Monday, July 2, 2012

Scones with Devonshire Cream - tea time memories

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!

Cream Scones
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.

Devonshire Cream
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.

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