Heading 1: Spoil Dad with Tea Time Treats: Father’s Day Afternoon Tea Ideas and Recipes
Heading 2: Introduction
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about how to make it extra special. If your dad is a tea lover, why not spoil him with an afternoon tea? With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can create a delightful spread of sweet and savory treats to enjoy with a cuppa. Here are some ideas and recipes to help you get started.
Heading 2: Setting the Scene
Before we get into the food, let’s talk about the setting. You don’t need to go all out with fancy teacups and silverware, but a few touches can make a big difference. Set the table with a tablecloth and some fresh flowers or a small plant. Choose a colorful teapot and matching cups and saucers, or mix and match for a more eclectic look. If you’re serving food on platters, try to vary the heights to create visual interest. And don’t forget the napkins and teaspoons!
Heading 2: Savouries
Start your Father’s Day tea with a selection of savory bites. Here are a few ideas:
– Finger sandwiches: These are a classic afternoon tea staple. Cut crusts off white or brown bread and fill with your dad’s favorite fillings. Try egg mayo, smoked salmon and cream cheese, or ham and mustard. Cut into fingers and arrange on a platter.
– Sausage rolls: If your dad loves meaty treats, try making some sausage rolls. Buy ready-made puff pastry and use sausages (or vegetarian sausages) as the filling. Brush with beaten egg and bake in the oven until golden brown.
– Cheese and crackers: Keep things simple with a selection of cheese and crackers. Choose a variety of cheeses, such as cheddar, brie, and blue, and pair with water biscuits or oatcakes. Add some grapes or cherry tomatoes for a pop of color.
Heading 2: Sweets
Now onto the sweet treats! Here are some ideas to satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth:
– Scones with clotted cream and jam: No afternoon tea is complete without scones. Make your own using a simple recipe, or buy them from a bakery. Serve with clotted cream and strawberry jam for a classic touch.
– Mini cakes and pastries: A variety of mini cakes and pastries makes for a delightful spread. Try making mini Victoria sponge cakes using a muffin tin, or buy some mini éclairs and fruit tarts from a patisserie.
– Chocolate truffles: For a rich and indulgent treat, try making some chocolate truffles. Mix melted chocolate with double cream and roll into balls. Coat in cocoa powder or crushed nuts and chill until set.
Heading 2: Tea
Of course, the star of the show is the tea. Make sure to have a variety of teas on offer, including English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and some herbal options. If your dad has a favorite tea, be sure to have that on hand too. For an extra special touch, use loose leaf tea and a strainer, or invest in a teapot with an infuser.
Heading 2: Conclusion
An afternoon tea is a lovely way to spoil your dad on Father’s Day. By following these ideas and recipes, you can create a delicious spread that he’ll love. Don’t forget to set the scene with some simple touches and a variety of teas. Happy Father’s Day!