There's something lovely and romantic about the whole idea of "taking tea". American society is too fast paced. We grab our Venti, triple shot Starbucks from the drive-thru and we're off. Drinking tea from a dainty china cup evokes feelings of a simpler way of life; one that takes time to slow down, listen and reflect.
No cup of tea would be complete without scones and Devonshire cream. Add in a little lemon curd and you've got the recipe for a delightfully scrumptious treat. I've been making this recipe since my teens were babies. When they grew to where they could sit still for a few minutes, we would use tea parties as opportunities to teach manners, etiquette and character lessons. I cherish those memories and will often remind my now very tall boy babies that they use to love tea parties with their mommy!
2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 cup sugar
~ Cut in 1/3 cup butter.
~ Add 1 cup whipping cream or 1/2 and 1/2.
~ Knead five times on a lightly floured surface.
~ Roll into 1/2" thick circle and cut into triangles OR use a small circular cutter to cut to the desired size.
~ Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown.
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 t cream of tartar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
~ Beat until stiff and refrigerate until ready to serve.