Sunday, 24 May 2015

Afternoon Tea

Who doesn't love a little indulgence sometimes? The tradition of Afternoon tea was first introduced to England in 1840 by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford.  The evening meal in her household was served at 8pm and Anna would often feel hungry by about 4pm so asked her servants to bring her some tea, sandwiches and cakes at this time to keep her hunger at bay.  Anna would later ask her friends to join her and this soon became a social occasion adopted by many others.  The Earl of Sandwich famously popularised the sandwich in 1760.  During a poker game, he did not wish to leave the gambling game for a traditional meal so asked for a meal of convenience to be made of meat between two slices of bread.  Miniature finger sandwiches are often included in traditional afternoon tea sets.

Afternoon tea is becoming popular again here in the UK with many cafes and hotels offering a delicious selection of scones and cream cakes to go with your tea.   This gave me the inspiration to make an afternoon tea themed set.   This set consists of a tea pot containing freshly brewed tea; a milk jug with milk; a sugar pot with realistic white cane sugar; four cups containing tea with milk and four matching saucers; a plate of fruit scones; a plate of hot buttered crumpets; a plate of cinnamon swirl pastries and a plate of strawberry cream tarts.  This set is currently on sale in my Etsy shop

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