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Impress your friends with high tea in your backyard this summer (NC) - This summer, an afternoon "high tea" party is the way to entertain friends and family in your backyard. Host an unforgettable, unique high tea garden party in your own backyard. Create an atmosphere that is your own. Decorations can be traditional with lots of fresh flowers and lace or contemporary with ultra-modern place settings.
"High tea is all about enjoying bursts of flavour in very small portion sizes," says Lipton corporate chef Richard Poye. "When it's hot outside, you should serve small amounts of food, while continuously refreshing your guests' tea cups or iced tea glasses to keep them hydrated and refreshed."
Afternoon tea traditionally includes small pastries, delicate sandwiches and scones. However, Poye encourages a diverse menu for a tea party. "Make sure you offer a selection of both sweet and savoury dishes to keep the menu varied and interesting. This will have your guests talking about your tea party for the rest of the summer," says Poye.
One of the key secrets to hosting a fun and successful high tea party in your backyard is to choose recipes that you can prepare in advance. Advanced preparation allows you to enjoy the company of your guests. These recipes, developed by Lipton, are easy to make and don't take long to prepare.
When it comes to iced tea, there's great new ready-to-drink iced tea products available at your grocery store. "Lipton, with its rich tea heritage and reputation as an innovator, is the expert in both hot and cold teas," said Alan Koval, Director of Marketing for the Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership. "We just introduced an iced tea that was specially created for the Canadian palette - containing a high level of real tea, and a not-too-sweet taste." Purchase a case, and just pour the tea into a smart-looking pitcher with ice, and voila, enjoy the Power of Tea! Lipton.
Combine iced tea, port and sugar in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
Add cinnamon stick and pears to simmering liquid and cook, turning occasionally, until the pears are soft but not mushy. Usually 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and let pears cool in liquid.
Remove pears from liquid and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Simmer sauce over medium-high heat until thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes.
To serve, remove pears from refrigerator, slice thinly and fan decoratively onto dessert plates.
Drizzle pears with hot sauce. Serve immediately.
Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings
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