With the Olympic games fast approaching in Britain 2012 there has been a resurgence in the great British tradition of Afternoon teas which originated in the early 1840's.In these difficult global times Britain is eager to impress visitors and investors to our great country and what better way to do it than trough peoples stomachs and peoples passion for food which I believe has never been greater.
However afternoon tea is normally taken in high classed establishments or tea shops and with that comes at a hefty price so I am hopefully going to show you some recipes for you to produce your own lavish afternoon tea I will be staying away from sandwiches I will leave that to your own imagination or if any bloggers out there wish to guest post ideas for sandwiches please do contact me
So to kick of something every afternoon tea should have scones no ordinary scones these are Chocolate scones usually eaten with a variety of jams and often served with clotted cream .
280g self raising flour
1 tbsp caster sugar
55g chocolate chips
150 ml whole milk
plain flour for dusting
1. Pre heat oven to220°C /425°f/gas mark 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Place flour in the mixing bowl.Cut the butter in to small pieces and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the scone mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
2. Stir in the caster sugar and chocolate chips.Mix in enough milk to form a soft dough.let the dough rest for 10 mins.
3. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to form a rectangle 10x15cm/4x6 inch about 2.5cm thick/1 inch thick. cut the dough into 9 rectangles.
4. Place scones well separated on prepared baking sheet.Brush the top with a little milk.And let the scones rest for 10 mins.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12mins until risen and golden brown and enjoy.
It is important to give the dough resting periods as described.The dough can be cut into any shape you wish circles,heart or triangles just remember to keep the same thickness.