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14 tea party hits

Bring out your best crockery and silverware to serve up these beautiful treats at your next English themed tea party. Whether you serve it in your garden or in the confines of your home, rest assured, for your guests it will be memorable and fun!

1. Tea Cookies Aptly named tea time cookies these dainty little biscuits are made in a jiffy, with the most basic ingredients and they come with a cherry on the top, literally.

2. Orange and Lemon Fondant Tea Cake The pastel colours of this fondant tea cake are reminiscent of a forgotten time where tea tables were laden with little treats in different hues.

3. Peach Scones – For a delicious variation of classic clotted cream scones try this one which has a sweet peachy glaze. If you want a savoury scone, then a masala oats scone is our best fusion bet.

4. Iced Date Tea Sometimes a cup of hot tea on a hot summer afternoon can seem too much. On such days go for an iced date tea – which is a delightful mix of the flavours of dates, pineapples and tea. Unusual but really flavourful.

5. Mini Donut CakeChocolate cake batter filled in mini donut moulds and baked – it’s like the best of two ultimate favourite and is easily the next new rage!

6. Mini Toastadas These are really a great option because they are quick, petite and tasty all at the same time. Also the thin tart shell used in this one can be topped with an assortment of toppings for more variety!

7. Lemon Curd Tarts Light and summery, a good lemon tart and a cup of tea is all you need for an evening of perfect bliss. While nothing can beat the perfect crunch and buttery feel of a homemade tart shell, a packet of readymade ones definitely makes life easier.

8. Coffee muffinsA definite hit with coffee lovers! Soft spongy muffin and coffee and creamcheese glaze marry to create this perfect and dainty little muffin.

9. Jammie DodgersAn English tea party would be incomplete if you don’t have jammie dodgers on your menu. Light, delicate crunchy biscuits with jam sandwiched in between, these are absolute must-haves.

10. MacaronsYou wouldn’t quite expect French macaroons to make an appearance at an English tea party, but they are perfectly suited. Light and melt-in-your-mouth sweets that you can make in a variety of flavours and colours!

11. Cake Pops –Cake pops are quite a rage these days and they are best for a tea party. Convenient and petite, you can make these with left over cake crumbs and there is absolutely no limiting your imagination here.

12. Earl Grey Tea Cake – Earl grey is such an intrinsic part of English tea and there is absolutely no reason to limit yourself to just making a beverage with it. Go ahead and infuse the aroma and taste of it in a cake as well.

13. Orange Chocolate tarts – These tarts are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. A delightful combination of white chocolate and citrusy orange make for a complete tart. Crunchy and creamy packed with a punch.

14. Cucumber and Dill Sandwiches with Philadelphia spread – These easy to make delicious sandwiches make great finger food – perfect for a tea party. Cut them into fingers and serve cold - often the simplest tings are the best.


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