Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LEMON CURRANT SCONES for "Friends Sharing Tea"



Good morning and happy forthcoming Easter!  I have set up a little tea time this morning on my coffee table near the sofa.  I hope you can join me as I even have some clotted cream for your scone:




This morning I used my sifter from when I first got married almost 47 years ago.  I have to tell you that I see this Bromwells sifter in all the antique malls and I laugh.  I guess that makes me an antique.





I baked some Lemon Currant Scones and you can pour yourself a cup of nice hot tea.  This recipe was from an out of print book called "Tea Time at the Inn" by Gail Greco.  Another favorite by Gail that is also out of print is "Tea Time Journeys.  Don't you just love tea books?  I have so many and really no shelves to put them on.  My husband has a plan though we are working on.





Can you believe we had snow on Sunday evening and early Monday morning.  I am so anxious for real Spring weather like many of you have.  Today it will be getting warm again which will be lovely!  I find it hard to believe that we have the possibility of frost until around May 25th.  Some of you remember times I have planted flowers and it has snowed.  I remember a few years back I had foxgloves all over the dining room table because I bought them too soon.



The little topper is something from my shop but many years back.




Here is the recipe for the Lemon Currant Scones: (originally Orange Currant Scones but I changed to Lemon Currant)
2 cups flour, 1 1/2 Tb baking powder, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, grated peel of 2 lemons, 5 Tb butter, 5 Tb shortening, 1/2 cup buttermilk and more for brushing (I used 2/3 cup buttermilk in the scones in high altitude) , 1/3 cup currants ( I used 1/2 cup which made more scones)  I also added the juice from 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place grease-proof (not waxed) paper on a baking sheet.  Combine first 4 ingredients by hand.  Add lemon peel.  Flake in Butter and shortening.  Add buttermilk.  Mix gently,  just until ingredients are incorporated.  Fold in currants.  Roll dough out.  Cut out scones with 2"  biscuit cutter; brush with a little buttermilk.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.  Yield: 24 small



Some of you may remember my gold frame above which last year experienced our shabby chic painting!




I want to thank all of you who participate in my weekly blog party.  I sometimes get it up on Monday but not always.  Life is busy as you know I am a working girl.  I thank each one of you bloggers who do come and link with the party!  I know there are many blog parties out there and so I do appreciate you all!


I hope you week is lovely.



If you have a post about tea - please link it below and please include a link to me on your post.

31 comments:

Ruth Weston said...

Hi Bernideen. Your tea setting is lovely and your scones sound delicious! I love lemon scones, and this looks like a great recipe! Love your teacups, and I agree with you about the feeling antique...Lol! Have a wonderful Easter and thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Susan Clayton said...

I am happy to be joining you today. The lemon scones sound perfect. It is cold and blustery here today. Perfect scone baking weather. Quite a change from the 80 degrees we had yesterday. Your tea looks so charming and welcoming. Have a blessed Easter.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

It's always such a pleasure to come to your tea party each week....thank you so much for having me! Hugs, Penny

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Easter, Bernideen! Your scones look just wonderful and the tea table is so whimsical with your bunnies in attendance. I just love your bunny motif on the table covering; perfect for Easter. Thanks for sharing and hosting and also for joining me for tea. Hope your week is lovely.

Blessings,
Sandi

The Charm of Home said...

Your tea is lovely Bernideen! I also love tea books. Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Country Gal said...

Lovely post and photos ! Oh I love Scones . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Beth Laverty said...

I have that tea book. I will have to look up the recipe.

Terri said...

Hello Bernideen,
You have set a beautiful Easter tea! Everything looks lovely and delicious! I really would like one of your scones! Yum!
Hugs and Happy Easter!
Terri

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like the variation on a traditional scone recipe and see in the background, you and I have the same Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Back in the early 80s I think, I saw Martha Stewart use one like this on her show and knew I just had to have one too. :-)
The bunnies and eggs on the pedestal are sweet, but then so is your whole vignette.
Thanks for hosting, and Happy Easter Bernideen.

Winnie said...

What a cozy spot for tea! I am chuckling as I have a rather beat up shifter from many many years ago, not decorated and dented. I hide it. Most times I dig out my stainer. Thank you for sharing the scone recipe. I love all things lemon and will try it! Have a blessed Easter, and thanks for the tea fun.

kitty said...

You always share the prettiest tea vignettes, Bernideen! I love your bunny topper and all your pretty decor. Thanks for hosting and Happy Easter. xo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty!

Martha's Favorites said...

I love that frame and what it says. I wish you a very blessed Easter dear friend. Hugs, Martha

NanaDiana said...

Bernideen- What a gorgeous setting for tea. I just love it. WHERE did you find that little tablecloth? Is it embroidered? I read through your post twice and didn't see that you mentioned it. I would have arm wrestled you for that piece. lol xo Diana

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Bernideen. Your tea time is very sweet and lovely. It looks like a great cozy spot to enjoy a cup of your fine tea.

Happy Easter.

Janet

Bernideen said...

Hi there Diana:
I am sorry to say that the topper is something I sold at my shop about 8 years ago - long not available. I went back and added this in the post. Thanks for your comments! Happy Easter!

Carrie said...

Those scones look delicious--thanks for sharing the recipe. I love the bunnies and eggs and the linens. Very pretty teacup with the pink and gold! My mom has that same sifter--when I see them in antique shops it always brings to mind cooking in her kitchen. I must say it is much nicer than the new one I bought for myself! I'm intrigued by the Teatime Journeys book--I'll have to see if I can find it on Amazon!

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
Sorry I am late linking up this week. Even though I am no longer a working girl like you I somehow have become busy. I am doing taxes for our family of five and my computer got the heart bleed virus so I had to go and buy a new hard drive. I lost all of my pics and documents. Anyway, I love your pretty tea setting today. Your white frame is so lovely and all of your lovely teacups and I would love to try your scones. Thank you for hosting Friends Sharing Tea. Let's hope you can have Tea in your Garden soon! Happy Easter! Karen

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, We had snow overnight Sunday/Monday but it didn't last long. Temps are still cool but we have some signs of spring. Hope you do soon too! Your table topper is adorable, and I love the pink bunny. Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Sarah said...

What a delightful tea time, Bernideen. The table topper is adorable. Wish you still carried them. The Beatrix Potter figures are a sweet detail.
Happy Easter!

Bernideen said...

Beth:
It is snowing like crazy right now! Happy Easter to you as well!

Bernideen said...

Yes Sarah - it is long discontinued!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh my goodness!My mouth is watering for those scones! Thanks for the recipe! You have it all set up so pretty! xox

Angela McRae said...

I love your sifter! And the scones sound quite delicious!

sandy said...

What an adorable Easter Tea! I keep looking for sifters like yours! People coming to our sales love them! Thanks for passing along the recipe! YUM!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bernideen - this winter has been quite something lasting long into the beginning of spring. It's cook today, but pretty - tomorrow it is supposed to rain all day - I'd love to try those scones - they sound wonderful. I do appreciate you hosting and hope you have a blessed Easter,
Kathy

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Bernideen, such a beautiful post! Would love to have a couple of those lovely scones with clotted cream. And I'll take my tea in that beautiful cup, the one laying on its side on the saucer; what is that pattern?

Marilyn said...

Your Easter tea table looks so Springy and pretty.

[email protected] said...

Thank you for baking scones! I love them. They are just perfect with a cup of tea from your darling teapot. I'm sending spring vibe from Brittany your way. Happy Easter!

Bernideen said...

Hello Jean:
This one is a Regency - English Bone China
!

Jann Olson said...

Such a gorgeous tea Bernideen! the scones sound so yummy and I have always wondered just how you make clotted cream? Thanks for sharing with SYC. Oh, love that sifter too!
hugs,
Jann