English Scones As British Culture | My Family Travels

Make the anticipation of foreign travel with picky eaters a positive experience. Even if you're just going 'across the pond' to England, where language and culture are the same but traditions are very different, it's natural to wonder:  Are stewed tomatoes really served at breakfast? Will the kids respond to bangers and mash?  Why don't they serve ketchup with french fries?

Before departing on your next vacation to a new culture or destination, I suggest that you introduce some foods of the region to your children. "Introducing Kids To Foreign Foods" has tips on foreign dishes that kids love as well as some healthy recipes for fussy eaters that are easy to prepare as a family.

If you're heading to the Anglophone provinces of Canada, to sail off Bermuda, sunbathe on the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands, or traveling in the footsteps of Harry Potter and his mates in the United Kingdom, here's a simple recipe for scones, a staple of English High Tea that your family will delight in.

Try them with jam or Nutella at breakfast or serve with afternoon tea, accompanied by a bowl of clotted cream (a spoonful of sour cream mixed into a half cup of whipped cream will do). Enjoy!

English Scones Worthy of the Royals

Scones with Black Treacle can be made from a simple recipe on AllRecipes.com. They can be prepared and baked in less than a half hour, if your kids don't throw too much flour around, and this recipe should serve four. Each scone has less than 7 grams of fat and approximately 185 calories.

Scone Ingredients
    3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    4 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 cup butter
    2 tablespoons molasses
    1 cup milk  (use an egg in place of some of the milk if you want a lighter scone)

Directions for Preparing the Dough & Baking English Scones

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and ginger. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender. Combine milk (and egg if used) and molasses in a small bowl; stir into flour mixture until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.

Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut out circles with a medium biscuit cutter and place pieces on prepared baking sheet so that they are barely touching.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Move to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. For soft scones, cover with a dry cloth for 10 minutes. For crisp scones, do not cover. By the way, these freeze very well if they are cooled, wrapped in silver foil, then reheated in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

From England, Treacle Scones Recipe by: Bea;  Photo by: Sueb courtesy of AllRecipes.com

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