Who doesn’t love a good tea party or fancy tray of sweets?
Our momstown mama members got spoiled with super Tea parties for Mother’s Day, momstown Milton held a Princess Tea Party, momstown Burlington held an outdoor “garden party” for moms and kids and TeaFrog and Springridge Farm, and momstown Guelph partnered with David’s tea for a great mom and child tea party.
A typical High tea has a three layered tray: first scones with cream and jam, second tea sandwiches and top tier are dainty sweets. If you’re looking for cute and delicious tea sandwiches to fancy-up your next playgroup or shower, momstown pulled some our favourites together. Now, it’s time for the sweets and scones! Do you know the main difference between a scone (sweet) and a tea biscuit?
Scones with clotted cream and jam are such a British standard for any tea party. While many moms bake muffins regularly, we haven’t tried scones .They’re pretty easy actually and can be done as quickly as you toss together a muffin recipe. Our momstown Burlington moms were inspired and headed to Tea at the Whitehouse to learn about scone making recipes (and eat a few!).
Basic English Scone recipe from Great Party Recipes
Typical English scones are light and flaky but not sweet. They are perfectly designed to accompany cream and jam.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk (approx.)
Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in the egg.
Gradually add the milk until a thick dough is formed.
Turn out the mixture onto a floured board and knead lightly. Roll out the dough to 3/4″ thickness and cut into rounds with a 2″ cookie cutter. You can reroll any of the scrap dough.
Place the rounds about 1″ apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little beaten egg or milk. Bake in a preheated 450° oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm (ideally with clotted cream and jam, or enjoy with butter).
Other Scone Recipes
Sweets for the Sweet course of the Tea Party
Now, go make a cup of tea and enjoy these delicious goodies!