A Downton Abbey Tea Party

A Downton Abbey Tea Party
As you may have seen from my most recent YouTube video, I went to see the new Downton Abbey Movie at the weekend. I so enjoyed the film and left feeling inspired to have my own Downton Abbey Tea Party. Here are the recipes I made in the episode. Enjoy!

Orange Layer Cake

For the Cake

  • 1 large orange
  • 2 medium lemons,
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 large egg yolks

For Candied Peel

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar

For the Icing

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

For the Filling

  • 4 tbsp. orange marmalade


Use a paring knife to remove the peel from the orange, ensuring you take the least amount of which pith that you can. Try to get long peels of at least 2 inches. Put the peel in a small bowl. Do the same for the lemons, and place them in a separate bowl.

Juice the oranges and lemons, placing the juice with corresponding peels. Let the juice marinate in the peels for one hour, then strain the juices into separate bowls and reserve along with the peels.

Put the orange and lemon peels into a small saucepan, add cold water to cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for a couple of minutes, then drain, discarding the water, and then return the peels to the pan. Repeat twice, discarding the water each time. Meanwhile, line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.

When you have boiled the peels three times, return them to the pan, and add the 1 cup water and the granulated sugar, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Adjust the heat to maintain a simmer and simmer until the peels are tender and any pith has become translucent, 25-30 minutes. Drain well and use a fork to place on the cooking sheet in a single layer to let cool.

Finally, dry the peels in a low oven 250F until they are crisp but not browned, about 30 minutes. Set aside.

Make the Cake

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of two 9 inch round cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper and butter the parchment. Dust the sides with a mixture of equal parts of superfine sugar and flour, tapping out the excess.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk gently to combine. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and the superfine sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after every addition, then beat for 10 minutes. The mixture should be pale and fluffy.

On low speed, beat in 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture to prevent curdling, then add the rest of the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the reserved orange juice, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.

Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared baking tins, spreading to the edges.

Bake until a skewer inserted into the center of each cake layer comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pans on wire racks. Using a blunt knife, loosen the edges of the cakes from the pan sides, then invert the pans onto the racks, lift off the pans, and gently peel off the parchment. Work carefully as the layers are very light and delicate.

Make the Icing

To make the icing, put the confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and salt in a bowl and mix together.

Assemble the Cake

Place a cake layer on a serving plate and spread the top with marmalade. Top with the second layer, then using a palette knife or offset spatula, frost the top and sides of the cake with the icing. Sprinkle the top with the candied peel. Let the cake stand for 15 minutes to set the icing before serving.

Recipe from The Downton Abbey Cookbook

Chicken Finger Sandwiches

  • 1 pack diced chicken breast - cooked
  • 1 tablespoon of Creme Fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon of French Mustard 
  • A good sprinkling of Sea Salt
  • Juice of half a Lemon
  • White or Brown bread - crusts removed

Add the cooked chicken breast with all of the other ingredients to a blender and pulse until combined but still chunky.

Spread the chicken mixture onto your bread and cut into fingers.

Smoked Salmon Mousse


  • 1 pack of Cooked Smoked Salmon
  • 1 tablespoon of Creme Fraiche 
  • A sprinkling of Sea Salt
  • Juice of half a Lemon
  • A teaspoon of Italian Seasoning 


    Add all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.

    Pipe the Salmon Mousse onto round crackers and serve


Comments on this post (1)

  • May 10, 2022

    You have pulled off another delightfully successful Tea Party, and brought in the elegant element of DOWNTON ABBEY. Your presentation of the Cookbook and Movie were divine. Kudos, and Thank you!
    Thank you again for the trip to your lovely local bookstore. Like I mentioned in my Private Message on Instagram, I was inspired to order a copy of Her Majesty which was so prominent in your video. Thank You!
    It is so heart warming to share in your life, see you thrive, and be so blessed.
    Congratulations on 150k subscribers!
    Andrew Gabert; B.A., RMT.

    — Andrew Gabert

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