Spot of tea and a Scone

There are two things that my late mum-in-law gifted me that I shall treasure for the rest of my life. (Okay, really three things, the first is the gift of her giving birth to my husband ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Other than a great example of being a wonderful mum and grandmother, she left me two books.

One, her personal journal.

She kept a daily journal with her thoughts; what she did that day and musings about all her travels. When I’m missing her I will read the journal. One entry that always makes me laugh is when she was over at our place for dinner one night.

She wrote:

Tired from our trip back from England so it was a welcome break to go to son’s and daughter-in-law’s for dinner and play board games. I brought Selena back a huge bar of Cadbury chocolate. Dinner was delicious and so was dessert, even though Selena changed my trifle recipe. Must remember to ask her if she also changed my popover recipe. Pretty sure she did, they taste good but a wee bit different. We had a wonderful visit, but Selena never opened the Cadbury bar I brought for her. Good thing I have a hidden stash of my own at home….

Then her musings went on to talk about her trip.

The second gift she left me was her handwritten recipe book.

She started writing her recipes in this book when she was a young bride. The highlight of this book are her comments beside each recipe, and it’s fun to read how her cooking skills changed from when she was a newly wed to when she became a mum and then a grandmother.

Welcome to another edition of Tasty Tuesday.

This week I am sharing a scones recipe from my mum-in-law’s recipe book.

She made these scones as a young bride, and I have not made any revisions to this recipe when I baked some myself….(okay, maybe just a teeny revision. I used currants instead of raisins).


Picture Courtesy of Gail Lalonde – Trip to Ireland


1/2 lb. Flour (2 cups)

Pinch of salt

2 “good” tsp. Baking Powder

2 oz. Soft Butter (1/4 cup)

4 oz. Milk

1 TBSP Sugar (dissolved in milk)

1/2 tsp. (not a good one, the exact teaspoon) Nutmeg

1 Small Egg

3 oz. Raisins


Heat oven to 400 F

Dissolve sugar in the milk. Set aside.

In separate bowl: sift together the flour, salt, raisins and baking powder.

Rub in soft butter.

Beat egg well and add to sugar and milk.

Make a well in the center of flour mixture and add the liquid all at once, mixing with a knife.

This mixture is very soft and sticky.

Sprinkle your working surface with flour.

Shape the dough into a ball on the floured surface.

Make sure your hands are floured to be able to work the dough without it sticking to your fingers.

Roll lightly until 1/2 inch thick.

Cut in desired shapes. Round is a good shape. Flatten a little with fingers. Scones should be about 1/2 inch thick.

Brush each scone with egg wash (beat an egg with a fork and add a splash of water).

Sprinkle sugar on each scone.

Place on greased cookie sheet and place in hot oven.

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.

Serve warm, split and buttered.

Makes 2 dozen

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me and you make some of these for the next time you have a tea party….or to enjoy with a glass of cold milk (coffee drinkers, I’m sure they are good with coffee as well).

13 responses to “Spot of tea and a Scone”

  1. Sounds good, but I’ll have to leave out the raisins. Can’t stand those little suckers. LOL


    1. Not a raisin fan either, which is why I had used currants. I think any dried fruit would work, or none at all.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  2. I love scones, but I have never made them. This recipe cracks me up. From the “good” teaspoons to the “not good” ones and the mixing with a knife. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Hi, Ladybug, all her recipes are written that way. They just crack me up when I read them. Some of her recipes say: 2 English teaspoons…not the Canadian size or American size…they really don’t know their sizes. LOL

      I wrote it out exactly as she had it in her book.

      thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚


    2. I also LOL at – rub in butter. I said to my hubby, oh, yeah, you’re mom, she was kinky. He cringed…no no, don’t make me think about stuff like that. LOL


  3. My Aunt Dot was my Mom’s aunt and she lived to 90, never having children of her own. She was always so happy even though she had a lot of sadness in her life. I was blessed to have her meet my twins and actually spend a lot of time with them. She was a collector of antiques and loved to cook. When we cleaned out her house (which she lived in for 70+ years) Mom found her handwritten cookbooks and they are something I treasure. It was because of her and these books I started a cookbook of my own, but I have all my loved ones write their favorite recipes down in their handwriting. Thanks for helping me find this great memory today!


    1. Hi, Kame, glad to share the memory and thanks for sharing yours. Love the way people write recipes of their own, and I want to pass on my recipes as well. Only mine will be all typed up on a computer. LOL


  4. Yum!!! What a wonderful thing to have from your Mother in Law! I know I miss mine, and missed her sending me A St. Patrick’s day card. She sent me one every year for the last almost 41 years,
    One of my favorite things in England was High Tea! Those little sandwiches and scones. The recipe looks amazing…not a fan of raisins either, so would probably use dried cranberries. thanks Selena…….


    1. Hi, Pat.

      I love High Tea. We still have it on weekends at times. I use currants, but dried cranberries would be great as well.

      My husband likes to put homemade strawberry jam in his.


  5. That was good and touching Selena got a little teary eye. My mom has a hand written cook book full of recipes from my child hood I love to. Can not wait to try your scones. I tried the ribbes and really loved them. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Hi, Kelly, glad you tried the ribs recipe and loved them. I’m sure you’ll enjoy these scones as well. I’m get a hankering from some myself. Must experiment with almond flour to see if I can make them gluten free.

      I’m sure you treasure your mom’s book as well. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. This looks yummy. I love scones and you’re right Selena they are great for us coffee drinkers. My MIL had a chocolate chip cookie recipe that was wonderful. Trouble was she wouldn’t share it with me or anyone else. I asked her several times but she always changed the subject. After she passed away, I hate to admit I searched high and low for that thing and never found it. Some of her friends asked me months later if I ever find it, to let them know. Never did. LOL.


    1. Hi, Heidi,

      Maybe she couldn’t share it, because she didn’t know how to write it down. That’s the problem I have with some of my recipes, although, with Tasty Tuesday, I am forced to write everything down now as I make dishes, so I can share the recipe.

      Or maybe it was a great prank she played on all of you, try to figure out the cookie recipe. LOL (sounds like something I’d do).

      LOL @ searching her house. I hope you do find the recipe, please share with us. ๐Ÿ™‚


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