Post by Contributing Writer, Katie
Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.
Tea has been a part of my life since early childhood. There is rarely a day that goes by where I do not drink at least one cup. In fact when I moved away from home to Mexico at the age of 19, I carefully added two boxes of my favorite tea not knowing when I would be able to find it again. Little did I know that nine years later I would be growing my own herbs to create new tea blends and writing a book about it!
The beauty of tea is that it can be savored in the quiet moments all alone, across the table with a good friend or in the company of many. That is why I want to invite you to learn more about my new book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats.
You will find a wide selection of teas, cool drinks, scones, breads, ice creams and sandwiches. All of the recipes in Steeped use real foods and follow nourishing practices. Many are grain and dairy free or offer substitutions to make them so.
When you read Steeped you will learn a simplistic and natural approach to preparing treats and hosting a tea. Finally there is a book of treats that you can feel good about eating!
If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.
Today I would like to share with you one of the many recipes you will discover in Steeped. Following the recipe there is the complete Table of Contents with links to a few of the recipes to give you a better idea of just what else this book has to offer.
These simple scones are the perfect start to any Tea.
3 cups flour
1 cup milk of choice, (buttermilk is preferred)
1 TBS palm sugar
½ tsp salt
6 TBS cold butter
1 TBS acid medium (if using cultured buttermilk no acid medium is needed)
1 TBS baking powder
- Combine the flour, sugar, milk and acid medium if needed in a medium sized bowl. Gently mix together with your hands until all the liquid had been absorbed.
- Cut in the butter with a butter knife. Gently knead the butter into the dough. Cover and leave on counter for 12 to 24 hours.
- When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°.
- Sprinkle the salt and baking powder over the dough. Gently incorporate into the dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface using sprouted wheat flour or unbleached white flour. Knead for one minute. If you knead too long the dough will become tough. The goal is to have light and fluffy scones.
- Pat the dough into a 6-inch circle that is ½ and inch thick. Cut into 6 even pieces. If desired brush the top of the scones with one egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
- Place on a stoneware or stainless steel cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the scones are lightly golden brown.
- Enjoy with clotted cream, lemon curd, whipped cream or a pat of grass fed butter.
Table of Contents
Note From the Author
Soaking, Sprouting and Sourdough Methods
Teas and Beverages
Scones and Breads
Vanilla Bean Scones
Orange Cranberry Scones
Chocolate Chip Almond Meal Scones
Lavender Lemon Shortbread
Orange Rosemary Shortbread
Rose Petal Shortbread
Almond Flax Bread
Coconut Chai Muffins
Earl Grey Cupcakes
Lemon Drop Cupcakes
Sourdough Blueberry Muffins
Farm House Quiche
Curry Chicken Salad
Pesto Chicken Sandwich
Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich
Ice Creams and Sorbets
Dehydrated Almond and Coconut Pulp
Pineapple Mint Salad
Berries and Cream
Coconut Whipped Cream
Butter Cream Icing
Honey Coconut Cream Icing
Vanilla Flavored Salt and Sugar
Roasted Chicken Breast
Hosting a Tea
A Princess Tea
Teas for Teens
What have been your favorites at a Tea Party?
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Nourishing Simplicity about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.