Twinings are such an iconic brand. Their logo is the oldest continually used logo in the world and the Royals have shared their breakfast table with them since 1837. It’s no wonder then, that Twinings are already getting their best china out in anticipation of the Royal baby.
With the launch of their gorgeously Summery Limited edition tea caddies (pictured below) they invited me to join them and hold my own Afternoon Tea party.
I’m so impressed with the design of these caddies. They’re a very welcome addition to my tea cupboard, showing off the modern side to Twinings that is often forgotten about. The labels peel off so they can be reused as colourful storage once the tea has gone, very handy indeed.
Now, no afternoon tea is complete without cake and seeing as this is a Twining’s tea party, I thought it would only be fair to share my Lady Grey cake recipe. Beautifully moist and peppered with flecks of loose leaf tea and orange zest, it’s a real Spring time cake.You’ll need: 3tsp Lady grey tea leaves 3 eggs Zest of one orange 200g golden caster sugar 280g self raising flour 150g butter 90ml boiled water 120ml milk Grease and line a 30cm diameter cake tin (or in my case a skillet because I desperately need some new bakeware). Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C. Like most loose leaf tea cakes, start by making yourself a big brew in a measuring jug. Leave the tea to infuse in the boiled water for a few minutes before topping it up with milk. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then gradually add your eggs, beating as you go. Sift and fold in the flour whilst slowly adding your brew. Finally mix in the orange zest and pour in to your baking tin. Now it’s oven time for around 20mins. As soon as the top looks golden brown, you’re done. I’d say let it cool, but we all know fresh cake smells too good to resist. The bright taste rivals the colourful pop of the caddies and it deserves a cup of Twinings to go along side. If you do manage to leave it long enough though, butter cream goes beautifully on top of this. Twinings have lots of information on their website about British Afternoon Tea if you’d like to find out more about their history – I’ve been buried in their most of the afternoon. Experiment Try switching the orange zest for lemon & swap Lady Grey for for her better half- good old Earl. Use a spicy cinnamon tea blend and switch the water for apple juice.