“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James
When lunch is a distant memory and dinner still feels like a long way off, there is nothing more enjoyable than the light relief of the delicate sweet treats and savoury snacks of Afternoon Tea.
Perhaps that most quintessential of all English customs, the Afternoon tea is surprisingly a relatively new tradition which was introduced in 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.
The Duchess found that she become hungry mid-afternoon due to the long period of time that past between lunch and the fashionably late serving of dinner at eight ’o’clock. She began inviting her friends to enjoy tea and ‘a light refreshment’ in her rooms at Woburn Abbey, a daily ritual that soon became fashionable and was popularised by Queen Victoria.
To celebrate ‘Afternoon Tea Week’, an annual date that falls every second week of August, how about trying out these delicious Vanilla Cupcakes, the perfect sweet treats to accompany a thirst-quenching pot of earl grey!