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High Tea, Southern Style

By: The Local Palate

The British tradition of high tea is now being steeped into Southern food culture. Re-create your own at home, complete with finger-sized specialties from pastry chefs at our favorite hotels. From creamy to crispy, these eight recipes offer a range of sweet and savory treats that will compliment your favorite teas whether they are black, herbal, or Southern sweet.

8 Recipes to Create A Southern High Tea

raspberry tartlets for high tea

Raspberry Tartlet

This irresistible raspberry tartlet recipe is perfect for the upcoming spring season. While it may take a while to prepare, it’s definitely well worth it. It’s flaky, sweet crust complements its buttery cream, contrasting with tangy bursts of raspberries in every bite.

pimento cheese puffs

Green Tomato Jam Pimento Cheese Puff

Green tomato jam pimento cheese puffs are the savory addition to your afternoon tea ensemble you’ve been searching for. This handheld treat hits the spot with rich and creamy pimento cheese and fluffy puff pastry base.

dirty chai trifle for high tea

Dirty Chai Trifle

This dirty chai trifle recipe combines the rich, traditional flavor of a trifle with the bold, contemporary flavors of a dirty chai latte. This unique dessert will impress anyone with a symphony of flavors condensed in every bite.

truffle egg salad sandwiches

Truffle Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

A luxurious twist on the classic Egg Salad Sandwich, this recipe is infused with the rich and earthy flavor of truffle, that will elevate your afternoon tea offering to a whole new level.

Strawberry Verrine for high tea

Strawberry Vanilla Tea Verrine

With a creamy vanilla base, strawberry infused filling, and crunchy pretzel crumble top, this strawberry vanilla tea verrine is a sophisticated and easy-to-eat staple.

Almond apricot scones on a tray

Almond Apricot Scones

Who doesn’t like scones? A tender, buttery pastry, enriched with diced apricots and almond, these almond apricot scones are crumbly masterpieces to share at your high tea.

chocolate buttermilk tea bread for high tea

Chocolate Buttermilk Tea Bread

This chocolate buttermilk tea bread recipe makes a moist loaf full of rich cocoa flavor with a slightly tangy hint of buttermilk, and pairs wonderfully with a warm cup of herbal or black tea.

pecan gouda tarts for high tea with sugar cubes

Pecan Gouda Tart

Nestled in a flaky shell, this pecan gouda tart combines the nutty pecan flavor with the richness and creaminess of gouda cheese to create a bite-sized delicacy you’ll return to again and again. Note our favorite sugar cubes from Virginia-based Storied Goods in the corner of this photo, an essential companion to any cup of hot tea!

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