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Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum

11th August 2020

Afternoon Tea is one of many great British traditions. Try our scone recipe as well as a classic lemon drizzle cake, then all you need to do is choose your sandwich fillings.

Scones

Ingredients

Makes 8 (6cm)

  • 500g strong flour
  • 125g sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 25g baking powder
  • 225g milk
  • Clotted Cream
  • Jam of your choice

Method

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients and the butter together in a mixing bowl until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Slowly add the cold milk and mix till combined.
  3. Knead together then wrap in cling film and pop in the refrigerator.
  4. Once the dough is firm roll out to 2cm thick and cut with a 6cm cutter.
  5. Egg yolk the top of the scones and leave to rest at room temp for 30 minutes before egg washing once more.
  6. Place into a pre heated oven at 160°C for 12 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool and spread with Clotted cream and jam of choice…. we’ll let you decide which goes first!
Homemade Scones

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 2 lemons zested
  • 350g sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2g salt
  • 150g crème fraiche
  • 270g soft flour
  • 5g baking powder
  • 100g (very) soft butter
  • 15g Rum
  • Melted butter

For the lemon syrup

  • 200ml stock syrup
  • 50g water
  • 40g lemon juice
    Mix together and use.

For the water icing

  • 50g icing sugar
  • 15g lemon juice
    To ensure a crust forms, mix the lemon juice into icing sugar and heat the icing until warm. You may need a little extra juice or sugar to adjust the consistency of the icing.

Method

  1. Mix the lemon zest and sugar and leave over night.
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder together twice.
  3. Following the order of the ingredients listed above, add the rest of the ingredients into the sugar.
  4. Pipe into the silpat mats 40g per cake.
  5. Pipe a little soft butter across the top of the cake before baking to help a crack to form on top.
  6. Place into a pre heated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  7. Soak with lemon flavoured syrup after cooking.

If you would rather leave it to the professionals, join us for an indulgent Afternoon Tea. 

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

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