Afternoon tea recipes

Whether you’re having friends round for afternoon tea or want to bring a treat in for your office tea-break, we have a recipe for you.

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Classic canelés

Afternoon tea recipes

Classic canelés

Traditional French canelés are golden-brown with a crisp, shiny exterior and soft, custardy centre. Use Philippe...

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Rosé and raspberry financiers

Afternoon tea recipes

Rosé and raspberry financiers

Small, but mighty. This delicate almond cake recipe is studded with rosé wine macerated raspberries.

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Strawberry and coconut flapjacks

Teatime traybake recipes

Strawberry and coconut flapjacks

A basic flapjack recipe is given a fruity, summery twist with the addition of sweet,...

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The ultimate cheese scones

Scone recipes

The ultimate cheese scones

Debbie Major has perfected the cheese scone – light, fluffy and topped with a crisp...

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Gill Meller’s brown butter and poppy seed shortbread biscuits

Afternoon tea recipes

Gill Meller’s brown butter and poppy seed shortbread...

Gill Meller’s easy shortbread biscuits are the perfect end to a meal. Made with browned...

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Mini doughnut muffins

Mini dessert recipes

Mini doughnut muffins

Mini doughnut muffins are Martha Collison’s quick solution to a relentless doughnut craving. Jammy, bite-sized...

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Custard doughnuts

Afternoon tea recipes

Custard doughnuts

Doughnuts from the Bread Ahead bakery are famous in the delicious. office. Soft, pillowy and...

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Giant Jaffa cake

Afternoon tea recipes

Giant Jaffa cake

Teatime will be great with our giant Jaffa cake recipe. With a soft sponge base,...

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Nigella Lawson’s chocolate biscuits

Biscuit recipes

Nigella Lawson’s chocolate biscuits

Nigella Lawson calls these simple chocolate biscuits ‘Granny Boyd’s biscuits’ after her editor’s, Eugenie Boyd,...

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Flourless chocolate cake

Chocolate cake recipes

Flourless chocolate cake

Crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, Simmone Logue’s flourless (gluten-free) chocolate cake...

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Nectarine rose tart

Make-ahead summer dessert recipes

Nectarine rose tart

Gorgeous to look at and even better to eat – this beautiful nectarine tart recipe...

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Summer cupcakes to flavour three ways

Afternoon tea recipes

Summer cupcakes to flavour three ways

These summery cupcakes can be flavoured three ways: blueberry, cherry ripple or lemon and earl...

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Blueberry and polenta shortcake

Make-ahead summer dessert recipes

Blueberry and polenta shortcake

Inspired by her best friend’s mum, Debbie Major shares her recipe for this summery and...

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Perfect scones

Scone recipes

Perfect scones

A perfect scone is a beautiful thing; light, not too sweet and topped – just...

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Cherry madeleines with hot toffee sauce

Cherry recipes

Cherry madeleines with hot toffee sauce

These beautiful cherry madeleines, served with a hot toffee sauce, are best eaten oven-warm with afternoon...

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Jammy doughnuts

Afternoon tea recipes

Jammy doughnuts

You can fill these homemade doughnuts with Nutella, jam, custard – whatever you’d like. The...

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Jam doughnuts

Jam recipes

Jam doughnuts

Who can resist a warm, pillowy, sugar-coated jam doughnut? Our foolproof recipe will have you...

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Carrot and walnut cake

Carrot cake recipes

Carrot and walnut cake

Ciara Davis’s lusciously moist carrot and walnut cake is packed with sultanas and desiccated coconut...

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Marmalade and coconut bakewell tart

Marmalade and coconut bakewell tart

Debbie Major swaps the jam and almond sponge layers with marmalade and coconut creating a...

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Sticky almond and date shortbread

Sticky almond and date shortbread

John Whaite’s recipe of crisp, crumbly shortbread is topped with a sticky almond and date...

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Chocolate orange tea loaf

Afternoon tea recipes

Chocolate orange tea loaf

The inspiration for this chocolate and orange tea loaf recipe comes from the jaffa cake...

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Hazelnut meringue cake

Afternoon tea recipes

Hazelnut meringue cake

This showstopper cake recipe is made with layers of hazelnut meringue and sherry chocolate cream...

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Custard tart

Custard tart

This classic custard tart is based on Marcus Wareing’s famous recipe. The texture is the...

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Lemon and pistachio battenberg

Afternoon tea recipes

Lemon and pistachio battenberg

This battenberg cake recipe has a beautiful hit of lemon to cut through the sweetness.

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