Carolyn Eddie of Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events, is hard at work in the kitchen whipping up traditional British Christmas cakes, puddings and sweet mince pies, some of which will be served at the Darien Community Association’s Afternoon Tea Thursday, December 6 at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Carolyn explains that these treats are “all the things that we Brits need to eat to make it truly Christmas.” She doesn’t mind making and baking them in large quantities, either. ”The main advantage of making so many is that each cake or pudding involves ‘wishing’ as you stir the mixture. My wish had been the same for the last few weeks and it came true on Saturday when my son, Andrew, received an acceptance letter from Tulane!”
Carolyn shares a traditional British holiday scone recipe with our readers below. What will you wish for while stirring? Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Traditional Holiday Scones by Carolyn Eddie
3 cups self-rising flour (or plain flour with 4 1/2 tsp. baking powder added)
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup dried fruit (I use cranberries)
2 cups heavy cream
Jam and clotted cream for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix ingredients together. Knead lightly. Divide into 3 rounds. Cut each round into 8 triangles. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes until risen and lightly browned. Serve with jam and clotted cream. Makes 24, serves 12.
For more info about the DCA’s Absolutely Fabulous Tea, contact the DCA at (203) 655-9050.
Correction: Two cups of heavy cream are in this recipe. An earlier version of this post said one cup.