Downton Abbey High Tea || Starbucks Inspired Blueberry Scones - Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Downton Abbey High Tea || Starbucks Inspired Blueberry Scones


 
A melt in your mouth recipe for blueberry scones. Inspired by Starbucks in house version, this blueberry scone with hints of lemon and a crunchy sugary top will delight everyone. Serve during High Tea, or just as a mid afternoon snack. Perfect along side tea or coffee, or as a stand alone blueberry dessert. You won't believe how easy these are to make! Never made scones before? Never fear, this includes a step by step tutorial on how to make scones. #HighTea  #blueberries #Starbucks #scones #dessert
 There in nothing more quintessentially England than High Tea. The British love their tea. Whenever I serve tea at my house, or host a brunch or breakfast, I love to have scones on the menu. If you haven’t had a scone before, it’s a bit different. It’s not a biscuit, but it’s not a muffin. It’s a lovely buttery, crisp, flavored sweet bread in a smaller roll size. My favorite is blueberry. I modeled this recipe off of Starbucks in house version which features lemon and blueberries and a crunchy sugary topping.  Scones should not require too much work, but some recipes are more complex than others. I tried my best to bring you a fast, easy way to make your own scones. They are a perfect blueberry dessert, a great treat for friends, a wonderful snack to accompany your mid morning coffee, or like I show you here— perfect for a Downton Abbey inspired High Tea.
How to make homemade blueberry scones



Twinings Tea is easy to come by in England and in North America
Knock off Starbucks blueberry scone copy cat recipe
The butter gives the scone it’s nice yellowy color.
Knock Off Starbucks Scones for a Downton Abbey Tea Party
Fresh plump blueberries mix in the dough to provide a burst of flavor in the slightly sweet dough.
A buttery blueberry scone is the perfect serving suggestion for High Tea
I really hadn’t ate any off of this one. Scones are a bit dry, so they crumble easy. The trick is to not work the dough too much.
Eat a blueberry scone for breakfast or serve as a blueberry dessert
The tablecloth I’ve had for years, the ironstone plates and blue tea cups were found at different thrift stores, and the sugar, milk and tea holder were found at TJ Maxx.
Have a blueberry scone with your cup of tea during High Tea
The larger crystalized sugar provides a nice crunchy top and a pretty presentation.
This post is part of an online Blog Hop to celebrate the new season of Downton Abbey.
Will you be watching?
     Be sure to see the other crafts, recipes, home decor and other items included further down the page. It's all part of our Downton Abbey Party. The really fun part? You can include you links as well, and they will appear on all 6 participating blogs:  Albion GouldHey, Let’s Make StuffMabey She Made ItLiving Better Together and Atta Girl Says, as well as here at Major Hoff Takes A Wife.


Downton Abbey Blog Hop High Tea
Do you think the Dowager Countess would approve of my tea party?
Host a High Tea Party
Downton Abbey inspired tea party—in shades of blue.
How to make melt in your mouth blueberry scones
Who wouldn’t love to find a plate of these next to their morning drink?!
So let’s get started!

BLUEBERRY SCONES

Dry Ingredients:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (in-between room temperature and refrigerator temperature, still a bit of firmness, not too mushy)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • the rind of 1 lemon (finely zested)
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • crystalized sugar, course sugar, or table sugar
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees (F).
1. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
2. With a pastry cutter (or a fork, or 2 knives), cut in the butter. You don’t want it to be completely blended in, you want to leave some bits of butter. I like to get mine about pea size, maybe slightly bigger.
How to use a pastry cutter to cut in butter
The butter just starting to be mixed. You should end up with a nice even mixture that is crumbly like a streusel topping.
3. Mix together the lemon juice, zest, and buttermilk. Slowly pour in and begin to incorporate. Make sure you get the flour stuck at the bottom! Once it is about to come together, add in the blueberries. Combine them, but don’t over work the dough. I sometimes ditch my spoon and use my hands for the last bit.
Blueberry Scone mix
You can see that it is still quite crumbly, and that is good!
4. With your hands, grab a small handful and shape into a round shape, like the shape and size of a biscuit. Place on a greased cookie sheet, evenly spaced apart.
How to brush cream on scones
5. Once on the baking sheet, brush tops with cream or milk (whatever you have on hand), and top with crystalized sugar. You can also use regular sugar, but I love the sparkle the big course sugar gives. This makes a nice crunchy top. Don’t mind the milk that spills onto the sheet, it crystalizes and adds to the flavor!
Add sanding sugar to the top of a scone for a nice sweet crunch
6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on them, you don’t want them too browned. Be sure to check the bottoms to make sure you aren’t burning them.
Allow to cool about 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!
Knock off Starbucks blueberry scone copy cat recipe
 
A melt in your mouth recipe for blueberry scones. Inspired by Starbucks in house version, this blueberry scone with hints of lemon and a crunchy sugary top will delight everyone. Serve during High Tea, or just as a mid afternoon snack. Perfect along side tea or coffee, or as a stand alone blueberry dessert. You won't believe how easy these are to make! Never made scones before? Never fear, this includes a step by step tutorial on how to make scones. #HighTea  #blueberries #Starbucks #scones #dessert
Don't forget to pin for later!

     Will you be watching the premiere? Wouldn’t this be a great snack to serve while watching? In case you are fans of Downton Abbey, you might enjoy this post. It suggests 5 other shows you might be interested in watching when Downton Abbey is either on break (or you are waiting the 6 lonely days in between new episodes.
5 shows to watch instead of Downton Abbey
5 Shows to watch when you need a Downton Abbey Fix
Now on to the fun part! You will love all these Downton inspired blog posts! Enjoy!
Special thanks to Amy from Atta Girl Says for organizing all of this!
Downton Abbey Blog Hop High Tea



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11 comments

  1. I love a good scone! These look amazing! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

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  2. I am very surprised I haven't visited you before via Bloggers on blogspot but so glad I am here today! I love love love scones, they are my carb & gluten weakness (not that I eat gluten free or anything, I just NEVER say no to scones!) I pinned it!

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  3. Oh! And is Major Hoff related to Drummer Hoff?

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  4. Very well done Sara - Great post and good looking scones.

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  5. These look wonderful. I love the party dishes and theme. I've never made scones either but this recipe and your great photos/instructions have made me want to make them! With the lemon and glaze these sound just divine!

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  6. Yum yum yum! These look SO good. Stopping by from Dear Creatives link up and would love for you to stop by my baking blog to say hello!

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  7. These scones look delicious, and I absolutely adore the crisp white and blues of your tea service arrangement! I'd be happy to have you share this with us on our Awesome Life Friday Link Up! http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Love scones and live in Maine so these blueberry ones will be perfect!
    Cheryl

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  9. Oh how I love Downton Abbey! And these scones look so good! I've never made scones, but I've been dying to try them out! Thanks for sharing!

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