When did you last sit down with a dear friend and enjoy tea from a pot, with a tea strainer, a doily covered jug of milk and a good old slice of tea cake?
There are topics which can be discussed only when tea is at hand, don’t you think? Heart warming stories, emotional concerns, losses, devastation… When shared over a cup of tea it’s exactly like the proverb proclaims, “a worry shared is a worry halved”.
According to www.historic-uk.com:
“Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.”
In the thick of winter, we are heartily embracing all tea time moments. Our Glenvale Chefs are hard at work in the kitchen and make their share of delicious treats. For those who love to do a bit of baking we thought we’d do a hunt for the ten most tempting tea time treats!
- Who can possibly resist a plain but utterly delicious lemon cake such as this one bowl cake! Yum! Drizzled with a glace icing, you cannot stop at one slice. Our suggested tea partner would be an Earl Grey. Utterly refined on a wintery sunny day.
- Cinnamon Rolls are another favourite! With their beautiful scrolled form and cinnamon interior pair with a strong Afternoon Tea and you’ll be thanking us. Matching tea would have to be a delicious good quality English Breakfast. It sweeps away any sugary aftertaste and leaves you feeling refreshed and content!
- Jam and scones! A classic. Creating the perfect scone is deceptively difficult. You need a light hand and a bit of experience. Try this recipe from Taste.com.au. Difficult to decide on the tea match for this one. We’re leaning to a Melbourne Breakfast tea, what do you think?
- Date and nut loaf seems to have gone out of fashion, but this little gem is sure to make a comeback. Its moist without being overly sweet.
- Shortbread is high on our list. A good shortbread should be delicate and light! This recipe is rather special. It’s an heirloom recipe written by its original owner. We have a few of these stashed away ourselves and think it may be a fantastic idea for a Glenvale Villas recipe book. What do you think? As for the perfect tea for shortbread? Possibly a chai tea with its rich spicyness to complement the plain sweetness of the shortbread.
So our friends, we bid you a ‘good afternoon’! Hopefully you plan to settle down on a snug and comfy chair with a hearty pot of steaming tea and some delicious morsels to tide you over until dinner time!