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British Inspired Jam Scones and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

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Typical Saturday morning at my house: Five a.m. rolls around, and my eyes slowly open up to glance casually at the clock. BIG MISTAKE! Once my eyelids move, my Golden Retriever, Sadie, trots over to my side and sits down, waiting to be petted or scratched. If I don’t acquiesce quickly enough, she begins scratching herself or biting at a paw and jingling her maniacal collar until am I forced to pet her, hoping it will quiet her down.

It does for a minute or two and I close my eyes, praying for just a little more time in bed. To no avail —I can’t pet her endlessly and fall back to sleep at the same time. That would absolutely be the bomb if I could—really.

Next thing I know, I am pulling on sweats and slipping my feet into shoes (just in case I am forced to go on a walk) to quietly sneak downstairs with the dog so the rest of the family upstairs can remain blissfully asleep. Lucky dogs. I am by nature a morning person…yes even a five a.m. morning person…but it would really be sweet if I could just lie there in bed like other normal people and awake slowly to my day. But that is just not how this cookie crumbles I’m afraid.

I flop onto our couch, turn on those damn perky morning talk show hosts and sit there a little frustrated that I am up. Of course, by this point, I am scratching Sadie’s ears, back, belly and anything else she aims my way. But soon that is not enough, and Sadie goes and gets a paper plate off the floor from her dinner the night before and brings it over to me. Apparently, that means she is ready to be fed. “Do you know it’s only 5:30am SADIE?!” So, like an idiot, I feed her because nothing says, “Let’s break this bad habit,” better than petting and feeding her. See that cute pic of her taken with my iPhone?Β  How can you be mad at that?

So thirty seconds later Sadie is done with her breakfast, and she’s ready for her walk or at least some ACTION. I do not oblige at first. I continue to watch the morning show, check my blog on my phone and say a little quiet prayer that Sadie will settle down when I throw her some of her quiet stuffed animals–a.k.a the non-squeaky toys. Soon that is not enough, and she digs through her toy bin (yes she has a toy bin of her very own) and finds the Golden God of toys—her squeaky toy and she begins squeaking as if she were going to win a giant box of biscuits for squeaking it 50 times in a minute.

In case you were wondering, I have now officially lost the battle this morning with trying to avoid the walk. I text my dad, who is also a morning person, and ask…want coffee and a maniacal squeaking dog around? Sadie and I leave and head over to my parents’ house.Β  Of course, Sadie is riding shot-gun in my minivan. Check out my previous post if you must see a picture of Crazy Sadie sitting human-style in the car.

We arrive to find my mom in her kitchen making scones. She is my role model for jumping out of bed at the crack of dawn and baking! πŸ™‚ At this point, I think, “JACKPOT!”. Finally, my morning was beginning to look a little brighter.Β  Sadie, of course, got her walk as my dad and I meandered around their neighborhood being guided happily by Sadie. We returned to smell the most amazing aroma coming from their house. It was sweet and earthy and DIVINE!

And if you think the smell was great, the scones were even better! They were not rock-hard like some scones are famous for, but they were fluffy with the most tender crumb. They had a nice lightly crisp outside, and they had little drops of exquisite jam baked inside. Oh My! This was heaven. If I had to be up and out so early, this was the way to do it. Sadie sat idly by, getting a biscuit or two thrown her way and finally ending up with the last crumb off my dad’s plate. LUCKY, LUCKY GIRL.

I know, all you dog training types out there are screaming at the screen, jumping up and down telling me that I have this dog thing all wrong. I am supposed to be the leader of the pack, and I should be showing her who’s boss so that she can be a nice well-trained happy dog. Well, we have the happy down fine, and I am just not well trained enough myself to follow along with that kind of structure. It just ain’t happenin’.

This post was supposed to be about my love of Afternoon Tea, and that is why you see the fixings for a wonderful cucumber sandwich to go along with my amazing left over scones I was sent home with. I have included the recipe for both and the pics because that’s all I have folks. Enjoy your scones and cucumber sandwich on this hot summer day where ever you are, and if you have a crazy dog story you want to share with me, feel free to leave comments. I would love to hear them!

Strawberry-Pecan Scones (LOW-FAT!)
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3 T. butter,chilled and cut into small pieces
1 6 oz. carton vanilla low-fat yogurt
2 oz buttermilk
1/4 c. no sugar strawberry jam spread
2 T finely chopped pecans
1/4 c. dried cranberries

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to equally disperse ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your hands until mixture resembles course meal. Add yogurt, and buttermilk just until dry ingredients are moistened (dough will be sticky). Add cranberries and barely mix until combined into the dough. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; with floured hands, knead 4 to 5 times. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray orΒ  lined with a Silpat mat. Cut dough into 12 wedges, cutting to but not through the dough; make a small slit in the center of each wedge. Place 1 teaspoon of strawberry spread in center of each wedge. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 400 degrees for 13 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Yield 1 dozen.

The Victorian Cucumber Sandwich
Adapted very slightly from The Afternoon Tea Book
One 12 inch cucumber, sliced paper thin
salt
1 T. olive oil
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. low-fat cream cheese softened
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 t. dried dill
salt and pepper
sliced soft white bread

The cucumber must be sliced as thinly as possible. Very lightly salt the slices and leave them to drain in a colander, lightly weighted with a plate, for 2 hours or so. If I am just making one sandwich as I did today, I skip this part. It was delicious anyway! Combine the sliced and drained cucumbers with the oil and lemon juice. Cream together butter and cream cheese in a small bowl. Add lemon juice, dill and salt and pepper to taste. Spread generously on sliced white bread and layer cucumbers on top. Place slice of bread on top and cut off crusts and then in pretty triangles or squares. I garnish with triangles of the cucumber and dried dill.

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28 thoughts on “British Inspired Jam Scones and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

  1. Those scones look fantastic, Geni. The crumb sounds perfect to me. I’m a huge fan of afternoon tea myself. My sister and I have a favorite tea shop that we try to visit whenever I visit her!

  2. At least it all worked out for you, Geni – warm fresh scones…yum! I can so relate to the ‘not moving’ first thing in the am – our mini-schnauzer pretty much jumps on the first of us to move in the morning (aka anytime after 5). It’s like a contest to see which of us can be still longer, just so we don’t have to get out of bed (we are not morning peeps). πŸ™‚

  3. Such a sweet doggie, that Sadie! I wish I was a morning person…I get so little sleep that getting up at 5:30 would mean I’d had only 4-5 hours of sleep at all. Both the scones and the lovely cucumber tea sandwiches look delightful. I really want to make some scones, now after looking at these! Maybe this weekend. Have a lovely day, Geni!

  4. At least I don’t have to still walk my cats but I know your pain of that fatal “open you eyes” bit. My boy often starts head butting me at 3am for a treat and obviously I obliged!!!
    Fabulous scones and it’s hard to beat a good cucumber sandwich.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  5. Sadie looks like a princess!
    Both sandwich and jam scone are so great!

  6. I am an early morning person too so we are alike , minus the tv show.. well and the dog, well and I don’t have a mother with her perfect scones either but I Love cucumber sandwiches when wafer thin.. yum! and i love morning tea! c

  7. Awww Sadie your eyes are gorgeous πŸ˜€
    I love your tea party my friend, those scones look so crumby delish πŸ™‚

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  8. I love afternoon tea, so these finger foods look delicious!

  9. Those scones look amazing! I wish I could have some for breakfast tomorrow! And you have a golden retriever? How did I not know this?! I’m a HUGE golden ret fan. I get so obsessed every time I see one. I’m totally coming over and taking Sadie home with me πŸ™‚

  10. That sandwich looks delicious !

  11. Love those scones specially with coffee

  12. Oh, how I wish I could sleep while petting Max! Like you, once 5:00 am rolls around, I must be very careful not to give the appearance of being awake lest he start his snuggling routine, flips on his back or sits on top of me. It was cute when a puppy. Now at 80 lbs, it’s a completely different story. Worst part of it all is that he doesn’t require food or a walk. Now that he’s older, he just goes to his crate and snoozes until 9:00 or 10:00 am! Maybe if I had some of these scones waiting for me my mornings would go better, Geni. Any chance for a delivery? πŸ™‚

  13. I can be a morning person….sometimes. But definitely not a 5am morning person! I guess if I had an adorable Golden at my side though, it might make we wake up earlier (or I guess force me to wake up earlier, haha). Love the photo of Sadie with the bowl in her mouth. Anyways, these scones sound yuuummy! And low-fat?? Heck yes, even better!

  14. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  15. Geni, the texture of the scone look fabulous… I so wish I could have one now…and the cucumber sandwiches sure look very refreshing.
    Hope you are having fun week πŸ™‚

  16. those look like the best scones ever! EVER! I need them now

  17. Two things.
    One – those scones look AMAZING. As do the sandwiches (which I guess turns this into three things?)
    Two/Three – I’m in love with your dog. Lexie does almost the same thing in the mornings, except the SECOND I open my eyes she climbs up on top of me and sticks her face approximately half an inch away from mine waiting for me to play with her. I should discourage it, but it’s just so cute. Now, if I could only teach her to carry a plate like that. I don’t care what any of the rules say, I think that’s the cutest thing ever.

  18. Sadie is so lovely, so lovely. Blessing and Happiness. But sure everything seems so delicious too. πŸ™‚ Thank you dear Geni, love, nia

  19. Hi Geni, How great that you live so close to your parent’s home to be able to stop by for coffee! I’m so envious cuz, as I think you know, I lost my mom at 16 and my dad a few years ago, so as you also know, every day is a blessing to be able to spend time together. Now I really see how awesome a baker your mom is whipping up these scones! I do see where you get your talent from! My little boy, Biagio is like Sadie, constantly wanting to be petted, wanting attention and will follow me everywhere! My little girl, Bella, would much rather snuggle up on the softest bed and keep to herself!

  20. I hope I have the opportunity to do that for my kids one day! How wonderful that you live close enough for early morning scones and a cup of Joe!! And you got to bring the leftovers home, bonus! My pup is 15 and Luckster thinks he hasn’t been fed.. right after he’s been fed:D I think he’s got doggy alzheimers! xx

  21. Did you see on the Olympic coverage they did a piece on scones?

  22. Sadie is just absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn’t be able to refuse that sweet little face either – even at 5 a.m. We don’t have dogs (Mike is allergic), but have two cats. The one cat has become my little baby and like Sadie, I swear he knows when I wake up – even if I don’t open my eyes yet. I’m wondering if it’s that my breathing changes…all I know is he’s rubbing his head under my hand and trying to get me to pet him. Fortunately, he’ll be content with just lying in bed being pet. No getting up to go for a walk. πŸ˜‰ That said, I’d get up and go for a walk at 5 for these scones (and some good mom and dad time!). Awesome morning. πŸ™‚

  23. I love afternoon tea! The texture of these scones looks lovely and the cucumber sandwiches are so fancy. is it tea time yet?

  24. Sadie is so adorable. πŸ™‚ So nice that you live so closed by to your parents so you can enjoy your mom’s cooking so early in the morning (you’re also a lucky girl!) πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your story.

  25. Sadie is so cute! My aunt and uncle used to have a golden named Sadie also. Such a coincidence. πŸ™‚

    And…now I want scones. Those look amazing.

  26. HAHA, I have the same thing at my house. Except it’s with petting my cat.
    The scones look perfect, I LOVE making scones

  27. Actually I wouldn’t mind getting up at 5 for a walk if it means I could be in my mum’s kitchen enjoying time with mum and dad and freshly baked scones πŸ™‚
    You might laugh but I used to get those lectures about being the boss about raising my kids. When they should sleep and when they should wake up, eat, yawn lol
    I think if you get the happy part down the “how ” doesn’t really matter

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