Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tea Room Recipe #37 - Magnolia & Ivy (Columbus, Ga. and Sandestin, Fla.)

This week's recipe is for a Fall Tea Spread which is easy, delicious, and something new in the way of fall tea sandwiches. Often, fall-themed tea sandwiches involve thin slices of apple and maybe some peanut butter edges dipped in pecans or walnuts. This spread, however, is those nutty and apple flavors combined in one quick whirl-in-the-food-processor step!

The recipe comes from the cookbook "Southern Teatime Made Easy" from Magnolia & Ivy, a beloved (and now gone) tea room I had the pleasure of visiting at both its Columbus, Ga. and Sandestin, Fla. locations.

The Fall Tea Spread was a real hit with my husband and me. We both ate the sandwiches and enjoyed them, and he said the spread would be great on a nice, fluffy biscuit. I was thinking it would be nice spread atop a thin, crisp cookie as well. However you try it, I think you'll agree that having a tea spread with the sweet tastes of fall is something different!

Fall Tea Spread

2 apples, peeled and chopped into chunks (I used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until mixture reaches desired consistency. (I judged mine by looking to make sure the raisins were all chopped.) Serve on honeywheat or wheat bread cut into shapes, such as those I made with my fall leaf cookie cutters. Yields 40 tea sandwiches. (Note: I halved the recipe since there were just two of us, and we quickly gobbled up every bit of it!)


  1. I'm very familiar with M & I's cookbook and former tea rooms since I am a M & I alumni. Even though I own the cookbook, I've never made this recipe, so will have to try it.

  2. Oh how cute that would be served for Afternoon Tea! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Yum! I will be trying this one!

  4. Magnolia and Ivy is closed in Columbus, GA? I was looking through some items today and came across a flyer from them. I had a party with friends there as a going away gift. It was a wonderful place! I wish I had the cookbook in this article, the very one advertised on the back of the flyer I have! I had googled Magnolia and Ivy and found this blog with this post and a picture of the cookbook! How cool is that? meant to be...

  5. This recipe looks delicious, Angela. Sorry to hear it's not open anymore, but with your blog and sharing the history and recipes, 'Magnolia & Ivy' can be remembered. Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend, Joanie

  6. The spread does say autumn, doesn't it! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I like the oak leaf you put the spread on.

  7. This looks quite yummy! I think it might be nice as a tart filling, too! Regret that I never made it to either of the Magnolia & Ivy locations, but was fortunate enough to attend a seminar presented by the sisters. They were both very entertaining and enthusiastic about their tea adventures.

  8. My favorite recipe for scones is in this book!

  9. That sounds perfect for this time of the year! Thanks!

  10. I do have this book and have used it many times. I make some similar, but slightly different too. It is yummy!

  11. Oh YUM!

    I just love apple flavors once the weather gets cooler. Funny, but I almost never eat apples during the hot season. All mental, I am sure!

    Thanks for sharing! Been away, trying to catch up on my blog reading!



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