Hosting Your Own British Style Afternoon Tea

While Living abroad in Dubai, I experienced my first British style high tea at the Bab al Shams Resort. Years earlier while visiting England, my family and I enjoyed afternoon tea, also known as “low tea.” What are the differences you might ask?

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea or Low tea, is a British traditional meal served in the afternoon that includes tea served with an assortment of light snacks. This can include finger sandwiches, various cookies, biscuits, scones and jams. An elegant social occasion often enjoyed by society elites, while sitting in comfortable low chairs, hence the name “low tea.”

High Tea

 High tea is traditionally a much heavier menu served later in the day that includes more substantial food. It was typically served at about 6pm to the working class as they arrived home. The menu can include meat or fish pie, breads, salads, tea-cakes, vegetables and jams. The tea is typically enjoyed while sitting around a high table.

I chose to host my own Afternoon tea and have included the recipes to the tea sandwiches I have included in my assortment.


Red Pepper Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwich

Ingredients:
  • sliced white bread with the crusts removed
  • sliced boiled ham
  • muenster cheese
  • red pepper jelly
Directions:
  1. Remove the crusts from the bread so that you are left with 2 equal sized square pieces
  2. Spread a generous amount of red pepper jelly on one side of both slices
  3. Fold or cut ham to fit the size of the bread, so that there isn’t any over hang
  4. Repeat this same process with the sliced cheese
  5. Put the two halves together and cut into two small triangles


Cucumber Tomato Tea Sandwich

Ingredients:
  • sliced white bread with the crusts removed
  • peeled and sliced cucumber
  • thinly sliced tomato
  • whipped Cream Cheese
Directions:
  1. Remove the crusts from the bread so that you are left with 2 equal sized square pieces
  2. Spread a generous amount of cream cheese on one side of both slices
  3. Place a layer of cucumber, and a layer of tomato
  4. Put the two halves together and cut into two small triangles

 

 

 

 

 

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