Victorian Tea Party

Tartlet 2 has joined an American history club for girls aged 6-9. This semester they are studying the Victorian era and launched their first meeting with games, a craft, and a ‘tea’ party. (Tartlet 2 informed me that it was literally a ‘lemonade party’ and a distinction should be made!) Each girl was asked to bring a tray of refreshment to share, so I wanted to make something that fit the style but updated to suit smaller taste buds. Because our girls like the orange scones at Panera, especially the frosting, I made a lime currant scone with lime frosting and I made them small so the girls could have a taste but not be overwhelmed given a dozen options to put on their plates.

These have a biscuity texture and the lime flavor comes through very nicely.  Lemon curd was overkill for these scones, and they were better without it.  The other scones on the platter are a lemon blueberry version I made.  I adjusted this recipe slightly and it made a much softer, almost cake-like scone that was more popular with Tartlet 2.  I’ll write about it later.

Lime Currant Scones
1 3/4 c. flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
6 Tbsp. cold butter

1/2 c. currants
2 tsp. lime zest
1 egg, beaten
generous 1/4 c. heavy cream

Heat oven to 400 F.

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in currants and lime zest. Whisk together egg and cream and stir into mixture until dough leaves the sides of the bowl, adding more cream if necessary.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead lightly 6-8 times. Either roll out dough about 1-inch thick and cut or shape into 1 1/2-inch circles. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 20 mini scones.

Frosting:
1 Tbsp. oil
1 c. powdered sugar
lime juice
lime zest, if desired

Mix together all frosting ingredients until smooth and desired consistency is reached. Spread on scones.

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2 Responses

  1. Oh tea parties! I”m so glad that little girls still want to have tea parties. These scones look perfect for little tea plates.

  2. We love dong tea parties! These look great!

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