Dear reader, you probably wouldn't know, that the 30th of May is not just your regular Monday, it is National Scone Day. Yes, for the love of scones, we made it to the National Food Calendar! Above all, when most of us are still reminiscing about the glamorous and dizzying Regency London high society, we can’t help planning a vintage tea party for our next chitchat girls date.
The ‘Scone Story’
Scones are the trusty treats of an English afternoon tea. The tradition of these buttery baked goods can date back to the 16th century in Scotland. Despite all the varieties, scones were originally prepared with oat flour, baked on stones and later on griddles. The shape of a scone was as big as a medium-sized plate. People then cut it into wedges when serving.
Nowadays, you can easily find this treat in your local bakeries, corner cafes, Amazing Graze Tea Rooms, and any supermarket. Each country has its own version of the ‘best scones’. With raisins or not, no matter how you like your scones, these buttery, fluffy, sweet and sometimes savoury classics are not to miss on your to-bake list.
3 Ingredient Scone Recipe
We know, baking can be quite intimidating especially when it comes to a traditional treat like scones. But hey, rest assured. The good news is we’ve found and taste-tested this super easy recipe by the talented Carly Jacobs for you. With just 3 pantry ingredients and in 5 simple steps, voilà, delicious scones are ready to serve.
- 3 cups of self-raising flour
- ⅓ cup of butter
- 1 cup of milk
- Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Place the flour and butter in a mixing bowl and then use your fingertips to rub the flour and butter together until the mixture forms fine breadcrumbs.
- Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add 1 cup of milk. Mix until the mixture forms a soft dough, adding an extra dash of milk if the mixture is dry.
- Lightly flour your benchtop. Transfer the dough to the floured surface and knead until smooth. Pat the dough down with the palm of your hand until it’s about 2cm thick. Use a round cutter or a glass to cut out scones. If there is dough leftover, pull it together and repeat the process. You should end up with 15 scones.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the scones have risen and the tops are golden. Transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm.
It’s time to show off your new scone-baking skill
Nothing beats our favourite love language: sharing food. Now that you know how to bake scones, what’s a better excuse for hosting a tea party that makes your friends feel like Bridgertons? Imagine an afternoon tea at home: chitchat, laughter accompanied with freshly baked scones, fresh flowers, some fine teas in vintage-looking tea-ware… Speaking of which, is the essence that determines the whole feel and theme of your tea party. Tell me I’m not alone, just like what a coffee mug can do, a pretty delicate teacup set always makes your tea taste somehow different! Yummier, to be exact ;) Agree with me?
If you still haven’t got your own tea set sorted but fancy one, look no further. We’ve saved you from the hassle of running across antique stores and struggling to find a complete set. This Cristina Re Blush Stripe Tea Set is an unfailing match for you. Simple yet elegant, the pink and gold combo is sure to impress you and your guests. If you’re looking for something a bit more vintage, the Charlotte Rose Teacup & Saucer Set is the one. We also have a limited edition of their Louis Leopard Luxury Set available.
Another element that can’t be left out in a nicely arranged tea party is flowers. Fresh flowers not only help you add up the colour theme, but they also carry meanings. If you’re celebrating your besties, consider including bright freesia, yellow roses and rare orchids that symbolise joy and optimism; or if you’re honouring your mums, have a look at daylilies, chrysanthemums and carnations, which explain all the virtues of motherhood… Fresh blooms are indeed more than just an accessory.
Take it to another level
Sometimes we just can’t be bothered prepping, hosting and cleaning up. There is an option we’ve got for you to fulfil your ‘an afternoon in Regency’ fantasy. All you need to do is just get dressed up, walk down the road to Rose St, and get well served. Amazing Graze Tea Rooms is there, open 7 days a week for your next high tea date.
Oh, and another PSA: sitting next to the tearoom is Amazing Graze Flowers. Who doesn't dream of an afternoon tea surrounded by beautiful blooms? Let us help you decorate your sweet high tea with some fresh flowers. Level up your high tea experience with our daily bouquet, easy!