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Afternoon Tea Back on the Menu in Britain

Afternoon Tea Back on the Menu in Britain
May 05
10:30 2016

One of England’s quaintest traditions, afternoon tea, has been revived by a new generation of British consumers. Once considered dated, demand for speciality tea and cream cakes is once again on the rise, helped by the huge popularity of TV’s Great British Bake Off.

In the last year sales of typical afternoon tea related foods and kitchen items at Tesco have soared including:

* Tesco finest cream cakes –4.5 million more sold

* The classic Battenberg cake – up 45 per cent

* Speciality teas like Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling  – up nearly four per cent which is the equivalent of 250,000 packets.

Now to meet the growing demand Tesco has launched a new range of innovative up-market afternoon tea cakes, gateaux, tarts, meringues, sponges, roulades, brownies and cream slices.

They include an Alfonso mango and passion fruit tart; finest heritage raspberry and almond tart; and Belgian chocolate and salted caramel tart.

A number of tea time favourites have been given a surprise twist such as the lemon tart which has been hand decorated with lemon cream, a white chocolate scroll and dusted with sherbet to heighten the zesty taste.

Tesco cake range buyer Rosie Bambaji says: “Afternoon tea is one of Britain’s greatest culinary traditions. We know many of our customers have fallen in love with this special occasion once again so we wanted to help spruce up cake stands across the country with a new range of decadent cakes. The trend took off in hotels and restaurants thanks to the huge popularity of shows like The Great British Bake Off and afternoon tea has once again established itself as an occasion at home,with shoppers treating friends and family to delicious cakes at informal get togethers.”

Other traditional afternoon tea treats that have recently grown in popularity include:

* Apple turnovers – demand in last year up 35 per cent

* Strawberry and cream slices – up 30 per cent

* Custard tarts – up 15 per cent

* Fresh cream profiteroles – up 10 per cent.

Tesco has also seen a rise in popularity for cake accessories like cake stands, bakeware and tea sets.

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