Afternoon tea also known as low tea, is a light meal
typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of drinking tea
originated in England when Catherine of Bragança married Charles II in
1661 and brought the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her
Various places that belonged to the former British
Empire also have such a meal. However, changes in social customs and
working hours mean that most Britons will rarely take afternoon tea, if
Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and
served in teacups with milk and sugar. This is accompanied by sandwiches
(customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked
salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually
cakes and pastries.
Here you are some British and American recipes to be eaten with your tea.
- 125 g sugar
- 225 g butter
- 350 g plain flour
- pinch of salt
1. Beat the sugar and butter together in a large bowl until combined.
2.Sift in the flour and salt and work together to form a stiff dough. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly for a few moments until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface and cut into shapes with small biscuits cutters. Place on a greased baking tray.
4. Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven, 180ºC for 10-15 minutes, until pale golden brown. Leave on the baking trays for ten minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
5. Mix the icing sugar with a little water to make a glacé icing and use to ice the biscuits. Decorate with silver balls, tiny pieces of glacé cherries...