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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Create your own!

Hello there,

So, with National Afternoon Tea week well under way this week Lorna has started the great scone debate....have you joined the argument yet?? Does the jam or cream come first??

While you're thinking about that I thought I'd share a little bit more of our afternoon tea adventures with you. Now as you'll know if you have read more of our blog we really do love a spot of afternoon tea and we have been lucky enough to sample tea in some amazing places!

But we also love creating afternoon teas at home for our friends and family! When you look at photos of professional teas they may seem quite complicated....but really as long as you follow some simple rules anyone can make afternoon tea in the comfort of their own homes!

Traditional afternoon tea
So what exactly does a traditional afternoon tea comprise of? Well, you should start your feast with a selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches (preferably with the crusts removed), followed by warm scones served with cream and jam. Once that is all gone you will need to make sure you still have room for the cakes and pastries that follow! This should all be accompanied by freshly brewed tea (we love ours served in vintage teacups, but any cup will do!).

Vintage inspired afternoon tea
I really enjoy baking and therefore think nothing of putting on the oven and whipping up some cakes, and Lorna our resident scone expert is really rather good at making scrummy scones. However, if baking really isn't your thing you can still enjoy tea at home....just get yourself to the shops and buy the key elements!
If you do enjoy baking then the sky is your limit when it comes to afternoon tea! There are so many recipe books out there, full to the brim with all manner of afternoon tea recipes for you to try. You may like to try your hand at a traditional afternoon tea.....or you might decide to be a little more adventurous and try and themed afternoon tea.
One of my favourite times of year is Halloween as you can get really creative with afternoon tea then!
Halloween inspired afternoon tea
But there are so many different occasions throughout the year you can get your friends together and get creative in the kitchen!
Easter inspired afternoon tea
If you enjoy creating afternoon tea at home we'd love to hear from you - leave us a comment and let us know what you get up to in your kitchens! Is there a themed tea that you'd love to see creating...let us know...you never know we might give it a go!
Thanks for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

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