British Teatime Treats

Teatime isn't complete without scones, cookies, pies, or other treats; here are 10 of our favorite recipes—both sweet and savory—to pair with an afternoon cuppa.

Banoffee Pie
Banoffee Pie
This banana-filled, caramel pie is a traditional English treat—topped with grated chocolate, it's perfect for tea time.Maxime Iattoni
Decadent Trifle
Drenched in sherry and kirsch, our version of a trifle features layer upon layer of ginger cake, custard, berries, chocolate, and cream. It's a showstopper. Frozen lingonberries can be used if fresh cannot be found. See the recipe for Decadent Trifle »Todd Coleman
English Gingerbread Cake
This moist, spice-laden dessert is based on a traditional English recipe in Rose Levy Beranbaum's Rose's Heavenly Cakes. See the recipe for English Gingerbread Cake »Todd Coleman
Homemade Scones
These pillowy scones are the ideal accompaniment to tea and are delicious with butter, preserves, and clotted cream.Todd Coleman
Nutmeg Custard Tarts
Creamy and spicy, these classic English custard tarts boast all the hallmarks of our favorite eggnogs. See the recipe for Nutmeg Custard Tarts »Todd Coleman
Savory Scones
A hybrid between traditional sweet scones and salty, buttery biscuits, this all-purpose dough is ideal for all sorts of savory fillings. See the recipe for Savory Scones »Anna Stockwell
Rosemary Shortbread
Rosemary Shortbread
A recipe in The Herbfarm Cookbook (Scribner, 2000) for lavender shortbread inspired this version of the classic cookie.Brian Doben
Raspberry Shortcakes
Raspberry Shortcakes
"The light, delicate fragility of this shortcake sets it apart from the dense and more traditional shortbread that figures large in Scottish cookery," says chef Jeremy Lee. "It makes a mockery of the idea that Scottish cookery is heavy and stodgy."Christopher Hirsheimer
Stilton and Bacon Cheesecakes
The recipe for these savory cheesecakes came from Linda Ellerbee's book Take Big Bites; she adapted it from a recipe given to her by the chef at the George Hotel in Wallingford, England. See the recipe for Stilton and Bacon Cheesecakes »David Sawyer
Plum Pudding
A plum, says Webster's, is "a raisin when used in desserts;" traditional English plum pudding hasn't had real plums in it for generations. See the recipe for Plum Pudding »Arthur Meehan