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How to Create the Perfect Afternoon Tea


Afternoon teaWhat’s more perfect than spending an afternoon indulging in afternoon tea? This is perhaps classed as one of the most English traditions introduced in England by the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840. Around 4 o’clock, the Duchess would ask for a tray of tea with sandwiches be brought up to her room during the later afternoon between 4 and 5 o’clock. She frequently invited friends to join her. This was the perfect solution to her long wait from lunch to dinner.

Having afternoon tea with cakes, scones, tea and bread. They are served on a table with a white tablecloth. ** Note: Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes

This occasion became a social event and during the late 19th century which saw the wealthy upper-class changing into suitable attire especially for their afternoon tea.

Although tradition has somewhat changed since the 19th century, even we, can appreciate something as small as a biscuit with a cup of tea around 4pm.

Try hosting your very own afternoon tea. Invite some friends and a nice big pot of tea. You’ll need some accompaniments:

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Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Swiss Roll only takes 8 minutes to bake. Simple yet so effective, this recipe will be fun to make and impress your friends.



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Sandwiches with a twist; the bread features a delicately infused Twining’s English Breakfast Tea to give it a light and delicious flavour.

Salmon and cucumber afternoon tea sandwiches

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Ever thought about combining afternoon tea scones with tea? We have. Try our easy to follow recipe:

English afternoon tea scones

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Want to pull all the stops out and really have your friends talking? Try making our macaroons infused with Nielsen Massey’s lemon and vanilla extract. Not only do these have a 5 star rating, but the recipe was also featured in The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook 2010.




To help celebrate Afternoon Tea Week this August 2016, we’re giving you the opportunity to win a voucher for afternoon tea for 2 people courtesy of ‘Afternoon Tea‘. To find out more about our competition, head to our ‘Featured Competition’ section in our ‘members area’. Terms and conditions apply:


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Our Top 10 Child Friendly Recipes

It’s the summer holidays and you’re at home entertaining the kids. The question is, how to keep them entertained without resorting to game consoles and TV?

Don’t worry, we have your back! We’ve tried and tested our recipes and have narrowed it down to our Top 10 Recipes you can involve the children with.Allinson Pizza dough STAMP

  1. Start with our easy Allinson Flour Pizza Dough recipe, this one takes the longest because of the proving time. What’s feels better than the squidge of dough between your hands? Make sure you apron the kids first! Flour will be guaranteed to get everywhere.

Pizza dough by Allinson

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2. Rainbow meringues. Not as difficult as you think. These colourful individual meringues will ensure your children don’t over indulge. Try mixing colours together for a fun science experiment. Perfect for the up-and-coming scientists in the family.

Rainbow meringues

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3. Cake balls! These are easy to make. If your kids can’t agree which flavour to choose, not a problem, separate the ingredients and add whatever flavour you like before rolling into balls. We personally love the Nielson Massey Rose water extract.

Cake balls


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4. One of our quickest and most popular recipe to make with children is pancakes! Try our chocolate pancakes with banana. These are delicious. Fussy eaters won’t eat bananas? Substitute with strawberries. These are sure to be a hit in the kitchen.

Chocolate pancakes with bananas



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5. Fairy friendly cake recipe. We promise no fairies were harmed during the recipe creation! This simple batter recipe will bake in 15 minutes. Not too long to wait, but can they wait long enough to ice them? That’s the tricky bit!

Fantastic fairy cakes



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6. Close the back door when you’re making this one, you don’t want the cookie monster to turn up. This recipe makes 16 cookies. Perfect for sleepovers!

Simple chocolate cookies



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7. There’s nothing better than the idea of a barbecue. These Allinson bread rolls are easy to make and are the perfect accompaniment to hot dogs. With a 20 minute baking time, it would be rude not to.

Hot dog rolls by Allinson

8. Chocolate Dipped ApplesChocolate dipped apples. One of your 5 a day! No ovens involved, these are a great idea for all ages. Really simple and quick to make



Chocolate dipped apples

No bake chocolate cake


9. No bake chocolate cake. These bars are great. It’s easy to make substitutions if the fussy eaters don’t want things like glace cherries.

No bake chocolate cake



10. Lemonade WEBAfter all this hard work, you’ll all be quite thirsty. Just like the old days, you can reminisce with your children about how freshly homemade lemonade was the ultimate thirst quencher and how it still is now!

Cloudy lemonade

This will take no more than 10 minutes to make and involves no baking. Perfect for the younger ones who want to be involved.






The Cake and Bake show rolls into London

Earls court

Almost the weekend and what better way to celebrate than a visit to the Cake and Bake show in Earls Court to eat my body weight in yummy cupcakes, brownies and bread! Good job I wore my stretchy jeans!

NM bottle As soon as I entered I was in awe of the gigantic Nielsen-Massey (headline sponsors) bottle on display in the foyer – I wish I had a handbag big enough to bring that home with me. Think of all the cupcakes you could make with that.

There was a whole variety of fascinating stands offering all things baking ranging from tools and ingredients to the baked delights of cookies, marshmallows, fudge – even a gormet sausage rolls and pies stand! I know what I am having for dinner tonight…

I made a beeline for the Nielsen-Massey emporium (it would be rude not to) which was beautifully filled with stunning arrays of lemon and orange trees, orchids and roses representing their range of delicious extracts. Visitors were taken on a journey to discover the many scents and flavours available. I particularly enjoyed the individual scent tests – peppermint was my favourite as it reminded me of Christmas.

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bakeface2 After discovering Nielsen-Massey, I headed over to the Billington’s stand to share my #bakeface. There was a super fun photo booth set up inviting visitors to try a Billington’s brownie or cookie and take crazy photos of their #bakeface with their friends and family. I must say I got a little distracted with the wind machine when mine was taken (rabbit in headlights springs to mine) but it was a great momento of the day to take away.

The demonstration stages were brimming full of talented chefs and bakers that would appeal to all; Eric Landlard, John Whaite, Frances Quinn and Simon Rimmer just to name a few.

unicorn One of my highlights had to be the outrageously fabulous (and slightly bonkers) cake on display of Queen Mary Berry riding on a majestical unicorn – if you are visiting the show over the weekend this is a must!

Another great show from the Cake and Bake team and it is only the first day. If you have tickets for the weekend get there early and take advantage of all the great activities – and don’t forget to share your #bakeface to be in the chance to win a fantastic prize.

Happy Baking!!


Sam’s sweet breakfast with a twist

Nielsen-Massey are encouraging bakers to go on a personal journey to ‘discover what really great flavour tastes like’ by experimenting with their vast range of extracts, pods and bean paste and not wanting to miss out on a great baking opportunity that is exactly what I did.

So what to bake?  I really wanted to embrace this baking challenge head on and break away from the traditional everyday recipes, which took a bit of thinking outside the box, before I reached the idea for our ‘backwards breakfast’. This recipe has a fun ‘Alice in Wonderland’-esq feel to it, as everything is not always as it seems.

With the help of Nielsen-Massey products I filled a delicious chocolate egg with a smooth and creamy white chocolate and vanilla bean mousse and orange blossom curd yolk. Obviously, you can’t have dippy eggs without soldiers, so I accompanied this egg with soft and buttery, lemon extract shortbread fingers, perfectly complimented when dipped in the orange blossom curd.

This was served alongside a cup of coffee latte and vanilla bean mousse topped with an indulgent swirl of vanilla bean cream.

The quality of the Nielsen-Massey extracts and bean pastes really shone through in these recipes and one of the many benefits is that due to the superiority of the flavour you only need to use a very small amount to achieve wonderful results.

I loved using the vanilla bean paste for the white chocolate and vanilla bean mousse as the syrup consistency didn’t thin out the mousse and the flecks of the vanilla bean gave a beautiful visual effect too.

The orange blossom extract gave a wonderful delicate flavour to our curd (egg yolk) which did not overpower the flavour of the white chocolate mousse, as some orange essences sometimes do. The orange blossom curd would act as a great gift too for friends and family and is really versatile being used to fill layer cakes and even doughnuts. See recipe

Individually each of these recipes were simple to make however, using the Nielsen-Massey extracts was definitely my secret weapon in the kitchen turning my baking into show-stopper quality. It was so good, I was even tempted not to reveal our secret ingredient when asked and take all of the credit myself!

This recipe is a great idea to try for an afternoon tea with friends or family over the Easter period, so why not, like I did, join Nielsen-Massey to ‘discover what really great flavour tastes like. See recipe

Vanilla Amnesty at the Cake and Bake Show

Swap your Vanilla Essence for Extract!

The get the best results in your baking, using the best ingredients is key.  This includes vanilla.

If you are guilty of having Vanilla Essence in your cupboard and not Vanilla Extract, we will swop your bottle for a 60ml Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract absolutely free of charge at the stand.

Nielsen-Massey has crafted the world’s finest vanillas and flavour extracts since 1907. Hand-picked for perfection, their vanilla beans go through an exclusive cold extraction process that slowly and gently draws out the delicate, natural flavours.

Be quick though as we only have 2,500 bottles to give away!