Friday, January 4, 2013

Tea with Jam and (Scones)

As I settle down with a tall cup of Earl Grey and cream, (and eat a brownie-just being honest) my thoughts fly away to England, where I first got hooked on Earl Grey. Four years ago.

He would have been cold too, without the hat. Just sayin'.

Mr. Hippie and I had planned to visit England a year and a half before, for one of our employees weddings. But, alas, I was pregnant, with LC. 8 Months pregnant when they tied the knot. No airline in their right mind was going to let me fly.

But our friends settled in England to work with a ministry there, so we decided we would just visit them when LC got a bit older. We planned our trip, bought airline tickets, and our friends moved back to the USA. Before we could visit them.

We decided we were going to still whoop it up Barefoot Hippie style over there in someone's mother land. We spent a week exploring London, and drinking way too much coffee. (it was cold-that biggest snow storm in 18 years that I referred to yesterday. We drank coffee to warm up) So much coffee, in fact, that my eye started twitching. No joke. It was embarrassing.

I should have pictures of everywhere in this world we have drunk coffee.
Instead we are just posing at Kensington Palace.
Good thing the British also serve tea. We did high tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. I think that was my first encounter with good tea. Tea leaves. Cream. Scones.

We then jetted off to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Where they didn't believe in coffee. Tea in the morning. Tea at teatime. Lots of tea. Thankfully, served with scones.

Because, really, the best thing about tea, is that it is a great accompaniment for scones. Plain scones. Blueberry scones. Cranberry orange scones. Scones with chocolate in them. Probably not authentic, but still amazing. Scones smothered with fresh jam and clotted cream. Or whipping cream. Wow!

"One misty-moisty morning, when cloudy was the weather. I chanced to meet an old man, clothed all in leather."

Hooked on scones. (Pronounced scon. No long oooo)

My recipe today is a cranberry scones. If you have made homemade biscuits, you know the technique. Dries, cut in the fat then mix in the wets. No problem.

Scones are very similar in consistency to biscuits, though scones are sweeter. With fruit in them. And sometimes frosted. And served with cream. Other than that-they're practically (fraternal) twins.

Like I said, I like these scones with cranberries, and sometimes I will throw in some chocolate chips for the fun of it. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. Works great either way.

These scones are actually cut into circles. Some scones are triangles, some are circles. It might be a regional thing. (like United States version of a British recipe=)) Wikipedia that.

Cranberry Scones
1-1/2 T lemon or orange zest
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup plus 3 T sugar (divided)
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
3/4 stick butter, cut into pieces
1-1/4 c fresh cranberries, chopped coarse
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 c heavy cream

-Combine the zest, flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.
-Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
-In a small bowl, toss the cranberries with the 3 T of sugar. Add to flour.
-In a small bowl combine egg, yolk, and cream. Add to flour and stir just until combined.
-Pat in an 8" circle, 1" thick. Using a 2" cutter dipped in flour, cut rounds. Place on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat.
-Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
-Serve with jam and whipped cream.

What is your favorite type of scone?

By the way, the title is supposed to be sung in your best Julie Andrews voice. Just substitute scones for bread. She would have, if she'd been hooked on scones.