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.
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.
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
1 tbsp castor sugar
½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg lightly beaten
±30ml cold water
- Preheat the oven to 220°C.
- In a bowl, lightly rub the butter into the flour.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients.
- Stir in the egg and water to form a soft dough.
- Gently pat the dough out on a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thick and cut out 8 small rounds.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
Thanks Lizzy. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Beautiful photos of your scones, they do look so light, I will have 2 please with jam and whipped cream.
Thanks so much Norma! I would love to share these with you. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
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
I Must Have.
I smell those scones all the way over here, Mandy!
Xxxxx KISS from MN.
I would love to bake scones for you. Think by the time we get to meet, the list of things to share with each other is going to be v e r y long. 😀 Kisses and hugs back to you in MN dear Kim. 🙂 xoxoxo
I shall make a list!! xxxxx
Ooo, what is going to be on your list? Have a beautiful day dear. 🙂 xoxoxo
Just discovered your blog..
I love it already, Just like I would like to have in a blog a little of everything. I am going to follow your blog..and going to read it whole.
Hi Akshata, thank you for your kind words and thank you for your support. I am looking forward to getting to know you through our blogs. Have a happy day. 🙂 xo
Your scones should be internationally sold, they look absolutely gorgeous 😀
Never tried olive oil before, great idea!
Choc Chip Uru
Aww CCU, you are so very kind, thank you! Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xoxo
They look light and very delicious, Mandy.
Thanks Angie. They are lovely. Have a happy day. 🙂 xo
Yummy! I hope to do my scones later in the week. 🙂
Glad you like them Misky. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
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.
Hi Rose, thanks for stopping by. The secret to making scones is to work very light with the mixture. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 x0
I’m adding some slivered almonds to this 🙂
Brilliant idea Ema! Enjoy and have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
Mandy they are so cute.
Thanks Glenda! Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
Yum! Love your scones am definitely going to try out your recipe later on. Will post mine now too
I look forward to reading about your scone recipe Vicki. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
oh mandy the scones look like perfection and so adorable in that shape. I love them. there is nothing like having a perfect scone with your coffee or tea:)
Belle, you are always so complimentary, thank you so much! These were a lovely little treat yesterday with a cup of tea. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
My friend Alex swears by Mrs. Beaton so I know these will be fantastic 🙂
I will do a review on the book soon. Have a evening Tandy – I have put my run off long enough so best I get going. 🙂 xo
Hi Mandy, your scones look almost like English muffins when you break them open. Looks like a great recipe.
Hi Cher, must say this is a lovely recipe and is quite nice to have a recipe that doesn’t make such a large quantity either. Have a happy day. 🙂 xo
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
Ohh those scones looks delish, A good cream and strawberry jam would be the perfect match for those
Thanks Raymund. Strawberry jam is the perfect match for a scone. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
These scones look just lovely, the quintessential afternoon tea snack!
Thanks Mary. They are definitely the quintessential afternoon tea snack. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
Perfect with a cup of tea. I’m happy you found the recipe in one of the old cookbooks. 🙂
Thanks Karen. I hope to try the other recipes that I have found too. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Yumm!! These scones look so delicious. . Love the pictures too.. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely compliment. Have a happy day. 🙂 xo
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
Thanks Charlie. I know, 28 is so very young! It is the only time I eat jam is with scones and then I certainly make up for it with heaps of it. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
G’day! What a great looking scone and I wish I could try it now!
Thanks for also sharing your wonderful photos and recipe for International Scone Week!
Hi Joanne, thanks so much for your lovely compliment and comment. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
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
Yummy scones! Happy International Scone Week!
Thanks Julie! Hope you are well. 🙂 xo
Wouldn’t it be lovely to enjoy tea and scones together! Have a beautiful day Kath. 🙂 xo
Yes, yes, yesss! 😀
Let’s hope that one day we can enjoy scones together dear Kath. Have a beautiful love filled happy weekend. 🙂 xo
Mandy, poor not-very-old Mrs Beeton! Your last photo looks divine – the crumb looks so soft and light. Thank you for always playing – it’s so nice to bake with you every August! 🙂
I know, I always assumed she would have been an old buckled in half granny. Thanks to you Celia for always inspiring us and leading the way. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
So delicate and beautiful! I love digging through old recipes and making them too! Thanks for sharing! Liz x
Liz, I hope you find a winner of a recipe in an old book. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Thanks… I still have a few to go through! Liz x
Have fun. 🙂 xo
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
PS: Your pictures are beautiful! x
Awww, you are so sweet, thanks Honey. xoxoxo
These look absolutely wonderful. Such a cute little scone, perfect with the jam and cream. Old cookbook finds are always fun.
Thank you for your lovely comment Mama. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
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
G’day These look terrific and wish I could come through the screen and taste one now!
Thanks for sharing as part of Celia’s International Scone Week too!
Hi Joanne, thank you for your very kind comment. Have a wonderful week. 🙂 xo
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 ^^
Oh no, what a pity you can’t find cream of tartar. The most wonderful recipe, and I am sure will have success with it, is the lemondade scones. Hope you give them a try plus you don’t need any cream of tartar. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
those ingredients are perfect!!! thanks 🙂
So glad you like the recipe. Hope you get to make them soon. 🙂 xo
These look just scrumptious Mandy! I would love one or two with some jam for lunch today. They look perfect.
Thanks so much Kristy. Must say I thoroughly enjoyed these for my lunch. Have a wonderful week and here’s hoping your tea arrives this week. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
Georgous simple scones & look fantastic & very appetizing too! Yum!
Scones and tea are always such a lovely teatime treat. Have a wonderful day Sophie and thank for stopping by. 🙂 xo
You are welcome, sweety! xxx