Eddie who is a Type 2 diabetic ... but as I also live the LCHF lifestyle I do enjoy a slice too! LOL!

Here is the link to the strawberry cake recipe

Enjoy the rest of Friday

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Eileen, and thanks for your comment.
Certainly we do not have to have milk in our tea ... many prefer it without.
Although if I drink tea without milk I prefer it a slightly weaker brew!

Wishing you a great weekend ahead

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Karen
You can't beat a cup of tea in a nice china cup can you ...

It is so many years since I had sugar (or sweetener) in my tea (or coffee) that should anyone accidentally put it in my cup I just cannot drink it, it tastes far too sweet.

Enjoy the remainder of Friday ...

All the best Jan

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Whenever I have a group of friends around for tea it always amazes how very differently they like their tea.. not too strong, very strong, not much milk, mostly milk, no sugar three sugars :) Was wondering how the very yummy 'coffee' cake would partner a cup of tea Jan :)

Snowbird said...

What a great post, you simply can't beat the tea/biscuit/cake formula! I have oat milk in my ea, it's really good, as you say, too much milk is simply awful, and I can't abide weak tea!xxx

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Grace,
Yes, we all like our tea (or coffee) served slightly differently and why not!
I guess there is something good about just leaving a freshly brewed teapot, jug of milk (sugar and sweeteners) on a tray with plenty of cups, so friends can pour out the cup which suits them best.
The low carb coffee cake, or indeed the macaroons compliment a cuppa well LOL!

Have a great weekend, and thanks for your comment.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Dina, I agree the tea/cake/biscuit formula is loved by a lot of people.
I like to use the 'blue top' 4% fat milk, whereas some may prefer semi skimmed, or like you oat milk, rice milk etc.

A cup of tea should be enjoyed just how each of us likes it ...

Have a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

Martha said...

I have to agree that too much milk in tea spoils it! I like very little or none. Most times I enjoy my tea black and strong.

That cake is delicious!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Mo, and many thanks for your comment.

Enjoy a cup of tea soon!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Martha
Some like weak tea, others like you prefer a strong brew ... me I'm a bit in the middle!
My go to drink first thing is always a cup of tea, a few sips and then the day begins ...

Many thanks for your comment - wishing you a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

TexWisGirl said...

i hate the stains my coffee leaves in my cup. i can imagine what it does to my teeth, too. the cake looks delicious!

Stephanie said...

Oh Jan, that cake looks divine! I have a terrible sweet tooth so I love that this is a "low-fat" version {{smiles}} It would certainly be a joy to have a cup of tea with you.

Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

Dewena said...

I wish so much that I had learned early to drink tea, the English tea hour has always sounded so very civilized. Now I do like tea with lemon and honey but cannot imagine putting milk in it. I know you are low carb now, Jan, but did you enjoy high tea or is it called cream tea, at one time?

Red Rose Alley said...

Oooo, coffee and walnut cake, very Yummy. I love tea too, Jan, and English Breakfast is my favorite. I have to agree on some of these pet peeves. I don't like milk in mine, and I have a thing about chips, especially in tea cups. :)


Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, that cake looks so heavenly! Thank-you for the tea brewing tips, too! I think I'll go brew a cup and dream about that cake! xx Karen

Crafty Green Poet said...

Looks a lovely cake, but a coffee cake needs a cup of coffee with it! Much though I'm a tea drinker. I got so annoyed with too much milk in my tea I started drinking it black!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Tex
I think both coffee and tea can leave stains, so careful cleaning on both cups and teeth!
But this should not stop us from enjoying our drink!

Enjoy the weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, it would be great to meet up and enjoy a cuppa together ... but for now, we will have to do it 'virtually' of course. Glad you liked the look of this low carb cake.

Happy weekend wishes

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Dewena
Tea can, and should, be enjoyed as suits each of us, and of course there are so many leaf varieties to try to!
Yes, us Brits are well known for our afternoon tea and cream teas. I can remember on my last visit to the West Country (some years ago now) enjoying a cream tea with delicious thick clotted cream. I think anyone who visits the West Country should consider giving it a try.
More on that here

Wishing you a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Sheri
Pleased you liked the article ... and I too like English Breakfast tea.
Coffee and walnuts go nicely together don't they.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Karen
For me anytime of day is a good time for a brew - hope you enjoy a cup soon, and perhaps a slice of this cake ...
Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello 'CGP'
Yes a cup of coffee with coffee and walnut cake could be good too!
For a cup of tea - there is always a strawberry cake to consider, see here

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend

All the best Jan

Lisa said...

I'm with the less is more brigade when it comes to milk in my tea.
A slice of coffee and walnut would never be turned down by me, yummy.
Lisa x