This time of year, none of us want to be near the oven any longer than we have to, but you still want to make poetry tea time delicious (or your tea party if you’re a Downton Abbey Fan!)
We’ve been reading our poetry outside on the deck under an umbrella, and our tea looks a lot more like lemonade than actual tea some days, but we still love to set the table up with lots of food and enjoy a leisurely time together.
I’ve compiled this set of recipe links from around the web to inspire you; some like the lavender bread (so good!), can be made the night before after things cool off a little while others need a few minutes in the oven right before eating. What they have in common is that they’re totally worth making despite the heat! Enjoy.
1.Basic tea biscuits. You can tweak these light and fluffy biscuits to your heart’s content – try lemon zest in them and then fill them with clotted cream and raspberries picked from the garden, or just grab the Gay Lea Spreadables (real butter blended with unsaturated canola oil so it’s spreadable on a hot biscuit right out of the fridge).
2. Vanilla bean scones. Every good tea time needs scones! This recipe is a twist on the classic – delicious and so easy to make.
3. Downton Abbey Lavender tea bread. I was a little skeptical, despite our love of lavender, that my kids would eat it, but I had to scramble to get a piece at all.
4. Learn to make old-fashioned home-made English crumpets!
5. Downtown Abbey Earl Grey Shortbread biscuits are a small taste of heaven. And only 5 ingredients, too.
If you’ve never experienced a proper tea time or dressed up for a tea party, you have been missing out on something rather wonderful! Here’s a link to a post on how to throw an afternoon tea party, in case you need pointers. Obviously, this collection of recipes I’ve shared doesn’t even begin to touch on all the food you can include…….thinly sliced, crustless cucumber sandwiches……..open sandwiches with cream cheese and strawberries, eggs all dressed up……..there will be something to make every participant happy.
Do you have a recipe that’s your “go-to” for tea time or tea parties? Please share in the comments!
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