The best recipes for creating a delicious afternoon tea at home

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    Love afternoon tea but hate the price tag? Why not treat friends or family — or even yourself — to an indulgent afternoon tea at home? Here are some of our favourite recipes that are perfect for the occasion!

    Raspberry religieuse

    As impressive as they are delicious, this beautiful raspberry religieuse is the perfect addition to an afternoon tea.

    Lemon & thyme bars

    lemon and thyme barsLemon lovers will delight in these citrusy lemon and thyme bars!

    Cookie dough brownies

    cookie dough browniesThick, fudgy and chocolatey, these cookie dough brownies are perfect for when you can’t decide between cookies or brownies!

    Simple fruit scones

    Fruit scones Easy FoodThis scone recipe is so simple, expect a lot more afternoon teas in your future!

     

    Tips for hosting the perfect afternoon tea:

     

    The spread

    There aren’t any rules when it comes to what food you serve, though a standard afternoon tea usually comprises sandwiches, cakes, scones or teacakes. However, you could also include pastries, petits-fours or biscuits.

    Drinks

    As the name suggests, the drink of choice is tea. Offer your guests a variety, such as Earl Grey, peppermint, camomile, fruit, herbal and, of course, English breakfast. Alternatively, why not crack open the fizz and serve up a juice based mimosa?

    Sandwiches

    The main savoury dish served at an afternoon tea, sandwiches require minimal effort and can be prepared ahead of time. However, only assemble them just before your guests arrive to avoid them going soggy.

    Scones

    A stalwart of afternoon tea, scones are best eaten on the day and can be whipped up fairly quickly. To save on time, prepare a day or two beforehand and then freeze. On the day, they can be defrosted in the oven on a low temperature. Serve with generous helpings of cream and jam.

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