Food & Drink Royal Ascot afternoon tea recipes: Posh sandwiches, buttermilk scones and a classic Victoria sponge

16:15  17 june  2020
16:15  17 june  2020 Source:   hellomagazine.com

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It's Royal Ascot from 16 to 20 June, and while the usual crowds are staying away due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ascot at Home campaign is encouraging us all to celebrate the annual racing event in our lockdown bubbles.

What could be more quintessentially British than a good old fashioned afternoon tea out in the garden? Tea poured from your best china pot, proper cups with saucers and a feast of finger sandwiches, scones and cake. Delicious!

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For those of you unable to make your own afternoon tea, you can purchase a Royal Ascot At Home Afternoon Tea package, featuring all the essential treats. Tea packages start from £45, with £5 from each sale added to the fundraising efforts. Visit britishfinefoods.com/royal-ascot-home-afternoon-tea.

Royal Ascot Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese


  • Two slices of brown bread
  • 80g smoked salmon
  • 30g full fat cream cheese
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper


  • Butter the bread.
  • Mix the lemon juice and cracked pepper in the cream cheese and place this mixture on one side of the bread.
  • Top with smoked salmon.
  • Place the second slice of bread on top.
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Gammon Ham and Dijon Mustard


  • Two slices of white bread
  • 80g good-quality sliced gammon ham
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise


  • Butter the bread.
  • Mix the mayonnaise with the mustard and spread on both sides of the bread.
  • Place the gammon on one side and the second slice of bread on top

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Lovely Afternoon Tea Recipes . Written by. Afternoon tea is a much-lauded culinary tradition born in 19th century Britain when Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, ordered tea and light fare to her room between lunch and a late dinner. Afternoon tea sandwiches are traditionally served, sans crust

Recipe : Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake. Before the Victoria sponge , British sponge cakes were leavened only by eggs hand-whisked with sugar until foamy and thick. And Queen Victoria , an afternoon tea aficionado, was apparently particularly fond of it.

Cucumber and Mint


  • Two slices of white bread
  • 40g cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 10g natural yoghurt
  • 5g fresh mint, chopped
  • Cracked black pepper


  • Butter the bread.
  • Place the cucumber on one slice of bread and season with black pepper. Mix the yoghurt and mint. Spread the yoghurt mixture on the second slice of bread. Place the two pieces of bread together.

Free-Range Egg Mayonnaise


  • Two slices of white or brown bread
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 5g mustard cress


  • Butter the bread.
  • Boil the eggs for ten minutes, peel and cool then chop and mix with the mayonnaise.
  • Season as you wish.
  • Place on one side of the bread and top with cress.
  • Place the second slice of bread on top

Royal Ascot Buttermilk Scones

Makes 10, preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 14-20 minutes

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  • 330g flour
  • 20g baking powder
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100ml milk
  • 100ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

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Plan the perfect afternoon tea with our foolproof scones , dainty macaroons and easy cake recipes . All you need is a teapot and some pretty cups. No afternoon tea is complete without freshly baked scones .

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Step 2

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and rub the butter in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Step 3

Create a well in the middle of the mixture and add the sugar, mixing thoroughly. This recipe is for plain scones but if you wish to add any fruit or flavourings such as sultanas, cinnamon or vanilla, now is the time to do so.

Step 4

Pour in the liquid gradually until a dough is formed and all the ingredients are nicely incorporated.

Step 5

Remove the dough from the bowl and flatten on a clean surface.

Step 6

Using a biscuit cutter, cut into rounds and place on a lined baking tray. Glaze the top of each scone with the beaten egg and rest for ten minutes.

Step 7

Bake for 14 - 20 minutes until lightly golden brown and risen.

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Royal Ascot Victoria Sponge

Serves 10, preparation time 20 minutes, cooking time 20-25 minutes

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  • 225g/8oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 4 medium free-range eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • Milk, to loosen
  • Filling: Jam, whipped cream, fresh berries or lemon curd


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4

Step 2

Grease and line two 18cm/7in cake tins with baking paper.

Step 3

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy

Step 4

Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.

Step 5

Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little extra milk if necessary, to create a batter with a soft dropping consistency.

Step 6

Divide the mixture between the cake tins and gently spread out with a spatula.

Step 7

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Step 8

Remove from the oven and set aside for five minutes, then remove from the tin and peel off the paper. Place both cakes on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 9

Sandwich the cakes together with jam, whipped cream, fresh berries or lemon curd.

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