Today a dream comes true for Prince Harry and his fiancée Megan – they are saying yes to each other and make the royal romance perfect…. Many people will celebrate with them – preparing a royal five o’clock tea would be a charming way!
The Royal Wedding in London
Saturday 19th of May – the day the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be celebrated in London. The wedding of the year will take place at the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The British culture is unique and special, not only because the Royal Family is famous – British people have a lot of traditions that they are known for – like the pubs, the ales, Fish and Chips and many more. A special one I like a lot is the `High Tea´ or `Five o’clock Tea´.
Tea Time like the Royals
Whenever visiting London, one should not miss the chance to enjoy the classic five o’clock tea in a traditional restaurant or hotel. It is an impressive experience. Various sorts of classic black tea are offered together with delicious little sandwiches with salmon, cucumber or other tasteful ingredients. In addition, sweets like biscuits or cake are offered – and – most important – the famous scones, served with clotted cream and the traditional English Marmalade.
The perfect Marmelade
English Marmelade is a very traditional product that is produced in the same way since over 100 years – one of the oldest and most famous brands is Chivers. Chivers Marmelade nowadays is available in many countries so one can enjoy them anytime. Basically, created in 1873 to prevent a load of bitter oranges from spoiling Chivers offers today various sorts like ‘Old English Marmelade ‘, ‘English Orange Marmelade ‘, the classic ‘Lemon Curd’ or modern versions like ‘Orange Mango Marmelade’.
The British labeling ‘Marmelade’ stands traditionally for a product made of citrus fruits with pieces of fruit – the expression is sometimes used differently in other countries.
The Chivers products are of course a perfect product to make your tea time complete- but you may also use it to fill cakes or pimp up other sweets like cinnamon rolls or whatever you wish – give it a try!
The perfect Scones
Scones are an essential part of the 5 o’ clock tea time. As they are not available in all countries please find a recipe to bake them yourself here:
40g spreadable butter
225g self-raising flour
1½ level tablespoons golden caster sugar
pinch of salt
110ml milk, plus a little more (if needed)
a little extra flour
Begin by rubbing the butter into the sieved flour quickly, using your fingertips, then stir in the sugar followed by a pinch of salt.
Mix in the milk little by little, and when it’s all in, flour your hands and knead the mixture to a soft dough. Place the dough on a floured pastry board and with a rolling pin lightly roll it out to a thickness of about 3cm.
Then take the pastry cutter and tap it sharply so that it goes straight through the dough – do not twist or the scones will turn out a strange shape! When you have cut as many as you can, knead the remaining dough together again and repeat. Then place the scones on the baking sheet, dust each one with flour and bake near the top of the oven for 12–15 minutes.
When they’re done they will have risen and turned a golden brown. Then transfer them to a wire rack and eat as soon as they are cool enough, spread with butter, jam and clotted cream.