Spring is here and for some ladies it is a wonderful time for a tea. I am currently serving as co-president of the Ladies Group of St. Andrew Parish. One of the annual events is our May Tea with some members ‘sponsoring’ a table and being fully responsible for providing a unique tablescape and some edibles. Others just bring some wonderful finger foods to enjoy. I am seriously thinking about co-sponsoring a table which means I need to start planning what I would do. (The photo below was the table I was assigned as a guest for last year’s May Tea.)
For this month’s CreativeHOP, I decided to try my hand at baking scones. They are definitely a favorite for any tea party, whether sweet or savory. I had a hankering for something citrus in flavor, so I set out looking for ideas to make a lemon scone. The recipe below pulls from 3 different recipes (basic scone recipe with ideas for customizing in the (affiliate link) How to Cook Everything Cookbook, Amazing Lemon Scones, and Lemon Ginger Scones with Brown Rice Flour and Agave Nectar to bring my own twist in these Lemon and Ginger Scones.
As I am continually trying to make things a little more healthy, I used freshly ground soft wheat berries (which gives you a whole wheat pastry flour.) This makes the scones have a bit more of a ‘chew’ or ‘crunch’ factor when you take a bite without adding any nuts. My second attempt at a healthier recipe was substituting agave nectar for granulated sugar. Finally, I used an organic lemon for the fresh zest so that I didn’t have to worry so much about pesticides in the rind.
Something I might try in the future is substituting the rind and juice with a few drops of lemon essential oil. I just haven’t gotten super brave about making those substitutions yet.
Having walked through this process once, I am feeling more confident in trying out different flavor combinations. In many ways, scones are a slightly more decadent biscuit and either baked item can be customized through the addition of fruits, nuts, or even meat and cheese.
Do you enjoy a nice tea party?
What is your favorite flavor of scone you’ve either made or eaten?
For more amazing Easter and Springtime ideas, check out some blog posts from a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Easy Easter Craft: Washcloth Bunny by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- Easy DIY Garden Markers by A Mom’s Take
- Bunny Cupcakes by This Mama Loves
- Simple Spring Wreath by Simply Southern Mom
- Carrot (Cake) Cupcakes by Mom Does It All
- Ultimate Easter Egg Dye Guide by The Guavalicious Life
- >DIY Homemade Bird Feeder by My So Called Balanced Life
- Edible Easter Placemats by Two Boys One Girl and a Crazy Mom
- DIY Colorful Spring Wreath by Home and Garden Cafe
- Monogrammed Earrings by How Was Your Day
- Nest Necklace by Style on Maine
- Fun and Healthy Easter Recipe for Kids: Crepe Cookies by Our Family World
- Make an Easy Painted Eggs Easter Craft with Dollar Store Supplies by My Kids Guide
- Spring Button Canvas by Better in Bulk
- Carrot Cake Cookie Cups by About a Mom
- Spring Tulle Wreath by Upstate Ramblings
- Easy DIY Spring Tote Bag for Girls by Philzendia