Mother’s Day afternoon tea

This Sunday in the UK is Mothering Sunday, what could be nicer on her special day than making your Mum or Grandma a special gluten free afternoon tea.


My Mum, my sister and me


Here are some simple recipes for a classic afternoon tea you could prepare at home.

Firstly a delicate gluten free sandwich, here is a few ideas for making your own gluten free bread Grain free bread ,  White bread mix from Food by Helen ,  Sukrin bread mix , Cheese and herb bread ,


grain free bread



Food by Helen bread mix


Choose a classic sandwich filling like egg and cress, cheese and tomato, ham or cucumber and cream cheese.

Cheese scones also work well for afternoon tea, here is a easy recipe Cheese scones . These can be made days before and frozen, defrost on sunday morning and re fresh in microwave for about 30 seconds. Serve with some delicious butter.

Now for something sweet!

A gluten free Victoria sandwich cake would be perfect or how about Lemon drizzle cake  Grain free carrot cake or everyones favourite Chocolate cake



Victoria sandwich cake


Grain free carrot cake


chocolate cake 

Or these delicious grain free cinnamon muffins


Grain free cinnamon muffins


If you would prefer to use a cake or muffin mix check out my reviews here carrot muffins from incognito cakes , Food by Helen chocolate cake mix 



Food by Helen Chocolate cakes


A classic afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without a cream tea with simple gluten free plain scones served up with extra thick double or clotted cream and a low sugar strawberry jam like Delfour


Cream tea


If you have a 2 or 3 tier cake stand that would be ideal. Otherwise choose your prettiest plates and some nice serviettes

I hope this has given you some ideas to make this occasion something really special.


I would love to see your Mothers Day afternoon tea photos, Go on, have a go! I’m sure it will be very much appreciated.

Happy Mothering Sunday.



My afternoon tea,  gluten free and refined sugar free

Gluten free Cream tea time!

Wimbledon starts today, what better time to make some gluten free scones for an afternoon cream tea!

I started with a clean work surface very important when baking for Coeliacs or gluten sensitive friends and family. Also I pre heated the oven to 220c


250g SR Flour gluten free

2 tsp baking powder ( gluten free )

1 tsp Isabels baking fix (optional )

1  large egg

80g butter unsalted

a little milk up to 100ml


I weighed 250g of gluten free S R flour into a mixing bowl. To which I added 2 tsp of GF baking powder, both were from Doves farm . Then I added 1 tsp of Isabels GF baking fix, this is the first time I have added this. It should improve texture and extend shelf life. I then mixed the dry ingredients together.


Next I added 80g of real unsalted butter, chopped and rubbed with fingertips until it resembled breadcrumbs.


Finally I added 1 egg and 100ml of milk. add gradually until it comes together to a ball using a knife. The dough will feel very soft, don’t worry! this is normal and with a little flour on your work surface the scones will be perfect.


I rolled out the dough quite thickly and using a cutter cut out 6 scones and popped on a baking sheet with greaseproof paper cut to size. They look especially good if you egg wash them on top.


The scones went in the hot oven 220c for 10 mins. They should look a lovely golden brown on top .


I cooled them on a wire rack then served with a low sugar jam. I use St Delfour strawberry jam. To top the whole thing off I added thick double cream.


Best eaten the same day, Scones also freeze well.

Perfect for a summers afternoon . whatever the weather!