drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1826 tasting notes

It feels like a long time since I have had the Queen. I had run out, but a new and larger tin has arrived. This morning I am enjoying Queen Catherine with breakfast, so I added milk and sugar. It is sweet and smooth, with a slight hint of smoke and a lot of flavor!

Today was an experimental breakfast. Breakfast is required in my household, even if it is a simple one. From childhood, my father made me a piece of (heavily!) buttered bread broiled on one side in the oven, and a glass of chocolate milk every day. We usually have toast made the same way with a bit less butter and using home made bread, but I have always loved cheap diner toast! So today we made toast in the Breville Smart Grill, painting it with melted butter and smooshing it just a tad, and we served it with grape jam. I wish I could say it was wonderful, but it was store-bought whole wheat bread, which I have never cared for. We grind our own wheat to make bread, so it doesn’t have the sour taste of oxidized vitamin E that you get in store bread. I will not buy white bread to duplicate diner toast, so tomorrow we will try again with home made buttermilk bread. I am thinking that will be just the ticket! At the cheap diners, I love the Mixed Fruit jelly, though I have never seen anything in the market labeled that way. You can buy a huge box of jelly packets at Sam’s and get it, though I don’t want to go that route! Too much jelly, and all different kinds, not just the Mixed Fruit!

Queen Catherine was perfect this morning, even if the toast wasn’t as good as I hoped. Not much can beat tea and toast!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

Off the tea topic, I love homemade bread. Do you have/use a bread maker? I’m always on the lookout for good bread recipes, but I do it the old fashioned way. Care to share your buttermilk recipe? (if it doesn’t require a bread machine) :)

ashmanra

I pm’ed the recipe to you! It is from Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book, available in many public libraries. I used to make six loaves a week by hand, freezing the extras to use through the week, but now my daughter usually makes our breakfast loaf using a Zojirushi machine that makes 2 pound loaves. The wheat is groun into flour just minutes before mixing.

Uniquity

A bread machine is something I’m excited to end up with one day. I don’t make bread that often at home, but it has increased since I received a kitchen aid stand mixer for Christmas. I do homemade pizza (from the dough up) every Friday though…I don’t have the best luck with dough always, but it’s so much tastier.

JacquelineM

Ashmanra! I LOVE Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook and didn’t realize there was a bread book too! Does it have the woodcuts and is it equally as charming and friendly? I have to track down a copy!

ashmanra

Yes! Still has the charming woodcuts! I have the old and new editions. The old one I bought hardcover on eBay, the new one I purchased in softcover because the updates included some bread machine recipes. Love the recipes!

ashmanra

Uniquity – when you start your dough in a Kitchenaid or other strong mixer, you don’t have to hand knead as long. Make sure the dough doesn’t overheat from the power of the mixing machine. I use the same recipe for my pizza dough to make stromboli and foccaccia bread. Homemade doughs are so versatile! If you go whole wheat, make sure your machine will withstand it. The Zo is one of the strongest. I got mine from pleasanthillgrain.com and they have the best customer service you can imagine. You can also just use it for mixing and rising, then take out the dough to make your pizza. It also makes meatloaf and freezer jam.

For mixing I use the Electrolux of Sweden Kitchen Assistent. (Yes, that is how they spell it!) :) It can do up to eight or nine loaves at once, and kneads the bread “hand-style” for you. You only have to do the shaping. I got it when I was very anemic and no longer the strength to knead 6 loaves for 60 minutes! Not anemic anymore, but I still love the mixer! I am planning to get my daughter the pink KitchenAid. My washer by them is almost 20 years old and going strong.

ashmanra

Just checked eBay – lots of copies and one of them is from a Goodwill store and would be less than $6 with shipping!

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Uniquity

Off the tea topic, I love homemade bread. Do you have/use a bread maker? I’m always on the lookout for good bread recipes, but I do it the old fashioned way. Care to share your buttermilk recipe? (if it doesn’t require a bread machine) :)

ashmanra

I pm’ed the recipe to you! It is from Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book, available in many public libraries. I used to make six loaves a week by hand, freezing the extras to use through the week, but now my daughter usually makes our breakfast loaf using a Zojirushi machine that makes 2 pound loaves. The wheat is groun into flour just minutes before mixing.

Uniquity

A bread machine is something I’m excited to end up with one day. I don’t make bread that often at home, but it has increased since I received a kitchen aid stand mixer for Christmas. I do homemade pizza (from the dough up) every Friday though…I don’t have the best luck with dough always, but it’s so much tastier.

JacquelineM

Ashmanra! I LOVE Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook and didn’t realize there was a bread book too! Does it have the woodcuts and is it equally as charming and friendly? I have to track down a copy!

ashmanra

Yes! Still has the charming woodcuts! I have the old and new editions. The old one I bought hardcover on eBay, the new one I purchased in softcover because the updates included some bread machine recipes. Love the recipes!

ashmanra

Uniquity – when you start your dough in a Kitchenaid or other strong mixer, you don’t have to hand knead as long. Make sure the dough doesn’t overheat from the power of the mixing machine. I use the same recipe for my pizza dough to make stromboli and foccaccia bread. Homemade doughs are so versatile! If you go whole wheat, make sure your machine will withstand it. The Zo is one of the strongest. I got mine from pleasanthillgrain.com and they have the best customer service you can imagine. You can also just use it for mixing and rising, then take out the dough to make your pizza. It also makes meatloaf and freezer jam.

For mixing I use the Electrolux of Sweden Kitchen Assistent. (Yes, that is how they spell it!) :) It can do up to eight or nine loaves at once, and kneads the bread “hand-style” for you. You only have to do the shaping. I got it when I was very anemic and no longer the strength to knead 6 loaves for 60 minutes! Not anemic anymore, but I still love the mixer! I am planning to get my daughter the pink KitchenAid. My washer by them is almost 20 years old and going strong.

ashmanra

Just checked eBay – lots of copies and one of them is from a Goodwill store and would be less than $6 with shipping!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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