The Platinum Jubilee is fast approaching and Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years on the throne
For an afternoon tea you will of course need pieces for an afternoon tea.
Finger sandwiches are easy to put together – cucumber finger sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream cheese and egg and watercress and are self-explanatory.
A cream tea is a little different from afternoon tea – for a cream tea you will need tea and scones, clotted cream, jam and, if the feeling strikes you, butter .
Elderflower and lemon cake
You can try your hand at making this Lemon Elderflower Cake from BBC good food.
The recipe calls for oil, eggs, natural yogurt, milk, butter, golden powdered sugar, self-rising flour, lemons, elderflower cordial, cream cheese and icing sugar, and will serve 15 to 18 people. It is therefore perfect if you are hosting or attending a Grand Jubilee Luncheon.
Eton Mess is a classic summer dessert that only requires three ingredients: strawberries, meringue nests and double cream.
Check out this recipe for Olive Magazine to obtain specific weights and measures.
Apple pie and custard
If you’re willing to try making your own pastry and pie, this recipe is courtesy of spruce eats will have an apple pie ready to go in less than an hour.
While there’s no shame in buying store-bought custard, if you want to pair your homemade pie with homemade custard, this one from Jamie Olivier is sure to do the trick.
When is the Platinum Jubilee?
The Platinum Jubilee weekend will be held from June 2-5, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II as she becomes the first British monarch to mark 70 years on the throne.
A host of events have been planned to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including an additional bank holiday.
The May 1 bank holiday weekend will be moved to Thursday June 2, with an additional bank holiday on Friday June 3 to introduce a four-day weekend to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
What is the weather forecast for the Platinum Jubilee?
If you’re hoping to take your afternoon tea on the road for a picnic, it’s always best to check the weather forecast in advance – the UK is known to have rather unpredictable weather.
According to the Met Office, from Thursday things are looking to calm down for most of the UK, with good spells of good, dry weather.
Helen Caughey, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: “While it may be a choppy start to the long weekend for some with showers for Northern Ireland, Wales and the west of In England, many areas will see much more stable conditions over the Jubilee long weekend, with plenty of dry weather and good sunshine.
“Temperatures will be well into the low 20s, feeling warmer in the sun, although temperatures will drop rapidly in the evening.
“The main source of uncertainty for the weekend itself relates to the distance at which a plume of hot air, currently across the continent, is encroaching on southern parts of the UK from Friday evening .
“The latest outlook suggests that this warm air plume could bring a flurry of showers to southern areas Friday night and early Saturday, with a few showers for a while on Saturday.
“Further showers are likely for southern areas on Sunday, possibly a few heavy ones, most likely at this stage for the far south east.
“Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England appear to experience the driest conditions from Friday, most likely benefiting from prolonged periods of sunshine.”