Afternoon Tea Scones

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This is Afternoon Tea Week in the UK, which is very interesting for an Afternoon Tea lover like me. It’s not simply the delightful cakes and bakes; I really enjoy a good cup of tea in a vintage china tea cup. My ‘Afternoon Tea’ tends to consist of a cup of tea and a little sweet ‘something’ but it can be a much grander affair.
I was lucky enough once, to experience an Afternoon Tea at Betty’s in York. The venue itself is reminiscent of tea times past and you are served with a three tier cake stand full of scrumptious goodies. The bottom tier always contains the savoury nibbles such as delicate finger sandwiches containing fillings such as smoked salmon, cream cheese and very finely sliced cucumber. The middle tier contains freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream. The top tier then contains a selection of mini sweet bakes.
My problem is always that I find it difficult to eat as much as I’d like to. After sampling sandwiches followed by deliciously fresh scones piled high with jam and cream, I really find I can’t squeeze in the cake as well. I often just opt for a cream tea when going out as the scones really are the best bit for me.
This year I’ve been on a sort of quest to find the best scone recipe and am slightly at a loss as it is rather subjective. Just as some people say ‘scon’ and some say ‘scone’, some like jam first while others prefer cream; the type of scone taste preference is always different too. For such a seemingly simple bake there are so many different recipes with very slight differences. The scone is actually rather difficult to get right and there are lots of tips to perfect them.
I use 240g Self Raising Flour, 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder, 60g Butter (very cold). Rub the butter very gently into the flour and baking powder. Then bind the mixture together lightly with some lemonade. Roll out the mixture lightly and cut either 6 large rounds or 12 small ones. Brush the tops very gently with a little milk and then bake for about 35 minutes at 170c.

Created with Nokia Smart Cam…..A delicious scone doesn’t even need jam and cream – sometimes just butter will do!
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