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Win a £25 voucher in our Afternoon Tea Recipe Competition

Community Manager

Hi Lidlers,


Afternoon tea has long been a staple of British summertime. However, with so many elements, there are loads of ways to make your afternoon tea stand apart from the rest.


Share your recipe for your favourite part of an afternoon tea in the comments below and you could be in with a chance of winning a £25 Lidl voucher. The chosen winner will also have their recipe brought to life and featured on!


The competition closes just before midnight on the 21st of July so get those entries in. See the full terms and conditions here.


Best Wishes,


My Lidl Team

Respected Contributor

A Lidl Tea Loaf





1 packet Lidl berries and cherries 
300ml  strong hot tea
340g  Plain flour

6tsp baking powder
110g sugar
1 heaped teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 egg, beaten

Prep:10min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr10min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Steep the dried fruit in the hot tea for half an hour.
Mix dry ingredients together. Add the berries and cherries mixture and the beaten egg. Gently combine using a rubber spatula, but don't overmix.
Scoop ingredients into a lined loaf tin.
Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 1 hour.




New Contributor

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels .......great for a picnic, evening supper or a lunch snack with friends 


amount of ingredients is flexible depending on number of hungry mouths !


Loaf  of  bread - white, brown, granary  it's your pick....  Tortillas are a good alternative too. Why not use a selection to give a nice choice

1-2 tubs of  plain soft cream cheese - full or low fat

1-2 packets of smoked salmon pieces or full slices  - depends on your purse

fresh chives -  hopefully home grown ....Lidl pot herbs like parsley will work too

1 cucumber


flatten required number of de- crusted slices with rolling pin ( 2 per person is suggested)

mix salmon (chopped) into cream cheese with chopped herbs amd freshly milled black pepper if enjoyed

spread mix onto bread or tortillas. roll up  like a swiss roll and cut  into two  ( looks nice if cut on an angle)

using potato peeler create cucumber ribbons to decorate your plate and add a cool touch for summer.

Trusted Contributor

@Larch Your salmon treats sound wonderful - am going to use up the last of my Lidl smoked salmon now using your recipe.  Thanks.  To me you are the winner.


I make something similar -

Lidl Deluxe Hickory & Applewood Smoked Scottish Salmon

lemon juice

black pepper

cream cheese

watercress and white bread.

I have a little gadget that makes them into tiny sealed sandwiches that are ideal for picnics in the garden.  I Have a couple of these things and I can make sarnies heart, round, or star shaped.  Makes it easier to know what is in each sandwich so the vegan and vegetarian guests do not keep having to check.


I would suggest having them with a big bowl of strawberries (they are so cheap at Lidl at the moment) and a few raspberries topped with Lidl's Greek Style Yogurt.


Cake, obviously is needed - no need to be delicate here just go into the local Lidl and buy at least one (10)of each cake on display in the freshly baked section and then keep going and buy boxes of all the other cakes.


Drink?  It's got to be good old fashioned tea - with or without milk, and with or without sugar.

If the day is really hot Lidl's Freeway XX Cola is really refreshing.  If alcohol is needed Lidl have many ranges of beers and wines to choose from.


It's really the company that makes an afternoon tea special - so look after your guests and save some cake for me. Forgot to mention all guests must bring their favourite teddy bear and be dressed identically.










Respected Contributor

Rum and coconut sponge with strawberries


175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing the ring cake tin

175g self raising flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

225g caster sugar

3 large eggs

Grated zest and juice of 1 lime

50g desiccated coconut

3Tbsp dark rum

454g strawberries, stems removed

142 ml pot of double cream 


Preheat oven to 180C/160C  Fan/ gas 4

A 23cm ring cake tin


Sift flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Add 175g of the caster sugar, with the butter, eggs, lime zest and coconut and beat together until well mixed.

( I put everything into a food mixer as it's quicker and easier) Spoon the mixtureinto the greased ring cake tin, level the top and bake for around 30 minutes. 


Meanwhile, put the rest of the sugar into a small saucepan with 4 tbsp water and heat gently till the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 2 minutes and stir in the rum and lime juice. 


When cooked turn cake onto a plate and  thouroughly "kcirp" ( spelt that backwards as it got bleeped out)  the top with a fork. Drizzle the rum mixture all over it then leave to cool down. 


Slice 150g strawberries. Whip the double cream and fold in the sliced strawberries. Pile this mixture into the centre of the sponge cake and serve with the rest of the strawberries.  


Forget having a cup of tea... this is very nice accompanied with a glass of Jeeves  on a lovely sunny day.   Woman Very Happy 

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Respected Contributor

Hi @Lidl  this word was *bleeped * out in my recipe above as it was deemed rude....  spelling it backward now  *kcirp* or it will *bleep* out again.  Woman LOL 

Trusted Contributor

@Jade Your cake looks absolutely marvellous!  How do you keep on coming up with such good recipes?  Mine are always disasters. Why is the word **bleep** deleted?  How weird I just had to try and it bleeped me too. LOL



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Respected Contributor

Thanks @Flossy It was an old recipe and I tweaked it a bit with rum and coconut.... worked a treat.  You could have pineapple instead of strawberries and even try Cointreau with orange or tangerine segments. 

I thought it quite funny that kcirp was bleeped out.....   

Respected Contributor

Oh my!  All these lovely recipes and things are making my mouth water! @Flossy @Larch @Sx and that gorgeous creation of yours is simply marvellous @Jade I was thinking of entering but think my gin with a cucumber sandwich has been comprehensively outclassed! Smiley Very Happy

Respected Contributor

Nothing wrong with a cheese, cucumber and salad cream sandwich @harryflatters

Esteemed Contributor

A great idea for a summer picnic is to have a savoury starter followed by something sweet with a delicious cuppa or a bottle of something (depends if you are driving). We usually have sandwiches and sausage rolls joined by a decent quiche. I thought I would share my quiche with you.




Pastry base, either home- made or shop bought but remember to blind bake home-made bases (until the base is quite rigid) before adding other ingredients

1 tablespoon butter

1 large onion, diced

3 eggs

80ml double cream (milk can be used as an alternative cream but semi skimmed is probably best as skimmed does not set the mix as well)

40g grated cheese, I tend to used an extra strong mature cheddar with Red Leicester. 30g Cheddar to 10g Red Leicester but its personal choice. Gruyere is a good flavour for quiche as well.

Black pepper for seasoning

Sliced tomatoes (optional)


Preheat the oven to 190 C, 170C fan oven, Gas mark 5

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook them slowly until they are soft and caramelised. 

Beat the eggs and cream together in a bowl. 

Stir the cheese into the egg and cream mix.

Add black pepper for seasoning

Remove the onions from the heat and spread the onions on the base of the pastry case.

Pour the egg and cream mix over the onions.

If you are adding tomatoes it is best to add them after 15 - 20 minutes of the baking time.

Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the mix has set.


You can follow the quiche with some simple home made scones and strawberry jam.

HOME MADE SCONES (quick and easy)


Ingredients (makes about 8 decent sized scones)

225g self raising flour

Pinch salt

50g cold butter, cut into pieces

25g caster sugar

50g sultanas or mixed fruit (optional)

120ml milk, plus extra for brushing tops for colour



Preheat the oven to 220C, 200C fan oven, Gas Mark 7

Grease a baking tray.

Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. Add the butter and rub together until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and fruit (if using fruit)

Add the milk and stir all the ingredients together. 

Knead the mixture to make a stiff dough.

Roll out the dough to about 2 cm thick.

Use cutters to cut out round shape and place the scones on the baking tray.

Brush the tops of the scones with milk before placing them in the oven.

Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes then place on a rack to cool for about 5 minutes.


Even if we get our usual English weather and end up staying indoors why not lay out a blanket on the lounge floor and put out the food and drink. You can even have alcohol as you have nowhere to drive to get home.

Enjoy!  Smiley Happy

Community Manager

Hi Lidlers, 


We're so impressed with all your wonderful recipes! We hope that the entries so far will provide inspiration for other members of the community to share their favourite afternoon tea treats with us as well. Smiley Happy


Best wishes, 


Regular Contributor

Some lovely recipes on here so far. My favourite is scones with clotted cream and jam, but I also like muffins in the afternoon with a cuppa. 

These banana muffins are so easy to whip up and you can use up any bananas that are going brown and over ripe. 


  • 200g (7 oz) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 150g (5 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 75g (2 1/2 oz) butter, melted
    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt; set aside.
    3. Combine mashed bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth.
    4. Spoon evenly into baking cases in muffin tin.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly tapped.

    I make these alot and put one in the childrens packed lunch boxes.

Regular Contributor

This is a simple dish that I make daily (using various different fruits)  

Its quick, simple and healthy.


•0% fat Greek style yogurt


•Porridge oats 

•Fruit. I have used fresh strawberries but you can use any fresh or frozen fruit that you like. 

Very quick to make and delicious image.pngPlease excuse my tatty chipped bowl




Banana cake

We buy a lot of bananas and often use them up by making a cake/loaf

150g unsalted butter

150g brown sugar

Ripe bananas approx four

2 large eggs

250g S.R flour

Half tsp baking powder

One tsp cinnamon

 One tsp ginger


Mix up wet ingredients together and fold in dry ingredients, tip into loaf tin.


Bake for approx 45 minutes on gas mark 4, 180c or fan oven 160c

Until skewer comes out clean.

Eat warm with cream, ice cream or custard or cool and eat on its own.


Can be frozen.


PS ALL ingredient s can be purchased from Lidl.


Occasional Visitor

Has to be a Classic Victoria Sponge, simple but always a winner...


  1. 4 free-range eggs.
  2. 225g/8oz caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting the finished cake.
  3. 225g/8oz self-raising flour.
  4. 2 tsp baking powder.
  5. 225g/8oz butter
 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line 2 x 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl, then add the sugar, flour, baking powder and butter. Mix everything together until well combined with an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon, don'tover mix.
Divide the mixture evenly between the tins
Place the tins on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 25 minutes until they’re golden-brown and coming away from the edge of the tins.
Press them gently to check – they should be springy to the touch.
Remove them from the oven and cool for five minutes, carefully turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack set aside to cool completely.
Once cooled place one cake upside down onto a plate and spread it with plenty of jam. If you want to, you can spread over whipped cream too. Top with the second cake, top-side up. Sprinkle over the caster sugar.
Respected Contributor

Afternoon Tea

For me there are two types - Winter and Summer. For Summer Tea we need lighter foods so no heavy cakes nor sandwiches and having lemonade (or Pimms) rather than tea. Also we do not want to spend days in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove to prepare. So anything that can be prepared and frozen (or kept in a tin/fridge) is beneficial. The great thing is that all these work well as a picnic!

Need lots of small items and various flavours and textures - these also work well as canapes. AND most of them can be frozen if needed (make the fillings/toppings for the bateaux and blinis at the last minute).

Based on Sweet pastry (150g Plain flour, 50g Ground almonds, 100g butter, 50g caster sugar and one egg yolk - although you can use the whole egg) and Savory pastry (200g Plain flour, 100g butter, 1 teaspoon of grain mustard, 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh tarragon and 2 teaspoons of grated parmesan) - can be made in advance and frozen. The indivdual items can be cooked and then frozen. The fillings can be made from left over items; it is amazing how little of an item is needed to make a great filling.

Fruit tarts - a sweet pastry, layer of creme patissiere (nice with a drop of rum added) then whole or cut fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries). No glaze. The thinner the pastry can be made the better. This also works well with chopped apples and cinnamon OR chopped pears with star anise (pre-cooked to the al dente stage). Alternatively slices of a simple tarte normande (and that is lovely from Lidl).

An individual tiramisu - Really rich and an ideal way to finish afternoon tea!

Mini pastryless quiches (more like souffles) - Prawns with ginger, crab with chilli, smoked salmon with chives, blue cheese with onion, sun dried red peppers/tomatoes. These are really easy to make (recipe makes 1 large individual or 2 small individual ones) - separate a large egg. Beat the yolk add some black pepper and the main ingredient listed above. Whisk the egg white until forming firm peaks then fold in the egg yolk mix. Divide between 2 small buttered ramekins. Cook in a bain marie for 10-12 minutes at 200 deg C.

Pastry boats - a savory pastry (can be rounds, but I prefer bateaux) cooked blind. Filling of lobster, chicken breast or other white meat, caramelised onion or tomato (and this is lovely - they need to be very very ripe), advocado. Mix the fillings either with creme fraiche or a white wine sauce.

Sausage rolls - A merguez sausage place cross the diagonal of a square of puff pastry, then fold the two other corners inward, so that the ends of the sausage are still visible. Asparagus works well as a replacement for the sausage.

Blinis - topped with cream cheese or creme fraiche and caviar (Lidl's of course) - OR you could use Lidl's rosemary crackers rather than blinis.

Wontons (filled with crab or prawns) and spring rolls (filled with shredded veg) and a light dipping sauce of dark soy, ginger and chilli.

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New Contributor

Afternoon doesn't have to be complicated. I love making desserts and me and my friends normally split responsibilities for our afternoon teas Smiley Happy Desserts are my playground.

Something you can make in advance and assemble quickly.

Baileys And Raspberry Eton Mess.

- Meringue nests ( or make them yourself by whiskingegg whites with sugar to stiff peaks and baking )

- mascarpone 1 tub

- double cream - about 100 ml

- irish cream liquor

- icing sugar

- vanilla essense 

1)Whip double cream, add a touch of vanilla

2) Mix mascarpone with 2 tea spoons of icing sugar to smooth consistency 

3) Combine 1 & 2 together And add irish cream liquor to taste ( i personally like a lot of it Smiley Happy)

4) Break meringues into pieces

5) assemble

6) decorate with raspberries


Enjoy!!!!eaton mess.jpg


Frequent Contributor
Champagne Trifle.  Not something i make often.  Soak Strawberries overnight (lidl ones are huge and soak lots up) Save rest of champagne to mix with jelly. (Hot water to melt jelly cubes or crystals) Once jelly has cooled a little add champagne so you have the correct liquid amount needed for Jelly.  Then make jelly in normal way layering sponge, jelly and custard. Then use Lidl dairy squirty cream 😍 To top with the Champagne strawberries. It is lush.  Washes the cucumber sandwiches down nicely. 
Respected Contributor

These recipes sound very nice. Perhaps Lidl might include a few of them in their next magazine.


Perhaps their resident chef (the future Kevin) might do a 'take' on some of them.


@Flossy- we have had that problem before. Cannot say Pr**k, but can say 'Stab violently with a pronged instrument until full of holes'. This is what happens wehn you BAN a particular word without recognising its usage.

Occasional Contributor







Occasional Contributor

Trip choc cake.. can't beat it for afternoon tea!
225g Lidl salted butter
225g caster sugar
4 large eggs
225gself raising flour
1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp water

150g lidls plain dark choc
2tbsps water
100g butter
50g milk choc for drizzling
sprinkles of your choice for decoration
preheat oven to 180c/gas 4
grease a cake ring mould well.Measure all cake ingredients except cocoa and water and beat until blended well.Dot about half mix in cake tin and then mix cocoa and water together and beat into the remaining mix. Dot rest in pan and swirl with knife and level surface. Bake in oven for 40 mins. Leave to cool then turn out. Melt choc in a ban Marie and butter till smooth then pour over cake. Sprinkle to decorate then enjoy!!😋😍

New Contributor

Salmon Pate' with cucumber on Melba toast

For Afternoon tea, I would make Salmon Pate' with chopped cucumber  and coriander leaves on thin Melba toast. Poached 500g fresh salmon in milk. Removed te skin and bones. Place salmon in a blender with 100g cream cheese, 25g butter, a tabelspoon of lemon juicesalt and peper. Blend to a smooth paste. Mix in 3 tablespoon of finely chopped cucumber and 1 tablespoon of corriander leaves. Serve with thinly sliced  Crispy homemade Melba toast.  Simple and Delicious. 

Regular Visitor

Wow there are so many grrrrreat recipes here! Looks like I'll be having a feast this weekend Smiley Happy



Community Manager

Hi Lidlers, 


The competition has now closed. We'll be announcing the winner later today so make sure to check back this afternoon! Smiley Happy 


Best wishes, 

My Lidl Team

Community Manager

Hi Lidlers, 


Thank you very much for all your delicious recipes! We're very happy to announce that the winner is... @Nicnac1


We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Nicnac1 Smiley Happy


Best wishes, 

Lorna, My Lidl Team

Respected Contributor

Congratulations @Nicnac1 enjoy your prize.  

New Contributor


Frequent Contributor
Congrats, a worthy winner and a scrummy looking pud. 
Respected Contributor

Looks so good @Nicnac1

happy shopping

Esteemed Contributor

Congratulations @Nicnac1, your cake looks delicious and sounds straight forward enough to make.

What a week for you @Nicnac1, you join us on Wednesday and win the prize for this competition. I hope you use some of your prize to treat yourself personally. 


It seems that we have a lot of new members since this competition started, I would like to say hello and welcome to you all. Even though the competition is now closed please feel free to join in with some of the chats, or share your opinions as we love to hear fresh views. We are quite a good bunch of members, we don't take ourselves too seriously and we do our best to support each other.

I also noticed we have some other members who registered a while ago but don't get chance to visit or chat with us very often, you don't know what you're missing Smiley Happy Smiley Happy


If any of you get chance to look around the site I am sure you will find plenty of things to interest you, there are bound to be other competitions before long as well. It would be good if any of you have other recipes please share them in the 'Recipe' section. If you have a hobby or special skill it would be good to hear about it as well, just visit the 'Groups' and give us some tips.

Don't forget to let us know about you, we don't need your address or weight or anything that personal but we would love to get to know you better so if you could tell us which part of the country you live in, how long you have used Lidl, anything like that interests us 'old timers'. Well a lot of us are just nosey Smiley Happy


Also later this year we are arranging a get together, details are in the Coffee break section of the 'Chats' ,we would love to get together Smiley Happy


Welcome to all newcomers Smiley Happy Hello to older members who I haven't had chance to chat with yet. I look forward to chatting soon, hopefully 



@Nicnac1 - CONGRATULATIONS again x

Trusted Contributor

@Nicnac1  Congratulations - a brilliant cake.




New Contributor


I just adore your 19p baguettes, so fresh and so crusty.  I like slicing these in two lengthwise, then butter and spread thickly with soft cream cheese and finally sprinkle with crushed walnut pieces. Delish!


FLAPJACK which is also gluten free


300 g butter

4 tab spoons syrup

tin of condensed milk

550g oats

240g caster sugar

pack of dried apricots (chopped)

Melt butter add syrup, sugar, condensed milk and chopped apricots

mix in oats 

turn into a large flat tin or 2 smaller tins

bake 180 deg 25 mins until, golden. 

Cut into fingers and enjoy.. 




Respected Contributor

Hi @Diane72  welcome to our Lidl family. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.  


If you ask @Lidl they will move this to the gluten free recipe section for you. 





Occasional Contributor

IMG_1375.JPGJust thought I'd share the afternoon tea I did for my sister and niece. All home made including the bread.

New Contributor

Can I come next time please?


Banana cake

We buy a lot of bananas and often use them up by making a cake/loaf

150g unsalted butter

150g brown sugar

Ripe bananas approx four

2 large eggs

250g S.R flour

Half tsp baking powder

One tsp cinnamon

 One tsp ginger


Mix up wet ingredients together and fold in dry ingredients, tip into loaf tin.


Bake for approx 45 minutes on gas mark 4, 180c or fan oven 160c

Until skewer comes out clean.

Eat warm with cream, ice cream or custard or cool and eat on its own.


Can be frozen.


PS ALL ingredient s can be purchased from Lidl.

Respected Contributor

Sounds lovely @Lloydies I will copy this recipe... thank you.