earl grey tea scones

earl grey tea scones with wild blueberry preserve

With a subtle taste of bergamot, these earl grey tea scones are so easy to make and delectable served fresh out your oven with your favourite preserve.

I have updated and improved (in more ways than one) my previous post on Earl Grey Tea scones. I’m not one to go back and re-do embarressing posts on this blog, but as I become increasingly fascinated with tea, I simply had to do it here.

Earl Grey Tea is black tea which has been flavoured with bergamot oil which is extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange.  It’s what gives this tea its distinctive flavour.

When infusing the tea into baked things, it loses some of its intensity which is why I suggest adding 1/2  teaspoon of the essential oil to bring the flavour back. Pure bergamot essential oil is edible, so depending on the quality and strength, adding a small quantity is perfectly safe. 2 drops of oil can be added to your cup of tea to turn it instantly into Earl Grey.

I’ve used my tried and tested and very easy scone recipe as the base for these, and served them with this delicious Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry preserve.

PSIn the past I have used between 3 – 5 teaspoons of baking powder in this recipe and they always rise to a similar extent.  I have also found that using the higher quantity does not leave a baking powder / soda after taste in your mouth, so I now prefer to use the large amount. In case you were wondering.

bonne maman wild blueberry preserve which is pretty special stuff

Recipe:

  • 75gms butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 75gms sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder (yes it seems like a lot)
  • 230ml milk
  • 2 earl grey tea bags
  • 500gms flour
  • 1/2 – 1 t of pure essential bergamot oil

How to make:

Make in advance:  bring a cup of milk to the boiling point (use a bit extra as some gets lost in the making) – then immediately turn off the heat, add the 2 tea bags and allow to infuse. When the milk is cool, squeeze the tea bags and discard. Set the milk aside until you are ready to make the scones, topping up if necessary to get to 230ml. Add the bergamot to the milk and stir.

Put all the ingredients except the flour into the mixer with a paddle attachment and mix on low until combined. Add the flour and mix briefly. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, knead slightly and press out to a height of about 4- 5cm (I used my fingers). Press out the scones with a round and sharp cookie cutter (this is important as It helps the scone maintain some of its thickness) until all the dough has been used (I used a 58mm or 2 1/4 inch cutter). Place on a lined baking tray.  Use silicone baking paper if you can as it is simply the best for baking. Beat an egg and brush over the tops of the scones. Put the scones in the fridge for about 20 – 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 200 c.

Brush a second egg wash layer over the scones which gives it a really nice glaze and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

Scones are always best served warm straight out the oven so that the butter melts in.

fresh scones out the oven slathered in butter and jam has to be one of life's very special treats

dollop the jam on top

9 Responses to earl grey tea scones

  1. Willow May 10, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    Beautiful! Love the idea of adding the essential oil to really bring out the flavor in these scones – I’m always sceptical of ‘tea flavored’ baked goods, but this sounds like the flavor really comes through.
    Also, I love bonne maman preserves! They do such a great job not overwhelming the fruit with sugar. 🙂

  2. Sam May 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi Willow, yes I agree the tea infusions don’t really travel well into baked things.

  3. Zirkie May 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    It looks great! Lovely pics, as always! How many ears did you add? 🙂

  4. Sam May 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Zirkie, what do you mean by ears?

  5. diné June 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    these look amazing! may i ask where you got the bergamot oil from? x

  6. Sam June 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi Dine

    I had some at home – but you can buy from health shops or esoteric shops.

    Thanks
    Sam

  7. Adrian Fleur January 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Lovely.

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