With Spring in full flow and the Summer fast approaching, the BAKO North Western team couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon than sampling a classic afternoon tea, enjoying a very British slice of luxury.
Of course we’re not alone, and tucking into delicate and delicious finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and quintessentially British cakes is understandably one of the UK’s favourite pastimes.
As this is the ideal time to tap into the cream tea market, to provide inspiration we’ve collected together some of the most tempting cream tea ideas we’ve seen on Twitter from the North West’s bakers.
— Annies (@anniesMCR) January 12, 2013
Annies in Manchester are known for their comfy armchairs and home-from-home feel, serving up a variety of afternoon teas from a champagne tea to the traditional cream tea. Annies’ cake stands are jewelled with delicate crust-less finger sandwiches, traditional jam tarts, flaky pastries piped with lashings of cream and the lightest of sponges, which are all served with a selection of English teas, or, for those who are celebrating, a glass of fizz.
— Teacup Kitchen (@teacupandcakes) February 18, 2014
Excelling in traditional British delights, Teacup’s afternoon tea comprises of three tiers of homemade finger sandwiches, savouries, miniature cakes, scones and fruit tarts served with a pot of loose leaf tea or a glass of bubbly. The Afternoon Tea menu changes seasonally with the current favourites including a crisp cheddar and smoked pepper quiche and a zingy passion fruit tart finished off with perfectly piped meringue peaks.
Cuthbert’s Bake house
Afternoon tea marathon starts again pic.twitter.com/Ht50qwRmzE
— Cuthbert’s Bakehouse (@Cuthbertsinfo) July 20, 2013
Liverpool’s utopia for the sweet toothed, Cuthbert’s serve a fusion of traditional and more unusual menu options, all baked in house. Customers can opt for the traditional high tea of smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, French macaroons and seasonal scones filled with clotted cream and jam and chocolate dipped strawberries. Alternatively, Cuthbert’s have invented the New Yorker menu, serving bagels, cheesecake, red velvet cupcakes and homemade peanut blondies.
Battenberg milkshake to start the day – Mmmmmm pic.twitter.com/wBcsSzyH82
— The Cake’ole (@VisitTheCakeole) May 19, 2014
The Cake’ole in Skipton are renowned for delivering an explosion of sights and flavours to entice even the most discerning of palates. Their traditional afternoon teas of finger sandwiches and sweet treats, from scrummy scones to bite-sized Victoria sponges, are paired with the taste sensations of Battenberg and Bakewell tart flavoured milkshakes.
What cream tea selection will you be whipping up this Spring? We’d love to hear yourideas on Twitter, and don’t hesitate to contact BAKO for a comprehensive range of professional-quality ingredients, from easy scone mixes and sandwich fillers to specialist baking supplies.