Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost a year since I posted last. My gorgeous babies are taking up all of my time. :) Our second little boy is 7 months old today, he is the sweetest little baby. Eli adores him and is the best big brother. But my gosh we are busy. I have so many different ideas for dinners and brunches that I want to post about, but it is hard to find the time to perfect my recipes and share them here.
I am delighted to be able to share our recent family gathering with you and show you all the delightful cakes and sandwiches we enjoyed.
During the summer we celebrated my great aunts 77th birthday with an afternoon tea for all my family, all 30 of us. She wasn’t just 77, her birthday also fell on the 7th of the 7th, so it was a little bit special.
Like all parties we have, the menu is always the most exciting part for me. As soon as my Mam suggested having an afternoon tea I was thinking about dainty little cakes and clotted cream on scones, egg finger sandwiches and tea served in fine china. Afternoon tea for 30 isn’t an easy task but my Mam and I cleverly created a menu with easy to prepare courses. We choose desserts and sandwiches that could be prepared in advance and no item on the menu had more than 5 ingredients. We even cheated where we could by buying some pre-made items….who makes macarons :P
Course 1 (Sandwiches)
Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese on Herb Scones
The herb scones were baked the day before.
On the day we spread the scones with herb cream cheese and layered with smoked salmon.
Roast Beef with Horseradish on Toasted Ciabatta
The beef was roasted and sliced the day before.
On the day we cut the ciabatta into thin slices and toasted. It was then buttered before layering on the roast beef slices and a small spoon of horseradish.
Brie and Caramalised Onion Filo Tart
The filo tarts were prepared the evening before and reheated before serving.
A mini muffin tray was lined with filo pastry and filled with caramelised onion and slices of brie. They were then baked until golden.
Egg Mayonnaise with Chive Finger Sandwiches
The egg mayo and chive was prepared the evening before.
On the day we assembled the sandwiches, removed the crust and cut into battens ‘finger sandwiches’.
Coronation Chicken with Green Grapes
I prepared the coronation chicken the previous day. To cook the chicken breasts I boiled them for 25mins. Boiling made them easier to shred. Once cooked and cooled the chicken was shredded and mixed with mayonnaise and a little curry paste.
Course 2 (Scones)
Fruit Scones Filled with Rhubarb Jam and Clotted Cream
The fruit scones were baked the day before.
on the day we filled them with rhubarb jam and clotted cream.
Course 3 (Sweet Treats)
Crème Patissière Fruit Tartlets
The mini sweet pastry cases for these tarts were bought in Dunnes Stores.
On the day we filled with crème patissière and fresh fruit.
Lemon Posset with Mango
These possets are super easy to prepare and the whole lot can be made in advance.
- 600ml double cream
- 200g golden caster sugar
- Zest and juice of 3 lemons
Make the posset by gently heating the cream and sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a simmer and bubble for 1 min. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice. Divide between small pots. Once cool, allow to chill in the fridge until set.
These possets are beautiful just on their own but we topped them with finely chopped fresh mango, covered with a thin layer of lemon jelly.
Orange Chocolate Eclairs
These are best made on the day. I have made them in advance before but I find they soften a little overnight.
I followed this recipe for my eclairs. Filled them with fresh cream and topped with melted orange chocolate.
I bought my macarons, life is too short :)
We delegated a few jobs too.
One aunt made mini chocolate brownies.
Another made white chocolate, ginger, caramel and macadamia tarts. Wow they were fab.
The menu was printed on pretty floral card and each item had a matching floral label so our guests knew what everything was.
Afternoon tea wouldn’t be the same without tiered cake stands and floral china cups, so we borrowed some items to add to our own and the table looked fabulous when set up.
To make the day a little easier we used paper plates and napkins. These beautiful plates we used from Amazon are such good quality, it was hard to believe we were eating from paper plates.
This was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon with family.
Everything was prepared when the guests arrived, the food was out and the tea was brewing. So as hosts we got to enjoy ourselves too.