High SocieTea…

HIgh Tea-2

“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

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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.[2][3] 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.[4][dubiousdiscuss][5][6][7] 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)

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