Made with yogurt and olive oil, this is incredibly light and moist. It is drenched in an aromatic, thyme-infused lemon syrup, which, once cool, forms a delicate, crisp sugary shell. Served with an abundance of berries, it makes a wonderful centrepiece for an afternoon tea in the garden. The aroma of fresh thyme will always bring back indelible memories of the gardens at Highgrove and of the joy of being able to pick fresh herbs moments before they were needed for a cake.
Rhubarb and white chocolate tartlets
In this recipe, thin, crisp, golden filo pastry shells are filled with unctuous white-chocolate vanilla mousse and topped with tart rhubarb – a heavenly marriage of crunchy, creamy and tangy. Harry and Meghan served rhubarb tartlets at their wedding, which recalled a little taste of Harry’s childhood and the wonderful rhubarb grown at Highgrove.
Strawberry bunting cake
There is no cake more regal. It was originally made for Queen Victoria, during whose incredible 63-year reign the tradition of afternoon tea began to evolve. And during the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the tradition of afternoon tea is ever more popular. Queen Victoria would have had her cake with raspberry jam and topped with a sprinkling of granulated sugar. I have filled this one with strawberry jam and topped it with berries and a few fresh rose petals, then added some celebratory mini bunting.
Raspberry swirl meringues
These small, rustic meringues have a thin, crunchy shell and a soft, chewy, marshmallow-like centre. The freeze-dried raspberry powder imparts a refreshingly sharp hit of flavour that cuts through the sweetness.
Chilled lime tartlets
These refreshing tartlets take minutes to make and are perfect for an alfresco summer afternoon tea.
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Our recipes are taken from Tea at the Palace: 50 Delicious Recipes for Afternoon Tea by Carolyn Robb (White Lion Publishing, £14.99). To order a copy for £12.74 until 13 June go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3176 2937. Free p&p on orders over £20.