A luxurious afternoon tea

Our newest member of the Juvela team, Jennifer, writes her first blog post for this month.

She has been diagnosed with coeliac disease for 11 years. Jen is a skilled cake maker and enjoys both baking and eating out.Jen Portrait

I love to visit 2 Oxford Place which is a restaurant in Leeds which operates a 100% gluten free kitchen, making it a coeliac’s paradise!

It is so lovely to be able to choose whatever I want from the menu and to not worry about whether there has there been any cross contamination in the kitchen. If you are having an afternoon tea, then book it at least 24 hours in advance. This is what me and my husband chose to have and we didn’t eat before arriving so that we had big appetites for what awaited us.

High Tea sandwiches

We were served a three-tiered savoury platter, the selection of sandwiches included cucumber with Irish butter on white bread, smoked salmon paté with lemon and dill on brown bread, egg mayonnaise with chives on brown bread and cheddar cheese with red onion marmalade on white bread. We also had a slice of quiche each and some cheese bites which were delicious! There was a pot of peppermint tea to accompany our sandwiches which was very refreshing.

High Tea CakesOur eyes lit up when we saw the three-tiered dessert platter being brought out as we both have a sweet tooth! It was full of goodies; the array of cakes included mini lemon & poppy seed sponge cakes, chocolate brownies, bakewell tarts, pavlovas, chocolate truffles as well as freshly baked scones, both sultana and double chocolate, served with butter, strawberry preserve and Cornish clotted cream! My favourite were the chocolate scones which were still warm and tasted amazing!

It is so easy to get to as it is situated in Leeds city centre, a short 5-minute walk from the train station. My husband, who is not coeliac, also really enjoyed the food said that you couldn’t even tell any difference in quality and taste. Their bread is baked on-site daily and was soft and fluffy with a lovely texture. We were so full up that the staff kindly boxed up the remainder of our cakes for us to take away. It was a very indulgent afternoon and we enjoyed every minute of it!

I loved the scones so much that I thought I would have a go at making some Double Chocolate SconesDouble chocolate scones myself when I got home using the Juvela Gluten-Free Fibre Mix. You can find the recipe for them here.

Happy baking to anyone who decides to give them a go!

If you are inspired to create your own gluten free afternoon tea, we’ve got some great recipe ideas.

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