The tea and scone questions

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Date, orange and rosemary scone. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I baked again today. Scones rather than muffins this time, but I’m still worried it’s becoming a habit.

I didn’t even have the excuse of friends stopping by. I just fancied scones.

While I was waiting for them to cook (and regretting not cutting them into nice little rounds, rather than rough wedges) I got thinking about what sort of tea to have.

A mug of builder’s brew? Green tea with lime might compliment the orange flavour in the scone? A Darjeeling perhaps? Or maybe a fruit tissane?

Straight from the baking paper, or find a pretty plate? What about a napkin?

Are you a scone eater? A posh plate user? The one who eats on the go, or who stops to savour? China cup? Or favourite mug?

Let me know in the comments.

 

 

43 thoughts on “The tea and scone questions

      • I see lovely pottery around here in the craft shops and galleries that I am very tempted by, but have to keep reminding myself that I do not need to start collecting stuff at my age! I suspect one or two pieces might slip in for a birthday or two… πŸ™‚

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      • I have that conversation with myself too — but I call the stuff that I buy “props” — and somehow t that makes it ok.
        If there are nice ceramic pieces in galleries near you, I think you definitely deserve one or two as gifts. Think of it as helping local artists. πŸ™‚

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      • I used to hate wooden bowls, spoons etc (except kitchen wooden spoons which are just practical), but I’m becoming a convert to the old trencher-style boards for serving food on. They are (ironically) hideously expensive here 🀨

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  1. I am a wedge scone baker–these look lovely. And I love your mugs–especially the heart mug. Scones are my weekend breakfast..to sit and savor as opposed to having to run off to work. One more day till Saturday!

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    • Thank you. I don’t often make scones β€” hangover from working with a group of older women who baked the most amazing scones that no matter what I did, mine always seemed pathetic by comparison.
      Hope you have a great weekend.

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  2. I’m a Whatever Person…. but right now I struggle to see the difference between scone and muffin. Is it that the muffin is always baked in a form and the scone isn’t? There are other questions to answer: Scones with the clotted cream first and then the strawberry jam or the other way around?! πŸ˜‰
    I’m VERY fond of presenting all food in the best and nicest possible way. But a scone directly from the tray sounds like heaven to me!
    Tea: IN A MUG, the larger the better. To the a.m. scones I’d probably serve a lightish delicate Earl Grey or Orange Pekoe or a Rooibos with a cinnamon stick in the teapot?!

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    • I was thinking about the scone/muffin thing yesterday. Scones are (in my mind) a dough that’s stiff enough to be free-form and muffins are a batter that needs a mould.
      I’m not a jam-and-cream person, but can do jam and butter if the scone isn’t already too sweet.
      And I’m so with you on the tea mug!!!

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  3. I’m a scone eater and baker. I eat them with whatever tea I’m in the mood for that day. Not very discriminating perhaps, but delicious. I’m the same way with whichever cup I use for my tea. Sometimes I use a fancy one and sometimes I use a favorite mug. Now you have me thinking of making scones tomorrow. πŸ˜„

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    • I think it’s fun to mix it up. I’m sure you’re probably better at matching a tea with your scones than I am (I tend to default to something along the lines of English Breakfast). I found a book in the library a while ago full of recipes for yummy baked things and suggested tea matches. I thought of you as I was reading it.

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  4. Oh, you ‘tea’se, Su πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I seldom drink tea, though my friends left me some lemon flavoured green tea I just might try. It’s supposed to be good for you, and that always puts me off. πŸ™‚ So many variations these days, aren’t there? I’m a strong coffee with a touch of milk lady, and if you’re baking for me cheese and chives is a favourite. But those look darn good!

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  5. You can invite me over for scones and tea any time πŸ™‚

    My answers to your questions – yes, to all of them. I’m not a one-size-fits-all kind of person. There is the ‘quality-control’ sample required off the baking sheet and then the 2nd one in a civilized manner off a plate – regardless of the results of the quality control stage. Both are equally important .. and equally enjoyable.

    If I have a tea, it will be in a mug. For me, a hot drink needs to be hot. A pretty little teacup cools off any drink much too quickly for my taste.

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    • You’d be welcome!!
      I’m a bit the same, though I am trying to curb the quality control impulse!!
      The other problem (apart from cold tea) I have with dinky little cups is that I have fat fingers, and I find them so difficult to hold properly.

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  6. Hate to admit this as we are heading to England next week, but I’ve never understood the appeal of scones! I will take a cookie or brownie or cake or pie any time, but scones just don’t do it for me.

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    • Hehe. I find most sweet things just too sweet, but I kind of know what you mean. Scones are only good when they are really fresh, still warm, and buttery. I think of them as kind of pioneer (and maybe working class) food. Something quick, easy and requiring no expensive ingredients β€” except a little butter.

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  7. Aaah! This is too much for me!! Too many yummy scones, too many beautiful plates and mugs and cups! Too much good tea! 😁 You’re overloading my system, Su! πŸ˜‚ I can take only so much perfection without breaking down and drooling like a lunatic crying out loud: “Mine! Mine! This is all MINE!!” πŸ˜„πŸ’•

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  8. Everything goes with tea! But scones especially. Although I live in the UK, I travel outside it a lot for work and in some countries tea is just a no go…not so much the tea but lack of fresh cold milk. Tea always at its best in UK and Ireland ……..😁

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