Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mother's Day Brunch

My sister-in-laws and I collaborated to serve a special Mother's Day Brunch for our mothers and grandmothers today as an expression of appreciation. I feel like it was an inspired idea; between the delicious food and the fun get-to-know-you game we played, it was a delightful bonding experience for all of us! Cheers to Chelsea for hosting.

What are you doing for your mother on May 9th (or before)?

The Orchid Table

The Rose Table

Lemon poppyseed bread with lemon curd, petit fours, pumpkin cookies, and assorted herbal teas

Top: Cucumber sandwiches; Bottom: Leek and Bacon Quiche

Fresh fruit plate and mixed greens

Lemon-Poppyseed Tea Cake

2 large lemons
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour two 9- x 5- x 3-inch metal loaf pans, knocking out any excess flour.

Finely grate enough zest from lemons to measure 2 teaspoons and squeeze enough juice to measure about 1/2 cup. Into a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter, 2 cups sugar, and zest until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed add flour mixture and milk alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until batter is combined well. Beat in poppy seeds and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and divide batter between loaf pans, smoothing tops. Bake loaves in middle of oven until a tester comes out clean, about 1 hour.

While loaves are baking, in a small bowl stir together remaining lemon juice and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved.

Cool loaves in pans on a rack 15 minutes. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert loaves onto rack. Turn loaves right side up and pierce tops all over with a thin skewer. Repeatedly brush lemon glaze over tops of loaves until all of glaze is absorbed.

Cool loaves completely. Tea bread keeps, wrapped in wax paper, in an airtight container at room temperature 4 days or, wrapped in foil and frozen, 1 month.


  1. You are so cute! Looking at your 'tea' and 'finger sandwiches' made me remember when you had your 'Anne of Green Gables' birthday party, and we drank apple juice and finger sandwiches :) You've sure come a long way since then!

  2. Great post! But shame on English major should know that it's "sisters-in-law" not "sister-in-laws". Hehehe...thanks for posting the recipe and the pics :)

  3. Kristen: I don't remember that party, but did we by any chance pretend that the apple juice was raspberry cordial? Haha

  4. This is such an awesome idea! You are such a domestic goddess.


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