Afternoon tea - maroque style
Afternoon tea - maroque style
There is something genteel and oh-so-English about the tradition of afternoon tea. Perhaps it's the luxury of taking time in the middle of the afternoon to relax, sip tea, eat fancy nibbly bits and enjoy people's company.
I thought it would be quite fun to add a Moroccan twist to the English tradition: the Moroccans have the most divine sweet pastries, and mint tea is an excellent alternative to Earl Grey. I hope you enjoy my choice of Maroque-style afternoon tea.
A glass of Champagne
Palmiers with a touch of harrisa
Toasted almonds with coriander
Briouates of goat's cheese, sundried tomato and coriander
Smoked salmon sandwiches with preserved lemon mayonnaise
Tahini dressed chicken and baby spinach sandwiches
Saffron scented mini brioches with egg and cress
Baby gazelle's horns
Dates stuffed with honeyed almonds
Sultana and orange scones, served with clotted cream and fig jam
Served with glasses of fresh mint tea
The recipes are listed below, please click on each to bring up a printable version.
- Palmiers with a touch of harrisa
- Toasted almonds with coriander
- Briouates of goat's cheese, sundried tomato and coriander
- Smoked salmon sandwiches with preserved lemon mayonnaise
- Tahini dressing
- Tahini dressed chicken and baby spinach sandwiches
- Saffron scented mini brioches
- Egg and cress filling for brioche rolls
- Baby gazelle's horns
- Marrakech kisses (rose petal meringues with rose cream)
- Dates stuffed with honeyed almonds
- Sultana and orange scones, served with clotted cream and fig jam
- Fresh mint tea
Chilled Champagne, is there anything nicer on a warm balmy afternoon? And fresh mint tea, lots of tea.
Pimms can be a nice alternative or fresh homemade lemonade.
The palmiers can be made in the morning.
The nuts can be prepared and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
The uncooked briouates can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours or frozen for 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before cooking.
The sandwiches really need to be made at the last minute.
The saffron buns can be made in the morning, or the cheats version is only a two minute assembly.
The gazelle horns can be made in the morning, although they do keep for a few days.
For Marrakech kisses, the meringue part can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week.
The honeyed dates can be made and stored, covered for a couple of days.
Scones, however, are really best eaten within a few hours of being made.
Setting the scene
Make an occasion of your afternoon tea: get the tablecloth out; dust off the pretty side plates; choose some dainty tea glasses; and assemble the cake stand that has been in the loft for too many years to mention.
Use the occasion to buy yourself some pretty flowers for the table and have a grand afternoon - take the table outside if the weather's good and enjoy a decadent few hours!
The ingredients listed below are available from Maroque.
|Harissa spice blend (Ref. 70-10-003) [more...]|
Harissa spice blend. Intensely powerful spiced chilli flavour. Simply mix with garlic and olive oil as required to make the traditional north African fiery condiment.
|Fig jam (Ref. 70-50-009) [more...]|
Fig jam. Contains 75% dried fruit.
|Finest quality Tahina paste (Ref. 70-40-013) [more...]|
Finest quality Tahina paste
|Preserved lemons (Ref. 70-40-036) [more...]|
Qty: 400gm jar
|Orange Blossom Water (Ref. 70-10-031) [more...]|
Orange Blossom Water. Distilled orange blossom flowers.
|Rose syrup (Ref. 70-10-034) [more...]|
Rose syrup. This thick sweet intense flavoured syrup can be diluted to make a cordial.