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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tea with the Queen

While in London, we had to find time for tea! The Orangerie at Kensington Palace was built in 1761. It is a beautiful greenhouse in the palace gardens and that is now used as a tea room. It is a bit of a walk through Hyde Park, but near the shopping at Top Shop and Whole Foods in Kensington.High tea included little cucumber sandwiches, scones, and a lemony tea cake. We decided to include a glass of wine with ours. The pot of tea was poured through a silver tea strainer... very British!
The scones were yummier than I had imagined. These were moist, like a southern biscuit with currants, butter and jelly on the side. These scones reminded me a lot of Mom's sweet cream biscuits... I'll slip that recipe in for anyone who might want a southern style scone.
Cream Biscuits
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
1 cup half & half
Combine flour and cream in a bowl, mix well. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead several times. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into biscuits. Bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes. Brush with butter if desired.

Cheers y'all!


T.W. Barritt said...

What fun! I am a big fan of afternoon tea and have tried a couple of spots in London. I've heard of the Orangery. Sounds like it was tip top!

Scarlett said...

Oh, you are so lucky to have high tea. When I lived in Nashville, we used to go have high tea regularly. It was in a converted house with hundreds of hats on the wall. You had to pick out a hat to wear for tea.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

TW~ tip top indeed
Scarlett~ that is a fun idea, we were spending the day shopping and needed a break. No party hats that day.

joan said...

What fun! I was in Londom in 1999 and had tea also and I'm not a tea drinker bt you have to do it while you're there. Looks yummy and great pictures.

Nunnie's Attic said...

High tea?! Well, I didn't think I could be any more jelly-bellied than I was before. I was wrong!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Sandi, I've missed a lot. Can't believe you've been to London & back, lucky girl you! WOW, how exciting. You'll have to tell us more aboutit. Glad you are back.


KJ said...

I have never made homemade biscuits, but this looks like a no-brainer. I will have to try this. I was thinking there would be butter in this or some sort of fat.

Your trip sounds marvelous! I would love to do this!


Kristen said...

I think we need to start an official tea time in the states!

justabeachkat said...

The recipe sounds easy and yummy. Loved seeing the photos.


Sally said...

Welcome home Sandi! Great pictures. I love the Smile Box thingy.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Slide show is a fun deal. The High Tea is always grand, oh and with wine, yes that's really grand.
Did you ride the eye? We had too many other things to do but it is impressive. Glad you got to go.

Pearl Maple said...

Having great fun reading your posts about travelling around England.

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