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Afternoon tea - maroque style

Afternoon tea - maroque style

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Occasion

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.

Menu

A glass of Champagne

Palmiers with a touch of harrisa

Toasted almonds with coriander

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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

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Baby gazelle's horns

Marrakech kisses

Dates stuffed with honeyed almonds

Sultana and orange scones, served with clotted cream and fig jam

Served with glasses of fresh mint tea

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Recipes

The recipes are listed below, please click on each to bring up a printable version.

Wine notes

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.

Planning ahead

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!

Key ingredients

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.

Qty: 27g

Price: £3.30

Fig jam (Ref. 70-50-009) [more...]
 

Fig jam. Contains 75% dried fruit.

Qty: 340gm

Price: £3.75

Finest quality Tahina paste (Ref. 70-40-013) [more...]
 

Finest quality Tahina paste

Qty: 450gm

Price: £3.75

Preserved lemons (Ref. 70-40-036) [more...]
 

Preserved lemons

Qty: 400gm jar

Price: £7.75

Orange Blossom Water (Ref. 70-10-031) [more...]
 

Orange Blossom Water. Distilled orange blossom flowers.

Qty: 26cl

Price: £5.75

Rose syrup (Ref. 70-10-034) [more...]
 

Rose syrup. This thick sweet intense flavoured syrup can be diluted to make a cordial.

Qty: 26cl

Price: £4.50

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