December 21, 2009

Dundee Cake for Tea from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook"

Christmas Calendar Inspired by Tasha Tudor
Diane made several Dundee cakes to enjoy at Christmastide at tea, with Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea. Dundee cakes are made in November and put in cold storage and then used at many Christmas teas. The receipt for Dundee cake can be found in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". The receipt is also on the "Tasha Tudor and Family" web site. Here is the link to their: Receipt Page

The Advent wreath was briefly lit before hanging. The hand-dipped candles fill the old kitchen with the fragrant aroma of beeswax.

Tasha Tudor illustrated Sarah with the little tree in the snow with a moon overhead and Sarah feeding the goats in the barn. There is a sweet little corgi at Sarah's feet. The feeding the goats card is featured in the video "Take Peace, A Corgi Cottage Christmas with Tasha Tudor".

The Advent wreath in the making.

The children in the pantry illustration by Tasha Tudor is in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook" and the book "Take Joy". It is such a delightful scene with so many of our favorite things. There are canned goods, apples, potatoes, crocks, yellowware, kitchen utensils, cookies, and a Dundee cake with cherries on top to the right.

Charlotte enjoys her Dundee cake at tea, with Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea.

Charlotte's copper kettle.

Tasha Tudor's Advent Calendars and delightful dolls inspired Diane and Sarah to create their own Christmas Calendar.

Diane and Sarah's 4th Annual Calendar to Count "The Days Until Christmas: Amelia's Favorite Things" can be found by clicking here:

"The Days Until Christmas: Amelia's Favorite Things"

The link takes you to our web site "Our Favorite Things" where there is a special page with our Calendar with 25 round red windows covered with holly until the appointed day. Sometime during each day the window will change to the photograph of the day. The windows of the day are done alphabetically, going from A to Z and feature the dolls and their animal friends at Corgyncombe as they celebrate Christmastide joy!



Paula said...

Dearest Diane and Sarah,

I always look forward to your beautiful posts! It is such a joy to see your gorgeous photos and read your sweet words. The dundee cakes look delicious, and you know how love your beautiful table settings! The advent wreath looks so pretty with the hand-dipped candles.

I think it is so wonderful that your beautiful Sarah was a model for so many of Tasha's charming illustrations.

Are you using boxwood to make your advent wreath? I love using fresh greenery.

Oh, the pantry illustration is one of my favorites! So many wonderful things to see. It is just as I told you before, visiting you is like stepping into one of Tasha's illustrations.

Charlotte looks so lovely having her cake and tea. What a beautiful frock, and her table setting is equally lovely as yours! Her tea set is so pretty and I love the copper kettle, too.

Thank you for sharing your advent calendar. Everyday is a delight.

Much love to you all at the Corgyncombe Cottage,
Your kindred spirit,

Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson said...

Dear Matty,

We are so glad you are enjoying our Christmas Calendar!

Not only do we hope to do a Christmas Calendar next year, but we also hope to do another Valentine Calendar in February. Here is the link to last year's Valentine Calendar:

Your kindred spirits,
Diane and daughter Sarah

Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson said...

Dear Paula, Pearl and Poppy,

Thank you so much for coming by The Corgyncombe Courant and for all your sweet comments!

I made our Advent wreath with boxwood. It is so pretty when lit!

We are delighted that you are enjoying our Christmas editions and Christmas Calendar!

Love and hugs to you, Pearl, and Poppy, and Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

Your kindred spirits,
Diane and daughter Sarah

Paula said...

Dearest Diane and Sarah,

You are so very welcome! Thank you for letting me know you made your Advent wreath with boxwood. It is very beautiful! I love that you use hand dipped beeswax candles as well.

Thank you for sharing all the beautiful Christmas joy!

Love and hugs to you, Sarah, and the Corgyn.
Merry Christmas!
Your kindred spirits, Paula, Pearl and Poppy

Agnes said...

Do you have a book called "Tasha Tudor's advent calendar - a wreath of days"? I'm thinking of trying to get my hands on a copy, but I'd like to know more about it first. Do you have any blogpost about it? I'd love to know how many pages there are and what it looks like inside. Most Tasha Tudor books are unavailable in Sweden, so I need to order them from abroad which is sometimes tricky and expensive. Each purchase must be well planned. I also wonder if you have any Victoria Magazine issues with Tasha?

Kind regards,

Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson said...

Dear Agnes,

We love Tasha Tudor's "A Wreath of Days"! There are not a lot of pages but well worth it!

Your friends,
Diane and daughter Sarah, and the dolls and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe

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