Afternoon Tea is traditionally served between four and five in the afternoon — hence the name. Many people believe that this tradition was first started in 1841 by Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. At that time, and in fact right up until the early decades of the 20th century, luncheon was served at twelve noon but dinner was not served until 8:00 or even 9:00 in the evening. The Duchess, so the story goes, complained of a ‘sinking’ feeling in the middle of the afternoon and asked for some tea and a few slices of bread and butter to be served to her in her private drawing room; the Blue Room at Woburn Abbey.
Whether this is true or not, at some point this trend for eating in the afternoon became more widespread and popular and soon ladies across the land who were ‘at home’ would dress elaborately in their finest dresses and visit each others houses to partake of afternoon tea.
The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast may wish to enjoy an afternoon tea time as well. Most guests are busy out and about seeing the sights and sounds of the desert. But for those who wish a little refreshment in the late afternoon, tea in your room or out at the desert gazebo (Watto) is a welcome choice. Select a pretty tea cup, your choice of tea and enjoy home baked treats that may vary from day to day.
An easy recipe for something light and sweet.
No Bake Fudge Cookies
1 cup white sugar .1 cup brown sugar. 1/2 cup butter. 1/2 cup milk. 3 cups oatmeal. 1/2 cup coconut. 1/2 cut chopped walnuts. 1 cup milk chocolate chips
Into a saucepan measure: sugars, butter & milk. Cook 2 minutes and remove from heat.
Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Add oatmeal, coconut & nuts.
Mix well and drop small mounds on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Cool 30 minutes before serving.