How to Make Scones for an English Afternoon Tea

by on December 6, 2010

So it occured to me this Sunday that it would be an utterly splendid idea if I showed you how to make scones for an ever-so-English Afternoon Tea.

This goddess totally adores Sundays and especially our family tradition of  Afternoon Tea at half-time, and even especially more when I learned how to make scones as delicious as these!

Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you Gentle Readers that I’m an Avid football fan ~ American football that is, since we call English football, soccer ~ and every Sunday is spent ensconced on the couch watching every game I can.

By the way, just in case you think I’m a total sloth-bucket, I’d like to point out that I do a lot of other stuff while watching the games, like housework, laundry, blogging, sewing, etc, mostly during commercial breaks, so much so that Sunday is usually my busiest day of the week. In fact, my friend Edward Elliott suggested that I do a video just on Being a Goddess on NFL Sundays …

But I digress.

Dahlings, just because you’re currently having to live your champagne life on a beer budget, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the little luxuries that make one feel abundant and prosperous. Abraham Hicks refers to this as Pre-paving, but basically it means doing all you can Now to live the way you hope to in the future.

My mentor always says, “Speak as if, and act as though,” and having delectable handmade scones and tea, served on vintage china is my way of preparing to live my dream of having Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Hotel in London.

Although I’m sure they won’t have the NFL on tv …

And that’s not the only reason we ‘do’ Afternoon Tea, of course. The fact is, these scones are just too utterly yummy all smothered with imported strawberry jam and whipped cream, and there’s nothing more comforting than a bracing cup of PG tea when your team is playing like nincompoops.

(and there are recipes for all sorts of equally yummy English delights in the Tea and Sympathy book, not to mention oodles of intimate unposed pictures of our favorite British film stars and delightful little anecdotes about their visits to this last outpost of the Empire ~ definitely a must read for you closet Anglophiles.)

But without further ado, let me show you how to make those divine scones ..

(Oh and dahlings, this is my very first attempt at adding music to my videos and I didn’t have the balance quite right so it’s a trifle loud. The music, that is, not me!)

So, Scrumptious ones, now that you know how to make scones, it’s time to dust off Granny’s china, put the kettle on and treat yourself to Afternoon Tea.

Go on. You’re worth it.

And who knows, maybe I’ll meet you in London!


the goddess known as Jacqui

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Sophia@Rave Sticks December 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I’m sorry I missed this yesterday! For next Sunday, then…


Jacqueline Gates December 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

And every Sunday after that!


Sophia@Rave Sticks December 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Is it a weekly habit for you?


Jacqueline Gates December 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Yes, indeed. Well, the tea at half-time is, and I usually bake something. But over the past few weeks, because we found this utterly orgasmic black cherry jam, we’ve been having scones every Sunday.
*sigh* I can just hear my arteries clanging shut!


Sophia@Rave Sticks December 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Worth it!

Kylie Doak December 7, 2010 at 4:43 am

Hi Jacqui

Watching your video has given me a hankering for scones! I haven’t cooked them for years. I’ll occasionally buy some at a cafe, but they don’t taste as good as the ones made from Mum’s recipe. 🙂

Plain scones are my favourite, but I also love cheese scones and cheese and chive scones.

I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only one who can’t just sit and watch television! I’m usually folding washing, writing, blogging, doing counted cross stitch or knitting – anything but actually sitting still! lol 😉

While I’m not a fan of American or English football, I do enjoy AFL (Australian Football League) football, although I certainly wouldn’t class myself as an avid fan … my husband well and truly makes up for both of us in that regard! lol

~ Kylie ~
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Jacqueline Gates December 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

Just call us the Goddesses of Multi-tasking. Don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but I certainly can’t spend a Whole three hours just sitting on the couch ~ no matter how good the game might be!


Jasmine@Personalized Gifts December 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Oh Jacqui, how delightful that was to watch! You are all too adorable. And as for NFL Sundays..I looove it! The roles are almost switched at my house as I love the NFl and my man does not care for sports..odd, huh? I had a gigle when I read the “champaigne taste on a beer budget” as that is what my mom always tells me as she psycho-analizes me every chance she gets! But nonetheless, I love my football, I love tea (with honey!), and I love to live and feel like a goddess! Nothing wrong with that, eh? : ) TTFN


Jacqueline Gates December 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Goddess Jasmine, we are quite obviously two peas in a pod and I am too thrilled for words to meet you! Soooo many of my girlfriends roll their eyes and look at me pityingly when I go on about the NFL or decline an invitation to a movie on a Sunday afternoon.
And as for feeling and living like a goddess ~ you had me standing up and applauding!!!
(well, metaphorically speaking since my laptop would’ve landed on the floor!”

But don’t you go disappearing now, Dear Heart. I’m going to pop over to your site to see what else you’ve been up to besides tea and football.


Kim Jensen December 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

You mean to tell me I’ve been eating the large Scotland stone this whole time? (I knew it tasted a bit off.) It’s funny, we…the Americans, deep fry the delectables, so it’s really more like a doughnut. I must say yours look delicious! Jacqui, you are so delightful and endearing…no really…I absolutely live you with my heart. (I’m not shitting you with bull, American translation = Bullshitting.) Thank you for being a wonderful way to spend time on the web…refreshing.

Luv u Jacqui! xxx
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Jacqueline Gates December 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Kim dahling, glad you like hanging out with me ~ I do think you should come visit! And I’ll make you tea … and scones … even if it’s not Sunday.


Karla Setchel December 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Hi Jacqui!
What a delightful video! I’ve never made scones, but if the guy I’m dating sees this I might have to try. He loves food & football. I prefer organic ingredients just as you do. Thanks for the baking lesson 🙂

Many Blessings & Bliss-ings!
Karla Setchel


Jacqueline Gates December 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Bliss-ings to you too, scrumptious one! And oodles of thanks for passing this on *hugs*


Jacqueline Gates December 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Goddess Karla, it’s really odd but when I use organic ingredients, all my ‘foreign’ recipes work so much better. So besides the health benefits, I get much better results too.


The GREAT Edward December 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

This is awesome Goddess Jacquie! I think I am going to have to make myself some as well.
Know I also know the difference between scone and scone LOL!

Thanks so much for being you.

Make it a great day!
God Bless,
The GREAT Edward!
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Jacqueline Gates December 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Of course you do, Sir Edward! You talk funny, like me!!!


Rebecca Woodhead December 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

So refreshing to hear ‘scones’ pronounced the right way for once. I’m sure they were delicious. Wonderful video, Jacqui. Nothing like a cream tea. May be one of Devon’s greatest claims to fame – apart from my gorgeous husband of course!

I didn’t know of your dream of having tea at The Ritz. Have you been to London? I have always assumed from your accent that you were South African, am I right? I have a very dear friend from South Africa who is an expert on English etiquette. I bow to his expertise on gastronomical delights in all things but biltong, which is a delicacy that I can’t quite bring myself to try.

I must admit, I have had that pleasure of tea at The Ritz. It’s wonderful. Tea at Fortnum and Mason is splendid too. You must do a tea tour when you come over. My favourite tea haunt was always The Randolph in Oxford, but it’s a shadow of its former self since it changed hands. Queen’s Hotel in Cheltenham may be goddess-worthy enough for you. I haven’t been there for a while. You must tell me when you decide to take a trip over here and I’ll check out some places in advance so you don’t waste time with sub-standard tea. Life is simply too short for that. 🙂


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Jacqueline Gates December 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Rebecca dahling, I do think we’ll have to do tea TOGETHER when I come over to the UK again. My mother also recommend Fortnum an Mason, and since I only got to see Harrods last time, I think that’s #1 on the agenda.

Just adore you, goddess *hugs*


Debbie@Live Abundantly December 10, 2010 at 6:55 am

I too am a football lover. Not so unusual in the US, but still fairly uncommon for a female. When invited to a holiday party on Sunday, my first question is, “Will there be a TV?”

We like to barbecue on Football Sunday as it’s know in my house. We live in Florida with warm temps year round. Nothing like chicken wings on Sunday. I’m not much of a baker.

You are hereby invited, Goddess of NFL Sunday, to come make scones at my house any given Sunday…. 🙂
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Jacqueline Gates December 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

Thank you ever so much for the kind invitation … is this Sunday too soon??!

And I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to meet a fellow Football goddess!
AND you want to be a speaker and Abundance guide … We are two peas in a Pod, scrumptious one!!


Jason December 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

Jacqueline – I love scones. I used to make them all the time when I first learned how to make them in culinary school. Watching your video makes me want to start making scones again. I forgot how easy they are to make. However, I’m not a big tea drinker but I think I will take your recommendation and try PG tea. Thanks for the baking tutorial.


Jacqueline Gates December 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

My pleasure, Sir Jason, and welcome to tea!
PG tea is a British ‘everyman’ tea – not fancy, just strong and bracing, and (in my opinion) best with milk.


Kellie Hosaka @network marketing home business training December 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Okay, I am hungry for scones now and I have been pronouncing that word incorrectly! Thank you for setting the record straight for us Americans!

I loved your video and thank you for the specific directions as I have no clue on how to make scones so now I have your resource to follow step by step!

Much love Goddess! Keep up you wonderful posts and videos. They are wonderful!

Kellie 🙂
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Mitch December 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Wow, seems like all the men have stayed away from this one for the moment; wusses! lol

I had no idea what scones were, as I’d never seen them, but I’d heard the name, pronounced incorrectly. I’m still not sure if it’s a big biscuit or more like a cookie, but I’m leaning towards biscuit since you put jam on it, but then there’s the whipped cream thing (that must be homemade as well) and one wouldn’t normally put it on either a biscuit or cookie; I’m flumoxed! Can you put chocolate on it?

Thanks for sharing that. I’m going to send the video to some of my local lady friends to see if one of them will make something like this for me as a test, since my wife doesn’t bake anymore, and we just don’t want to see me trying this one. 🙂
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Jacqueline Gates December 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

Mitch, you are such a sweetie – You just make me smile. Thank you for leaping in where no other man has dared to tread – as yet LOL!

I suppose a scone is more like what the Southerners call a biscuit (as in biscuits and gravy) but not salty and a bit more crumbly. And yes, you can put chocolate on it ~ this goddess adores Nuttella!

And dear heart, if you and your lady are ever in the Atlanta area ~ we’ll do tea and I’ll make you some!


Pearly December 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

Hi Jacqueline,

Wow! It looks delicious and to be very honest to you I haven’t heard of scones and don’t even know how it tastes..but, I think I will love to have it dip into my cup of coffee.

High tea used to be very popular in Malaysia over the weekend and many people will just hang out and meet up at the hotel during this time. I am not sure if we can get scones at the high tea but I may want to try baking it on my own.

Thanks for your step by step guide to make scones. Nice video and thanks for taking your time to share this with us 🙂

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Jacqueline Gates December 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

Greetings, Pearly, it’s so good to have you ‘for tea’!
Glad you liked the video ~ let me know how the scones turn out 🙂


Lidia May 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

It looks delicious and I know it smells and tastes delicious too! We have to do that one time in CT . Maybe we can borrow the kitchen for a few minutes 🙂 We do act as if we are at home there anyway…lol
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Jacqueline Gates December 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

Yay! So glad you liked them!


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