Tea Party Recipes

A tea party or high tea is only partly about the tea. Here are the battenburg cake, tea cake, tea biscuit, scone, tart, and finger sandwich recipes you'll need to really make it a party.

Staff Picks

Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches

Rating: 4.8 stars
With apples and dried cranberries for color and tang, this dressed-up chicken salad is wonderful on bread triangles or served on a lettuce leaf.

Battenburg Cake

Rating: 4.54 stars
This fancy almond-flavored tea cake, also called 'Battenberg/Battenburg Cake' or 'Battenberg/Battenburg Square' features a homemade marzipan.

Lemon Butter Tarts

Rating: 4.08 stars
I love butter tarts, and can never get enough. This is one that I make now and then to be a little different.

Christa's Cucumber Basil Tea Sandwiches

Rating: 4 stars
This recipe is from years of searching for the perfect English tea sandwich. I always looked forward to tea time in the Caribbean with my grandparents who were from English descent. My grandmother was French and my grandfather was from Guyana. My grandfather's parents were from England, so there is the British influence. You can add a teaspoon of dill to your spread.

Pineapple Tarts

Rating: 4.43 stars
Delightful little tarts with pineapple filling and a cross on the top.


Rating: 5 stars
Once upon a time, tea was expensive. This became a way of stretching money and still tastes great.

Kuwaiti Traditional Tea

Rating: 4.56 stars
This is the typical tea you will find in regular housed in Kuwait. Its deliciously aromatic and the spices give it a rich taste.

Grandma's Bakewell Tart

Rating: 3 stars
I recently came across my maternal Grandma's recipe book, printed in 1933. In it, I came across a piece of paper, placed between two pages, containing her version of Bakewell tart. I have not changed the recipe and it makes a delicious tart, which I remember her making for Sunday afternoon tea. The tart does not have to be blind baked first before adding the filler. I apologize for the poor photo but the family started tucking into the tart before I could photograph it. Serve with cream, ice cream, or custard. It will bring a smile to your face.

Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

Rating: 4.85 stars
This slightly streamlined recipe for the world-famous pasteis de nata, or Portuguese custard tarts, uses just few basic ingredients but requires numerous steps and a certain amount of finesse. The results are so worth it, though, you'll want to make a double batch. The extra moisture inside the sticky dough, activated by a very hot oven, creates the signature flaky, buttery, crispy crust, which encases a custard subtly scented with lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Perfect Lemon Curd

Rating: 4.62 stars
Wonderfully tart, classic English lemon curd...perfect with scones and tea.

Macaron (French Macaroon)

Rating: 4.14 stars
This is the quintessential macaron (NOT macaroon) recipe. I am a baker's apprentice, and after much trial and error, we (the baker and I) finally perfected the technique. We decided to share with you all. Pipe your choice of filling on a cookie and sandwich another cookie on top. These are like cloud cookie sandwiches and are delicious if done correctly. If you want to do it the super-easy way, just fill with your favorite flavor of frosting. Enjoy!

Easy Devonshire Cream

Rating: 4.61 stars
A wonderful topping for scones, or use as a dip for fruit.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Scones
Rating: Unrated
"Beautiful! I made them for my mom because she has been missing scones since our tea shop closed a few years ago. My mom loved them!" – noscale4me
Chef John's Clotted Cream
Rating: Unrated
See how to make this rich, fluffy topping for biscuits or scones.

Cucumber Sandwiches III

Rating: 4.64 stars

Really great appetizer for the summer or anytime. Every time I have served these everyone wants the recipe...and they're so easy! Just be sure to refrigerate the cream cheese mixture overnight!