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Help with an afternoon tea menu (including another quiche question)

OK, so not technically high tea, but I'm having around 7 friends over for coffee and cake on Friday. I'd like to serve one or two savory things for balance (I'm incapable of eating anything sweet without craving salty, and vice versa). One person attending is lacto-ovo vegeterian, and I served mini egg salad croissants last time.

I was thinking about serving the following:

-Coffee, assorted teas, homemade hot chocolate
-Mulled wine (?)
-MIL's banana bread muffins with cream cheese or chocolate glaze
-Mini quiche - Using puff pastry and a muffin tin. Would that work? Hoping to scale down this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
-Spiced mixed nuts / Veggie platter
-German Christmas cookies

Alternative to quiche: mini potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream. We are in Germany, after all.

Any recommendations? Has anyone had success using puff pastry and/or muffin tins for mini quiche?

Thanks!

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  1. That sounds great. I think mini quiche would be fine but in a regular muffin tin, not a mini-muffin tin, right? I think the pastry puff dough ratio would be too high in mini-muffin tins. I'd roll the puff pastry a little thinner than you would for a big quiche.

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    1. re: chowser

      Ok, great., Yes, I meant a regular muffin tin.

      I'll give it a shot and report back.

      1. re: chowser

        I've sucessfully done mini quiches made with pie dough (pate brise) in mini muffin size.

        1. re: Stuffed Monkey

          I do the same, my favorite with a cream cheese pastry. But the OP asked about puff pastry and I wouldn't do that in a mini-muffin tin.

        2. re: chowser

          I have done mini muffin tin quiches with puff pastry and it worked a treat - good sugestion about rolling out the puff pastry a little thinner though for a good ingredient ratio though.

        3. Have you ever seen Croustades in the shops in germany? Crisp little cups for serving canapes in, they are perfect for quiche without the hassle of pastry. I did mini spinach quiches in them and they were yummy - need to be served fairly promptly tho. Another nice savoury item is gougeres. Also you could do little rosti with smoked salmon and herbed creme fraiche. Have a lovely tea!

          1. These are in the spirit of potato pancakes but might be easier to pull off for a party. http://www.chow.com/digest/2007/01/li...

            1. Sounds great. Just wondering, which German Christmas cookies?

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              1. re: buttertart

                I'm making Zimtsterne/Zimtplaetzchen. Full disclosure: I bought pre-fab refrigerated dough. I figured the first time I make them, I'd like to know approximately how they are supposed to taste. And since I'm making several other things, this is a concession I'm willing to make...

              2. I have done potato kugel cut into 1" squares as an appetizer with sour cream and salmon and people were wild for them. It has the saem falvor profile as a potato pancake without the tedium of peparing dozens of silver dollar pancakes!