Friday, 26 February 2016

Scone Recipe & Afternoon Tea


easter scone recipe

I am a huge fan of afternoon tea (and any other kind of tea at any other time of day...). You know the kind - where you get all fancy with finger sandwiches and cakes and all that good stuff. So what better way to spend an springtime afternoon than with a low fuss, low budget DIY afternoon tea - complete with a pot of tea and, as the true Brit that I am, lots of scones! Especially a homemade scone with aaaall the jam and cream. Brownie points if you make your own jam too. I aint that pro.

I think with the Easter holiday's approaching and spring is slowly creeping in it's okay to start thinking about less winter-y activities and, for me, afternoon tea is a quintessesntial springtime activity. Even if it is a wee bit chilly/windy/rainy/stormy/hurricane Imogen or whatever it was. PSH. Welsh weather, eh?

SO get yourself in the mood - get some scones in the oven (they only take 20 minutes!), a cute pot of tea on the go, and you got yourself a high class tea, guuuurl!


easy scone recipe

This is my favourite, majorly easy recipe for scones -

Ingredients
350g Self Raising Flour
A big pinch of salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
85g Unsalted Butter, cubed
40g Caster Sugar
190ml Buttermilk (mix milk with a big squeeze of lemon juice to substitute for buttermilk)
1 tsp Vanilla
A beaten egg for glaze

Method
Preheat the oven to 200c.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and whisk until combined. Add the cubes of butter and mix with your fingers - in school I was always taught "clean palms, dirty fingers" as the technique to mix the two, the same as when making welsh cakes.

Mix until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Give the bowl a shake every now and again to bring the big lumps that may need mixing to the top. Stir in the sugar.

Heat the buttermilk gently until warm and stir in the vanilla. Make a well in the middle and pour in the milk solution - stir into the flour mixtue until a dough forms. A butter knife is the easiest way to do this.

Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and knead gently - just two or three folds so the mixture is a bit smoother. Pat into a round about 2 inches thick and cut out circles - I used a cup for these and it worked great. Glaze with the egg and pop onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Of course, you MUST serve it with jam and cream, like, what else? ARE YOU SOME BARBARIAN??? I highly recommend getting a vase of daffodils or tulips, putting on a flowery dress and basically just feeling like a whimsical lady of leisure as you nibble on your scone.
Who am I kidding? Slather them in as much jam and cream as it can hold and shove one after another into your face. Until they are all gone.

easy scone recipe

Do you think you'll be enjoying afternoon tea this spring?
How do you like to spend Easter weekend?
Teri-May xx


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If you're in the baking mood why not try my Nutella Sea Salt Cookies or Triple Caramel Cupcakes?

This post was written in collaboration with Provident’s Budget Trips and Easter Tips calendar
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2 comments

  1. Thank you so so much for sharing, I am collecting lovely recipes like this <3 LOVE scones all year round! How perfect are they with a nice cup of tea :)
    Thanks so much for sharing, I am bookmarking it now! <3
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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