Saturday, July 24, 2010

1 High Tea, Cucumber Sandwiches and Scones

Yesterday, I had some sweet friends over for high tea! It was a lovely afternoon with good food and great fellowship! I am so blessed!

Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese
6 slices of bread
3-inch length of cucumber
Pick off some mint leaves and place them in a salad spinner or rinse them all by hand.
Dry the leaves and then dice . Place the cream cheese, butter, and mint into a bowl and mix well. It helps if the cream cheese and butter are softened ever so slightly. It should become a sort of herb paste. Slice the cucumbers -- how thick you'd like to slice them is up to what kind of crunch you want in your sandwich. Slice the crusts off the bread and slice the sandwich up into nice little finger-approved rectangles. Put the mint "paste" on each slice of bread and add the cucumbers!
La Bella Cucina Scones (Nate and my dad BOTH are obsessed with these scones!)
8 cups unbleached flour
2 cups sugar
1 TBS baking powder
1 LB of margarine or butter
1 tsp baking soda
Mix all ingredients together in a sturdy mixer. Cut up the butter in small cubes and blend piece by piece with the dry ingredients in the mixer. Mix thoroughly until the consistency of cornmeal. It is important that the butter be mixed slowly; otherwise the mixture may be the wrong consistency. This mixture can now be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months.
When ready to cook your scones, add 6 cups mix, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup buttermilk (Low fat), zest of 1 fresh orange. Mix rapidly by hand. Drop by large tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven for 15 - 20 minutes. Scones should be lightly browned. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still hot. (I did not sprinkle but doused with powdered sugar!) This way your sugar will stay on your scones.
Other options are to add 1/2 cup of chopped craisins and 1/2 cup of cinnamon morsels.
Erin Meadows
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1 comment:

  1. the scones are amazing! - Elizabeth Kidd


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