5.14.2020

# afternoon tea # April Cornell tea set

Afternoon Tea Vlog | Spring | Daily Connoisseur



In today's afternoon tea vlog, we are making scones, jam tarts, sausage rolls, and savory tea sandwiches, all served with steaming cups of Earl Grey tea. I'm debuting my new Blue & White Roses Tea Set from Victoria Magazine, which is a collaboration tea set with April Cornell. This is the most beautiful and unique tea set I have seen in quite some time. Let's delight in afternoon tea together.



The scones and jam tarts are adapted from this cookbook.




Jam Tarts
This recipe is adapted from The Perfect Afternoon Tea Book. I use more butter than that recipe (of course!)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp sugar
8 Tbsp butter, diced
1 egg, beaten
jam or lemon curd for filling

Sift the flour, salt, and sugar into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg and knead it into a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425F. Grease a muffin tin. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut out 3 inch rounds. Place the dough into each muffin cup and fill with a heaping teaspoonful of jam or curd. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.


Scones
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
(You can use 4 cups self-rising flour, if you have it, and omit the baking powder)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and chopped
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 2/3 cup milk
fruit jam and clotted cream

Preheat the oven to 450F. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your hands until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. In a separate container, mix the lemon juice into the milk and let sit for one minute. Pour into the flour mixture and mix to form a soft dough. Knead until a ball is formed. Place on a floured cutting board and roll out to 1 inch thick (I made mine thinner in the video as an experiment... they were crunchier that way and a smaller portion size). Stamp out 12 scones with a 2 inch cutter. Dip the cutter in flour each time so it does not stick to the mixture. Brush the scones with extra milk and bake for 20 minutes. Serve with jam (I'm using Bonne Maman cherry jam here) and clotted cream. Lemon curd is also delicious with scones.



Sausage Rolls
I pre-cooked the sausage the evening before. You can use any kind you like. I'm using mild Italian sausage here. Wrap the sausage in puff pastry, brush with egg wash, and create a small slit in the top after cutting the sausage into thirds. Bake at 425F for 20 minutes.



Tea sandwiches
You can find some great tea recipes in both At Home with Madame Chic and Connoisseur Kids. Today, we are making cucumber and salmon tea sandwiches. The cream cheese base for both sandwiches is whipped cream cheese mixed with chopped chives and green onions from our garden. The cucumber sandwiches this cream cheese spread with a thin layer of cut cucumber. The smoked salmon sandwiches (my favorite!) are layered with smoked salmon. Crusts always cut. You can use any bread you like. So good.



I will do a separate review of the Blue & White Roses tea set from Victoria that was my Mother's Day present. This delicate and vintage-inspired tea set is designed by April Cornell for Victoria Magazine and is so beautiful and unique.

Also featured in today's video:
Blue & White Roses tea set from Victoria Magazine
Vahdam Teas
Earl Grey Citrus on Amazon
English tea strainer
Blue willow pattern plates
Tea set is by April Cornell for Victoria
copper measuring cups
My French Apron
Here are some beautiful cake stands from Riverbend
Cake stand with dome (Amazon)
Antique style cake stand (Amazon)
Tea towels from Riverbend Home
scone cutter (various sizes)
clotted cream 4-pack
Lemon curd
Bonne maman cherry jam 4-pack

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5 comments:

Ladylike said...

Jennifer,

Thank you for the recipes! I was transfixed by this video! It was such a sweet thing to do for your children~ I baked scones, bread, and cake today. I guess I wanted to have a tea party, too! I just didn't know it!

Warm best,

Alexandra

Ladylike said...


P.S.
One more thing: You might like to join this online class called "Bake Like An Artist". It involves a few weeks of baking projects and painting projects including "Collage and Galette; Radiating Pattern and Cake Design; Package Design and Cookies; and Spring Floral Painting and Focaccia". It will be taught by a Napa Valley pastry chef and a Napa Valley art teacher. It starts on May 20. I will be there! Go to www.NancyWillis.com/classes to sign up.

Warm best,
Alexandra

Unknown said...

What a beautiful tradition to share with your children and with us. So beautifully done!

dB said...

Loved this video! You have raised some lovely children and it’s so sweet to see the girls have a tea party.

I have a question about your garden. I’ve started some herbs on my kitchen counter and am now moving them to the bed in my backyard. I see you don’t have anything protecting your plants from animals (we have rabbits everywhere in Colorado). Do you do anything to keep the veggies and herbs safe from being eaten?

sumac said...

Such a lovely tea to share with your children.

But Jennifer, when the cameras aren’t rolling, do you still spoon your jam into pretty bowls before you spoon it into the pastry shells, or do you spoon it directly from the jar as I do?