Afternoon tea Recipes

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Afternoon tea recipes are as much a part of British culture as enjoying fish and chips on a rainy beach and having a talent for queuing orderly. Whether you’re thinking of getting the girls round for a fun afternoon or have decided to throw a charity bash, these afternoon tea recipes are sure to have you hailed a hero by whoever tries them.

To get you started we’ve gone back to basics. It wouldn’t be afternoon tea without the humble scone now, would it? So of course we’ve included plenty of them for you to try your hand at. These buttery, crumbly delights are obviously best enjoyed warm, fresh from the oven with a generous topping of butter, homemade jam and Cornish clotted cream.

The other side to hosting a beautiful table of afternoon treats is the savoury section. You’ll need finger sandwiches and mini quiches to keep your guests satisfied. You could go for traditional flavours like cream cheese and cucumber or ham and mustard, or plump for something more experimental like herbed avocado or spiced hummus.

The final flourish for afternoon tea treats is of course the cakes and pastries. These delicate bakes are typically the most impressive, and give you a good chance to show off your skills. You can either go for one large tart and slice it into delicate fingers or slices or make individual sized treats for each of your guests.

Whatever you decide to make, one thing’s for sure – your guests will love the effort you’ve put in to make sure everything is wholesome, delicious and filling. Finally, just a reminder – don’t forget the tea! We like to get a couple of options for friends and family so that everyone can choose something they love. Pick a fruity tea and a variation of traditional black tea to keep everyone happy.

Delicious Afternoon tea recipes

Chocolate and Grand Marnier Mini Macaroons

Chocolate and Grand Marnier Mini Macaroons

Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside these mini macaroons are a mouth watering treat

Mary Berry's Fruity Scones

Mary Berry's Fruity Scones

Mary Berry's fruity scones are perfect served split open with plenty of jam and cream in them for a really indulgent afternoon tea treat

Mini Raspberry and Coconut Cream Tarts

Mini Raspberry and Coconut Cream Tarts

Elegant, sweet and delectable, these are true treats that fit every occasion

Mini Crab Open Tartlets

Mini Crab Open Tartlets

These mini crab tartlets are super zesty and simple to make. They're a delightful light bite

Mini Bakewells

Mini Bakewells

These mini tarts really are the business with their frangipane filling and buttery pastry

Mini Chocolate Eclairs

Mini Chocolate Eclairs

Mini chocolate eclairs take a little patience, but make perfect mouthfuls for a special afternoon tea

How To Make Scones

How To Make Scones

The scone represents the best in British baking - they're so easy, yet so scrumptious, and a must for any afternoon tea! If you'd like to know how to make these irresistible scones, follow our 3 simple steps carefully and enjoy the results with friends over a large pot of tea.

Avocado and Prosciutto Toasties

Avocado and Prosciutto Toasties

You can't get any simpler or tastier than these open avocado and prosciutto toasted sandwiches

Mini Scotch Eggs

Mini Scotch Eggs

Little mouthfuls of perfection! The spring onion adds a neat twist to this classic Scotch egg recipe

Fondant Fancies

Fondant Fancies

Buy ready-made daisies, or use a daisy cutter with fondant, to decorate these pretty fondant fancies

Cherry and Almond Scones

Cherry and Almond Scones

Ready in the blink of an eye, these scones are perfect to whip up if you find yourself with unexpected guests

Mini Brownie Cupcakes With Ganache Topping

Mini Brownie Cupcakes With Ganache Topping

Who could resist these luxurious mini brownie cupcakes, made with our best-ever brownie recipe and topped with rich ganache?