Gluten Free Afternoon Tea the British Way

Scones, cakes, and biscuits. Whoever formalised the eating of these treats into a set meal deserves a medal in our book! But unfortunately most of the delights we associate with afternoon tea can’t be enjoyed by our gluten-intolerant friends and family. We, at URBAN Eat, think that delicious food should be enjoyed by all – which is why our blog is choc full of delicious recipes suited to all dietary preferences. These gluten free afternoon tea recipes are a real piece of cake to make (pun intended, unfortunately…).

Gluten-free Victoria Sponge Cake

Also known as the Victoria sandwich, this cake is a thoroughbred British classic. Although the recipe might lacking in gluten, it certainly isn’t lacking in flavour. For this one all you need is butter or margarine, eggs, vanilla essence, gluten-free self-raising flour, baking powder, icing sugar, jam and whipped cream.

Gluten Free Scones

The humble scone. Arguably even more British than Attenborough himself. Make sure you bake more than you expect because they’re always the first to go. Is it pronounced ‘scone’ like ‘phone’, or ‘scone’ like ‘gone’? Who knows…

Gluten-free Eclairs

Bring an element of elegance to your afternoon tea. These irresistible chocolate delights will cause a stir at any gluten-free tea party.
To bring this fancy treat to life, you would need a stick of butter or a dairy-free butter substitute, a cup of water, ¼ teaspoon of salt, cup of gluten free rice flour, ¾ teaspoon of xanthan gum and 4 eggs.

To create the filling, you would need 3 cups of your filling choice, which can be whipped cream, mousse, citrus curd or whatever you heart desires.

Gluten-free Shortbread Cakes

These shortcakes are the bees knees. But don’t just take our word for it – make sure to taste test every single one. The flavours range from classic scotch, glazed lemon, mocha, toffee caramel, and berry chocolate chip.
Now we know what you’re thinking… ‘I like shortbread, but three different recipes sounds like a lot of effort!’ A reasonable grumble to have. However each of the different flavours starts with the same base mix. It’s how you flavour it that creates the variety. Our favourite was the toffee caramel, in case you were wondering? Maybe not.

Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

This is a slightly ‘out-there’ addition to the British gluten-free tea party. But we couldn’t help but include it.
The main ingredients for this cake are unsalted butter, gluten free plain flour, golden caster sugar, free range eggs, vanilla extract, xanthan gum, tablespoons of cocoa powder, and milk. The smooth filling consists of icing sugar, cocoa powder, unsalted butter, cream cheese, fresh raspberries and some quality dark chocolate.

Gluten-free Biscotti

Want to try something a little different for your gluten free afternoon tea? This rustic gluten-free biscotti biscuit recipe might be just the ticket. Inside jewelled with crunchy pistachio and dark chocolate. The ingredients are mainly composed of gluten-free plain flour, gluten-free baking powder, a large pinch of fine sea salt and a splash of rose water is added into the mix.

If you’re wanting to add some gluten free sandwiches into the mix, then  have a look at our bread recipe