Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tea On The Porch

It was a busy day at Linderhof
The morning spent at my volunteer job
The afternoon spent cleaning house
For we were gone yesterday
And two loads of laundry as well!

But at half past three
I always stop
For a pot of tea

And a nosh
Freshly baked cheese scones

On the porch
Because we've been having unusual weather
too cool
too wet
for August on the prairie

Real English scones
made with Cheddar
and served pipping hot
With butter
To melt on the scone

A wicker tray with tea things
My Wedgwood Asiatic Pheasant

It was a pleasant respite
Before I headed to the Farmer's Market

The screen porch
is at the front of the house
Doogie and Dolly
wait inside
with a
"I need a treat"
look on their face.

Little dog noses
Making marks on the 
clean porch door.

The scones are easy.
They're truly English and I did use real Cheddar.
Although the recipe did use American measurements!

They're a great tea treat.


2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 stick cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 t. baking powder
1/2 c. grated cheese
1/2 t. salt
1/4 cup milk (plus a little extra for brushing scone)

Heat oven to 400

Generously grease a baking sheet with butter, then sprinkle with flour (or use a silpat).

Put flour, baking powder, salt into a mixing bowl.    Add butter and mix until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.    Add and the grated cheese and mix well.

Add enough milk to make a soft pliable dough (you may use a little more or a little less than the 1/4 cup).

Turn the mixture onto a floured board and knead very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 3/4 inch thick.    Cut rounds with 3 inch butter.   Place on baking tray and brush with additional milk.    Bae for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen.
Serve warm with plenty of butter.


Deb said...

Oh boy, they do look good. I love your tea-pot today. The shape is quite unusual. Thanks for the recipe, Martha. I just may try them this weekend. Deb

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Tea time is good for one's soul!

It is especially welcome when one has been busy and needs a nice break!

Your china is lovely and the scones look delicious!

Bernideen said...

How lovely for a cool day when hot hits the spot. Besides all the rain, we are also having cool weather!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Looks lovely, that tea with scones! And your little dogs look very appealing. They are so expressive.

Pondside said...

Tea and scones go together like nothing else, especially late in the afternoon of a very busy day. I love your teatimes!

Rosemary said...

Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing the recipe... I'll have to make them and 'pretend' I'm enjoying them on your porch with you! Such a lovely setting!

Pat said...

Your nosh of Cheddar Cheese scones looks divinely delicious to me, as well as to Dolly & Doggie!
My MoMa used self~rising flour. I have other recipes that list self~rising flour. May have to make a purchase and give these scones and some family favorites a try!!!
Thanks for the recipe!
Enjoy this lovely pre~Autumnal weather!!!