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The Best Food for the Ultimate Tea Party Spread

The Best Food for the Ultimate Tea Party Spread

Belgian Boys' provides boundless possibilities for high tea eats!

It’s hard not to love afternoon tea. The elegant British tradition is said to have started by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess found herself understandably hungry between lunch and dinner, which was served fashionably late. She asked for a tray of tea, bread, and cake to tide her over…and high tea was born. Tea party food only got better from these humble origins.

 

Over the years, the afternoon tea experience has evolved into a satisfyingly decadent affair enjoyed all over the world. You may picture charming mix and match teacups and saucers, pretty little flower vases, and delicious home-made tea party treats piled high on a three-tiered stand. From dainty sandwiches (cucumber is just the start) and scones served with clotted cream and jam to all sorts of cakes and pastries, there are boundless possibilities for high tea eats.

 

Here are some fantastic tea party foods to pair with your favorite tea. Silver tea pots and delicate bone china cups are optional, as are jaunty hats. To make it really special, open a bottle of Champagne. An afternoon tea is a perfect way to celebrate a birthday, a special occasion, or just bring a little merriment into your day.

 

Almond Butter Cakes with Lemon Curd and Cream

A riff on the classic scones, start instead with Belgian Boys’ Almond Butter Cakes. The little loaf cakes with a delicate almond flavor are the perfect size to serve with tea. With a thin and crispy exterior and a moist interior, they’re made in France with real butter and real sugar. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a spread of tangy lemon curd to dress them up. Dust with powdered sugar for a festive finish.

 

Cheesecake with Fresh Berries

Mini cheesecakes topped with berries are just as delicious as full-size cheesecake, only cuter. Raspberry Cheesecake or New York Cheesecake from the Belgian Boys are creamy and crave-able, made from creamy ingredients and perfect for pairing with tea. They already come in the perfect glass ramekin for serving. To gussy them up these tea party treats, top them with sweet blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or all three. Happy tea time!   

 

Mini Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill 

High tea pro tip: start on the bottom tier, with savory goodies like little sandwiches or these smoked salmon and dill mini pancakes, then work your way up to the sweets. For these yummy tea party snacks, begin with Belgian Boys’ fluffy, airy, and irresistible mini pancakes, then top each with a smear of cream cheese or creme fraiche, a slice of smoked salmon, and a sprig of fresh dill. Super easy and elegant, these double as a great anytime hors d'oeuvre.