Tea Parties and Books
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to throw myself a little tea party, complete with tea, tea sandwiches, scones, and lemon curd. I shared the goodies later with a friend, but also had tea, just me and the book I was reading, The Library at the Edge of the World (loved the Irish setting, and the many characters). I also recently read The Baker's Daughter, by D.E. Stevenson, which was a delightful sweet read set in early twentieth century Scotland. So, in case you want to have a tea party, here's a good simple recipe for scones, adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Maryana Vollstedt's The Big Book of Breakfast (her recipes are reliable and tasty).
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or you can use all purpose)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup whipping cream (or use all whole milk)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add butter and cut in until it looks like coarse crumbs.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk/cream. Add to dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Form into a ball and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times and form into an eight-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges slightly apart on a baking sheet and bake about 12 minutes, until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack.
Delicious with butter, or jam, or honey, or fruit curd!
My friend says these are even good the next day.
Do you like tea parties? What are you reading lately? Here's to cozy times with a good book. 🍵