BritMums Foodie Round-up: Afternoon Tea!

IMG_2899 Behold the humble scone, the pinnacle of any decent English afternoon tea (but what goes first, the cream or the jam?).

Having lost its appeal slightly over recent years, afternoon tea is back in a big way, especially thanks to shows such as The Great British Bake Off. Leisurely afternoons  appreciating cakes, sandwiches and complicated baked goods are hugely fashionable again (served alongside plenty of tea, of course). From traditional cream teas served in tiny Cornish tea rooms, to quirky Mad Hatter-style affairs with waiting lists several months long in the most elegant of London dining rooms, it seems we can’t get enough. And the bloggers mentioned here have all obliged with a variety of fantastic recipes so you can recreate your own!

We should really make a start on the savoury selection as soon as the first cups of tea are poured, as I guess is the rule when it comes to Afternoon Tea (unless you are me)

How about this for perhaps the poshest sandwich ever? Helen Graves’s beautiful lobster sandwich. And of course it wouldn’t be a real afternoon tea without a cucumber sandwich would it? Crumbs Feed Your Family shows us how it’s done, with the crusts cut off and everything…  Another traditional sarnie up next – a succulent coronation chicken from Global Table Adventure, or Tinned Tomatoes healthy  avocado and goats cheese sandwich. There’s always a Quiche somewhere too isn’t there?  I wouldn’t say no to a slice of Maison Cupcake’s quick quiche with Boursin

Now on to the star of the show: the scone, of course. From the traditional as demonstrated here by both Belleau Kitchen, and Barktime to the more diverse – Eatori’s raspberry, dark chocolate and coconut, Cake and Calico’s chocolate chip beauties, and Attic 24′s savoury cheese versions to name but a few.

Need some prize-winning Jam to go with those? (apart from the cheese ones obviously!)  Follow Gemma Garner’s brilliant jam making guide for successful strawberry jam. In Jennies Kitchen’s easy peach jam would work beautifully, along with the equally delicious looking Missie Lizzie’s blackberry jelly.  I would be happy to let any of the above grace any scone (on the top of the clotted cream of course!). Speaking of which, I did actually make it once, something probably not that relevant to those of you in the UK who can just pop out and buy it, but of the utmost importance to those of us temporarily stuck on foreign turf.

Now for some glamorous petit fours, there’s always room for those. A couple of these tiny meringue kisses from Recipes from a Normal Mum would be more than nice, or take your pick from The GoodLife Mum’s quite brilliant selection. Then there’s a few of Actually Mummy’s beautiful banoffee macarons followed by Casa Costello’s  chocolate, lime and raspberry petit fours for good measure!

Quick, here comes the cake trolley. How about a slice of Chocolate Log Blog’s fig & chocolate victoria sponge? A bit of The Crazy Kitchen’s rhubarb and custard sandwich cake perhaps, or possibly a slice of Cats Yellow Days incredible looking St. Clements angel food cake with orange curd? Then there’s Snaffles Mummy’s blueberry and almond cake, or one of Mummy Mishap’s chocolate, coconut and cherry buns?  Leave some room for one of Little Loaf’s strawberry and Pimms tarts wont you?  And for a sliver of Deliceux’s tarte au melon.

There’s some more tea in the pot – can’t finish that off without a biscuit or two can we?  So maybe just a couple of Cooking with Books lavender shortbreads, and a melting moment from The Boy Who Bakes…? It would be rude not too, wouldn’t it?

Next month we will have truly embraced that season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.   So I think we should have a harvest festival if you will -  all things seasonal. Please do add your recipes below.



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About Emma Raphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children. Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!

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13 Responses to BritMums Foodie Round-up: Afternoon Tea!

  1. Agata Pokutycka 10 September 2013 at 09:38 #

    Thank you for including our scones :-)

    • Emma 13 September 2013 at 09:54 #

      No problem! :)

  2. Anneli (Delicieux) 10 September 2013 at 10:23 #

    What a yummy round up! I really love scones and there are some wonderful ones here – Dom’s traditional ones are just perfect! I am literally gasping for a cuppa now and I must have some cake with it!
    Thanks for including me too :) x

    • Emma 13 September 2013 at 09:54 #

      I hope you found suitable cake Anneli! :) Thank you!

  3. Helen 10 September 2013 at 13:32 #

    Oooh thanks for the share – so many delicious things on there!

    • Emma 13 September 2013 at 09:57 #

      Thanks Helen. Your macarons look incredible! :D

  4. jenny paulin 10 September 2013 at 15:43 #

    thak you mentioning my buns and soooo many yummy treats to feast my eyes on x

    • Emma 13 September 2013 at 09:57 #

      Thanks Jenny! :)

  5. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray 11 September 2013 at 03:15 #

    Thanks for including my Lavender Shortbread!

    • Emma 13 September 2013 at 09:58 #

      Thanks Marnely! :)

  6. Caroline aka the Lunchbox Lady 12 September 2013 at 14:50 #

    Now you do know the Queen’s favourite sandwich are the “jam pennies” a rather humble pennie sandwich, a jam sandwich cut out with a round cutter the size of an old penny, followed by cucumber sandwiches, with no skin on the cucumber nor seeds within, nor crusts on the bread, but with cream cheese and mint. Or alternatively another favourite is smoked salmon sandwiches with dill. We always love an afternoon tea in our household. Any excuse to eat cake!

    • Emma 13 September 2013 at 09:59 #

      No, I didn’t know that! I like the sound of all the above though! :) Do you know I think the cake part is why we are such fans of it in our house too! Thanks Caroline! :)

  7. Lou Arnold 13 September 2013 at 12:25 #

    Wow – such an array of delights to try! Such a shame I am the worlds worst cook! Maybe someone could deliver me some?!

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