Afternoon tea: a quintessentially English treat, created by Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford. What started as the Duchess enjoying a pot of tea and snack in her chamber, has since transformed into a food phenomenon, turning the early afternoon bite into a popular, much-loved occasion. With a delightful selection of miniature cakes, French fancies and triangular sandwiches, accompanied by a pot of tea or coffee, it’s no wonder the afternoon tea is enjoyed by so many.
Although the selection of foods has certainly aided its popularity, it’s also the experience that has secured the afternoon tea’s place in the heart of cake lovers. With intricate, vintage china, a beautiful cake stand filled with indulgences, and the option for your customers to eat in any order they prefer, the afternoon tea has become a unique, pretty and enjoyable English tradition.
To highlight the true potential of afternoon tea, we’re showcasing four crazy ideas that will show how you can push the boundaries with your food selection to attract even more customers.
Flower Power Afternoon Tea
As bakers, you may have already experimented with edible flowers in your baking. Offering a pop of colour and a beautifully presented afternoon tea, flower power isn’t hard to achieve, and can be executed as simply as decorating the selection with edible pansies. For the more experienced baker, why not bring the garden theme wonderfully to life, with the following suggestions?
- Lemon and lavender miniatures cupcakes
- Chocolate and basil brownie bites
- Wholegrain mustard coated ham, with orange blossom honey sandwiches
- Rosewater herbal tea
- Early Grey scones
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea
A delicious afternoon tea that swaps sandwiches for a tasty selection of much-loved savoury snacks, from crispy sausage rolls to miniature burgers; this gentleman’s afternoon tea is a unique take on the classic English delight, and is becoming increasingly popular across the country. The gentleman’s afternoon tea traditionally features snack-sized variations of your favourite hearty classics, alongside beer-infused appetisers and desserts. Why not experiment with stout, and offer a food selection that pairs well with your ale menu? Serve on a large slate platter, with a tankard of brown ale.
- Scotch quail eggs
- Beer brownies
- Pork pies
- Chocolate stout cake
- Beer-battered fish and chips
Indian Afternoon Tea
Why not swap cake and sandwiches for lightly spiced, delicious Indian snacks? Served with Chai tea, Indian afternoon tea offers a piquant, fiery take on the classic afternoon tea, using traditional Indian spices. Opting for mouth-watering Indian pastries and rich peppery bites, we’re sure this will be a big hit with your customers.
- Bombay miniature burgers
- Masala Chai Tea
- Coriander and tomato chutney sandwiches
- Vegetable samosas
Chocolate Afternoon Tea
Chocolate lovers will rejoice at the next crazy afternoon tea idea! An overload of chocolate and rich indulgences, including velvety chocolate tea and chocolate art decorations, your customers will be transported into an all-encompassing cocoa haven! Why not serve the below suggestions on an edible chocolate tray?
- Red velvet chocolate tea
- Dark chocolate torte
- Chocolate roses
- Rocky road
- Chocolate fondue
The afternoon tea is a hugely popular English tradition. Make yours stand out with these crazy, striking ideas that your customers are guaranteed to love.
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