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How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home

I bought a cake stand which I thought would be great for an afternoon tea. After cooking I thought it’s a great idea to share how I prepared my fancy afternoon tea at home.

From start to finish it took me two hours and a half. I don’t think it takes long and most of it can be prepared in advance and a couple of things can be made the day before. Nothing is shop-bought, beside the basics, like bread.

Looking at Master Chef I realized how important is to have a plan, so I’ve made the menu a couple of days before preparing the afternoon tea. By having a set menu, it was so much easier to know from where to start and the order in which the food is prepared.
If it’s the first time you are making and afternoon tea, make sure most of the recipes you want to include are easy to make and you’re familiar with them. This will allow you more time to experiment with the new recipes.

How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home

Menu for my afternoon tea at home

– cucumber, cheddar and cream cheese sandwich
– egg and mayo sandwich
– exotic mushrooms and cream cheese sandwich
– scones with raisins and scones with chocolate chips, served with clotted cream, rhubarb and vanilla jam and damson jam
– lime pie
– matcha pie
– chocolate cupcakes with strawberries
– chestnut mousse

03 How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home
Cucumber, cheddar and cream cheese sandwich with wholemeal bread. Spread a thin layer of soft cheese on both slices of bread, add some grated cheddar and thin slices of cucumber. Cut a couple of finger sandwiches.

02 How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home
Egg and mayo sandwich with wholemeal bread. By using a fork, crush a hard boiled egg. Add a heaped spoon of mayo and mix. Add dried dill and garlic powder. Spread the mixture on the bread and cut it in a different shape than the cucumber sandwiches.

04 How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home
Exotic mushrooms and cream cheese sandwich with 50/50 white&wholemeal bread. Wash and cut the mushrooms into slices, stir fry them in a pan over high heat for a few minutes, add salt. This can be done the day before. Spread cream cheese on the bread, put the mushrooms in the middle. Cut the sandwich as you like.

05 How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home
Scones with raisins and scones with chocolate, served with damson jam, rhubarb and vanilla jam, and clotted cream.

I used my chocolate chip scone recipe. After the dough was ready, I cut it in two. In half of it I’ve added the chocolate chips and in the other half raisins. It wasn’t a lot of work and I had two different types of scones for my afternoon tea.
The recipe is easy to make and it turns out good every time. Make sure you measure everything on the kitchen scale and it should be great.

06 How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home
Lime pie and matcha pie.

I made the crust for both pies. As I used two small pie trays, 80g flour and 40g butter were enough. Knead the two ingredients until they form the dough.
For the lime pie, make a filling with 100 ml light condensed milk, 1 egg yolk and the lime juice from 1 lime. For the matcha use 100 ml condensed milk, a little bit of milk (~50 ml), 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of matcha powder.
The matcha pie took longer to set, so I had to keep it more in the oven.

07 How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home
Cupcakes with soft cheese icing and strawberries. Similar recipe are on CookStyle. In the cupcake mixture I’ve added a spoon of cocoa powder instead of the blueberries that are in that recipe. Make the cupcakes in the beginning, as it takes a little of time for them to cool. Only after that you can decorate them with the icing.
I made the icing from soft cheese with icing sugar, beetroot powder to make it pink and a couple of drops of strawberry flavour.

08 How to prepare a fancy Afternoon tea at home
Chestnut mousse. I’ve made chestnut mousse with apple, but this time I went for an easier recipe and I didn’t add the apple centre. I think it works great without the apples. Basically it has 2 ingredients: chestnut puree and whipped cream. I mixed it, put it in the moulds and left it in the freezer for a couple of hours to set.
This can be made the day before. It was the first thing I made and it set in 2 hours.

I was delighted how everything was. I shared the recipes that I have on CookStyle as it was easier than to copy them here.

Have you ever made an fancy afternoon tea at home? Do you have any tips?

13 Comment

  1. So very British! I would love to be invited someday! 🙂 🙂 Everything looks great, but I especially like that chesnut mousse again, I definitely have to see where I can buy that puree.

  2. This afternoon tea looks amazing, though I’m not sure I’d have the patience to spend so look making it!

  3. I like the idea of creating an afternoon tea at home that would be a delicious idea! Cucumber sarnies sound lovely.

  4. This looks amazing! I’ve seen those Masterchef episodes and doing afternoon tea is actually really complicated for such a simple concept! But you make it sounds so easy! I also have a cake stand like this – it was a wedding present and it hasn’t been used since! :/ Must dig it out!

    Oh and where did you get the cake stand from? It looks like slate to me! 😀

    1. It’s slate. 😀 I was looking for a slate one for ages until I found it at TKMaxx.

  5. This all looks amazing, and I love your cake stand! My mouth is watering now over your lime pie and those cupcakes!

  6. You are a genius! This iss amazing!!! I am terrible at baking. My favourite part of afternoon tea is the sandwiches!1

  7. Oh my gosh everything looks so beautiful & tasty.
    Those cupcakes though!! I could eat them all in one sitting! Yummy!! Such a cute idea 🙂

  8. Finger sandwiches are the best! We used to have this sandwich cut out things when I was younger soy ou could make stars and hearts. Bet that would be so cute with this!

    Corinne x

  9. Never prepared a fancy afternoon tea at home. At least, I have now a guide whenever I will do one. This is a great guide with simple and direct points. From your menu, I like most the chestnut mousse! 🙂

  10. That looks SO GOOD!!!! If I had to pick a favourite, I’d say the lime pie, but none of those would last long around me… 😉

  11. I absolutely love afternoon tea but never really thought about doing one myself at home x

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