Mary Berry Cooks

Afternoon Tea

Episode 1 Afternoon Tea

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Review

Strip away the sultry looks to camera, ingredient fetishes and zoo-style banter and many modern food programmes are decidedly low on nourishment. Delia has sworn off telly, so let Mary Berry step in, solo, to show us how it’s done. 

Her new cookery series is all the better for being a simple “stand and stir”, and begins with a collection of afternoon tea recipes. Far from lacking dynamism, it’s a nonstop tip shop in which we benefit from her years of hands-on experience. Don’t make scones too big, so there’s room for everything else. Get down to cake eye-level when halving a layer of sponge. Feather the icing on a chocolate traybake for a Mr Kipling-style pro finish. 

And if you tuck them up carefully – cue a grandmotherly demonstration – finger sandwiches will last overnight in the fridge. It’s not rocket science. It’s more important than that. It’s cake. 

Summary

Mary Berry is in her kitchen at home cooking her favourite food. With her trademark warmth and common sense, she takes viewers step by step through delicious recipes for everyday and special occasions. In this series Mary reveals foolproof dishes for Sunday lunch, afternoon tea and weekday suppers. Plus she shares impressive but surprisingly easy recipes for parties and celebrations when there are more mouths to feed. In her calm and capable hands, cooking for guests has never been simpler. In the opening episode, Mary shows how to host a traditional tea party without any fuss. She shares a clever trick for making sandwiches in advance. She bakes bite-sized scones for a cream tea, and her granddaughters help her make orange butterfly cakes. Mary also visits Britain's only tea plantation in Cornwall to find out how tea is grown.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mary Berry
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Executive Producer Richard Bowron
Series Producer Scott Tankard
Director Scott Tankard