I must have been but 11 years old on my first visit to London and the few things I do remember with clarity are Madame Tussuad's, driving past Buckingham palace & Afternoon Tea at The Savoy.
It was my first time partaking in this genteel British tradition and though I cannot recall in vivid detail what music the pianist was playing or the color of the china & the table linens in The Thames Foyer, I do remember the taste of my first scone (pronounced scawn) & clotted cream and I was hooked!
The blame for my idiosyncrasies when it comes to food must lie squarely on the shoulders of my parents - they exposed me to the good stuff, much to young!
Since then, I have been addicted to Tea Rooms and no matter what continent , country or town I'm in, if there's a Tea Room, you can count on me being there, all in search of that perfect scone (and English Breakfast or Earl Grey). Sadly for most part, I have been disappointed.
After all what makes a scone perfect? Some say flaky, some say tender - Yes, yes but you expect that in a tart too!
The singular most important attribute in my book for a perfect scone is that it must be airy & feather light!
So I was delighted when I found the near perfect scone at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA and whether it was for my baby showers, birthday or visit from a dear friend, Tea at the Jefferson was always on the agenda.
Which is why, when this sunny weekend afternoon when I pulled my first batch of Orange Cream Scones out of the oven, I stood there with bated breath as Mr. Hubby took his first bite. And I was almost afraid to ask -
"Well, compared to the Jefferson?"
And he said, "Infinitely superior"
Needless to say, my squeal of delight probably woke all the neighbors up from their afternoon naps.
I have been working on preparing the perfect scone for a long time. And though some would day they aren't really the traditional scawn since I do mine a as drop scones, I'd have to say, don't diss it until you've take a bite.
So here we are ~ 'as good as The Savoy' scones at home!
Now traditionally, scones have red currants or raisins and I've fixed them both ways. But my absolute favorite are these here with citrus peel -
So get that cooking apron and pull up those oven mitts dearie , we've got some scones to bake!