Delicious cream scones served warm with mascarpone cream and raspberry jam.
This summer my bestie and I said we would pick a day get glammed up for Afternoon Tea at one of London’s best tea rooms. Afternoon tea is an assortment of sandwiches, pastries and my favourite scones served with tea or champagne. We had our eye on having afternoon tea at The Ritz. According to the internet, afternoon tea owes it origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. She came up with this ritual after being weakened and irritated by hunger pangs. Back in the early 1800s it was common to eat only two main meals a day, breakfast and dinner. The solution for the Duchess was to have tea and a snack each afternoon. Friends were later on invited to join her. The practice became so popular other hostesses picked up the idea and it became fashionable to sip tea and eat sandwiches during the day.
Afternoon tea didn’t happen for us. There was work, lots of summer barbecues and family life. We just couldn’t get a date sorted. So why not being afternoon tea to my home, well the scone bit of it. Perfect delicate scones with a slightly crisp exterior, light airy inside and a rich buttery flavour.
Today’s scones are cream based and have frozen butter in it. Cream and frozen butter are important ingredients in the making of these scones. No substitutions please. The cream make the scones incredibly moist. And the frozen butter keeps the dough nice and cold. I incorporated the frozen butter by grating over the flour and then tossing lightly to coat the shreds of butter with the flour. Whilst baking ,crumbs of butter will release little pockets of air, that make the scones all airy as well as light on the inside.
Another secret to making beautiful light airy scones, is not to over knead. Use a light touch when mixing the ingredients together.
Traditionally scones are served with clotted cream and jam. If like me, you can’t get your hands on clotted cream, I found an amazing substitute. Whipped mascarpone cream and a dash of vanilla extract!! With the nice and delicate flavours mascarpone has, it pairs well with fruit and is perfect to serve the scones with.
Bring afternoon tea to you with these delicious cream scones.
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