Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Darien Community Association

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The fabulous girls are back! We are offering a Christmas Tea at the Darien Community Association on December 12th. The event is already almost sold out, so contact the office if you want to attend.

Enjoy a traditional British Christmas Afternoon tea with freshly-baked scones and homemade goodies in the stately setting of Darien's historic House. The DCA is ready for the holidays and the tea rooms have been beautifully decorated with wreaths and Christmas greens.

Dainty sandwiches to include cucumber,
Scones with jam and clotted cream,
A selection of traditional British Christmas cakes and pastries.

For the full British experience we would recommend a pot of PG Tips, Britain’s number one selling brand of tea.
We do also offer a selection of herbal, green, caffeine-free and other specialty teas.

Among the ”Top 5 Out Of 50 Ways to Rediscover Where You Live” in The 2013 Insider’s Guide to New Canaan, Darien and Rowayton, called the experience “Another Step Closer to Downton Abbey

Christmas Afternoon Tea Menu

Amuse Bouche

Sausage Rolls

Sandwiches

Egg Salad
Coronation Chicken
Cucumber and Smoked Salmon   Ham and Cranberry

Scones

 Blueberry, cranberry, plain and sultana scones
with

lemon curd, strawberry jam and clotted cream

Desserts to include

Mince Pies
Christmas Cake
Lemon Meringue Pies
Chocolate caramel squares
Christmas Rocky Road*

Meringues
Linzer Cookies

Chocolate dipped Coconut Macaroons

 

*links to Nigella and Ina recipes

Afternoon tea is a light meal typically served between 4 pm & 6 pm. Observance of this British custom originated amongst the wealthy classes during the 1840s. By the end of the 19th century, afternoon tea was a custom amongst by both upper and middle classes:

Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot with freshly boiled water. Tea is served in a porcelain cup and saucer. A small amount of cold milk is poured first, followed by the hot tea; sugar is optional. Pouring the cold milk in first, avoided damaging the treasured porcelain with very hot liquid. For laborers, tea was accompanied by a sandwich or baked snack (such as scones). For the upper classes, afternoon tea was accompanied by luxury ingredient sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg & cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam,) and cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg cake, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). In hotels and teashops the food is served on a tiered stand. Generally one works up the stand, starting with the sandwiches, progressing to the scones and finishing with cakes and pastries.