January 20, 2013 · 3:00 PM
Who wants to make crumpets? Someone suggested doing a formal "high tea" and I love it. I want to eat those little sandwiches with no crust. Please plan to bring something from the excerpt below. I am going to make petite fours (little cakes). It's ok if you haven't made these foods before, it will be a fun experiment. Preparation and assembly at my house if fine, just let me know what accommodations you need. I'm hoping that someone with a lot of tea making experience (hint hint Connie) signs up to bring the tea, but if not, I will figure it out.
Afternoon tea is a small meal snack typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of afternoon tea originated in England in the 1840s.
Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served with milk and sugar. The sugar and caffeine of the concoction provided fortification against afternoon doldrums for the working poor of 19th and early 20th century England who had a significantly lower calorie count and more physically demanding occupation than most Westerners today. For laborers, the tea was sometimes accompanied by a small sandwich or baked snack (such as scones) that had been packed for them in the morning. For the more privileged, afternoon tea was accompanied by luxury ingredient sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg cake, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). In hotels and tea shops the food is often served on a tiered stand; there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread, or toast, muffins or crumpets.