H1: Spoil Dad with These Delicious Father’s Day Afternoon Tea Recipes!
H2: The Importance of Father’s Day
H2: Why Afternoon Tea?
H2: Recipe #1: Classic Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam
H2: Recipe #2: Cheese and Herb Scones
H2: Recipe #3: Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
H2: Recipe #4: Lemon Drizzle Cake
H2: Recipe #5: Earl Grey Tea Infused Truffles
The Importance of Father’s Day
Father’s Day is a special day of the year dedicated to celebrating and honoring fathers and father-like figures. This day is a perfect opportunity to show your love and appreciation for the man who has always been there for you, supporting and guiding you throughout your life. Father’s Day is a great reminder to express your gratitude to your father or father-figure for all their hard work, sacrifice, and love.
Why Afternoon Tea?
Afternoon tea is a quintessential British tradition that involves a pot of tea, a selection of sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats. It is an excellent way to spend quality time with your loved ones and bond over a shared love of food and tea. Moreover, it provides a perfect opportunity to spoil your dad on Father’s Day with some delicious homemade treats.
So, if you want to surprise your dad with something special on Father’s Day, here are some delicious recipes you can try out for your Father’s Day afternoon tea.
Recipe #1: Classic Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam
– 225g self-raising flour
– 1 tbsp caster sugar
– 50g unsalted butter, softened
– 150ml milk
– Clotted cream and jam, to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and softened butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Add the milk to the mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms.
4. On a floured surface, gently knead the dough until smooth.
5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a thickness of 2cm.
6. Using a 5cm fluted cutter, cut out the scones, making sure not to twist the cutter.
7. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the tops with a little milk.
8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Serve with clotted cream and jam.
Recipe #2: Cheese and Herb Scones
– 225g self-raising flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 50g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
– 50g cheddar cheese, grated
– 1 tbsp mixed herbs
– 125ml milk
– A pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
3. Add the cubed butter and rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Add the grated cheese and mixed herbs to the mixture and stir well to combine.
5. Gradually add the milk to the mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms.
6. On a floured surface, gently knead the dough until smooth.
7. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a thickness of 2cm.
8. Using a 5cm fluted cutter, cut out the scones, making sure not to twist the cutter.
9. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the tops with a little milk.
10. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
11. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Recipe #3: Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
– 8 slices of wholemeal bread
– 200g smoked salmon
– A handful of rocket leaves
– 1 tbsp cream cheese
– Juice of half a lemon
– Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a small mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
2. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly on each slice of bread.
3. Top four slices of the bread with slices of smoked salmon.
4. Add a handful of rocket leaves on top of the smoked salmon.
5. Top with the remaining slices of bread to make a sandwich.
6. Using a sharp knife, cut the sandwiches into fingers.
7. Serve immediately.
Recipe #4: Lemon Drizzle Cake
– 225g unsalted butter, softened
– 225g caster sugar
– 4 eggs, beaten
– 225g self-raising flour
– Zest of 2 lemons
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 75g granulated sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Gradually add the beaten eggs to the mixture, beating well between each addition.
4. Add the flour and lemon zest to the mixture and fold gently until fully combined.
5. Transfer the cake mixture to a lined loaf tin.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
7. In a small saucepan, gently heat the granulated sugar and lemon juice until the sugar has dissolved.
8. Using a toothpick, prick small holes over the top of the warm cake.
9. Pour the lemon syrup over the cake while it is still warm.
10. Allow the cake to cool in the tin before removing it.
11. Serve in slices with a cup of tea.
Recipe #5: Earl Grey Tea Infused Truffles
– 200g dark chocolate
– 100g double cream
– 2 Earl Grey tea bags
– Cocoa powder, for dusting
1. In a medium saucepan, heat the double cream until it just starts to boil.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bags.
3. Allow the tea bags to infuse in the cream for 5 minutes.
4. Remove the tea bags and return the saucepan to the heat.
5. Add the dark chocolate to the saucepan and stir until fully melted and combined.
6. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until set.
7. Using a teaspoon, scoop out small balls of the chocolate mixture.
8. Roll the balls between your palms to form smooth truffles.
9. Dust each truffle with cocoa powder.
10. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Father’s Day is a special occasion to show your love and appreciation for your dad or father-figure. And what better way to do this than by spending some quality time together over a delicious afternoon tea?
With these easy-to-follow recipes, you can create a special treat for your dad that he will remember for years to come. Whether you opt for the classic scones with jam and clotted cream, or try something a little different like the cheese and herb scones or the Earl Grey tea infused truffles, your dad is sure to appreciate the effort you put in to make his day special. So, gather your ingredients and get baking – your dad deserves it!