Tea Party

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You guys, you know I love food and friends, so whenever I’m cooking for or with friends, I get super excited! And last week some of my friends and I decided to have a little tea party, because I’d never made scones from scratch, my friend kindly brought some clotted cream back from holiday and we were arguing about first jam, then clotted cream vs. clotted cream first and then jam. How do your eat your scones? Do other people even argue about this or are we just weird? Anyway, we had scones and sandwiches and tea and Pimm’s, so it was a great afternoon!

I thought I’d share the recipe I used and a few pics we took on the day, because let me tell you, it was amazing…

The Crumbliest Scones

Ingredients:

150g cold butter (plus a little for brushing)
500g all-purpose flour
1 packet baking power
2 heaped teaspoons caster sugar
generous pinch of sea salt
2 eggs
5 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Now the most important thing when making scones is to TOUCH THE DOUGH AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE! If you want them to be crumbly, don’t over-mix or knead the dough too much. But if you follow these instructions, you should be fine…

Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 200°C.
Then put the butter, flour, baking powder, sugar and sea salt into a mixing bowl and start breaking up the butter with your thumb and forefinger and kind of rub it into the dry ingredients. The heat from your fingers will melt the butter a tiny bit and you’ll eventually end up with a crumbly mixture, where the pieces should be about as big as a cornflake.
With this mixture, make a well in the middle and pour in the eggs and milk. Combine everything with a spatula or a big spoon until all ingredients are one smooth mixture. Cover that crumbly mess with clingfilm and pop the bowl into the fridge for about 15 minutes.

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After 15 minutes, flour your surface and roll out the dough about 2-3 cm thick. Make sure you leave it quite thick, because the scones won’t rise crazily in the oven.
Transfer the scones onto a baking sheet upside down (apparently they rise better that way) and brush the top with some melted butter.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the scones about 15 minutes or until they look golden and delicious.

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Serve them hot and with lots of jam and clotted cream. Enjoy!

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Now we wanted to go all out, so we also made some sandwiches while the scones were in the fridge/ oven. It looks super fancy and is actually really quick and easy to make. We had some classic cucumber sandwiches, some kinda spicy ones with cream cheese, horse radish and fresh radishes and some sweet ones with cream cheese, raspberries and mint. Now you could also make some  with cream cheese and smoked salmon or roast beef, but since I don’t eat meat, we kept ours veggie-friendly and I didn’t hear anyone complain! 😉

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We also had some Earl Grey and to add a little booze to the party, we made Pimm’s cups. I prefer the classic version with just lemon and cucumber and we thought it fit perfectly with the sandwiches and tea…

I hope you enjoyed these recipes and maybe you feel inspired to host your own little tea party, believe me it really is super quick and easy to throw together…

Lotsa kitchen love, H.

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