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 . .
- 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
- Add the sugar and mix in
- If you want to add mixed fruit or cherries, then add now and mix through for an even spread
- Now add the milk a little at a time until the mix comes together, your mix should be firm and together, not sticky
- Turn your dough out onto a floured surface, gently roll or press out until your dough is approximately 2cm thick
- Using your cutter cut out your scones, squeeze your leftovers together and reroll and cut out more scones
- 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