For the Steampunk Alliance of Eastern Virginia, during our monthly costume build for April, we held an amazing Tea Party. Our menu included homemade crumpets, southern style cornbread, hot cinnamon rolls, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and a chocolate covered whipped cream and strawberry waffle cake. Of course coffee was made freely available just in remembrance of Boston and no tea leaves were abused in the events of the night.
The kids strung fishing line with cut paper butterflies over the tops of the tables.
John Riddick gave a phenomenal discourse of the events leading up to and after the War of Northern Aggression here in Virginia. In addition, he told of Washington’s demand for troops that lead to the formation of the Army of Northern Virginia and covered the split of the nation that occurred as a result. As a physical demonstration of the troops, he also demonstrated the loading, use and difficulties associated with the weapons of the period.
The Dr’s TARDIS was a focal point in the photography of the evening.
Having left the time machine to Victoria Steam and going on holiday gave us ample time to investigate its gadgets and workings. We had to be especially careful not to upset her in any way as she could dematerialize into time and leave the Dr stranded on the Virginia Beaches.
This is just a small model of the pirate airship that delivered us to this Eden like Garden.
A large cannon we found inside the TARDIS played music for the evenings festivities.
As noted at the beginning of the article, a recipe for 50 crumpets in all their tasty glory!
3 pounds of flour,
1 1/2 tsp salt,
3 tsp sugar,
6 tsp yeast,
1 1/2 pint of warm milk at 110-120 Deg Fahrenheit (110-120 Deg Fahrenheit is just as the back of your hand is starting to feel the heat under hot tap water)
1 1/2 pint of water at 110-120 Deg Fahrenheit (110-120 Deg Fahrenheit is just as the back of your hand is starting to feel the heat under hot tap water)
1 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
I used an electric mixer with the dough attachment.
(1) In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast with all the sugar in the warm milk until you perceive it as “hot.” Give it time to double in size. Some yeasts may take longer than others.
(2) In a different bowl, add the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients.
(3) After the yeast is doubled, add it to the warm flour/water mix in the mixer until a dough forms. There should be just enough to make two balls circling around the dough hook as it is mixing. Depending on how wet your flour is, be prepared to add a bit of flour or water to the dough. Too much flour will make the dough crumble too much and not be elastic, meaning you need to add more water. Too liquidy shows as the mixture sticking to the sides of the bowl, so add flour just so it will form two balls around the dough hook.
(4) Let the mixture sit covered for 20 minutes, resisting the urge to touch it in every way. This covering should not be airtight.
(5) Heat the grill to 350 degrees.
(6) After you let it set for 20 minutes or so covered, the final product will be very elastic and pliable due to the yeast and baking soda in the mix. This is OK and means the dough is ready to put on the grill.
(7) Cut the bottom and top off of 4 tuna cans and wash them thoroughly. Save the tuna to put in the crumpets later. Spray the can rings liberally with nonstick cooking spray.
(8) Separate the dough into 2 ounce or 2-3 tablespoon sections (the dough at this point is very elastic so it takes some doing to get it off the spoons)
(9) Put the dough sections into the rings/cookie cutters
(10) Grill until they double in size.
(11) Flip them over to cook other side. Cook for the same amount of time on the other side. Be sure to check one or two in order to make sure they are done on the inside before removing from the heat.
(12) Repeat steps in grilling until all the dough is gone.
Make sure some of the 50 finished crumpets make it to the serving table.
I served them with local honey (with allergy season here local honey does wonders with overcoming your spring pollen sniffles), real butter, orange marmalade, strawberry jam (not jelly), grape jelly, tuna if you want and peanut butter. When freshly eaten, they melt like a doughy cotton candy in your mouth.
Microwave Heating Directions: 10-20 seconds should work. I did not try freezing them as none were left to do so.