In the United Kingdom, old tradition dictates taking an afternoon tea.¬† Although the custom has died down quite a bit due to most people being at work and other circumstances, it is still something that is done. Afternoon tea is usually taken around 4:00 p.m. This is time for a light snack and socializing. Typically the¬† tea is served with milk, sugar and the snacks accompanying the tea are scones, various pastries and finger sandwiches.
Today, I am sharing with you a very simple and quick recipe for scones.
3 c. all purpose flour
¬Ω c sugar
1 ¬Ω tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¬Ω stick butter, cubed
¬Ω c milk
Sift together flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.¬† Stir in 3 tbsp sugar and the salt. In separate small bowl, beat egg slightly and add 1/3 milk. Using a pastry mixer, cut butter into the mixture until it looks like small breadcrumbs.¬†¬† Add milk and egg mixture and mix until stiff, but not dry. Roll dough out to approximately ¬æ‚Äù thick and use a cookie cutter to cut out the scones.¬† You can also use a knife and cut into 2‚Äù squares and fold them in half to form triangles.¬† (Don‚Äôt press down, just fold over.) Brush the remaining milk on the scones and sprinkle the rest of the sugar over the top.
Bake at 350¬∞ on a greased cookie sheet for 25 minutes or until slightly browned.
Serve with butter, jam, clotted cream, whipped cream or cream cheese.¬† You can also add sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins or cheese to your dough.
Taking afternoon tea is definitely something you should do your next trip to London.¬† It will make a great memory of your visit for years to come.