Afternoon tea is a dainty practice, one that should be treated as more of a snack than a meal. It is most notably different from its commonly confused cousin, high tea, and has a complex set of rules and etiquette. However, it is a decadent event that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Thankfully, afternoon tea has been gaining popularity at an incredibly rapid pace as of late, so finding wonderful recipes and tantalising foods is much easier than with cooking a traditional high tea. Regardless, it is advised that while you keep the selection of food wide, keep the serving portions light. This is not a meal in and of itself; it is merely a stop-gap between lunch and dinner.
Food Ideas for Afternoon Tea
– Finger Sandwiches
– Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam
– Sausage Rolls
– Biscuits / Cookies
– Pavlova (not traditional, but a great asset to any teatime)
As with high tea, both tea and coffee are popular beverage choices. Black tea is by far the most popular variety; during the past few centuries black tea has been the most widely available tea variety. Drinks, again, should be served with a pitcher of milk for guests, as well as some lemon slices and sugar. Do not allow your guests to mix lemon and milk, however, as the citric acid in the lemon will cause the milk to curdle.