High noon tea is a traditional British tea time that takes place at noon.
Tea has been consumed for thousands of years in many cultures and is a staple beverage in many countries. In the UK, tea became popular in the 17th century and has been an important part of the culture ever since, with the tradition of afternoon tea emerging in the late 19th century.
Here are some steps you can follow to have a proper high noon tea:
Set the table: Use a tablecloth and place a tea set on the table. If you have a tiered stand, you can use it to serve the food.
Choose the tea: Decide on a tea blend that you want to serve. Some popular choices for high noon tea are Darjeeling, Earl Grey, and English Breakfast tea.
Warm the teapot: Fill the teapot with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes to warm up. This will ensure that the tea stays hot for a longer time.
Brew the tea: Add loose tea leaves to the teapot and pour boiling water over them. Steep the tea for 3-5 minutes, depending on the type of tea you're brewing.
Prepare the food: High noon tea is traditionally served with a selection of sandwiches, scones, and pastries. You can make these items yourself or purchase them from a bakery. Display them the food on a footed cake stand or a decorative platter for extra elegance.
Pour the tea: Pour the tea into teacups and serve it with milk and sugar. You can also add a lemon wedge or mint leaves for additional flavor.
Serve the food: Arrange the sandwiches, scones, and pastries on a tiered standor on a separate plate. Serve them with butter, jam, and clotted cream.
Enjoy your high noon tea! Don't forget to relax and savor the moment.