"If you don't care for tea, you could at least make polite conversation!" scolded the March Hare at the Mad Hatter's famous tea party. High tea is defined by its etiquette and refined fashion, as well as delicious, delicately portioned food. And unlike Alice, we do care for tea — so much so that we collected our 10 most popular recipes to accompany your cuppa.
Photographer: Emma Duckworth
1. Mini scones with raspberry jam and vanilla bean mascarpone. Scones are the cornerstone of high tea. When Queen Victoria's close friend, the Duchess of Bedford, requested a meal of bread and butter between her lunch and dinner in 1840, she famously established the ritual of "teatime". We're continuing the Duchess' sweet legacy by lathering our scones with jam and cream.
2. Flourless almond & lavender cake. A moist and fragrant dessert, perfumed by delicate florals and packed with the crunch of raw almonds, hazelnuts and freshly shelled walnuts.
Photographer: Mark RoperStylist: Lee Blaylock
4. Bill Bevan's passionfruit sponge cake. Quite possibly our most popular cake recipe ever, 93-year-old Bill's dessert is rumoured to be the fluffiest, most delicious sponge cake on the NSW coast — and quite possibly Australia. Let your high tea party make the verdict.
Photographer: Craig WallStylist: Geraldine Muñoz
5. Eeni mini meringues. A recipe from the pastel pink archives of Insta-famous dessert designer , these miniature meringues add a dainty touch to your high tea spread.
Photographer: Caroline KhooStylist: Caroline Khoo
6. Artichoke, pea and mint arancini. Indulge yourself with these golden balls of risotto and molten cheese; finger food has never been so refined.
Photographer: Lisa CohenStylist: Lee Blaylock
7. Pink macarons with buttercream. Bon appétit, ma chérie! Channel the atmosphere of a Parisian tea salon with this internationally-beloved dessert; a sweet, creamy centre sandwiched between two hardy almond shells.
Photographer: China Squirrel
8. Date scones. “When Mum was on supper at church all the ladies said, ‘You bring the date scones, Dor.’ They were delicious, even the next day!" This heirloom recipe is dense,
moist and still perfect to eat after your high tea is long over.
10. Savoury high tea sandwiches. Put that high tea stand to good use and laden it with fillings like roast beef and watercress, prawn and dill, or smoked salmon and cucumber. Fingers at the ready — these sandwiches are begging to be picked. For more high tea inspiration, find our full collection here.