Afternoon Teas are such a fantastic way to get together with your friends and family and indulge in lovely treats whilst catching up. Why not host your own one and fundraise for Breast Cancer Care at the same time!
I have teamed up with Breast Cancer Care to give you lots of inspiration, ideas and share some fantastic recipes, both my own, as well as some lovely contributions from some lovely restaurants and hotels, for you to host the ultimate Afternoon Tea Party and raise money for Breast Cancer Care. They are a fantastic charity and they do so much to be there for anyone facing breast cancer. I have had family members personally battle cancer and so this is something which is very close to my heart.
They are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer, and was founded by Betty Westgate on Christmas Eve, 1973, five years after her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 1968.
Order your Free Afternoon Tea Kit
First things first, order your free Afternoon Tea Kit. This is filled with lots of lovely stickers, coasters, games and much more, to help you give your Afternoon Tea event that extra fun factor.
Now lets decide the theme of your Afternoon Tea! You could have a quintessential and traditional Afternoon Tea, or you could make it fun and have a theme, where you could ask your guests to dress up, or you could decorate your table with themed tableware or a tablecloth. Some suggested themes are a safari theme, where you could have pictures or tableware of animals, a Royal theme, where you could have little tiaras and castles, a colour theme, where your guests all wear the same colour and that colour is reflected in your decorations, such as Pink or white, and finally an ingredient theme, such as chocolate!
If the weather is behaving, you could even have an Afternoon Tea Picnic!
Arguably the best part of an Afternoon Tea is the food! If you have a tiered stand, this would be perfect to present your food on, but platters and serving bowls are equally fine.
An Afternoon Tea usually has sandwiches or savouries, scones served with jam and clotted cream, desserts and pastries.
Here is some lovely advice from Executive Chef Nuno Goncalves, of the Aqua Restaurant Group.
“To create the best afternoon tea as in all of my cooking, I use the best of seasonal products without overcomplicating, treat all ingredients with respect and let them shine for themselves.”
Some ideas for Sandwiches are:
- Use a mix of breads to make it interesting
- You can make open or closed sandwiches
- Cut off the crust
- Fillings can be fun and varied, and classics are coronation chicken, egg and mayonnaise, cucumber, smoked salmon, tomato, basil and mozzarella, cheese and pickle, and watercress.
These are my favourite part of an Afternoon Tea, and you can serve them with a variety of different jams and clotted cream. You could even go a step further and serve plain scones with chocolate spread 🙂
The lovely Corrine Jones, who is the Pastry Sous Chef at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, has shared a fantastic recipe which makes 15 scones below, which you can print out and save.
- 455 grams Plain Flour
- 100 grams Caster White Sugar
- 90 grams Unsalted Butter
- 30 grams Baking Powder
- 1 Whole Free Range Egg
- 200ml Full Fat Milk
- 60 grams Sultanas/Raisins
- Mix all together in a bowl the flour, sugar and baking powder and mix for a minute with a cooking spoon.
- Add the 90 grams butter and mix with your hands for approximately 3 minutes until breadcrumbs are formed.
- Small tip: The Chef is always right, but make sure your hands are washed properly, otherwise they are not…
- Add the egg and the 200ml of the full fat milk at the same time keep mixing with your hands for approximately another 2 minutes.
- Another tip: You could use an assistant as your sous chef..
- Your dough is now ready.
- On a clean surface, spread some flour, put your dough, and gently knead with your hands for another 2 minutes.
- We can now wrap the dough with cling film and leave to rest at room temperature for 30 mins.
- After resting, the dough is now ready to roll.
- We roll the dough until is spread enough until we have an inch of height.
- We cut the dough using a round cutter– 60mm size is great for this recipe.
- Place on a baking tray grease proof paper and place your scones
- Last minute advice: If you wish to make it a bit shinier, kindly break one more egg, use only the yolk, and with a brush spread on top of each scone.
- Ready to bake and place in pre-heated oven at 160c , for 15 mins.
- Your Scones are now ready to enjoy 🙂
- The best friend to a scone is the Clotted cream and a nice Strawberry Jam!
- The food comes with the mood of the chef – Be happy and you’ll make happy scones
- By Corrine Jones
- Pastry Sous Chef
- Hyatt Regency Churchill
Pastries and Desserts
The sweet tooth lover’s favourite layer, there are so many options of what you can serve here! Whether they are slices of cake, cupcakes, muffins, cheesecake, Victoria Sponge Cakes, Fruit Tarts, Biscuits, Mousse, Trifles, Tiramisu, Brownies…you can serve whatever you want!
The lovely Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London have shared a delicious recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake, which you can print or save.
- Cake ingredients
- 230g soft flour
- 100g cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp fine salt
- 325g sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 ½ cups Guinness Extra Stout
- Preparing the Bundt tin
- 50g butter, melted
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- Whiskey chocolate glaze
- 160g milk chocolate
- 80g whipping cream
- 40g dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp whiskey
- 1 tbsp liquid glucose
- 1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- 2. Prepare the Bundt tin by brushing it generously with the melted butter and then dusting it well with cocoa powder. Tap out any excess cocoa powder and set the tin aside.
- 3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and fine salt together into a bowl.
- 4. Add the egg, sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract to the bowl. Whisk together on a high speed for around five minutes until thick and creamy.
- 5. Add the milk and mix until smooth.
- 6. Add the dry ingredients and Guinness in small portions, alternating between each portion, until all the ingredients form a smooth batter.
- 7. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt tin. The batter should fill ¾ of the tin.
- 8. Place the tin on the middle rack of the oven for 35- 45 minutes. Test the cake by inserting a skewer into the cake. If the cake is ready, the skewer will be clean.
- 9. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and cool the cake in the tin on a wire rack for a minimum of 30 minutes. Next remove the cake from the tin. Allow the cake to cool completely on the wire rack before glazing.
- To make the glaze
- 1. Bring the cream and glucose to the boil in a saucepan.
- 2. Pour the liquid over the chopped chocolates and allow it to melt.
- 3. Whisk well until no lumps are remaining, then stir in the whisky.
- 4. Cool the glaze slightly, then pour over the cake.
Tea is an essential part of the Afternoon Tea, and you can have little handwritten menu cards for your guests to choose which tea they want. You could have a variety which includes classic English Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, Herbal or Fruity Teas such as Green Tea, Lemon and Ginger Tea, Mint Tea.
Coffee or Hot Chocolate
It would be lovely to offer the option of coffee or hot chocolate too as not everyone is a tea fan.
I have some recipes for coffees which may be of interest:
You could even serve some fizz to make it that much more special. For fun, serve in a tea cup or for elegance, in a champagne flute.
Finally, enjoy the moment, prepare everything in advance so you can spend time with your guests and have a fabulous time!
To find out more about Breast Cancer Care, you can visit their website here.
You can donate to Breast Cancer Care and support the incredible work that they do here.
If you host an Afternoon Tea to fundraise for Breast Cancer Care I would love to know about it!