Tag Archives: Scones

Cream Tea

16 Jul

Scone |skōn; skän|- noun

A small unsweetened or lightly sweetened biscuitlike cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit.

ORIGIN early 16th cent. (originally Scots): perhaps from Middle Dutch schoon(broot) ‘fine (bread).’

So today’s post is slightly different from my usual topics… one of my favourite things in the entire world is tea and scones and as my tea drinking buddy – Shoshana, was visiting from New York (where there’s no scones or Twinings!), we decided to make some scones ourselves.

The whole process, was so fun/easy/tasty that I thought I’d share it with you. We used Nigella’s recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess.

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Ingredients:

500g plain flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

4 and 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tartar

50g cold unsalted butter, diced

25g Trex, in teaspooned lumps

300ml milk

1 large egg – beaten for egg wash

6 and 1/2cm crinkle edged round cutter

1 baking tray – lightly greased

Pre-heat the oven to 220C/gas mark 7

Sift the flour, salt, bicarb and cream of tartar into a large bowl. Rub in the fats until it goes like damp sand. Then add the milk, mix briefly – briefly being the operative word – and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead lightly to form a dough.

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Roll out to about 3cm thickness, dip the cutter into some flour, then stamp out about 12 scones. You get about 15 in all from this, but need to re-roll for the last few.

Place on a baking tray very close together, then brush the tops with the egg-wash. Put in the oven, cook for 10 minutes or until risen and golden.

Eat freshly baked, still warm from the oven, with clotted cream (we had Rodda’s) and jam (we chose Bonne Maman strawberry conserve). Serve with tea (my personal favourite is Twinings English Breakfast) and enjoy with a friend.

Whilst writing this blog post I discovered you can sign up to the Twinings website and become a ‘tea tester’.  They will send a tea monthly to try and test – does anyone else share my excitement?! Fellow tea lovers – check it out!

I feel this is a suitable time to mention the Limited Edition Temperley for Twinings scarf which I am lusting after:

It’s incredibly beautiful and inspired by the Earl Grey blend (my second favourite!). There were only 1000 made, so to get your hands on one, order here.

I can’t help but include the mood board which I think is equally inspiring:

I hope you enjoy the scones as much as we did!

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. Twinings haven’t asked me to write this or given me any freebies to convince me, I literally love the tea and scarf that much!!

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A Very Royal Garden Party

3 May

So the Royal Wedding has been and gone! *Sad face*. I do apologise for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks as I’ve been gallavanting all around the country (posts to follow!).

I had a Garden Party to celebrate and was up late the night before making themed fairy cakes!


We settled down to watch the big event and were not disappointed! I nearly cried when Kate stepped out of her car looking absolutely stunning in THAT Alexander McQueen dress… ahhh!

Whilst I watched the wedding teary eyed, the scones baking in the oven (what a domestic goddess!) and ironically I used Nigella’s recipes out of ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’. Sandwiches were made (salmon and cream cheese, cheese and cucumber and tuna and sweetcorn). The most exciting part was to be the Gin and Tonic Jelly (to be served with raspberries) which I’d put in the fridge to set over night!

The table was laid, union jack napkins, fairy cake cases, cocktail stick mini flags, tablecloths, as well as the bunting which I’d been to six shops to buy!

Unfortunately this is the time at which my camera chose to die even thought I’d charged it all night in preparation! So I’ve had to sketch my British Pride Themed outfit:

I wore the Religion Union Jack Body featured in last week’s Trendwatch Tuesday post, with H+M Denim High Waisted Skirt (circa 2007 I think). I dressed it up with pearls but down with black and white Dune ballet pumps (I was hostess after all!).

My first ever batch of Scones were a hit, but they jelly didn’t set due to my Mum turning the fridge down as she was worried our cucumber would freeze!! Sob sob, it was still tasty though!

We engaged in civilised conversation, drank Pimms and had a splendid time! What did you get upto?

I really enjoyed watching Channel 4’s ‘The Unofficial Royal Wedding’ which showcased the ways various Brits from ethnic minorities and homeless people to graffiti artists and anarchists embraced Kate and Will’s big day.

Rich Simmons' Graffiti Art Tribute