Homemade Afternoon Tea

So every Mother’s Day for the last few years we have celebrated by making mum homemade afternoon tea. I make the cakes, Sarah makes the sandwiches and Charlotte gets the scones, cream and Jam.

I thought I would do a blog post about the yummy cakes that I made and show you how they turned out.

Previous years ive made a large lemon drizzle cake, different flavoured cupcakes, a victoria sponge cake and more, this year I had a go at making a lemon drizzle tray bake, a rocky road tray bake and macaroons.

1. Lemon Drizzle Tray bake.

This was quite an easy cake mix to make as you basically mix two parts up and then mix it all together. It does include alot of squeezing lemons but the smell is divine.

Here’s a link to the recipe on the BBC Good food website.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1892633/lemon-drizzle-traybake

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2. Rocky Road Tray bake.

This is super yummy and only has a few steps to it.  I didn’t really follow a recipe exactly for this traybake (just using it to get quantities of butter and golden syrup) but I have included a link to a recipe below if you did want one to follow.

Here’s what I did:

1. Melted the butter and chocolate together in the microwave gradually. Make sure to check it at regular intervals and stir to avoid burning the chocolate. I used 2 bars of dark chocolate to 1 bar of milk chocolate.

2. Crush up the biscuits in a resealable bag using a rolling pin. Break into dust and large chunks for texture.

3. Pour the chocolate and biscuits into your traybake tin, mix together and then incorporate the raisins and mini marshmallows.

4. Make sure it’s all evenly mixed and coated in the chocolate and then pop it in the fridge to set.

Warning: This is very chocolaty, for those who like a milder chocolate taste use more milk chocolate.

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http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12412/rocky-road

3. Macaroons.

I wanted to have a practise of these to see if they are tricky, they are a little fiddly but not as bad as you’d think.

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Here’s the recipe I followed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/pink_macaroons_33096

I think they came out ok for a first attempt and my taste tester Tim enjoyed them…

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What I learnt for next time:

○ Go by the quantities that the recipe instructs for the butter cream, don’t just ‘wing it’ as mine didn’t come out the desired consistency.

○ Try and get food colouring from a proper professional cake shop, I used some gel food colouring from the COOP and it didn’t work that well for this recipe.

○ Draw out circles on to the baking parchment that are the desired size of the macaroons to ensure that they are the size you want and as even as possible.

We also had scones (cheese & fruit) with cream and Jam, egg, ham and salmon & cream cheese finger sandwiches, sausage rolls and lots of tea!

Here are some pictures from our yummy Homemade Mother’s day afternoon tea!

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Happy Mothers day!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

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