british afternoon tea

It’s the Downton Abbey party of the century! How to host a British afternoon tea

It’s the movie we’ve all been waiting for, and the wait is over! Celebrate your Downton Abbey obsession and all things England with a traditional British afternoon tea.

Amy Richardson shares all the bells and whistles you’ll need to pull of the fanciest party of the year.

Find more of Amy’s recipes on her website,


Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Party


  • Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea
  • Rose Hip
  • Harvest Blend


  • Sugared Cream Scones
  • Pink Lady Apple Cinnamon Iced Scones
  • Pumpkin Spice Maple Iced Scones
  • Cherry Vanilla Cream Scones

Preserves and Honey

  • Blackberry
  • Apple Cider Jam
  • Cinnamon Cream Honey
  • Clotted Cream


  • Petite Fours


  • Sour Cream
  • Cucumber and Dill


  • Fresh strawberries & blackberries



  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp cold butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped Pink Lady apples, skin can be left on
  • 1 cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1 tsp Tahitian Vanilla
  • 1 egg + 1 tsp half and half or milk, whisked together
  • 3 tbsp coats sparkling sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon



  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tsp apple cider
  • Pinch of cinnamon


Preheat oven to 425

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Lightly flour an 8 inch round cake pan. Set aside.

Place 2 cups of flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into food processor. Pulse to combine.
Add cold butter and pulse until crumbly.

Pour flour mixture into a medium sized bowl. Add apples and toss to coat.

Stir vanilla into half and and half or milk. Add to flour mixture and stir lightly until combined.

Turn dough out on to lightly floured surface and knead until it just comes together. Press into prepared cake round. Dough will be soft.  Turn out onto  board and using a knife or pastry scraper, cut into 8 wedges.

Place on baking sheet and brush with egg wash and sprinkles with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly, then drizzle with icing.

For icing:

Whisk together all ingredients Drizzle over warm scones.

Makes 8

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Recipes and party ideas by Amy Richardson.

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