Take an afternoon tea break and enjoy
baking tips and techniques and
fresh ideas for afternoon tea presentation.
This last month in the Kootenays has been roasting hot - up in the 30s most days and even up in the 40s. For a delicate English rose like myself, it's too hot to bake!! To be honest, it's too hot for tea.... Thank goodness for iced tea!
Iced tea is relatively new for me. It's more of an American thing, I think. But it's wonderful to serve for afternoon tea. It looks so very pretty with a few garnishes on the top, or served with flower ice cubes.
Peach Iced Tea was also high on my list - perhaps because the peaches this year are so juicy and tasty! Again, we used a homemade cordial and then we used thin slices of frozen peach in the drink itself. Yuuuumy! Peach tea is quite sweet and we thought it was delicious with scones.
Green Iced Tea is third on the list - but I think it's actually my favourite. We brewed the tea cold. When you brew the tea cold like this, you can save the tea leaves and use them again to make hot tea, which I have most mornings. Cold brewing makes a naturally lighter and sweeter tea. Perfect served with cucumber sandwiches.
We had a lot of fun making these! The kids love them, and they look absolutely gorgeous with iced tea. We made raspberry ones for the raspberry iced tea and cucumber, mint and borage for the green iced tea.Simply pop fruit in the tray and cover with water and freeze. There is more of an art to it.... Read more here!
Served as an open sandwich in a fan, this combination was very refreshing. The peppermint was particularly lovely, but you can substitute with ordinary garden mint.
It's simple, but quite lovely served this way.
We garnished it with paprika for extra prettiness.
Cucumber goes beautifully with creamy horseradish sauce. You only need a little though! We garnished with borage flowers for a very pretty look.
A 5 cm (2 inch) cutter is just the perfect size for a slice of cucumber. No borage? Put the horseradish on top instead.
We dipped the cucumber slices in balsamic vinegar and placed on bread and butter rounds. Simple, but utterly delicious.
This pretty cucumber flower would look lovely as a garnish for cucumber sandwiches. Why do I always spot these videos after I've taken all the photographs? :-)
I tried it though, and it's slightly fiddly, but definitely possible. And they are so lovely.
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