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The mid-afternoon repast is as British as a wrap of vinegary chips on the beach – only a lot more refined. But what’s the best mix of savoury and sweet? Who better to ask than Martha Collison. As the youngest ever contestant on The Great British Bake Off, she won the hearts of viewers in 2014. Here, she shares recipes from her new book, Crave, along with some new ones created exclusively for you – an excellent excuse to host an afternoon tea in aid of the brilliant charity Breast Cancer Care.

make it special.

Martha talks about tea and gives her tips for putting on a good spread…

“Afternoon tea is one of my favourite meals because it’s so unnecessary but so brilliant. It’s an extra meal in the middle of the afternoon – not dinner, not lunch, yet it has the best of everything, from cakes to scones to little sandwiches.

At the heart of my new book, Crave, is the joy you find in food when you want to indulge yourself and satisfy a craving, which is fitting because, at its heart, afternoon tea is about indulgence. I started baking when I was eight because I felt I wasn’t getting all the cakes I needed so I decided to fill that gap! I used to love reading and making Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes and that ignited a passion in me.

Since then I’ve been addicted to cookery books and love the process of turning raw ingredients into something beautiful.

Everyone loves to share food and if you can do that to raise money and awareness for charity, so much the better. Breast Cancer Care’s Afternoon Tea campaign encourages us to get together to do just that, and it’s brilliant to link cakes with good causes! Plus, cake is at the centre of so many occasions – every birthday; every wedding. What would these celebrations be without them?

My top afternoon tea tip is to be prepared.

Make sure you’ve assembled all the ingredients you’ll need ready when you start baking. For the sandwiches, don’t make them ahead as they’ll go dry, but do prepare the fillings, then keep them covered in the fridge so you can put them together easily when people arrive.

I love the pretty things that go with afternoon tea too… I once experienced a great Alice in Wonderland-themed Mad Hatter’s tea party at a posh hotel, where there were pannacottas with little ‘eat me’ labels. I recommend using proper old-fashioned china if you can, which helps to make it a memorable experience. After all, this isn’t your everyday tea and cake – it’s a special ritual.”





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Fire up the barbecue, our globetrotting August issue has burger recipes everyone will love and a spicy North African lamb from Berber & Q. Gather hungry friends for our summer menu from Provence, Olia Hercules’ recipes from Georgia and Azerbaijan, and Eleonora Galasso’s casual Italian supper. GBBO stars feature, too, with Martha Collison’s great bakes and Chetna Makan’s Indian street food. Plus, chill out with our no-cook midweek meals and a pull-out special of frozen desserts.