Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tea Time Treats: Rosemary Cream Scones

"Tea, that vulgar little stimulant we sip to soothe our afternoons."
-Max Fustian, 
smarmy art critic in Margery Allingham's Death of a Ghost

Death of a Ghost begins with a yearly art show in an Anglo-Italian household ("Little Venice"). There's a brutal murder in the dark with a pair of scissors and the matriarch of the family, Belle Lafcadio, calls on amateur sleuth Albert Campion for help.

Many scenes take place around the tea table, so I thought this was the perfect book to accompany Tea Time Treats.* The theme this month was "Scones--Sweet and Savory" so I made them with rosemary to make an Anglo-Italian Tea Time Treat.




Rosemary Cream Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cold salted pasture butter, cut into small cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 to 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
leaves from 1 sprig rosemary, minced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour then stir in the salt, baking powder, cream of tartar and baking soda. In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 cup of the heavy cream. Stir into the butter and dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Add more cream, as needed, to make the dough soft (but not sticky).

Knead the rosemary into the dough (just don't overwork it) then turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Pat into a 3/4"-thick round and cut into circles with a 2 1/2"-diameter biscuit cutter.

Place on baking sheet, leaving room between each scone, and bake about 15 minutes, or until nicely browned, in preheated oven. Serve warm.

Makes about 7 scones

Adapted from "Cream Scones" in Laura Mason, The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook (London: National Trust Books, 2009), 230.


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*The creators of Tea Time Treats are Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Kate at What Kate Baked. Thanks to Karen for hosting this month! Be sure to go check out the round-up on April 1st.



13 comments:

  1. These are positively mouth watering. I want one. Now.

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  2. I love making scones and these look delicious. You very clever to use rosemary to get an Italian theme. This looks like a very good recipe. Have you ever made the cranberry orange scones from Barefoot Contessa? They are amazing. Have a great week!

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  3. These look amazing!! Scones of any kind are the tops in my (cook)book, especially now that I'm back in england I feel the need to eat at least one everyday! I have yet to try a savory scone besides a cheese scone, so perhaps this will be attempted soon..

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  4. FABULOUS Lauren, thanks SO much for entering into Tea Time Treats and for this GREAT quote:

    "Tea, that vulgar little stimulant we sip to soothe our afternoons."
    -Max Fustian,
    smarmy art critic in Margery Allingham's Death of a Ghost

    LOVE it, the quote and your delectable scones!

    Karen

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  5. Oh I do love a good scone, and these sounds marvellous! xxx

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  6. Great texture to those Rosemary Cream Scones. I could almost take a bite. Then again, that's what I always say when I visit your blog. ( :

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  7. I'm loving how fluffy these are!

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  8. I love a 'vulgar little stimulant' and I love scones. Yum. :)

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  9. I would certainly love to have these scones with my afternoon tea!

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  10. What gorgeous scones! These are a perfect tea time treat. I just made clotted cream for the first time (easier than I could imagine) and now I need a plate of warm scones to slather with it...

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  11. I am just the biggest fan of scones in the world. I'd dream to try these ones...

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