A tea partyfit for a queen
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign in Britain. Celebrations will be held between June 2 and 5, with at least 10,000 street parties and thousands of afternoon teas taking place throughout the country. Even though we're no longer a British colony, the Jubilee is a great excuse to throw a tea party.
Victoria SandwichIf you only make one cake, pick this one, for a quintessential English afternoon tea.
225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
4 medium eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
250g strawberry jam
250g double cream, whipped
Icing sugar to decorate
1 Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/ 180C/ 160C fan.
2 Line the bottom of two 20cm round tins with greaseproof paper. Grease the bottom and sides of the tin with a little vegetable oil.
3 Beat all the cake ingredients together in a large bowl until the mixture is smooth and lump-free.
4 Divide the batter evenly between the tins, smoothing the tops with a spatula.
5 Bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of cakes comes out clean.
6 Allow the cakes to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire tray.
7 Cool completely before sandwiching the cakes with a layer of strawberry jam, topped with whipped cream.
8 Sift some icing sugar over the top of the cake before serving.
Afternoon tea just isn't right without an assortment of crustless finger sandwiches for your guests. Try these three traditional fillings.
(Fills 8 sandwiches)
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
50g butter, softened
16 slices brown bread, crusts removed
1 Place the cucumber slices in a single layer on kitchen paper to dry.
2 Spread the butter thinly on each slice of bread.
3 Divide the cucumber slices evenly among eight slices of bread. Place the remaining eight slices of bread on top. Cut sandwiches into squares.
Coronation chicken sandwiches (Fills 8 small sub rolls)
2 chicken breasts, cooked, diced
2 tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 1/2 tbsp Greek natural yoghurt
2 tsp mild curry powder
2 tbsp mango chutney
2 tsp lime juice
handful coriander leaves
salt and pepper to taste
8 small sub rolls
1 Mix all the ingredients for the filling together in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavours meld.
2 Cut a slit in the top of each of the sub rolls. Spoon a couple of heaped teaspoons of filling into each roll.
Cheese and pickle sandwiches
This filling is based on the traditional 'Ploughman's lunch' - bread, pickled onions, an apple and a big hunk of Cheddar cheese.
(Fills 8 sandwiches)100g mature cheddar cheese in slices or grated
16 teaspoons 'ploughman's' sweet and spicy pickle
16 slices of wholemeal bread
1 Spread the pickle over eight slices of bread.
2 Top with the cheese, then place the remaining slices of bread on top.
3 Cut into triangles.
Wynnie Chan is a British-trained nutritionist. If you've got a question for her or would like to be featured in this column, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org