Every country has their own customs related to drinking tea. Not only do the questions differ in regards to what (or what not) to add: cream? milk? sugar? honey & lemon? but also in whether to enjoy your cup of tea with or without something to eat. Personally, I am in favor of ” a little something on the side”, if not a full-blown tea party.
Here are a few recipes from the get together we had this weekend.They are taken from The Little Black Book of Tea that my parents mailed to Joel several weeks (months?) ago.
2 c all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preaheat oven to 400* F. Grease a cookie sheet.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture has the texture of coarse meal. Add the liquid ingredients and stir until well blended. Place the dough on a lightly floured counter and knead for about one minute. Roll it out to a thickness of about 3/4-inch and cut into desired shape. Bake the scones for 8 to 10 minutes. When somewhat cool, split the scone and spread with clotted cream and marmalade.
Almost Clotted Cream
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Beat the cream cheese until fluffy, then fold in the sour cram and powdered sugar.
Chicken and Apple Salad Sandwiches
2 c baked chicken, chopped fine
1 stalk celery, minced
1/2 cup granny smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped fine
1/4 cup raisins, chopped
6 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
Avocado-Egg Salad Sandwiches
1 1/2 cups chopped avocado (Hass)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro