Scones fit for a king

Sunday, May 1, 2011
After my post of two weeks ago, when I made scones for the first time, you probably guessed what I’d be posting this week.

The morning of the Royal Wedding, I wasn’t going to serve anything other than scones and tea (or hot chocolate where requested).  I made the batter for the scones the evening before, and baked them during the pre-wedding festivities on the 29th.  And if they look a little well-baked, I can only blame my eagerness to see Kate’s dress for my missing the oven timer when it went off.

I enjoyed every second of the coverage.  I sang along with “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” and I thrilled to the majesty of “Jerusalem”.  I held my breath as William struggled to put the ring on Kate’s finger, and I sighed in relief when Prince Philip got through the occasion without a single faux pas.  In short, the wedding was perfect.

My youngest daughter and I got up at a quarter to 5 and watched it throughout.  My husband joined us just in time for the ceremony.  My oldest daughter only ventured into the room to eat a scone, but spent the day talking to her friends about Kate’s look (thumbs-up), the Queen’s look (pretty great for an 85-year old) and William’s look (no one had any idea what he wore).

The basic scone recipe that I used is here.  For our festive breakfast, I made two flavours, based on the ingredients I had on hand.  Half of the batch was fashioned into chocolate orange scones, while the rest were white chocolate and ginger.



Take a look at the music I’ve posed the scone beside.  It’s from a piano book that’s so old (1947), the music was “God Save the King”.  Elizabeth didn’t become queen until six years after the book was published.  My dad picked up the music book at a yard sale about 35 years ago and it’s become a family staple.

I hope these scones become a family staple for you!

Royal Scones
(adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home To Yours)

Make scones as directed here, through to the part where you stir the dough with a fork.
Omit the ¾ cup raisins.
In half the dough, add ¼ cup chocolate chips and the grated rind of one orange.  In the other half of the batter, add ¼ cup white chocolate chips and two tablespoons of finely minced candied ginger.
Finish the recipe according to the directions.

46 comments:

Barbara Jean said...

Sigh. So jealous. Your scones turned out!!! I loved every minute of the wedding too - the music was just wonderful! Ruth.

Belinda said...

I'd get up for these too. =)

Jess said...

We had tea and scones too! My mom sent me a beautiful glass tea set with tea flowers that blossom in the hot water and we watched the news coverage of the wedding while eating carrot scones. Mine were from a package mix my mom gave me, so I'm excited to have your recipe for the household! Now I can try my hand at the real thing :)

Carol said...

Perfect for the occasion, very festive! I couldn't get up that early to watch, might have for some scones, they look delicious! I enjoyed all the coverage after though, especially the reviews of the hats :)

Joanne said...

What a great way to celebrate. It was nice to put on the tv throughout the day and see ongoing coverage of the happy event :)

Valerie said...

I can't think of a better way to celebrate such an enchanted wedding! These scone sound lovely.

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Great scones! For me a dollop of Devon cream on my scone will complete the celebration. I hope they live happily ever after! Cheers!!!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

great scones and love the original flavors you made have a great Sunday

Claudia said...

Love the book. Love the scones. Love the dress. It was a sweet day that in a sense much of the world needed. I agree with the comment about a little Devonshire cream...

Barbara said...

I watched via reruns...but it was lovely. Your scones are very appropriate for this special day, Beth. We love scones at my house!

Barbara Kloss said...

Oh I love that you have that piano book with that particular piece! Well placed photo. I love scones, too.

Julie said...

I watched bits and pieces of it. The dress was beautiful but so simple, I guess I expected more. These scones look so delicious.

allieksmith said...

Your scones ARE fit for a King... or Prince.. or Princess!
I thought the wedding was fabulous as well :)

jillbert said...

Both flavors sound wonderful! I loved watching the wedding! It would have been so fun to be able to see the celebrations that took place inside the palace.

Lynne said...

Very British-tea and scones-yum! Perfect for the wedding. I'm sure you must have had a "cream tea". My friends in Dorset say their Dorset cream teas are the best! Your scones look delicious!

LDH said...

I was up at 4am and thoroughly enjoyed all of the pageantry of the Royal wedding. I didn't make scones though. Yours sound delicious!

tenaciouslyyours.com said...

I was just thrilled by Queen Elizabeth's choice of yellow for the wedding. She is just such a thrill to watch with that purse of hers!

Victoria said...

I enjoyed all the coverage too!! I wasn't totally into the pre-wedding buzz, but when it came down to the actual wedding, I woke up super early to watch it. Missing from my life was a good scone to feel all British-like, but I'm glad your family made it such a special occasion with scones and tea!

julie said...

It sounds like you celebrated the royal wedding in style! I just couldn't bring myself to get up early to watch it, but I definitely caught up on it after the fact. Wish I had had one of your scones for breakfast!

thejoyofcaking said...

Scones are the perfect way to celebrate such happenings. So glad you enjoyed the wedding!

comfortablydomestic.com said...

I agree that the wedding was absolutely perfect. Kate and Pippa were stunning. The Queen look beautifully elegant. Excellent choice of scone flavors! I might have to play around with the white chocolate/ginger combination.

Yasmin said...

It was a beautiful wedding and matches your perfect scones - im sure it isn't overdone that much :)

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Yas
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5 Star Foodie said...

Nice, I like the version with the white chocolate chips and candied ginger!

Angela Felsted said...

Normally I'd discourage using music as a place mat, but in this case I understand why you did it. Here's to making a classic!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

The wedding was gorgeous! My four-year-old daughter and I watched it together and kept looking at each other and squealing. She was excited that there are such things as "real" Princesses. :)

Amy

Faith said...

I haven't seen the wedding live but I've watched some of it on the news. It was really great :) The scones looks wonderful Beth. You've made it perfect.

Have a great week ahead.

Amie Kaufman said...

Wasn't it romantic? And the dress! And the smile! One of the news services had a lip reader on the job, and apparently as she walked up the aisle, Harry leaned into William and said 'Just wait until you see the dress.' Sigh.

Joanne said...

These scones are gorgeous and definitely quite fitting for the big event!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm impressed you made them. My baking involves putting those pre-made cookies in the oven.

Katerina said...

Beautiful scones Beth! I love the book as well!

Angie's Recipes said...

Scones and tea make a really wonderful breakfast!

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...

That's some real dedication you've got there! I'm wanting scones so bad right now... :)

Heather said...

I love scones - these are so perfect for the Royal wedding! Wasn't it delightful! - we had champagne plus some good goodies to eat as we watched the whole wedding, twice (on two different channels).

Julie Musil said...

I love how you made scones for the occasion. And I looooove scones. Blueberry, pumpkin, cranberry. Making myself hungry. I live in So Cal, and didn't want to wake at 2 a.m., so I watched the wedding recaps the next morning. Beautiful.

Linda said...

Lovely! I confess that I watched the wedding on one of the reruns...but it was still magical to me.

Medeia Sharif said...

Those pictures are inviting. And that book was a great find.

D. U. Okonkwo said...

Hilarious! Fortunately I'm from London so the wedding was at a very reasonable 10am for me. But scones...now I didn't think of that!

Kristen said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time watching the wedding. Chocolate and scones and royals...a perfect combination!

Reeni said...

What delicious scones! I like the sound of both versions! I would of loved to munch on these while watching the rerun.

Raina said...

I did watch the ceremony and it was beautiful. She looked so classy and elegant.

Your scones look pretty darn good too. I like the changes you made to the recipe, chocolate and white chocolate area always a good thing:)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

The wedding was wonderful! We got up very early so we didn't miss anything. I love that they are going to live in Wales with no house staff. :)

Rita said...

I watched every second I could and enjoyed it so very much. your scones look so good and with chocolate; it just has to be excellent.
Rita

Sweet And Crumby said...

Your scones sound lovely and what nice way to cheer on the Royal couple. It did not escape me that BOTH scones have chocolate! I totally approve. :)

thelittlespork said...

One of my favourite things about scones is that the batter can be made ahead of time (and freezes extremely well), and all you have to do is pop them in the oven whenever you want a fresh, warm scone! Yours look great and definitely seem perfect for the royal wedding :)

Xiaolu said...

Mmm I love scones. Great with tea :). Yours look great!

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