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How to Serve Traditional English Cream Tea

Afternoon tea, or teatime, is about serving tea with savoury pastries and sweet snacks. Although not everybody in England sits down to afternoon tea, or even drinks tea, teatime is still a popular concept. Tina Jesson shows you how to prepare the tea, and also explains a little more about what tea time is all about. The teapot is covered in a tea cosy while Tina prepares an English cream tea, which is scones with conserves (like jam but runnier) and clotted cream.

Popular in Devon and Cornwall, England’s Southwest, the traditional English cream tea is close to the locals’ hearts and tourists also like it. In Devon, it is usual to put the cream on first and then the jam, while in Cornwall they do it the other way round. The scones are not usually buttered before the jam and cream are added, although you can have some butter on the tea table in case anybody does want some.

This is not the healthiest snack ever, but it is certainly one of the best! Sometimes it is nice to allow yourself the occasional indulgence and treat yourself to something yummy. A traditional English cream tea can work out expensive if you can only buy imported clotted cream, so if you like you can use double cream or whipped heavy cream instead. Scones can be made plain or with raisins. There is also a cheese and mustard variety but those are usually served with butter since they are savoury not sweet. Continue reading

Tea Party Table Setting Ideas

This video offers plenty of inspiration for teatime. After all, afternoon tea is not only about the tea and snacks but also about the table setting itself. How do you set the table for afternoon tea, which colours should you use and what type of glassware and china should you have? This video not only gives you some great ideas about decorating your table and selecting the correct crockery, cutlery and stemware, but you can also get ideas about what to wear to an English style tea party and what type of teatime food to serve to your guests.

This Victorian style British tea party features a particularly beautiful table setting and although the British weather is often difficult to predict, the tea party guests seem to have been blessed with a lovely summer day to enjoy their al fresco meal.

Whether you are curious about teatime trends and traditions, wondering how to set your table so it looks authentic and well-matched, or simply wondering what a tea party really looks like, this short video will give you plenty of ideas. Continue reading

Afternoon Tea Etiquette

There is more to enjoying teatime than simply sipping tea, nibbling on dainty sandwiches and making small talk. Whether you are holding an afternoon tea gathering or attending one elsewhere, it is very important to familiarise yourself with the correct teatime etiquette. In this video, etiquette expert William Hanson teaches celebrity chef Gino d’Acampo and presenter Melanie Sykes a thing or two about how to serve tea the right way.

This light-hearted video is fun to watch which means you should remember all the tips. Learning about etiquette is not always the most enjoyable experience but a light-hearted look is usually the best way to learn new things, and then you can buy an etiquette book if you wish to learn even more about it.

Do you add the milk or the hot tea to the cup first? Should you serve your guests or let them help themselves to tea? Find out the answers to those questions, as well as discovering the correct way to dab your lips with your serviette and various others etiquette tips. Also find out which etiquette pitfalls and clangers to avoid! Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine and I would like to welcome you to TeaTime Recipes. Tea has always been a favourite of mine and I adore the tradition of serving this wonderful beverage with all kinds of little snacks both sweet and savoury. Read More

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