Make a mini afternoon tea

Mini afternoon tea


Serves 4

These three essential elements of an afternoon tea are all you really need (along with a pot of tea of course!).

Mini lemon loaf cakes

Makes 8 cakes

You will need:

150g unsalted butter

150g plain flour

150g caster sugar

2 eggs

2 lemons

200g icing sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream together using a handheld mixer until light and fluffy.

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3. Add the flour and mix to combine.

4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until fully combined.

5. Mix in the zest of one lemon and 50ml of lemon juice.

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6. Pour the cake mix into mini loaf tins and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool slightly in the tins, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

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7. To make the icing, put the icing sugar in a large bowl and gradually add drops of lemon juice, mixing as you go until the icing is smooth and will coat the back of a wooden spoon.

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8. Drizzle the icing over the cakes and scatter lemon zest over the top before serving.

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Mini scones

Makes 8 scones

You will need:

180g self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

45g butter

20g caster sugar

120ml milk

1 egg, beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Put the flour and salt in a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and use your fingers to rub it into the flour mixture.

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3. Once the flour and butter are combined, stir in the sugar followed by the milk to create a soft dough.

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4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until it is around 2cm thick.
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5. Use a cutter (or a glass will do) to cut out 5cm rounds. Place these on the baking tray. Reroll the dough and cut out more rounds until you have used up all your dough.
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6. Brush the tops of your scones with the beaten egg. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until risen and golden brown.
7.Cool on a wire rack and serve with jam and clotted cream.
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Mini sandwiches

Makes 8 sandwiches

You will need:

8 slices of good quality white bread

1 cucumber

180g cream cheese


1. Thinly slice the cucumber into rounds.

2. Spread cream cheese on each slice of bread.
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3. Place cucumber slices on one slice of bread and top with a second slice.
4. Repeat four times.
5. Neatly remove the crusts then slice each sandwich into 8 fingers.
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