Pip pip cheerio! Sorry, today’s recipe just has me in that Merry Ol’ England mood. I don’t know if it’s the time of year or the shows I’ve been watching each night, but for some reason I’m obsessed with English recipes, especially involving Tea Time tradition.
Today I thought I’d pull in a traditional recipe directly from the Old Country itself. You simply can’t think of tea time without thinking of tea scones. What I didn’t realize, until finding this recipe, that the traditional English tea scone has some very common traits with a common Southern favorite here across the pond, the Buttermilk Biscuit. In fact, upon first look, one may not even notice a difference. But trust us, with one taste, you’ll see, these close cousins of meal time have some strong differences.
So, with that said, it’s time to raise the pinky and take a delicious bite out of Merry Old England! It’s time for some English Tea Scones.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
Cut butter into small dices and drop into flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, mix butter and flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk powder, and water, until combined. Pour all but 1 Tbsp of wet mixture in dry mixture and mix with a spoon until dough forms (Make sure you do not over mix or knead dough).
Roll dough out on a floured surface, about 3/4 inch thick. Using a small cup or biscuit cutter, cut out scones. Place on your USA Pan Baking Sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the remaining buttermilk/egg mixture on top of each scone.
Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack before serving.
Crisp on the outside, fluffy and buttery on the inside, tea time never tasted so good! While the texture and look resemble that of the buttermilk biscuit, the taste is sweet, delicious, and definitely reminiscent of good old English Spring time! Bake these up for any occasion and watch just how popular they become!
Tea time is here, and thankfully we have this delicious scone recipe to help us through it!