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Crab Cakes

While hot hors d’oeuvres aren’t traditional afternoon tea fare, this crab cake recipe is a good one to add if you want to mix it up. Yields 12

Clotted Cream

Clotted cream is a staple of afternoon teas. Sometimes called Devonshire Cream or Cornish Cream, depending on the area of England you’re in. Clotted cream is like butter, but sweeter, and can be spread on scones with jam.

Sticky Date Pudding

This recipe calls for a bain marie. If you don’t have one, place your baking pans in a large roasting pan or casserole dish and fill to half the height of your baking pans. Avoid using a Dutch oven as it holds too much heat. Yields 2 pans (48 servings)

Strawberry Jam

MacPherson uses this recipe based on one he found in The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders. It’s simple and a classic that you’ll find in most family cookbooks.


Charles the Butler uses this recipe at home when he serves afternoon tea. Like most favourite recipes, it was passed down from a friend. Yields 36 scones

Deep Fried Turkey

This is a very nostalgic recipe for me, not so much as a Christmas recipe but as a fond remembrance of a special treat from my childhood. Long before frying a whole bird in gallons of oil in your backyard became trendy or fashionable, deep fried turkey meant batter-fried turkey to many of us. I… Read More»

Eggnog Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce

At some point during the Christmas season, I just have to make one of Spouse’s favourites: a soul-warming, decadent, creamy bread pudding. She loves any type of bread pudding, especially if it comes with an indulgent, warm, sweet sauce poured over top. This particular version hits all the right points for a great bread pudding… Read More»

Fruitcake Cookies

When it comes to fruitcake, there’s no grey area. You’re either a fan or you’re not. Most fruitcake detractors are pretty adamant about their positions, but these cookies have been known to make some pause and reconsider.When you experience all the flavour of a traditional molasses-and-spice dark fruitcake, translated into a crispy, chewy cookie, even… Read More»

Cranberry Hazelnut Turkey Wellington

Here’s a terrific festive entertaining idea for any day during the holidays. I’ve heard from several Rock Recipes followers over the years who don’t want or need to have all those turkey leftovers and are looking for an alternative to a traditional stuffed turkey. This is an ideal solution, especially for couples, small families, or… Read More»

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