International Scone Week 2014 – Afternoon Tea Scones

The lovely Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts our International Scone Week each year.  It started back in 2011 when Celia and her friends Heidi, and Joanna decided it would be a great thing to do annually and I agree.

Last year my mom was visiting and I remember us enjoying the rustic olive oil scones for our lunch.

Afternoon Tea Scones 1

I turned to the old books my aunt lent me for this years recipe.  I decided on the recipe with the least amount of converting – it was only after the fact I found out a ‘gill’ is equivalent to half a cup so may have used another recipe.

Afternoon Tea Scones 2

These are small scones and baked with a slightly raised dome.  They have a lovely light crumb and are delicious with strawberry jam and lightly whipped cream.

Afternoon Tea Scones

from Mrs Beeton’s Family Cookery book


125g flour
30g butter
1 tbsp castor sugar
½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg lightly beaten
±30ml cold water


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. In a bowl, lightly rub the butter into the flour.
  3. Add the remaining dry ingredients.
  4. Stir in the egg and water to form a soft dough.
  5. Gently pat the dough out on a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thick and cut out 8 small rounds.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.

Afternoon Tea Scones 3


80 thoughts on “International Scone Week 2014 – Afternoon Tea Scones

  1. Now that’s my kind of scone. So delicate looking and light. I hate to say that over here I’ve never been able to order a scone anywhere that wasn’t hard as a brick and dry as dust. I am definitely making these after I finish my batch (I need to get the post done too).

    • Oh no, I would have thought you would have been spoilt for choice with scones – good thing you can still make them at home. I still find Celia’s recipe for Sprite Scones is THE best and so easy! I am looking forward to reading about the recipe you used. Have a beautiful day Diane. 🙂 xo

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  3. My mom made the most delicious scones. Always huge and fluffy. For the life of me I can’t emulate her scones. Mine are like rock cakes. Thanks for the recipe and your blog.

  4. Good old Mrs Beeton and well done to you for converting a gill to something more useable! Gorgeous scones, now I’ll have two or three please and don’t be stingy with the cream 😉

    • Aah yes, dear old Mrs Beeton. I will let you into a wee secret – she died at the tender age of 28 a week after giving birth to her 4th son! There would have been heaps more cream if I could have got it whipped. Not sure what was happening with my day but that’s as thick as the cream wanted to get. I gobbled three for my lunch! Have a beautiful day Tanya. 🙂 xo

  5. What lovely looking scones. I didn’t know Mrs Beeton only lived until 28. What a tragedy. She certainly achieved a lot by her late 20’s. Whenever I enjoy a scone I like to have them with jam and cream xx

  6. Mandy your scones look delicious. I’m glad to see you haven’t held back and gone from strawberry jam and cream too. What’s the point of scone and margarine I say? Definitely not the same. Emma.

    • Scones are best served with heaps of strawberry jam and cream! I often put butter on too! Margarine isn’t allowed in our house – we are purists and go through copious amounts of butter – not that that has anything to do with scones. Haa haa. Have a lovely day Emma. 🙂 xo

  7. Scones…. I love scones…. I have been known to travel hours for a delicious scone. Lets add scones to the list of things we eat when I visit, lets dress in cutesy floral aprons and make them, scones work with wine right?
    Wishing you a super weekend ahead lovely lady. Hugs and loves. xoxox

    • Oh yes, we will definitely be making scones and drinking them with champagne – we will save the wine for later. Right, now just to get the cutesy floral aprons organised. Have a beautiful and happy week too dear Anna. 🙂 xoxoxo

  8. Beautiful scones – I find old recipes hard to use – am quite confident at making scones from a modern recipe but old recipes that ask me to use instinct to decide how much liquid to add are hard – and I have come across gills before which always seems an odd measurement.

    • Hi Johanna, thanks for stopping by. I agree, some old recipes are difficult to work with. Even worse than a gill is a “wineglass full”, a teaucup full” and a “breakfast cup full”. Not sure how anybody was supposed to make head or tail of those measurements – when I managed to find the conversions for those, they were equally as confusing. Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo

  9. I can’t find cream of tartar here 😦 I want to make scones but I don’t find a recipe that suits me 😦
    beautiful photos !, I’m following I like the blog ^^

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