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Holiday Tea Party December 20, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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On New Year’s Day, we’ve often invited friends or neighbors over for a tea party ~ relaxed entertaining at its best.  It’s always been a delightful “pause” in the midst of holiday hustle and bustle.

We serve an assortment of easy to fix sweet and savory treats pulled together from staples in the kitchen ~ finger sandwiches, shortbread cookies, nuts, cake or brownie bites, chocolate, tea, and . . . fresh scones.

Here is my great aunt Edie’s recipe for Scottish Scones.   Enjoy!

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Scones

2 cups flour (can use 50/50 mix of whole wheat/all purpose)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. shortening or butter
milk to moisten (almost a cup)

Mix dry ingredients, cut in shortening with fork or fingers.  Add milk slowly, mixing between adds, until dough is stiff but pliable.

Split into 4 pieces.  Roll each into a ball, press out flat into circles, 1/4″ thick.  Cut circles into 4 quarters.

Cook on greased griddle over low heat, turning frequently, until lightly browned and cooked through.

Or bake at 425 degrees on pizza stone or baking sheet for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with butter, jam, orange marmalade, honey or lemon curd.

Aah . . . that’s better!