Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I'm so glad to say that spring is here, it felt like winter would never end! Although it's still pretty chilly here, the sun couldn't be brighter and cherry blossoms are starting to bloom.

When the weather changes and my birthday approaches, I can think of nothing more than picnics and cream tea in the park. Alice's Tea Cup has become one of my favorite spots for afternoon tea in New York. Their tea list is never ending and the scones and sandwiches are utterly delicious. My particular favorites are their buttermilk or banana berry scones with jam and whipped cream with a lovely pot of lavender Early Grey tea. My husband likes their pumpkin scones and Russian Caravan tea.

The Alice's Tea Cup Book is really worth a look at; it's beautiful. They have gorgeous recipes for scones, cakes and brunches. Being a fan of their Lavender Earl Grey tea, I jumped when I saw their Lavender Earl Grey scones in the book. I couldn't imagine a scone more perfect.

These scones will fill the air with the scent of sweet buttery lavender and take you straight to the south of France. They're just the way scones should be: flaky, soft inside and melt in the mouth dreamy. The lavender is beautiful and floral and the Earl Grey adds a subtle depth to the flavor. It's tea time baked straight into a scone. I added more lavender as the recipe's amount was very slight and too subtle.

I like eating these particular scones warm and fresh with butter, as the flavor is very delicate, but I wouldn't say no to some jam and clotted cream. A cup of Lavender Earl Grey tea is a must with this. Scroll to the bottom for this tea recipe.
Lavender Earl Grey Scones (Adapted from Alice's Tea Cup)
 Makes 10-12
  • 2 heaping teaspoons Lavender Earl Grey tea (scroll down for recipe)
  • Lavender flower buds (my addition to the recipe)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar (and extra for sprinkling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (cold and cut into cubes)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (for brushing)
Preheat the oven to 425F/220C

Steep 1 heaping teaspoon of the Lavender Earl Grey tea in 1/4 cup of boiling water for 3 minutes. Strain and reserve the tea.

Using a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder, grind a teaspoon of Lavender Earl Grey tea to a fine powder. (I added an extra teaspoon of lavender buds to this- it's worth it!)

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground lavender tea powder. (I added a heaped tablespoon of lavender buds as well for more taste and prettiness) Add the butter and rub the flour and butter together with your fingers until you get a fine breadcrumb like texture.

Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add the buttermilk, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of the brewed Lavender Earl Grey tea.

Combine the mixture very slowly and lightly until the dry mix is wet- do not knead!

Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and gather the dough together very carefully, handling it as less as possible.

Gently pat the dough to make a rectangle or square about 1 1/2 inches thick. Using a dough cutter cut the scones into circles or wedges, however you prefer. Lay them on a nonstick baking sheet.

Gather the remaining dough together lightly to cut more scones. Try to touch the dough very little for a beautiful scone texture.

Brush the top of each scone generously with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake the scones for about 12 minutes, or until very lightly browned.

Lavender Earl Grey Tea: (I make my own, but you can buy the tea from Alice's Tea Cup)
  • Earl Grey Tea Leaves
  • Lavender flower buds (ground roughly with a pestle and mortar)
Whatever amount of Earl Grey you use, you will need 1/2 the amount of Lavender. So for every teaspoon of Earl Grey add 1/2 teaspoon of roughly ground lavender buds, or for a bigger batch add 1/2 cup of lavender to every cup of Earl Grey.

Mix the Lavender and Earl grey together and store in a sealed jar or container.

You can use more or less of the lavender, its completely up to how you like it.


  1. I simply must try these, something I have not cooked with just yet..and so darn pretty and appetizing.

  2. This looks SO "English" afternoon tea!!
    Amazing pics! Must try.........YUM!

  3. You had me at "lavender," "Earl Grey" and "scones" -- three of my very favorite things!

  4. I can almost smell the lavender from your photos! Lovely... And then lavender scones...Yum!

  5. I am such sucker for florals baked in sweets - adore the lavender and earl grey combo

  6. They look pretty and delicious!

  7. How completely gorgeous and elegant!

  8. I love use lavender, your scones look amazing and georgeous! lovely pics! gloria

  9. They look beautiful and sound delicious. How could I possibly argue with that :-). I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. I love scones. What a creative idea to add lavendar! Your photos look awesome!!

  11. Oh my, that looks heavenly. No idea if the other people here in the house will like it, but that doesn't matter. I will sacrifice myself and eat all of it if I have to ;-) Thanks for the recipe!

  12. lovely scones and next time I am in NYC we will have to have tea at Alices!


  13. Lovely scones and your pictures with that tea pot are amazing!

  14. I've never made a scone in my life, but I'm nuts about lavender so I've really got to try this! Your pictures are so pretty!! :)

  15. I was getting ready to make these and relized you never mentioned when you add the 3/4 c of butter.

  16. Add the butter to the flour mixture and rub the flour and butter together with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    Hope you like them!

  17. i love your pictures. so beautiful! i made these scones this morning, i changed a few things because i didn't have lavender buds and i used regular earl grey tea, but didn't grind it. they still came out really well, i'm sure i'll make them many times to come. thank you!


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