Let’s be honest, when people go to any sort of afternoon tea, it is always the sweet treats that get them talking!
Don’t get me wrong, a well-placed chicken salad sandwich can certainly be positively received, but it won’t be the thing that people walk away remembering.
You could keep it simple, ie; recipes with few ingredients like a humble scone. Because really, who doesn’t like Devonshire Tea? The key really is to think finger food and dainty!
You could buy the cakes from a patisserie and serve them to your guests (perhaps taking credit for them yourselves?!)
Or, you could go out for the afternoon like we did and be waited on hand and foot, with more perfect cakes at your disposal than you can imagine.
There are many wonderful hotels and destinations in Melbourne that host delightful high teas. To name a few, The Langham, Hopetoun Tea Rooms, NGV Tea Rooms, The Windsor, The Intercontinental, The Waiting Room, Craig’s Royal Hotel in Ballarat, Chateau Yering in the Yarra Valley, Woodman Estate on the Mornington Peninsula and the list goes on and on.
Trading Plates got dolled up and headed out for a tasteful afternoon at The Langham, where alongside Langham specialities of scones, jam and cream and finger sandwiches, the incomparable delicacies from Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio are on offer in abundance.
For those of you not familiar with Burch and Purchese, is owned by dessert king and Masterchef Australia regular, Darren Purchese. To say the Sweet Studio produces thousands of desserts a week would be an understatement, because really they are providing Melbourne with sugary little works of art.
With groundbreaking combinations of jellies, sponges, mousses, cream, crumbles & spreads, there is something for every taste, whether that be a traditional sweet re-imagined, or something completely extraordinary.
“For a high tea you want dainty sweets that are easy to eat. Two bite sweets are perfect. Also a varied selection of colours and flavours and of course they need to look amazing.
“As my Sweet Studio is not a café it has given me the opportunity to present my desserts in a different format. The Langham is one of the most prestigious hotels in Australia and the service is second to none, so really it is the perfect partnership.”
Purchese says that the most popular dessert from his Sweet Studio is his Explosive Raspberry. It is made up of layers of chocolate chip cookie crumb, raspberry cream, fresh raspberries, milk chocolate mousse, raspberry marshmallow and explosive chocolate coated popping candy. We can see why people would be drawn to it….
To find out about Cancer Council Australia’s biggest morning tea, Darren Purchese’s involvement and how you can have your own morning (or afternoon tea) go to http://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au