The greatest summer event in Britain has finally begun, which means its time to crack out the Pimms, strawberries and the classically British afternoon tea. Weekend afternoons (and weeks if you’re lucky!) can now be spent lazily watching hours of Wimbledon and catching some of the best tennis players around the world in action. For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to have snagged tickets, it’s not all bad, as watching at home guarantees a never ending stream of food and drink from the kitchen straight to the couch.

Just as British as Wimbledon and its strawberries and cream is the ritual of afternoon tea and the team at Optiplan Kitchens have put together a few of our favourite recipes for you enjoy alongside a steaming pot of tea while watching the tennis (and hopefully watching Murray cruise to victory!) Covering the sweet and the savoury, these recipes are the perfect mix of quintessential British cuisine and seasonal ingredients perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

If your time baking leaves you feeling uninspired and unimpressed by the state of your kitchen, book a free design consultation at your nearest Optiplan showroom, and one of our brilliant designers will able able to show you through how we can inject some fresh life into your home and create the kitchen of your dreams. Professional, passionate, and with prices that you won’t need to have won Wimbledon to afford, get in touch now.

Here are our favourite Wimbledon recipes:

Sausage Rolls with Fennel Seeds & Paprika

There is nothing in this world quite as good as home made sausage rolls! An absolute British classic, it only seems right to enjoy them while watching Wimbledon. This recipe sees crispy, flaky and buttery pastry wrapped around spicy pork sausage meat flavoured with chili and paprika. Perfectly sweet and spicy, you can follow the recipe and make your own Delia Smith pastry, which is very easy, or if you can’t be bothered or don’t have the time, store-bought will definitely do the job. Coated in egg wash to give it a lovely sheen and then sprinkled with fennel seeds for a hit of texture and flavor, you can’t go wrong.

Cheddar and Sage Scones

Scones are a British staple. While usually served sweet with jam and cream, savoury scones are just as delicious, and this cheesy, herby version is no exception. Very easy to make, simply follow the recipe, roll out the dough and sprinkle with cheese and sage. Bake for 12-14 minutes and serve just out the oven so they’re still warm and the butter melts into the scone.

Quinoa & Kale Muffins

To try and help offset all the sweet treats included here and assuage any guilt you might have while watching top athletes slog it out while you sit on your bum scoffing cake, try these healthy quinoa and kale muffins. Simply add kale, shallots, garlic, ground almonds, crumbled feta and quinoa to beaten eggs. Bake and serve with mashed avocado and chives. Healthy and delicious. 

Salted Chamomile Honey Cakes with Raspberry Ripple Cream

What says Wimbledon better than tea and summer berries than a cake made from tea and berries served alongside more tea? It’s hard to beat…Light, delicious and relatively healthy (with no added sugar and whole wheat flour), these salted chamomile honey cakes covered with raspberry ripple cream may sound and look fancy, but they are very easy to make. Simply make the chamomile honey syrup by boiling water, honey and chamomile tea bags. Make the honey cakes by mixing honey, buttermilk, flour and vanilla. Once baked, pour over the syrup to create a sweet, sticky cake. Top with raspberry rippled cream made from decadent mascarpone, double cream, sugar and fresh raspberries.

Blueberry Lemon Muffins with Cardamom Crumble Topping

Deliciously light and fluffy, these blueberry lemon muffins are very easy to make. Moist and fruity, they are made extra delicious by the crunchy, spicy cardamom crumble added on top. It’s not quite a strawberry dish, but we figured blueberries were close enough.

Strawberry Coconut Carrot Cake

Three layers of coconut infused carrot cake sandwiched with dollops of whipped mascarpone and topped with loads of fresh juicy strawberries – could you think of anything better? Carrot cake is wonderfully moist when done right, and this recipe is no exception. The carrots give the cake a nice sweetness while the coconut adds an almost tropical flavor that goes really well with the strawberries and cream. Simple and very, very pretty, its guaranteed to be a showstopper. Find the recipe here.

Not a fan of carrot cake? Replace with this classic.

Strawberry Elderflower Cake

You do not get more British summertime than this sponge cake made with hints of elderflower and lemon, sandwiched with strawberries and cream. Light, fluffy and melt in your mouth, it is very versatile and you can choose to sandwich it with anything you fancy – fresh raspberries, strawberry jam, lemon curd etc. Cover with mascarpone frosting for the perfect creamy finishing touch, and top with loads of fresh strawberries.

 

Serve these dishes alongside the perfect steaming cuppa before moving on to another Wimbledon classic, a fruity, iced jug of PImms.

To make the perfect jug combine 2 or 3 parts Lemonade to 1 Pimms, add plenty of ice, lots of slightly crushed mint leave, cucumber chunks and slices, orange slices and strawberries.

 

We hope you enjoy your afternoon tea…. Oh, and the tennis, of course.

The greatest summer event in Britain has finally begun, which means its time to crack out the Pimms, strawberries and the classically British afternoon tea. Weekend afternoons (and weeks if you’re lucky!) can now be spent lazily watching hours of Wimbledon and catching some of the best tennis players around the world in action. For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to have snagged tickets, it’s not all bad, as watching at home guarantees a never ending stream of food and drink from the kitchen straight to the couch.

Just as British as Wimbledon and its strawberries and cream is the ritual of afternoon tea and the team at Optiplan Kitchens have put together a few of our favourite recipes for you enjoy alongside a steaming pot of tea while watching the tennis (and hopefully watching Murray cruise to victory!) Covering the sweet and the savoury, these recipes are the perfect mix of quintessential British cuisine and seasonal ingredients perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

If your time baking leaves you feeling uninspired and unimpressed by the state of your kitchen, book a free design consultation at your nearest Optiplan showroom, and one of our brilliant designers will able able to show you through how we can inject some fresh life into your home and create the kitchen of your dreams. Professional, passionate, and with prices that you won’t need to have won Wimbledon to afford, get in touch now.

Here are our favourite Wimbledon recipes:

Sausage Rolls with Fennel Seeds & Paprika

There is nothing in this world quite as good as home made sausage rolls! An absolute British classic, it only seems right to enjoy them while watching Wimbledon. This recipe sees crispy, flaky and buttery pastry wrapped around spicy pork sausage meat flavoured with chili and paprika. Perfectly sweet and spicy, you can follow the recipe and make your own Delia Smith pastry, which is very easy, or if you can’t be bothered or don’t have the time, store-bought will definitely do the job. Coated in egg wash to give it a lovely sheen and then sprinkled with fennel seeds for a hit of texture and flavor, you can’t go wrong.

Cheddar and Sage Scones

Scones are a British staple. While usually served sweet with jam and cream, savoury scones are just as delicious, and this cheesy, herby version is no exception. Very easy to make, simply follow the recipe, roll out the dough and sprinkle with cheese and sage. Bake for 12-14 minutes and serve just out the oven so they’re still warm and the butter melts into the scone.

Quinoa & Kale Muffins

To try and help offset all the sweet treats included here and assuage any guilt you might have while watching top athletes slog it out while you sit on your bum scoffing cake, try these healthy quinoa and kale muffins. Simply add kale, shallots, garlic, ground almonds, crumbled feta and quinoa to beaten eggs. Bake and serve with mashed avocado and chives. Healthy and delicious. 

Salted Chamomile Honey Cakes with Raspberry Ripple Cream

What says Wimbledon better than tea and summer berries than a cake made from tea and berries served alongside more tea? It’s hard to beat…Light, delicious and relatively healthy (with no added sugar and whole wheat flour), these salted chamomile honey cakes covered with raspberry ripple cream may sound and look fancy, but they are very easy to make. Simply make the chamomile honey syrup by boiling water, honey and chamomile tea bags. Make the honey cakes by mixing honey, buttermilk, flour and vanilla. Once baked, pour over the syrup to create a sweet, sticky cake. Top with raspberry rippled cream made from decadent mascarpone, double cream, sugar and fresh raspberries.

Blueberry Lemon Muffins with Cardamom Crumble Topping

Deliciously light and fluffy, these blueberry lemon muffins are very easy to make. Moist and fruity, they are made extra delicious by the crunchy, spicy cardamom crumble added on top. It’s not quite a strawberry dish, but we figured blueberries were close enough.

Strawberry Coconut Carrot Cake

Three layers of coconut infused carrot cake sandwiched with dollops of whipped mascarpone and topped with loads of fresh juicy strawberries – could you think of anything better? Carrot cake is wonderfully moist when done right, and this recipe is no exception. The carrots give the cake a nice sweetness while the coconut adds an almost tropical flavor that goes really well with the strawberries and cream. Simple and very, very pretty, its guaranteed to be a showstopper. Find the recipe here.

Not a fan of carrot cake? Replace with this classic.

Strawberry Elderflower Cake

You do not get more British summertime than this sponge cake made with hints of elderflower and lemon, sandwiched with strawberries and cream. Light, fluffy and melt in your mouth, it is very versatile and you can choose to sandwich it with anything you fancy – fresh raspberries, strawberry jam, lemon curd etc. Cover with mascarpone frosting for the perfect creamy finishing touch, and top with loads of fresh strawberries.

 

Serve these dishes alongside the perfect steaming cuppa before moving on to another Wimbledon classic, a fruity, iced jug of PImms.

To make the perfect jug combine 2 or 3 parts Lemonade to 1 Pimms, add plenty of ice, lots of slightly crushed mint leave, cucumber chunks and slices, orange slices and strawberries.

 

We hope you enjoy your afternoon tea…. Oh, and the tennis, of course.