Making Your Favorite Scone Recipes for Your Tea Party

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Scone recipes that are tried and true are essential to have on hand for your tea parties. Having lots of variations for different seasons are fun and your friends will look forward to seeing what you come up with next! 

All good hostesses will experiment with a recipe before serving it at a party. Your family, friends and coworkers will enjoy being your guinea pigs trying all your new recipes.

Your favorites are one of the first things to come to mind when you start thinking of your tea party menu. Almost every hostess has a favorite scone recipe, from sweet to savory ones, you can serve scones with almost every course for a high tea, or a savory one at the beginning of an afternoon tea, and sweet ones latter.

I don't know first hand much about the history or the origins of scones, but, it seems there is room for discussion about where they originated ~ with the Scots, Dutch or Germans.

So, whoever it was, I would like to thank the cook that decided to pep up her plain old biscuits by throwing some extra sugar, cream, sometimes an egg and dried fruits into her batter! Her creativity has been appreciated through the centuries by many! The options cooks have nowadays for scone recipes are limitless thanks to the ingenuity and creativity of our predecessors!

New to Making Scones?

Do you have trouble with your favorite scones? Do they turn out great one time and not so great the next? The tips below offer some ways of making sure yours turn out great from now on!

Here are a few tips for you:

  • Scones fall into the category of quick breads, which means of course they are quick and easy to make and do not require a rising time. We've all had biscuits, scones or other quick bread like banana bread that didn't rise or is tough, so here are a few tips (or no~no's).
  • The first and most important thing to be cautious of when making them is to not over mix your batter. Stirring or kneading them too much will make a tough dough that won't rise very well. (hockey pucks anyone?)
  • The second thing is to really 'cut in' your butter with a pastry cutter or two knives. When you are done cutting in, your flour mixture will look like fine crumbs, or very small pebbles. Having the butter (or shortening) cut in like this makes the texture of the baked breads light and flaky.
  • Third, make sure to always have fresh baking powder. This is really only a concern if you bake infrequently, but it can loose it's potency even if you do bake frequently. If you think you are doing everything right and your scones still turn out flat or hard, you may need fresh baking powder.
  • Having the right equipment on hand is a requirement. You will find that good baking sheets, muffin pans or a unique scone pan are essential, or at least make your job easier.

Not to sound like an elderly school marm with lots of 'don't do this and don't do that', but...

One more thing ~ My Aunt always used to say you have to give your dough little love pats. What she means is to not be rough when rolling out the dough. Be gentle ~ Your goal is to work the dough as little as possible. In fact, some recipes tell you to 'pat' the dough into your desired shape, not roll it.

Scone Recipes

The scone recipes presented here in the next pages are divided into two categories.

Sweet Scones will be ones you can serve for any type of tea event. They are suitable by themselves for a light tea or to serve along with other items at a low afternoon tea.

We would also like to share a link with you for some great ideas for hostessing a brunch with lots of scone recipes.

Savory Scones are wonderful to serve at a more substantial afternoon tea or a high tea. They are so versatile and will compliment almost any dishes you choose to offer for your tea party.

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