Scones for Sunday and Birthday Parties!
~ Buttermilk and Mixed Fruit Scones with Sour Cherry Jam ~
It’s the day after the party………the kitchen still looks like a bomb as hit it, and there are acres of food under cling film, which are covering every available surface. My mum was the chief cook and baker for my birthday this year, and as ever, the table was groaning under the weight of freshly baked pies, tarts, cakes, scones, bread rolls, sausage rolls, vol au vents and sundry other delicious treats……as well as salads, coleslaw, pickles, chutneys, mustard, jams, clotted cream and cold cuts of ham, chicken and fresh jumbo prawns. Freshly cooked salmon and watercress made for delicious sandwiches and there was a fresh strawberry flan to complete the picture. I will share all the party food, as well as some recipes and photos later, but for today I want to introduce you to a FABULOUS scone recipe, Buttermilk and Mixed Fruit Scones with Sour Cherry Jam……….although these scones can be served with any jam, this is how we ate them yesterday for the party.
Yesterday was a fabulous day; it was the usual mix of manic baking and preparation as well as a drop of eccentric party revelry and the inevitable late guest………..my daughter, whose classic Mini Cooper decided to be a little frisky on the A1, and therefore required a lift on a recovery lorry back home…….apparently “Mabel” the mini did not like the petrol she was fed at one of the motorway petrol stations and started to misbehave! Anyway, she (Hannah, my daughter) finally made it home about two hours after the party had started (we saved her a plate of food) and it was only then that the bottles of fizz were liberated…..not champagne, but Vouvray, my favourite fizzy tipple. My mum is 79 years old, and she is JUST amazing, she STILL bakes and cooks and is a fabulous cake maker. Some of her cakes are already on my blog here: A Kaleidoscope of Fancies – Fancy Little Cakes & My Mum’s Cake Shop! Guest Post.
It wasn’t just my mum that was busy in the kitchen yesterday, but my dad was washed the salad and was also caught washing the dishes later on…….it was a REAL family team effort and I am EXTREMELY lucky to have such lovely parents – THANKS Mum and Dad! I was thoroughly spoiled and had a lovely day, it was one of the first times in ages that so many family members had made it together for a celebration…..a wonderful time! But back to the scones recipe; this is a VERY easy recipe that is made special by the addition of buttermilk, which makes them so light and airy…….and for me, the VERY best jam to serve with these scones is a good home made sour cherry jam. Although clotted cream would also be a great “naughty but nice” addition, I feel with a good home-made jam all that is needed is a little butter……..these scones were part of the tea party table yesterday, and the ones that are left, can be reheated today in a warm oven for the second sitting………..actually, I am not sure now I think about it if there are any left! I am shooting off now, we are all going out for a family Sunday Lunch, so see you later with more tales of cake and party festivities! Have a GREAT Bank Holiday Sunday, Karen.