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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Traditional English Scones with Rosewater & White Tea

As I was telling you in yesterday's post, my friend Alexandra and I met up & joined forces to bake scones. I am always nervous when it comes to baking, as the words of "Cake Boss" Buddy are still reverberating at the back of my mind: "cooking is a passion, baking is an art". And it is an art indeed. It's all chemistry and pure magic.
So to play it safe, I followed the recipe, but when it came to spicing things up, I set my creativity in motion and flavoured these delicately sweet scones with rosewater, white tea and light agave syrup.

English Scones with Rosewater, Whittard of Chelsea White Tea & Agave Syrup

2 1/2 mugs of self-raising flour

3/4 cup of full-fat milk

2 small cubes of butter

3 tsp light agave syrup (or honey)

1 sachet of baking powder

2 tbs olive oil

3 tbs rosewater

2 tsp of crushed white tea

pistachios (for decoration)


Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.

Pour the milk and the rosewater in a tea mug, sweeten it with the agave syrup and drop the two cubes of butter; heat them in the microwave for 40 seconds. 
Place the flour, the powdered white tea and the baking powder in a deep bowl and run your fingers through to allow them to blend. 
Pour the warm milk over the flour and start kneading until the dough becomes smooth. You might need to add some extra flour or some olive oil, if the dough becomes too gluey or too hard. 

Rub the dough into small balls and place a small pistachio on top. 

Place them on a baking tray (which you will have covered in parchment paper & sprinkled with olive oil) and bake for 20 minutes @ 180 degrees Celsius till they become golden.

 scone sandwich with lemon curd


With some dangerously delicious Butter Lemon Curd & Assam these tiny scones are the just what the doctor ordered! :)

This morning Alexy sent me these perfect new vintage photos. What we insensitively call "props" , these beautiful saucers, the white embossed napkin, the silver coffee pot and the cutlery are all family heirloom. 

"coffee and gooseberry preserve scone, yum" :))
perfect, beautiful, vintage & adorable

I fell in love with scones on my recent trip to Ireland. You know, we don't have scones in Romania. We don't have lemon curd either and "tea time" is not an institution. It's a pity because I think we are missing out on life's  little great pleasures. Now that I have learned how to make scones, I am going to make the most of it and treasure each one with a cup of tea, coffee or just plain simple. 

They say travelling is an eye-opener. It is indeed. It opens your mind, it sharpens your senses, it develops your tastes, it makes you wiser and certainly enriches your life in a spiritual way.  

Coffee, Tea & Scones in Stunningly Beautiful Ireland (with my love) xx

Killary Lake, Connemara, Co. Galway

lunch overlooking Killary Lake

"what is strange is wonderful"

"the luck of the Irish" :)

organic preserves on sale

an inviting sign
     Peacockes Hotel 
Maam Cross, Connemara, Co. Galway

traditional brown scone with Irish butter

 The Grainstore, Galway, Co. Galway
Lower Abbeygate St, Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
Located in the heart of the city, The Grainstore is Galway’s latest café/deli and prides itself on serving wholesome quality food. Cathal Keogh of Mocha Beans and his sister Orla spotted a gap in the market for a café with a difference and set about sourcing local produce and working on a healthy yet enjoyable menu.
The food served is prepared fresh on the premises and there is a treat in store for coeliacs, as The Grainstore has made a lot of their breads and scones gluten free.
Our favourite thing about The Grainstore is the interior, with has a traditional yet bright and cheerful ambience. The beautiful wooden interior is set off by quirky and colourful touches, making this the perfect spot for a catch-up over coffee or a leisurely lunch. (source: Galway Independent)

I fell in love with this place. 

IN LOVE *I wanted to buy everything on these shelves*

beautiful girly & romantic aprons

cute/vintage tablecloth

gluten free lemon cupcake with lemon frosting


The Old Barracks, Athenry, Co. Galway

Cross Street, Athenry, Co. Galway

gingerbread men

raspberry almond tart - DELICIOUS

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