There’s no more traditional Mother’s Day celebration than a tea. I don’t know how or why this has become a loved tradition, but this year, I wanted to try some new things to make a special tea, fit for a King – love how my last name lends itself to jokes sometimes 😉 It included fresh made scones, coffee cake muffins, clotted cream, Dad’s home-made blackberry jam and a special tea box gift.
I’ve made scones and shortcakes but I thought an appropriate twist to these traditional tea snacks would be making my own clotted cream. For those of you who don’t know, clotted cream is a spread kind of like butter, which is basically the cream solids separated out by slow cooking rather than churning. It’s really really rich and is pretty mcuh the best of the best of the cream. It’s so perfect on scones or crumpets with jam or curd, if you please. It was super simple, even though it took me over night to make it, and I made sure to use the highest quality cream I could find because that’s the only ingredient and you want to make sure it’s great! You should definitely give it a go this year as a special Mother’s Day treat.
start with 2 cups of high quality non-pasteurized or pasteurized heavy cream (NOT ultra-pasteurized)
bake at 180-200 degrees farenheit for 10-12 hrs, until you get a golden crust on top
cool ~10 hrs and skim the clotted cream off the top (I cooled mine in the fridge)
separate solids and liquids – the solid is the clotted cream the liquid can still be used for cooking. Like making scones!
bring clotted cream to room temp and serve on scones, biscuits, crumpets, etc.
Not only is it nice to cook mom something special on Mother’s Day, but it’s also nice to be able to give a little gift. Not that any gift you could give would really ever say ‘thanks for giving me life and raising me’ but you know, a little something is still a great gesture. A year ago or so my dad started his own tea box company. He designed these lovely all-wood tea boxes that are a beautiful and convenient way to store your tea bags. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and stains and this year he’s offering a 40% discount to all of my readers! I hope that you’ll check them out because they really are special and just the perfect little something for mom.
Tea Boxes from: A King’s Home, here
Discount Code for 40% off: BonAppetit (good through May 27)
I also made AMAZING coffee cake scones from the America’s Test Kitchen Cooking for Two cookbook – I was still a little jaded from my last muffin experience, but these were so easy and moist with just the right amount of cinnamon – not to mention it only made four, so I didn’t have to worry about having a ton left over. I will definitely be making these again.