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Afternoon Tea Treats That Use Fresh Produce - The Definitive Ranking...

It's National Afternoon Tea Week, and we're celebrating the most quintessentially British event of the year. As avid lovers of the great outdoors and fresh produce, we've come up with a definitive ranking of the best afternoon tea cakes that use fresh produce... do you agree?

For the purpose of this exercise, we have disqualified scones due to their unfair advantage and clear winning status of the British afternoon tea...

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#5 - Bramley Apple Pie

 

Apple Pie

Coming in a number 5 - it would be higher if it were actually a cake - is the classic Bramley Apple Pie. A combination of buttery pastry, sweet apples and a sprinkling of icing sugar, is a simple yet tasty afternoon treat, and perfect for celebrating a slice of British heritage...

 

#4 - Blueberry Muffins

 

Blueberry Muffin

Eat them for breakfast, eat them as a snack, but more fittingly, eat them with your afternoon tea! Blueberries have recently been hailed as a superfood, so technically - blueberry muffins are healthy... so we can eat as many as we want, right? Add poppyseeds or other soft berries such as blackberries or raspberries for an extra kick of flavour...

 

#3 - Lemon Drizzle Cake

 

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Mary Berry's all-time favourite recipe is a big hit with us Brits. As soon as we get a taste of that frosted lemon drizzle slice, we completely understand why this national favourite is baked so often. Make as a loaf, mini muffins or a traditional cake, and delight in the fruity indulgence...

 

#2 - Banana Bread

 

Banana Bread

Does this actually constitute as bread? It's in the shape of a loaf... and cuts into slices? Regardless of its name, banana bread tastes incredible, especially to say it's made from overripe mushed bananas - never waste an old bunch of bananas again! Add chocolate chips or cinnamon to the mix for an even more indulgent slice of baked goodness...

 

#1 - Carrot Cake

 

Carrot Cake

No matter how much effort comes flooding in from other fruits and vegetables trying to steal it's limelight, carrot cake will always come out on top when choosing our afternoon tea cake selection. It doesn't even taste like carrots! The suprisingly tasty and indulgent sponge is perfectly combined with a sweet cream cheese frosting to create a beautiful dessert that is ideal for a sophisticated afternoon tea...

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So dig up your flowerbed and replace it with a selection of home-grown fruits and veggies that definitely don't have to be boring! Why not try growing some fresh produce we haven't mentioned? Don't forget to let us know how you use them in your best bakes...

Happy Gardening!

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