Tuesday, January 8, 2013

High Tea...Chambers Style!

I was so extremely blessed to have my family over to celebrate our Christmas (a little late but something we will ALWAYS find time for!) this weekend...and the birthday of my older sister! I saved the tree so we could exchange our 'home-made' presents with the lights of Christmas (we even had the snow to complete the weekend!!!) and have a beautiful time in which we could just enjoy each other!

The presents were good and was the food, but we also enjoyed BEING together! We talked, traveled on the snow-covered highway to be able to go thrift-storing, reminisced, talked more, and created such wonderful memories! A weekend I will not soon forget!!

One of my mom's (and to be completely honest, mine as well!) favorite things to do as girls growing up was having tea! And not just tea; oh no, it was a tea party...which made it all the more magical and memorable! We would make new sandwiches, cookies, pastries, and goodies which we found to be 'good-looking' and somewhat appropriate to the tea party theme. It was also a time for us to just sit back and talk; a pulchritudinous time for us all!

After several years of making this a Rains/Chambers family tradition, we girls have created a praxis- somewhat new - we will we be certain to enjoy for years to come! Scones. Pure and simple. And the best part...we have actually found the perfect recipe (after much trying!) and is our go-to for the most delicate and delectable scone.
(While we always use the same base recipe, we seem to change it up, slightly. Sometimes we add currants, huckleberries, raspberries, blueberries, raisins, or - most recently - dried gooseberries! On this particular occasion, we used the gooseberries I dried over the summer from my bush!)

My dried Gooseberries

Cream Scones

2 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
11/4-11/2 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. dried or frozen fruit (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

Stir together dry ingredients (including the optional fruit, if using) and slowly add the cream. Mix thoroughly until the dough comes together and is slightly sticky but not overly wet.

If you want, turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into two equal balls. Shape them into a round and divide each into four scones. If you prefer, you can also just drop the dough onto cookies sheets by the tablespoon full.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked throughout. Remove from the trays and serve immediately.

Best enjoyed with butter and homemade jam and devonshire cream...and of course, tea!

 We all need traditions, especially the fun and unique! This is one of my families favorites...I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!


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