Serving a hot cup of tea and a simple scone with jam is my idea of casual elegance.
It is much more upscale when you use china cups and your silver service...
but still satisfying when served in a pretty mug.
I always like to have fresh flowers on the table.
I like to brew a pot of tea with tea leaves...offer milk, sugar and honey on the side.
Some people like lemon wedges squeezed in their tea but they are not used among my friends.
Scones can be purchased from a bakery but they are so quick and easy to prepare that I bake my own.
This is my recipe and I have used the same one for the last 30 years!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a big bowl combine:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
3 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of raisins or grated cheese or dried cranberries ~ optional
With a pastry blender
Cut in 4 Tablespoons cubed cold butter
MIx in a separate bowl:
2/3 cup milk
2 large eggs beaten
Add wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a spoon until it clings together.
Use hands to mix in the rest of the flour and form into a large ball.
Place on a lightly floured board...press or roll until flat and about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut into rounds with a small glass or a biscuit cutter.
Place on a sheet pan.
Sprinkle with a Tablespoon of sugar
Bake on a sheet pan for 10-12 minutes
Cool and serve on a pretty tea plate with butter and jam on the side.
Devon or clotted Cream makes a lovely addition and then you are serving a traditional "Cream Tea!"
I serve my scones with fresh grapes and berries on the side.
Are you inspired to host an afternoon tea party?
It is easier than a luncheon and equally as enjoyable.
It is Family Day here in Victoria and the sun is shining...
I will be getting out for my walk later and look forward to a hot cup of tea when I return.
Be Well and Be Kind