My granddaughter, Adison, just loves tea parties. We have so many 'pretend' parties where she serves "tea and snacks". The first tea set I gave her, for her first Christmas, was by Fisher Price and the teapot sings as you pour. She now has 4 tea sets and we just love to 'party'. I just found a Curious George tea set which will be under Grandma's Christmas tree for her this year; still looking for one for that 3rd birthday in January.
Grandma and Adison will have a special tea party with scones, fresh fruit, dainty sliced cucumber sandwiches and a nice tea. Adison loves her fruit and veggies so this will be ideal for us and the special treat will be Grandma's scones (makes 6 servings).
1 1/2 c white flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
6 Tbs chilled, unsalted butter
1/3 c baking raisins
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
2 large eggs, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar and baking powder.
3. Using a pastry blender or two knives, scissor fashion, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins, mixing well.
4. Combine heavy cream, reserving 1 Tbs, and 1 beaten egg in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture. Stir.
5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Roll or pat the dough into a circle about 7 inches round and 1 1/2 inches thick.
6. Lightly flour the rim of a glass and press into dough, making perfect rounds. Repeat until all dough is used. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Whisk egg and 1 Tbs heavy cream. Brush egg mixture over scones.
8. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
9. These are especially delicious when served warm with butter and preserves.