Monday, February 27, 2012

Tea and Scones

Tea parties are pretty much a thing of the past unless, like me, as a little girl (if you are a guy forget it, your luck is out when it comes to tea parties) your mother let you have tea parties with your sisters or friends.  However, I look back on those days fondly and I wish tea parties weren't a thing of the past.  Even now I like to have my own mini tea party with a cup of tea and some cheese, cookies, or whatever other finger food is available.  One of my sisters' and my favorite tea time treats as children was hot apple scones.  There was something very English, and therefore very tea timeish about having our scones with tea.  Since then we have continued to make these scones, and we haven't only confided our scone making to our tea parties.  So for all of my fellow tea lovers I am dedicating this post and giving them a childhood favorite recipe of apple scones to enjoy with their tea.  If you are not a tea lover, you are missing out on the tea but you can still enjoy the scones for they are still just as tasty without the tea. :)

Apple Scones
1 medium cooking apple         6 T butter
1 C all purpose flour               1/3 C sugar
1/2 C whole wheat flour         1/4 C milk
1 1/2 t baking powder             2 T milk (see below)
Preheat oven to 400˚. Spray cookie sheet. Peel and chop apple. Measure flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl and stir. Rub or cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Stir in the sugar. Add the apple. Stir in the milk and make a ball of dough. Pat the ball of dough into a round shape about 1 in. thick. Cut the dough into 8 wedges then place on cookie sheet. Brush with milk. Mix together ground cardamom, cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle some on each scone. Bake for 20-25 min.* at 400˚. They are ready when golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!  
Makes only 8 scones so if you have a large family like mine then you may want to double or triple this. :)

*Note- You may need to adjust the time because I remember having a little trouble with it. :)

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.


  1. Thanks for the recipe! Though I would argue that Tea parties are not a thing of the past, it all just depends on how far south you are (or east in our case).


  2. I bet they would be good with coffee too!

  3. @EBeth, Undoubtably there are people who still have Tea parties, but, as you said, they are farther south then where I am.
    @Anna, Scones are good with about everything... even coffee. :)


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