“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; and if you are excited, it will calm you.” William Gladstone
Battenberg cake, scones, clotted cream and raspberry preserves, finger sandwiches, loose leaf brewed tea and fruit tarts. Is there anything more girly or as beautiful as a porcelain tea set and petit fours? It makes my heart sign with joy to sit and enjoy this time-honoured tradition. My baking partner Stefanie (A.K.A. Thelma) helped with the preparation and consumption of this mouth-watering fest.
Afternoon tea or low tea is a small meal snack typically eaten between 4pm and 6pm. Observance of the custom originated amongst the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s. Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, is widely credited as transforming afternoon tea (or low tea) in England into a late-afternoon meal whilst visiting Belvoir Castle, though Charles II of England‘s wife Catherine of Braganza is often credited with introducing tea to the court upon her arrival in 1662.[dubious – discuss] By the end of the nineteenth century, afternoon tea or low tea had developed into its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes: “the table was laid…there were the best things with a fat pink rose on the side of each cup; hearts of lettuce, thin bread and butter, and the crisp little cakes that had been baked in readiness that morning.” excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_(meal)