Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea

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Ingredients

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1 loaf White Bread
2 slices Ham
1/4 Cucumber finely sliced
2 slices Smoked Salmon
1/4 tsp Dijon Mustard
2 Hard-boiled Eggs peeled and mashed
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
20g Butter for spreading on the bread

A selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with tea or champagne

Ingredients

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Given that it is the British Grand Prix and the Wimbledon finals this weekend, it made sense to embrace the fine tradition of ‘afternoon tea’. Afternoon tea is not complicated to make but it does involve a lot of little dishes. It has three courses which are usually served on a three-tiered cake stand This works well if there are only two of you, but as a family of four we had to spread our courses over various dishes.

The first course is compiled of sandwiches, made with white bread and the crusts cut off. They can be made into fingers or triangles as we have. We chose to fill ours with smoked salmon, cucumber, egg mayonnaise and ham with mustard. Other options include roast beef and horseradish.

The second course is scone with jam and cream. There is a great debate as to whether the jam or the cream goes on first. If you live in Devon, it is cream then jam, if you come from Cornwall, it is butter, jam then cream. I cut my scone in half and had one the Devonshire way and the other Cornish way. I marginally prefer the Devonshire way.

Scone - Devonshire or Cornish?

The third course is a selection of cakes – anything goes here as long as they are small, almost bite size. We made lemon cupcakes, shortbread biscuits, meringues, strawberries dipped in chocolate and summer pudding crumble slices.

Cake Selection

All these course are served with tea or if it is a special celebration, champagne.

I have added a couple of the recipes from the cake selection, I think the rest of the courses you can work out yourselves!

Steps

1
Done

Butter 16 slices on bread on one side only

2
Done

On 2 slices, layer the finely sliced cucumber. Put 2 more slices on top, butter side down. Cut the crusts off and cut into triangles

3
Done

Place a slice of smoked salmon on 2 more slices, and cover with another slice, butter side down. Cut the crusts off and cut into triangles.

4
Done

Spread a fine layer of mustard on 2 more slices, put a slice of ham on top. Cover with another sliced, butter side down. Cut off the crusts and cut into triangles

5
Done

Mix the mayonnaise, egg and cress together. Spread a layer about 1/2 cm thick on top and cover with the last two remaining slices of bread, butter side down. Cut off the crusts and cut into triangles.

6
Done

Arrange the sandwiches on the bottom tier of a cake stand, scones on the second and petit fours or another cake selection on top.

Zoe Negus

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