Baking has a long tradition in England and if you're looking for something unusual to rustle up, there are traditional English recipes aplenty, many of them named after the location where they were first made. So we have Bath Buns, Devon Scones, Dorset Treacle Tart, Manchester Pie, Durham Date Slice and Chelsea Buns.
The famous Bakewell Pudding came about when a flustered cook in a little market town in Derbyshire put the beaten egg mixture on top of the strawberry jam instead of the pastry base - but the result became a true hit. And if you didn't know, there is also a Bakewell Tart - equally good at teatime, but quite different from the pudding. If you happen to visit Bakewell, in the Peak District, make sure you try both the original pudding and the various Bakewell tarts with a pot of Earl Grey tea in the famous Bakewell Pudding Shop.
I don't have the sweetest of teeth, but I love afternoon tea and all its treats. So here is a rather lengthy and steadily growing list of traditional recipes for afternoon tea treats. Try and enjoy!
As I pointed out at the beginning, there are many recipes for teatime treats. And that's just as it should be. There's nothing nicer than being served a slice of something freshly baked alongside a cup of tea. Not to mention how inviting your home will smell while there's a cake in the oven. So I don't feel that I need to apologise for the length of this page... or the fact that it's going to get longer.