01 of 06
Afternoon Tea Recipes: What Is Afternoon Tea?
Afternoon Tea is unmistakably a truly British custom now known worldwide, but its origins are in 19th century England.
The credit for the custom of the Afternoon Tea goes to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford during the early 19th century. Dinner was served as late as 9 pm which left the Duchess hungry. To stave off that hunger she would order tea, bread, and cakes in her room. The habit caught on and afternoon tea was born.Read more about the History of Afternoon Tea.
A traditional afternoon tea... will start with finger-sized sandwiches, followed by scones with butter, jam and or cream, then an assortment of cakes and, of course, tea.
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02 of 06
Afternoon Tea Recipes: Simple Sandwiches
Afternoon tea starts with sandwiches. The sandwiches are usually made with thinly sliced bread and in posh establishments, the crusts are removed. There will usually be a mixture of white and brown bread sandwiches.
Between the slices of buttered bread, you might find any number of traditional fillings for afternoon tea sandwiches, which include:
- Buttered bread with thinly sliced, fresh cucumber.
- Thin slices of cooked ham and perhaps a little mustard
- Egg Mayonnaise
- Coronation Chicken
- Roast Beef
- Cheese... and Pickle (usually a chutney of Branston Pickle)
- Tinned Salmon with or without cucumber
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03 of 06
Afternoon Tea Recipes: Scones, Jam and Cream
Super light, warm scones usually follow on from the sandwiches. The scones can be plain, fruit, or cheese depending on what you serve alongside. Plain or fruit will demand both butter, jam and or cream, and for the cheese, serve alone with butter.
- Traditional Scone Recipe
- Fruit Scones
- Irish Scones Recipe
- What is Clotted Cream
- Essential Guide to Making Scones
- Strawberry Jam Recipe
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04 of 06
Afternoon Tea Recipes: Delicous Cakes and Tarts
The final course in a traditional afternoon tea is the cake - either slices of a large cake, cupcakes, or small iced buns (also known as Fancies) and/or depending on how hungry or decadent you feel, a slice or two of a tart.
Try to include some (one or two are enough) of the following:
Tarts may Include:
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05 of 06
Afternoon Tea Recipes: A Few Untraditional Extra Recipes
There are traditional recipes for an afternoon tea, and there are, as always, those quirks of local tradition, family customs, or personal taste that involve recipes outside of the norm. Some, often in Scotland, will also include a savory dish, nothing heavy just a snack type dish to balance all the sweetness.
Recipes to consider:
- English Muffins
- Soft, Warm Crumpets
- Spicy Sausage Rolls
- Welsh Rarebit
- Eccles Cakes
- FlapJack Recipe
- Rock Cakes
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06 of 06
Afternoon Tea Recipes: The Tea
Britain and Ireland drink more tea than anywhere else in the world and it's no wonder that it's the focus of an afternoon tea. Tea in Britain and Ireland is almost an art form. Sure, there's the throw-the-tea-bag-in-the-cup method, but for those that really appreciate an afternoon tea, getting the drinking part of the tea right is paramount to its success.