Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Scones for Spring

It's officially Spring, and a wonderful time to be entertaining outdoors again, after having been driven inside by blowing snow and freezing temperatures all winter long.

When I think of spring, I think of freshness and gardening and flowers and tea parties and Mother's Day brunches.  What more lovely way is there to entertain than with garden parties, and spring hats, and flouncy dresses, and pastel gloves, and delicate pastries, and pots of tea?

A spring brunch or tea party is a leisurely yet classy way to connect with the ladies, throw a baby or bridal shower, or celebrate a little girl's birthday party.  The children are free to scamper all over the yard playing lawn games, while the grownups chat and catch up with each other over cups of tea.  (The men secretly enjoy it, too, although many won't admit it.)

Scones can be cut into wedges prior to or after baking.
And tea parties and brunches always make me think of scones.

Whether it's the British classic dotted with currants, or southern-style laced with buttermilk and golden raisins, or studded with crowd-pleasing chocolate-chips, scones are endlessly versatile and always appealing.

Crumbly, buttery scones make a perfect canvas for Devonshire or Clotted Cream, and Lemon Curd or Raspberry Jam.

Traditional British scones tend to be round, fluffier and less sweet ... more like a biscuit.  American-style scones are sweeter and more adventurous with their different flavor combinations, and usually triangular-shaped.  They can be cut out with a biscuit-cutter, drop-style, or patted into shape.  While scones tend to be crumbly, they should never be dry ... even if they are meant to be taken with tea, butter or clotted cream, and jam.

This time of year, when mornings are dewy and budding with promise and the songbirds are singing, we can make a different kind of scone every single day of the season.  The possibilities are endless:

Strawberry-cream scones, blueberry-lemon scones, orange-cranberry scones, cherry-chocolate-chip scones, raspberry-almond scones, lemon-lavender-poppyseed scones, cinnamon scones, vanilla-hazelnut scones, oatmeal-raisin scones, apricot-and-crystallized-ginger scones, maple-pecan scones, rum-raisin scones, chai-pear scones, walnut-and-fig scones, and even coconut-lime scones.

And savory scones, such as scallion-and-cheddar, bacon-cheese-and-chive, jalapeƱo-and-jack, or ham-and-cheese, make for a satisfying brunch-time treat.  Prosciutto and Gruyere is a delicious favorite.  A quick search on Pinterest or any search engine will yield all kinds of recipes and possibilities, both sweet and savory.

We enjoy tea-time all through the year.  Our annual formal Holiday Tea is one of our favorite traditions during Christmas.

And we can also enjoy scones any time of year.  Pumpkin scones, cranberry-orange scones, and ginger chai-spiced scones are perfect for fall and winter.

But there's nothing like springtime scones that we can enjoy right now at brunch or afternoon tea, to remind us to savor every luxurious moment this beautiful time of year.

And don't forget to make some for Mother's Day!!!

Enjoy previous seasonal blog posts:

Hello Spring!  Hello Cookies!
Our latest cookbook is out!  A book full of Afternoon Tea's cookie and bar recipes!
My Favorite Mugs
A menagerie of mugs ... one of life's simple pleasures.
First Sign of Spring Quiche
Spring means quiche, at least it does at my house!
Our Current Obsession: French Macarons
Light, airy, delicate pastel puffs of mouth-watering deliciousness
A Bridal Shower Tea ...
the perfect way to entertain!
A Baby Shower Tea Party
Celebrating a little one's imminent arrival.
May Flowers
Surrounding yourself with flowers!
Love Tea Sandwiches?
Spring is for Tea Parties, Baby & Bridal Showers, and Garden Parties -- that means lots and lots of delightful tea sandwiches!
Happy Mother's Day!
Wishing all of the Moms out there a very wonderful, healthy and happy Mother's Day!
Who Really Needs An Egg Plate?
Not me.  But I'm probably going to get one anyway!
Mother's Day Tea
A perfect way to celebrate and spend time with our Moms.
Breakfast in Bed
A time-honored tradition for Mother's Day!
Romancing Your Life
Setting the scene to fall in love with your own life
Romantic Foods
A special touch ...
The Romance of Travel
Falling in love with a new destination, adventure, and vistas
Food Porn
It has become a national obsession ... we're salivating over food and all the food shows on tv
How It All Began
The very beginnings of Afternoon Tea.
Baking is Love
No one has to bake ... ever.  So when they do, love is there.
The Lenten Season
A reminder that accepting the challenge of self-discipline is good for the soul
Spring Cleaning
Tackling and taming the clutter 
Cooking with Herbs
Herbs are making a tasty appearance in some of your favorite desserts!
The Problem with Pesto ...
It's so darned easy, you'll be making it all the time!
The Icing on the Cake
Does a bakery really need to make frosted layer cakes?
What's Your Favorite Cake?
If only I could pick just one!
Baking Cakes
Basic baking tips for beautiful layer cakes
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Healing Warriors Program received a huge honor, and we were invited to the Pentagon to see it!
Ana's non-profit, Healing Warriors Program, gives away a state-of-the-art electric wheelchair!
Donate if you can!
Healing Warriors Program,
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