Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Plain Jane Scones

Yesterday was a perfectly wonderful snow day. Brent didn't have to go to work...we didn't do school, and we ate yummy food all day long. The kids played outside for just a brief few minutes (due to the subzero windchill), and we enjoyed a fire almost all day long.

My favorite moment by far though, was our fireside late afternoon tea party. All five of us. With my special tea set.
You know, it doesn't take hours of planning to make a special moment happen. Often, the most memorable aren't planned and require little fanfare. A half hour to make scones, pretty dishes that sit ready on a shelf, and a tablecloth (that rarely gets used) make for a special afternoon. A special memory you'll cherish.

And being asked the next day for tea in front of the fire? Then you know it was special to them too.

(Brent captured this video of our impromptu tea party...I think it's fun, though it's a bit dark! My favorite part is what Hadleigh says at the end. And in case you wonder, I'm wearing a hat inside because it was the only way I could stay warm all day long!)

I used a new scone recipe a friend shared with me. I've nicknamed them "Plain Jane Scones" but they are anything but Plain Jane. They are ever so slightly sweet, and with no additional "mix-ins", they are perfectly primed for scone toppings...I used a lovely jar of lemon curd from a new-to-me company (hint: giveaway coming up!) and homemade "Mock Devonshire Cream" to make these scones extra special.

(And Nathanael, would have eaten the lemon curd and cream from the spoon if I hadn't caught him in time!)
Plain Jane Scones

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup cold butter, cut in pieces
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. whipping cream

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until butter is incorporated and the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add whipping cream combine until moistened. Knead dough 4-5 times.
2. Divide dough in half and press into two 6-inch rounds on waxed paper. Cut each round into 8 wedges (or 12, if you prefer smaller scones). Place each scone on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Place on rack to cool.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!!!

Mock Devonshire Cream

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup whipping cream

1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together with a blender until smooth. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

(I doubled the recipe so we'd have keeps well refrigerated for several days. You can often find the real stuff in fine grocery stores...and Mascarpone cheese makes a pretty good substitute as well.)


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, Kimber-Leigh! THat is the sweetest idea. So glad they enjoyed their special tea time! My 5 year old dd loves to do that...not sure if I could convince the 7 year old boys though. ugh. ;)

Debbie said...

i want to come next time. what a lovely afternoon !~

Gioconda said...

Oh my gosh. that is so cute. And the fact that you are all sitting around the table makes it precious.

Marianne said...

That is wonderful, fun!

JennO said...

So super sweet. Your children are, of course, adorable! Those scones sound super delicious--and lemon curd? Wow-my fave. :)

If it makes you feel any better, I've been known to wear a scarf or scarf/shawl indoors all day to keep my chest and neck warm.LOL

Melissa said...

Such a fun way to spend a snow day!

Jessica said...

Yum! What a special day & memory!

Julie Gamary (juls2000) said...

that is such a great idea! It sure did mean a lot to them! I'm going to try the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Precious moments you will keep forever in your heart! I can't wait to see you all next week! We can have a Valentine's Day Tea Party!! Love to all!

JennO said...

Just wanted to say that I made these today...and YUM!!! I'm a lemon-holic, so I added a bit of lemon juice and zest to the actual scone dough...mmmmmmm! Thanks for the recipe!


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