I LOVE the UK, the Queen, the scones, the telly, the tea, the shops, the humour, the different accents, well… you guessed it pretty much everything about the British culture. Hence the title of this series ‘British Crush‘ where I will talk about something that I love about the country and its lifestyle.
I stumbled upon scones one day in 2006. I have to say that 2006 was THE year for me. I think I learned everything that year. I was in Australia staying with the most lovely host family and on a sunny afternoon, I was asked if I didn’t want to have a “Devonshire tea”. What? Did I thought. Did I want to have a cuppa? Oh yes. I need to mention that in 2006 I was in YES mode. Like in the Jim Carrey movie. As a good exchange student I was briefed to reply Yes to every new experience. And that’s what I did of course. Tea didn’t seem too risky – especially in comparison to the hell I was put through with some water skiing activity later that year.
So there you have it. Me, two parents and the cutest twins on earth in a lovely Aussie garden spreading jam on little cakes. And what cakes! I still remember exactly the taste and the excitement of testing something new that was so awesome!
What I like the most is the cream! When I came back home I wanted to make my own Devonshire tea but after trying out some random recipe found online I realized it was a serious business that I should not take lightly. Later, I remember having baked some scones for a little Saint-Nicolas dinner I had in my very first student accommodation (kot as we say in French) but I still didn’t master it at that time.
250 g. flour
40 g. butter
15 cl. milk
1.5 teaspoon of sugar
15 g. baking powder
a pinch of salt
Preheat the oven at 220°C.
With your hands, mix the flour, baking powder and the cold stick butter cut into small, evenly sized pieces.
Add the sugar, salt and milk. Work until smooth.
Sprinkle flour on your worktop and roll-out the dough 2 cm thick. Cut out approx. 5 or 6 cm diameter circles.
Bake for 12 to 15 min.