There is little more indulgent and relaxing than afternoon tea served with scones. These delicious British-style scones were a first in our kitchen, and now they will be a weekly treat. The consistency of these scones is somewhere between cake and muffin, with a light and fluffy texture. They are far less dense than the scones I have always made, and I much prefer them. Why do I say British-style when these are obviously more American? Read on.
An American biscuit is more like a British scone, though that is not always the case depending on what we put in said biscuits. While the base of this recipe is in the British-style, the addition of zest, extracts, and blueberries, plus the glaze, make them American-style. The tangy, lemon glaze adds an extra touch of sweetness, which is why we added it.
British scones are plainer, though no less delicious, and are meant to be topped with some kind of cream or preserve, or even just butter, again, like American biscuits. Without the blueberries in this recipe, the scones would have risen a bit more.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” — Henry James
Pull apart one of these scones, and you will notice a light treat that has no need of additional topping. Each bite packs quite a flavorful punch.
You can taste lemon and blueberry in every bite.
This charming flower is called Nemesia, and the color is Escential Blueberry Custard. I've always thought these adorable flowers resembled mini snap dragons.
A fresh bouquet of yellow tulips, white carnations, and purple lilacs pair nicely with the Nemesia and the lovely tea cups we picked up at Home Goods.
The process for these scones is different from a traditional American-style scone. First, you don't need cold butter. Room temperature butter works best. This particular recipe calls for a food processor, and while it is much easier with a processor, one is not required.
It's always wise to make sure you have all your ingredients ready. This is in part to make sure you have everything you need, and also to save you a little time once you get started.
As mentioned earlier, a food processor was used to create a fine, sandy texture when combining the dry ingredients and the butter. You may use a pastry cutter, your fingers, or a hand mixer instead of a processor. However, we don't want butter chunks in this recipe. The fine texture, and use of less butter, helps to create a less dense scone. My mother, who is not usually a fan of scones, gives these lighter versions a big thumbs up.
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Flavor in every bite!
Herbal teas are restorative and calming, helping both the body and mind. Taking a few minutes out of your day to sit, relax with a cup of tea, and read a book or engage in calming conversation, can do wonders for a person. Even when life is hectic, a few minutes of quiet in a break room, your kitchen, on a patio, or a park bench, can help reduce stress levels.
Scones are a tasty bonus.
Enjoy, and let us know if you try this variation.