It struck me that being the summer, a whole lot of celebrating needs to be done, this is the time of year when outside the world has become big, greedy and generous, with long, balmy, bright days. So this weekend, to get a big dose of easy decadence, how about calling a halt at 4 pm and celebrating this great time with a traditional English tea.
Scones, quintessentially English, plain or fruit the lynch pin of any cream tea. The easiest things in the world to make, so stir up a batch and make the afternoon special. Below is the fool proof recipe that came with my Magimix. Easy to make by hand as well.
Yes they should come with jam and clotted cream but I decided the new pot of rose geranium jelly needed a reason to be broken out, and a celebration tea is the perfect occasion. Infact so special it was served with a glass of Pimms, utter decadence, so simple, enjoy!
- 225 g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 50 g butter
- 25 g castor sugar
- 150 ml milk
Oven 220 C
- Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into processor. Cut butter into pieces and add with sugar to flour. Process for 5 secs ‘til it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Pour milk in through funnel and process for 10 secs to make a sticky dough. On a well floured surface gently bring dough together. Roll to 1.5 thickness and cut out 8 or 9, 5 cm rounds.
- Put on a greased baking tray and bake 10-15 mins ‘til risen and browned. Cool on a wire rack.