Time for Tea – A Royal Cream Tea

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When I think of a cream tea, I think of the summer sun, lashings of cream, homemade scones and jam. The thing is as I sit there spreading homemade jam on warm scones and then a lovely big spoonful of cream on top I feel just a tiny bit guilty dont you?! I know I could have a small spoonful of cream, however if I am going to sin then I am going to do it style oh yes!

So what I really need is a good excuse ( yes I admit I have had a few recently, Mothering Sunday, Easter . . . ) but what better excuse could we have than a wedding – in fact a Royal Wedding! – does that mean 2 scones and 2 really big spoonfuls of cream! I think so, so here it is a Royal Cream Tea for a Royal Wedding Day, enjoy and have lots of fun.

Now scones I am happy to admit that in the past I have struggled with however a little tweeking, a bit of give and take and I am now happy with my recipe. What you will need . .

How to make Scones

  • 8oz (225g) Self Raising Flour
  • 3oz (75g) Butter or Spread
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1oz (25g) Castor Sugar
  • 1/4 pint (150ml)  milk
  • A handful mixed fruit (optional)
  • Chopped Cherries to taste (optional)
  • Scone Cutter (6-7cm)

Turn oven to 220 degrees centigrade

How to do it . .

  1. Sift flour and baking powder into your bowl and add your butter, using your hands rub the butter into the flour until you have a mix that resembles bread crumbs
  2. Add the sugar and mix in
  3. If you want to add mixed fruit or cherries, then add now and mix through for an even spread
  4. Now add the milk a little at a time until the mix comes together, your mix should be firm and together, not sticky
  5. Turn your dough out onto a floured surface, gently roll or press out until your dough is approximately 2cm thick
  6. Using your cutter cut out your scones, squeeze your leftovers together and reroll and cut out more scones
  7. As you place your scones on your baking sheet turn them over and you will have the smooth ‘bottom’ as the top – this makes them rise more evenly – brush the tops with milk and place in a hot oven for approx 10 minutes until golden brown

Now you have the scones you need some double cream and jam. Mix your cream until just thick – careful not to overdo it, serve in a Cream and Jam set with your plate of scones and enjoy.

I hope we will all be enjoying our Royal Cream Tea in the sun in the garden, have fun and enjoy a wonderful day.

Reasons to have a cream tea – let me know yours and share them – giving us all an extra reason!

Thank you for reading, till next time

Katie x

 

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