#LittleKitchen Child Friendly Afternoon Tea Menu

There is nothing the little lady and I enjoy doing more than cooking or baking together in the evenings and on the weekends. Ever since the little lady was really young I’ve involved and encouraged her to have an interest in food and cooking. Starting with really small and simple things like introducing different food groups, encouraging her to touch, feel and smell different ingredients and eventually help me measure out, add and mix different things together. Its been such a pleasure to watch her interest and confidence grow in the kitchen the older she gets.

I remember reading a book not long before we had the little lady, about how it was quite normal for the French to spend part of every weekend baking with their children, which as well as being a nice family activity, it in part teaches patience and autonomy. I thought this was quite a nice way to bring up children, the concept stuck with me and so it has become part of my approach to parenting.

When Wren Kitchens recently got in touch with us to see if we would be interested in getting involved in their exciting new #LittleKitchen campaign aimed at getting children engaged and involved in food preparation and kitchen activity I thought this was the perfect way to show and talk about the type of things we do together in the kitchen as a family, and help others think about how they can get their little ones involved in really easy and practical ways. Wren Kitchens talk about the kitchen being the heart of the home, and for us it really is. It’s not the perfect space in our home, unfortunately when we bought our house last year we inherited a pretty gaudy, flash looking pink and black gloss kitchen which I hate and try to avoid photographing or filming as much as I can, but its functional, clean and has everything we need. My point is that it is all you need to make and enjoy wholesome, nutritional family meals together.

BagelsBagel pileOur task was to create a post sharing ideas which will encourage children to get involved in the kitchen and generate an interest in the food they eat, and this weekend with guests around we had the perfect excuse and opportunity to do something a little bit different, a little more creative and put together a child friendly afternoon tea menu. I love afternoon tea, there is something so simple and classic about it, and with only two main components; sandwiches and cake, its super easy to do with little ones and looks pretty impressive too.

We decided on a menu with four types of sandwiches and four types of cakes to be served with tea, or coffee and milk as our guests actually choose. We made all the sandwiches ourselves, but cheated a little on the cakes as my baking is pretty elementary and I havent yet got around to replacing my hand blender which broke last year. I intentionally picked sandwiches and desserts that were child friendly and that I knew the little lady could help with.

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Mixing tuna Cracking eggsCutting eggs Mixing eggsMaking sandwiches Afternoon Tea Menu

  • Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese on Brown Seeded Bread
  • Cucumber & Cream Cheese Mini Bagels
  • Egg Mayonnaise on White Bread
  • Tuna & Red Onion Mayonnaise on White Bread
  • Strawberry & Cream Mini Tartlets
  • A selection of Cream Cakes (pre-bought)

Ingredients

  • Mini bagels
  • White Bread
  • Brown Seeded Bread
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Red Onion
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lightly salted butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Strawberries
  • Double Cream
  • Mini Tartlet Cases

Makes: afternoon tea for 8 adults and 2 children

Preparation Time: 45 minutes

Pouing creamMaking cakes Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Sandwich Method (makes 8 fingers)

  1. Butter four slices of seeded brown bread
  2. Add one smoked salmon slice between each sandwich
  3. Cut the crust off of each side of the bread
  4. Cut into four roughly equal fingers

Cucumber & Cream Cheese Bagels Method (makes 8 mini bagel halves)

  1. Half and toast four mini white bagels
  2. Spread the cream cheese onto each side of the toasted bagels
  3. Slice the cucumber into thin slices and then half
  4. Add four portions of cucumber to each half of each bagel
  5. Sandwich together and then cut each mini bagel into half

Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich Method (makes 8 fingers)

  1. Hard boil three eggs
  2. Cool, peel, then roughly slice the eggs in a bowl
  3. Add mayonnaise, season with a pinch of salt and pepper then mix with a spoon
  4. Butter four slices of white bread
  5. Spoon the egg mayonnaise onto one side of each slice of bread and sandwich together
  6. Cut the crust off of each side of the bread
  7. Cut into four roughly equal fingers

Tuna & Red Onion Sandwich Method (makes 8 fingers)

  1. Add a tin of tuna into a bowl
  2. Chop a quarter of a red onion into small pieces and add to the tuna
  3. Add mayonnaise, season with a pinch of salt and pepper then mix with a spoon
  4. Butter four slices of white bread
  5. Spoon the tuna mayonnaise onto one side of each bread and sandwich together
  6. Cut the crust off of each side of the bread
  7. Cut into four roughly equal fingers

Strawberry & Cream Mini Tartlets Method (makes 18 tartlets)

  1. Cut the tops off of five strawberries and slice into quarters
  2. Pour the cream into a bowl and whisk until thickened
  3. Spoon a teaspoon of the cream into the ready made tartlets
  4. Add a strawberry quarter onto the top of each tartlet

Afternoon teaOur afternoon tea menu was quick, easy, fun to make together and went down a treat with our guests, both adults and children alike. The little lady and I loved making this together and even the husband got stuck in at one point, making this a real family friendly recipe and activity for the whole family to do together in the kitchen. Hopefully this child friendly afternoon tea menu has shown that there are lots of ways to encourage little ones involved in the kitchen and create wholesome, nutritional, fun and interesting meals together. You can take a look at our recipe along with lots of other great ideas in the downloadable Wren Little Kitchen eBook!

This is a collaborative post with Wren Kitchens for their #LittleKitchen campaign. We were not compensated for taking part in this campaign. 

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8 Comments

  1. March 7, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    That’s a lovely idea, special treats are always nicer when you make them yourself! Can I have some

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thanks, we had a lot of fun making it. Especially the little lady. I completely let her make the little strawberry tarts herself and she was as proud as punch telling our guests and watching them enjoy them 🙂

  2. March 8, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Looks like little lady have a fab time! She looks so happy to be helping out – maybe we’ll see her on GBBO in a few years time xx
    P.S Can I come next time? The spread looked wonderful x

    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      Ha ha! I wouldn’t be surprised to be honest, she absolutely loves helping out and getting involved in the kitchen. Quite possibly have a little cook on our hands 😉

    • My Petit Canard
      March 9, 2016 / 11:17 pm

      Thank you! It was really yummy, definitely something im sure your girls would love 🙂

  3. March 21, 2016 / 6:24 am

    I’m not sure I have ever seen pink worktops before!! Wow!! Lovely idea with the little one though. It’s something I’ve always done with Ella since she was pretty small and we’re planning on some baking over easter too.
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    • March 21, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      I know, neither had I either until we viewed our house! They were the first thing we said would go, but still havent got round too it. Its definitely not a colour scheme I would choose myself! Afternoon tea was surprisingly easy to make with the little one, and actually quite a lovely little activity that you can really involve them in 🙂 It sounds like you’ll be having some fun over easer, little ones always enjoy a spot of baking I find!

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