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Afternoon Tea at Home
There’s nothing quite like the treat of afternoon tea to put a smile on a loved one’s face. This year, while we strive to celebrate special events in the comfort of our own home, personally preparing a party of your own adds an extra thoughtful touch.
From setting the prettiest table, to selecting the finest teas and treats here’s how to throw the perfect afternoon tea party.
Setting The Scene
An elegant table will set the tone for a beautiful and memorable afternoon. We recommend choosing the finest Ferguson Irish linen tablecloth, a 2-tier cake stand from Wedgwood to display your beautiful bakes and treats and a china vase to hold a posy of flowers. We love this handmade blue bone china piece from Rebecca Killen. Finally, don’t forget the all-important cake knife and wedge cutter, a little touch, sure to bring a sense of theatre to the occasion.
Choosing The Perfect Tea Set
An elegant setting is the very essence of afternoon tea. For a modern but classic arrangement, choose the Stoneware range from Nosse or add a splash of glamour to the soiree with a fine bone china teacup and saucer set from Royal Doulton along with the charming silver-plated heart shape infuser from Fortnum and Mason. For a more relaxed table, Le Creuset’s Stoneware Grand Medium Teapot will serve multiple cups of tea, leaving you the space and time to sit back and relax.
Time for Tea
From the rarest tea blends to traditional cuppa’s, the next step is to pop the kettle on and serve a delicious afternoon beverage. Whittard’s English Rose Tea Pouch summons the ancient taste of Oriental blossom while Voya’s Fennel Fusion Organic Tea Bags,made using organic fennel seeds and hand-harvested Irish seaweed are sure to impress. If you can’t decide, the Classic World Teabag Selection from Fortnum and Mason contains a collection of their best classic teas from around the world. For serious tea connoisseurs, their Tea Timer Trio will ensure you always make the perfect cup!
Now for The Trimmings
While a typical afternoon tea menu consists of sandwiches, cakes, scones and pastries you can select whichever of these you prefer plus anything else you fancy nibbling on. We love Fortnum and Mason’s delicious Shortbread Petticot Tails or their dark chocolate and sour Morello cherry Cherrilossus biscuits. For those with an even sweeter tooth, layer the finest Strawberry and Champagne Preserve onto homemade scones. For an extra special celebration, why not add bubbles, Moët & Chandon style?
Try This Recipe
Scones are a classic afternoon tea treat traditionally served with clotted cream and jam. Try Kenwood’s recipe for the perfect batch.
½ teaspoon of salt
225g all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
30g caster sugar
1. Flour a clean baking sheet
2. Pre-heat oven - 220°C
3. Attach K Beater
4. Add salt, butter, all purpose flour and baking powder to the Kenwood Bowl
5. Mix until coarse crumbs form - 2 min, Speed 1
6. Then add caster sugar and milk to the Kenwood Bowl
7. Mix - 20 sec, Speed Max
8. Transfer content of Kenwood Bowl to lightly floured surface
9. Roll until 1" thick
10. Cut out 5 cm rounds and place on floured baking sheet
11. Brush with egg
12. Bake - 18 min, 220°C
13. Let cool on round wire rack
Now all that’s left to do is indulge in some afternoon tea.