Last week, Aldi set us a really fun Mothers Day challenge; to make something homemade and delicious for Mothers Day, on a budget, using ingredients from their store and a couple of recipes from their website.
I have to say, I am so excited for Mothers Day this year. Regular readers of Life Unexpected will already know that this year I am officially celebrating as a Mum of two, as we just had another little baby last month.
I really wanted to make this Mother’s Day extra special and memorable. So, we decided to use our challenge to gather up both Grandma’s and we put together a Mother’s Day afternoon tea for them, in our house.
Choosing Our Recipes
I really love afternoon tea. It’s actually a little bit of a tradition for us to have afternoon tea on Mother’s Day. But, this was my first ever attempt at making one at home, as we do normally go out. It was a lot of fun to make though and we tried to keep it as traditional as we could.
Firstly, we decided to create little finger sandwiches using typical afternoon tea fillings. We settled on three different types; smoked salmon, cream cheese with cucumber and egg mayonnaise with watercress.
We also planned to get some mini cakes and lots of them and of course, it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without scones, cream and jam.
We then took a peek at Aldi’s website so that we could chose two recipes to make. It was honestly so tough to just pick a couple of things. They have some incredible recipes on their website.
They have everything from main dishes like ‘Chicken à l’Orange’, to desserts such as ‘Blueberry Crème Brûlée’.
We decided to try and recreate their homemade ‘Banana Truffles’ and their homemade ‘Nutoka Fudge’. These seemed like perfect additions for our afternoon tea.
You can have a look at all of their ‘Mother’s Day inspired Recipes’ here:
Shopping At Aldi
Aldi allocated us a budget of £30. When we popped off to their store to pick up all the ingredients we needed for the afternoon tea, I honestly thought that we’d gone over that budget. Our trolley was packed!
We picked up ingredients to make the homemade fudge, homemade truffles and homemade sandwiches. We also picked up lots of extras such as cakes and scones.
When the cashier only asked for £24, I was actually really shocked. Especially as we had picked up a few pricier items, such as smoked salmon and a bottle of bubbly.
Seriously, look how many things we got!
Afternoon Tea With Aldi
When we got home we set to work making our afternoon tea spread. We only had a few hours till everyone was going to pop over and we had a lot to do.
Evie and I started work on making the fudge and truffles, while Aitan cracked on with the finger sandwiches and prepping everything else.
Homemade Banana Truffles
The homemade banana truffles were incredibly easy to make and only involved four ingredients; cacao powder, chocolate, banana and lemon juice.
You can find the full recipe for them here on Aldi’s website:
Evie loved getting involved and helped to chop up the bananas, squeeze over some lemon juice and dip them in chocolate.
This recipe only took us about 5 minutes to make and we managed to make quite a big batch of truffles.
We then only needed to set them for about fifteen minutes in the freezer, before they were ready to serve! How quick is that? Simple and very delicious.
Homemade Nutoka Fudge
Next we made some ‘Nutoka’ Hazelnut Fudge. This recipe was a little bit more complex but still very easy and oh my…the fudge tastes incredible.
You can find the recipe for Nutoka Fudge on Aldi’s website here:
Nutoka is Aldi’s very own chocolate, hazelnut spread and is the staple ingredient of this fudge. Other than the spread, the mixture only needed a few other ingredients and in total it only took about ten minutes to make and a couple of hours to set.
We had so much fun making this fudge and Evie definitely enjoyed getting to lick the bowl while the fudge was setting.
I have to say, I am so impressed with how this fudge turned out. Its chunky, gooey and super yummy! We also managed to make a very big batch out of all the ingredients we had.
Unfortunately the fudge didn’t quite set in time for our afternoon tea. We really should have made it first and earlier.
But, even though it didn’t set in time, we still managed to use it for a ‘Mothers Day’ treat and when it did set we wrapped it up and delivered it to our Mums as a little pre-mothers day gift.
They both absolutely loved it and I don’t blame them. It was so hard to give it away to them in the first place. I could have easily eaten it all! Just look how amazing it looks too? Definitely gift worthy.
Our Afternoon Tea Spread With Aldi
What do you think of our afternoon tea spread?
I’m so pleased with how it turned out and I cannot get over how much food was there when we only spent £24. None of our family could believe us either.
When our afternoon tea was all set up (minus the fudge), we invited them around to taste it all.
There was seriously, so much food and there was still left overs by the time our family had gone through it. We actually had to send them away with boxes of food when they’d finished.
Honestly, you can’t even see everything we made in these pictures. We had a whole platter of sandwiches still wrapped up in the fridge and more cakes tucked away in their boxes still, as well as more truffles in the fridge and don’t forget about that fudge!
There were six of us in total tucking into this afternoon tea and it was such a lovely treat.
I was also very impressed with the taste of Aldi’s products. Most of the ingredients we picked up were Aldi’s own brands; including the jam, the scones, the cakes and the hazelnut spread.
They were all incredibly low priced, yet very high quality. In fact, they all tasted better than ‘premium’ branded items you’d typically find in supermarkets.
I did also love that Aldi stocks Cornish produce too. As you know we live in Cornwall! We did pick up some Cornish butter to use in our fudge and also some Cornish clotted cream for our cream teas. You really cannot beat traditional Cornish cream on a scone!
I am so grateful to Aldi for setting us this challenge. It was really special for our family to all get together and enjoy some delicious treats, while celebrating Motherhood.
Making spreads like this at home, is definitely something we are going to do a lot more in future.
If we’d gone out for afternoon tea for all six of us, we would have spent a minimum of £100! So, to recreate something that delicious, and with homemade elements, for only £24 and have fun while creating it? That sounds pretty good to me.
One things for sure, I’m so glad that we discovered the recipe section on Aldi’s website.
They have some very delicious recipes available and next up we are going to challenge ourselves to create a three course dinner on a budget! Watch this space for that post.
By the look of their recipes, we could easily make a high quality, restaurant worthy dinner, for very little money!
Thank you so much Aldi for setting us this challenge. We really loved taking part and we think our Mums loved it too!
Here’s one more peek at the fudge before you go…