Afternoon tea at Londolozi is somewhat a compulsory legacy from the early days that still lives on! I too, having grown up in an Africa in which this tradition was strongly upheld, am not averse to a delicious cup of lemon grass tea and a slice of something tasty come 4pm. 

At Londolozi, there is nothing better than sitting on the deck of the camp you are staying in and indulging in a decadent slice of cake or savouring a mouth watering tart of some flavour. This Week in Food, I am sharing with you my most favourite tea time moments!

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A banting-friendly nutty cranberry and date bar! All my favourite ingredients in one mouthful – why wouldn’t you?

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The Londolozi Lemon & Yoghurt Cake – rapidly becoming the most wanted cake recipe! This cake is not only delicious, but when stored correctly in an air tight container, can last for at least two days – unless it’s all eaten!

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This simple tart made from shortcrust pastry and lemon flavoured mascarpone is one of my “quick to make” treats when I’m feeling as though I need something sweet! Simply made with one cup of mascarpone, one cup of Crème Fraiche and a little icing sugar, together with some grated lemon zest and a squeeze of the juice, you pile it in the pastry case, top with berries and voila! There you have a delicious easy to make quick tea time treat

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There’s nothing more indulgent than a chocolate tart! These you can make smaller for a ‘bridge tea’ or larger for a dinner party, however, this  size is perfect for afternoon tea with a good cup of freshly plunged coffee!

Londolozi’s Chocolate Tartlets


300ml  Double cream
2 Tsp Caster Sugar
A pinch of fine sea salt
50 g  Unsalted butter, softened
200g  70% Chocolate, broken into small pieces
50ml Full Cream Milk
375g Shortcrust pastry
Sea salt flakes


 1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Roll out the pastry and use it to line individual tartlet pans
3. Cover with baking paper, fill with dried beans and bake blind for 10-15 minutes, remove beans and bake again for 15 minutes until golden.
4. Put the cream, sugar and salt in a pan and bring to the boil.
5. Remove as soon as the mixture boils up.
6. Off the heat, add the butter and chocolate. Stir until blended.
7. Allow to cool slightly, then stir in the milk. Keep stirring till shiny.
8. Pour into the tart shell and leave at room temperature for 2 hours to set.

Anna’s Tip:- Add grated orange zest for a different flavour instead of the salt flakes!

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To add some volume to your tea table, add a jug of iced tea or iced coffee.

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 My personal favourite cake! And… it’s gluten free!

The Londolozi Apple & Almond Cake – simple to make and keeps well. You can serve this cake with a dollop of freshly whipped cream as well…. Just… because?



320g      Granny Smith Apples, peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
220g      Castor Sugar
195g      Gluten Free Flour
2 Tsp     Baking Powder
1 Tsp     Mixed Spice
2 Tsp     Vanilla Essence
2             Eggs, lightly beaten
125g      Butter, melted
40g         Almonds, chopped
Icing Sugar for dusting


1. Preheat oven to 180*C
2. Place the apples and 1 TBSP sugar in a bowl and toss to combine
3. Place the remaining sugar, flour, baking powder, mixed spice, vanilla, eggs and butter in a large bowl and mix well.
4. Fold through half the apples
5. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased tin and top with remaining apples and almonds
6. Bake for 1 hour 5 minutes – check to see using a skewer – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
7. Dust with icing sugar

Anna’s Tip:- This cake is delicious served with a dollop of whipped cream!

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At Silwood Kitchen, where I was trained, one of the first cakes we learnt to make was the classic Chiffon Cake – this today, still remains one of the greatest cakes to make – quick, light and everyone always loves it!

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on The Delights of Afternoon Tea
    Lea says:

    Anna all this food looks simply delicious. Kept wanting to reach in and help myself. Envy the lucky guests who get to eat it while sitting out enjoying the amazing views.

    Jeff Rodgers says:

    Looking forward to all these goodies, and more, when we arrive in two days.

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Jeff! we look forward to seeing you again then!

    anny oostvogels says:

    hello where and what time is the afternoon tea ,
    we were in nov, with you and have seen nothing , many greetings anna

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Anny. I’m sorry you didn’t get to have afternoon tea, although i hope with these recipes, you can create a Londolozi memory and imagine sitting on the Granite deck!

    Jenny says:

    All looks 😋 yummy. I also went to Silwood Kitchen. Any chance of the reside for the lemon yoghurt cake ? Please ! 😊

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Hi Jenny!
    With pleasure, please send me your email address and i will send it immediately!

    Deb Kostantos says:

    Dear Anna, We stayed at Londolozi last May and remember the afternoon teas very well! The food was delicious and presented so beautifully. Thank you very much for these recipes. I will definitely make them.

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thanks Deb!
    So happy you enjoyed our food! Let me know how the baking goes! Happy Cooking!

    Sharon Blackburn says:

    We are housebound in the US during an ice storm. Just reading these recipes took me back to a good place! A nice slice of cake on a cold day sounds lovely! Anna, I so enjoyed talking to you at NY Eve party!

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Sharon!
    It was lovely to spend time on NYE with you as well! There is nothing better then than a slice of the warm apple & almond cake with whipped cream to keep you warm in all that snow! Happy Baking!

    Jenny says:

    OK, already drooling!

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thanks Jenny!

    Lorenz Korder says:

    Anna, you can’t possibly tempt us with such a delicious image of the Londolozi lemon & yogurt cake and not share the recipe! That’s torture…

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Ha! Thanks Lorenz!
    Keep an eye on the blog for the recipe – it’s coming very soon! Happy Baking!

    Fiona says:

    Can’t wait to taste your fabulous food again Anna. Although my waistline won’t thank you x

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Fiona!
    Ha! all our food is designed to lovingly embrace you! and to remember us well! Happy Baking!

    Francis Daisy janssen says:

    Thank you ,you made me so hunger for all the lovely cakes ,they all look so so good thank you Francisb

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Francis!

    Linda Polley says:

    How can I get the recipe for the Lemon and Yoghurt Cake? Looks Yummy!!!

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Linda!
    Keep an eye on the blog – the recipe is coming very soon! Happy Baking!

    Judy Hopkins says:

    Would love the recipe for the lemon and yoghurt cake please.

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thanks Judy!
    It’s on its way on the blog! Happy Baking!

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Lea! Let me know how your cakes turn out!

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thanks Judy!
    Watch this space, the recipe is coming soon!

    Jenny says:

    Thank you Anna. The photos brought back wonderful memories of your scrumptious cakes and slices at afternoon tea. I can’t wait to try out the recipe for your apple and almond cake. I frequently bake the Londolozi breakfast crunchy munchies. Any chance of publishing your nutty date and cranberry slice recipe? Looks amazing!

    Trevor says:

    Hi Anna wow do I wish we were there right now. Amazing array of goodies as is usual. Best wishes

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thanks Trevor!
    you will back soon i’m sure!

    Sally says:

    Yay! loved these when at Londolozi so can now make for myself! Thanks for the secret recipes!

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Sally!
    hope you’ve seen the follow up with the other recipes from this blog! Happy Baking!

    Rita says:

    Thank you for the recipes! My husband and I stayed at Londolozi in May and everything was wonderful and the food was the best we have ever had! Please post more recipes along with the cranberry/date bars and Lemon Yoghurt cake. We also had a lemon tart that was to die for! Would love that recipe if possible. Yum!

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thank you Rita!
    Watch out for today’s blog – TWIF follow up!

    Wendy Hawkins says:

    Sorry for the late reply, these look absolutely scrumptious, thank you for the recipes today, I did share these with my “sweet tooth fairies” 🙂

    Anna Ridgewell says:

    Thanks Jenny!
    You’ll see it’s up on the follow up blog!

    Marlene Oldfield says:

    I would love the lemon yoghurt cake recipe – looks too delicious, yum

    Hanko Rosenblad says:

    Anna: Londolozi is our favorite place and we are looking forward to booking our next trip. Could you possible share your recipe for the date/nut/cranberry bars and the yogurt/lemon cake. Thank you and I can’t wait to try your other magical creations when we are next at Londolozi.

    Amy Attenborough says:

    Hi Hanko. The two recipes that you’re asking for were published in this blog… Enjoy!

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