Afternoon tea can be a wonderful way to break up the day, enjoy a sweet and a hot spot of tea.
Tea time has such a cozy ring to it. My kids embrace tea time, little hobbits that they are, because of all the British literature that I’ve fed them. Well, that, and the cakes and cookies.
Right about two o’clock each school afternoon, I, personally get the doldrums. We still have schoolwork to finish, but a little pick-me-up is so nice to help me finish strong. And sharing a snack with my kiddos helps us all.
How to Dish Up Afternoon Tea on a Dime
Make tea time special.
I don’t have any British blood in me to help me find my way. So, our tea times are simply FishFam inspired. We just make what sounds good! A little sweet, a little hot beverage, and a moment to just take a break.
Serve a little sweet.
It really doesn’t take that long to prepare a sweet baked good. Cookies and scones lend themselves to tea time. They are small, finger foods that can pack some punch. Muffins and cake work well, too. Quick breads are delicious with tea. And in a pinch, simple Cinnamon Toast hits the spot.
The beauty about so many baked goods — besides their great taste — is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze them. Just bake and cool the goodie completely. Wrap it well in a freezer bag or plastic container and stash it in the icebox. Individual portions thaw pretty quickly.
Here are some of our favorite baked goods for tea time:
- Cranberry Chocolate Snack Cake
- Butternut Squash Brownies
- Snickerdoodle Bars
- Lemon Blueberry Scones
- Coconut Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
- Farmstyle Oatmeal Cookie
Serve a hot spot of tea.
Believe it or not, I developed a taste for tea when I was living in France. My friend Sarah and I would raid the cookie aisle of the local supermarche and head to my apartment for tea and cookies. It wasn’t French, but we loved it nonetheless. Thankfully, Sarah has spent enough time in England, as well, to show me the ropes.
I must confess to liking mine with cream and sugar.