The menu for a high tea typically consists of finger sandwiches, tea cakes and desserts. An example of a high tea menu could include canapes, scones and petits fours served with a variety of teas.
The food centerpiece of a high tea is the tiered cake stand. Each tier should hold a different type of food for high tea. The finger sandwich layer can include tomato cheddar sandwiches.
To make tomato cheddar tea sandwiches, spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on white bread. Add thin layers of tomato, aged cheddar and watercress, and top with bread. Cut off the crusts, and cut the sandwich into quarters.
To make classic high tea scones, mix 23 ounces flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Add 3 ounces chilled and cubed butter, and create a coarse meal. Add 3 tablespoons sugar.
Warm 6 ounces of milk, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla and a squeeze of lemon juice. Create a well in the flour, and pour in the liquid; use a knife to combine the dough. Knead the dough in a dusting of flour. Cut out the scones, and brush the top of each scone with a beaten egg. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, and serve with jam and clotted cream.
For the dessert layer, buy premade petits fours or a tea cake.