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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:

NM Vanilla Swiss Roll WEB



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.




Twinings Salmon and Cucumber sandwiches WEB



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

Tea infused scones WEB


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

English afternoon tea scones

macaroons web


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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How to make Crystallised Rose Petals

Hi everyone,

Have you ever seen beautiful cakes and cupcakes decorated with delicate rose petals and wondered how it’s done? Well you can make your own crystallised rose petals yourself very easily. Just follow our step-by-step guide!

You will need:

  • 30 Rose Petals
  • 1 Egg White from a medium egg
  • Caster Sugar
  • Paintbrush
  • Teaspoon

1. Carefully remove the petals from the roses, lightly whisk the egg white and spoon the sugar into a shallow bowl.

2. Hold the base of a petal using the tip of your thumb and fore finger and paint both sides with the egg white, ensuring you cover the whole petal.

3. Spoon the sugar all over the petal, shaking off any excess

4. Place the petals on baking parchment and leave to dry for at least 2 hours or overnight if possible. The crystallised petals can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

And there you have it, pretty crystallised rose petals for decorating cakes and cupcakes. Why not try them out on this delicious Chocolate Cake with Rose Petals, or alternatively to top these delicate Rose Water Cupcakes.