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.