World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on January 27th, 2010

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.

In London, you will find  places such as tea shops and cafés that still honor this longstanding tradition.  The internationally famous Harrods, for example, serves an afternoon tea each day in the beautiful Ladurée Tea Room. This is a great way to relax and still be doing something unique while in London.

Today, I am sharing with you a very simple and quick recipe for scones.

Scones

3 c. all purpose flour
¬Ω c sugar
1 ¬Ω tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¬Ω stick butter, cubed
1 egg
¬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 ¾” thick and use a cookie cutter to cut out the scones.  You can also use a knife and cut into 2” squares and fold them in half to form triangles.  (Don’t 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.

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