Today is a really fun day, because I’m a part of a Downton Abbey inspired series hosted by Charming Doodle. Hooray! Can you think of a better theme for a blog series right now? Can you?? Me either! We are also hosting a giveaway for some fabric and the Gatsby Dress pattern by Heidi and Finn. Read to the bottom for a chance to enter!
Elisa is hosting a bunch of lovely sewing ladies this week (see above) for a 1920’s inspired series, so be sure to check it out. I’m an odd duck here because I’m sharing a recipe instead of an outfit, but if you’ve been following me on Instagram at all (@cailamade), then you know that we spent the last few days moving, painting, and reorganizing my sewing room. I’m not going to lie. It was a TON of work and I’m exhausted! Preparations for the move began a couple of weeks ago and all my sewing things have been a shambles or in boxes. So instead of flapper styles and lace, today I bring you FOOD! A delicious, crumbly, sweet part of afternoon tea that every true Downton Abbey character loves to eat: Scones! Just think of me as providing the fuel for your bodies so you can sew awesome 1920’s inspired outfits for your littles.
Every year I hold a Downton Abbey Kick-Off party at my house where we eat good English food like scones and quiche, drink tea, and laugh about our favorite Dowager Countess quotes. It’s such a fabulous time! Here’s a little glimpse of our spread. It’s divine.
To decorate, I pull out my vintage table linens, and dust off the china tea cups and my silver tea service. We occasionally burn our hands (those tea pots get hot!), but it’s one of the highlights of my year. I love hosting parties, and I love Downton Abbey. What on earth could be better than combining the two?
So today I’m sharing my very special scone recipe with you. This is a tried-and-true, straight-from-England recipe, you guys. When I was a little girl we lived in England and my mom’s best friend taught her how to make these scones. Her name was Rosie, and together she and my mom adapted the recipe from her kitchen weights to my mom’s measuring cups. My mom still has the scrap piece of paper they used over 20 years ago. Today we like to call these Rosie’s Scones. You’ll find the recipe below. Happy Baking (and eating)!
- 4 cups of self rising flour (not all purpose!)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of butter (one stick, slightly softened)
- Two Eggs, plus enough milk to equal 1-1/2 cups of liquid
Here are the ingredients, listed in the cookbook my mom made for me as a wedding gift:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the 4 cups of self-rising flour in a large mixing bowl.
- Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender or two knives (you can even use your fingers in a pinch!).
- Break the two eggs into a measuring cup and add enough milk to make 1-1/2 cups.
- Pour this into the flour/butter mixture and stir until combined.
- On a floured surface, knead the dough until it is smooth. Roll it out thick (between 1 and 1-1/2 inches) and use a cookie cutter to cut out the scones.
- Place scones on a floured cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until light brown. Do not overcook!
These traditional scones are meant to be eaten with butter, jam, and whipped cream. You really can’t beat home made whipped cream, so don’t bother with any of that Ready Whip nonsense. Here is the recipe I use:
- 3/4 cup of whole whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- vanilla extract to taste
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Before I go, I must know: who else is watching DA? I am completely wrapped up again, even though they broke my heart last season. My watch party buddies and I were hoping for a happy, go-easy season this year, but we just finished watching the latest episode and I guess that’s not meant to be. Downton Abbey, why do you hurt me so?! I don’t know how much more tragedy I can take! Maybe the scones will make me feel better.