For this special occasion, the cool elegance of alabaster roses, lilies, and daisies serves as the perfect counterpoint to classic blue-and-white china. Gilded accessories complete the sumptuous look—setting the mood for a memorable luncheon with friends. Scroll through to see the best recipes to prepare for your next tea.
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- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped oil-cured olives
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 cup plus 4 tablespoons cold heavy whipping cream, divided
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, whisking to blend. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add olives and rosemary, stirring until coated with flour mixture. Reserving 1 tablespoon cream, add remaining cream all at once, stirring lightly by hand until mixture comes together and forms a dough. (If mixture seems dry, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until uniformly moist.) If necessary, bring dough together in bowl, using your hands.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 3 to 4 times. Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough to a ½-inch thickness. Using a 1¾-inch square cutter, cut 24 squares from dough. Place scones 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, rerolling scraps as necessary. Brush tops of scones with reserved 1 tablespoon cream.
- Bake until edges of scones are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.
I absolutely love blue and white china ! To me , it is indeed the nicest and most elegant colour combination for any tablescape.
My daily china is Blue Willow by Johnson Bros. and I also have a tea pattern called Empire from Ralph Lauren (Wedgwood) – both of which creates so many compliments from friends and guests over for tea.
I especially love the recipe for Orange Bars as the colours of Blue and Orange are direct opposites – bringing attention to each other as they sit on the table waiting for guests to tuck in.
Te Deum Cottage
I love the formality, the picture is so beautiful I went right in and imagined myself at tea… hmm, great scone.