Tuesday Tea at A Lovely Thought...Would you like to join us for Elvensies? Great Scone recipe!

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Tuesday Tea at A Lovely Thought...Would you like to join us for Elvensies? Great Scone recipe!

Posting this photo for Rayanne's Tuesday Tea Linky Party at A Lovely Thought

Would you like to join me for 'elevensies'?  Ky of The Miss Ky Way was explaining to me what elevensies meant the other day. This word was made famous (in my boys' minds) by Pippin in the Lord of the Rings movie. We all thought it was a slang word made up for the movie which just meant a mid-morning snack..  Actually, it's the common English term for afternoon (or I assume morning) tea. 

Rebekah and I love having tea and after reading about 'bikkies' and Lady Grey tea at The Miss Ky Way, we decided to make scones. Wow! They aren't just American biscuits cut out in a pie shape. The recipe really is quite different.

Our first batch of scones--in the oven and ready to bake.

I don't think I've ever tasted anything quite so heavenly! What with the added sour cream and the frozen grated butter (real butter of course), it was a taste sensation.

Rebekah added frozen blueberries to one batch and plans to add cinnamon and dried apples to the next batch.  She said that she thinks we should have used fresh blueberries. But I don't know--I thought these tasted fantastic! I think she is right that they added a wee bit too much moisture to the recipe.

We also had blackberry jelly,. real butter and Blackberry Sage tea with our sugar sprinkled scones.

Our scones, fresh out of the oven! MMmmm!

This is not a good idea for those of you who are always craving a 'little smackeral' of something like Pooh and I. What I SHOULD have eaten was a piece of homemade whole wheat toast and a slice of cantaloupe. It's all Rebekah's fault for tempting me. Do not let anyone make these in your house if you are on anything resembling a diet. Scones will derail you in a flat second.

Here's the recipe for those of you who are interested. And if you really like them, then just drop by Ky's place and tell her thank you for telling me about bikkies and elvensies.

Simple Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen

1/2 cup raisins (or dried currants)

1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

  4. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

  5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.
Do you ever take time for 'tea'?  I think we have really missed out on the concept of 'taking a break' in America. Other cultures seem to understand this concept so much better than we do. What do you think?

Happy Homemaking!


Ky said...

Hahahaha, I'm clapping my hands together in delight! It's so cool that you made scones and had it with tea. I love scones with jam and cream!
Haven't seen triangle shaped scones before. They look great! Make sure you have one for me next time Donna. xx

ps. Paddington Bear also uses the term elevensies.

Thea Ester said...

Oh, I never knew these kind of 'cakes' before, but surely these taste good :)
Unfortunately I am having my low carb diet now. Maybe I can make them without white flour and use the almond flour instead.
Have a lovely day!

Maryissewfast said...

Thank you so much Donna for the scone recipe! I had the pleasure of having scones and Lady Grey tea at Emily's Tea Room at Mildenhall, UK and they were heavenly! I knew I would have to hunt up a scone recipe after I got my body back on American time (waking up at 2 a.m. is for the birds!) Now I have a perfect recipe to start with! Thanks again!

Cindy said...

You were hollering..stop..no..all the way to your mouth right?!1?? LOL
These do look yummy. Okay Praise God my oven is broke?????!!!!

See I can be happy about it being broke..now I won't gain weight eating these.But I will keep the recipe..lol
You never know I might just have to make these for my homeschooled grandchildren in Ok. You know.. teach them something about overseas eating...somebody has to make the sacrifice!! lol

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Donna said...

You all are so cracking me up. How funny! I've always been fascinated with all things English so I knew some day I was going to try these out. Starbucks sells them too but I seriously doubt they would taste as good as these. They are melt in your mouth fresh pastry. I'm glad you like the recipe. :o)

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Sounds yummy!!! I love one, but I am one of those "diet" people. Not that I want to be a "diet" person, it's just that I have to get myself in shape.
Thank you my friend for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Dear Donna,

Scones are a staple here at the cottage. I don't make them with white flour...instead substitute for wheat flour, raw sugar and light cream. They come out just perfect and very delicious! Also, if you cut the triangle right down the middle you will be eating less and still enjoy :)

Blessings dear friend,


Thea Ester said...

YES Donna, Your Scones looks So Good and very English to me too!

Have a very beautiful, blessed and warm Weekend!
We are going to celebrate our Sukkot here. :)

Love, Thea

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