Christmas Afternoon Tea Recipes

All of the recipes as featured in my latest YouTube Episode

Chocolate & Orange Cake


140ml / 2/3 cups sunflower oil

2 eggs

200ml / 3/4 cups whole milk

325g / 1 1/4 cups caster sugar

85g / 1 cup cocoa powder

200g / 1 1/4 cups plain flour

3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Zest from 2 oranges

Fresh juice from 2 oranges


For the Ganache:

300 g (1 ¾ cups) dark chocolate

325 ml (1 ⅓ cups) heavy cream

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon butter




Preheat oven: 180°C / 160°C (fan) / Gas Mark 4 / 350°F

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, oil, sugar and milk together until fully combined.

In a separate bowl, sieve in the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder, then add in the orange zest and whisk them together.

Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring together as you pour until just combined. There may be a few small lumps left, but that’s ok.

In a microwave safe bowl, heat the orange juice in the microwave for 30-60secs, then slowly add this into the cake batter, mixing as you pour until the liquid has only just combined.

Divide the mixture evenly between the two greased and lined cake pans and bake for 25-30mins until risen, springy to the touch and a skewer comes out clean. 

Allow the cakes to cool in the tins for 10mins before moving to a wire rack to cool further.


Whilst the cakes cool, start making the ganache. In a heatproof bowl, heat the cream over a double boiler or in the microwave (30 secs at a time) until almost boiling.

Pour your hot cream over the chocolate and butter, letting this sit for 5mins before adding your orange zest and stirring until smooth.

Let your ganache set for 30-45mins at room temperature, until it reaches a spreadable consistency more solid than liquid.

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Christmas Scones


350g/ 1¾ cups + 2 tbsp Self-Raising Flour

95g/ 3tbsp butter

1tsp Baking Powder

3tbsp Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Salt

150ml/ half a cup Egg Nog (or your milk of choice)

Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


Preheat the oven to 180ºc

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and butter into a large bowl

With your finger tips, knead everything together until you have fine breadcrumbs. It is very important to work lightly if you want to achieve a good texture. Running you hands under cold water before you do this step will keep your hands cool and help with this too.

Stir in the egg nog or milk. Make sure you stir with a knife - again delicately - so you don’t overwork the mixture.

With your hands, knead everything together until you can form a ball of dough.
Dust your work surface with a little flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about a 1 inch thickness.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into small rounds. If you don’t have a cutter - simply use the rim of a glass.

Place the scones on a baking tray and brush a little milk on each one to glaze.
Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.

Allow the scones to cool for 5 minutes and dust with a little icing sugar

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

200g/ 1 cup sugar
240ml / 1 cup water
350g / 2 cups fresh cranberries
2 tsp orange zest

Salt for seasoning


Heat the sugar and water together in a pan until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the cranberries and simmer until they burst. Heat gently until thick.

Once thickened add the orange zest and season with salt.


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  • Apr 23, 2022

    Hi Nicolas. You make my life more beautiful. I live in the Caribe. But love your culture and traditions. Thanks.

    — Maria De Los A. Gonzàlez Echevarrìa

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