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So, jolly good fun. But the question remained: what to make? Well, I'm no history buff, but I've always enjoyed seeing the various ways British and Indian cultures have influenced each other. I decided to apply this concept to a tea party, namely scones. (I am a baker after all.) And thus was born the Literate Baker's Chai Spice Scones.
Chai Spice Scones
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon chai spice powder
1/3 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into cubes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon raw sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients and crystallized ginger in a large bowl. Add butter and blend until the butter is the size of small peas. Meanwhile, combine wet ingredients in a measuring cup or small bowl and beat with a fork to combine. Add to the dry ingredients and blend just until a soft dough forms.
Dump dough on a floured surface and knead a couple of times. Pat or lightly roll to 1/2-inch thickness.
Cut with your favorite 2 or 3-inch cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 14-16 scones.
To turn these scones into an full-fledged tea party, add some little sandwiches (egg salad spiked with a touch of curry, perhaps?) and a pot of your favorite full leaf. Chai, of course, would be lovely, as would a nice Earl Grey, of you're into that sort of thing.
Of course, scones don't need a reason. Neither does a party dress. But throw put them together and throw in a few friends, and you've got yourself a tea party. And there's little lovelier that that. That said, if it's a Tuesday and you find yourself at the office, this will do just fine.
Either way, always make time for good food and good company and always...
Keep it sweet.