One of my favorite ways to teach about other cultures is to eat some of their foods. Americans probably know more about the English than other foreign cultures, but still . . .
Here are two traditional English foods that might be served with afternoon tea; an English Crumpets recipe and an English Scones recipe just for you.
½ c. warm water
2 t. sugar
1 T. yeast
2 ½ c. flour
½ t. salt
1 ½ c. milk
- Mix the warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl and let stand for ten minutes.
- Mix in the rest of the ingredients and allow to stand for 30 minutes.
- Heat up a griddle to med-low heat and grease it lightly.
- Set greased cookie cutters or rings onto the griddle and pour the batter in, allowing it to fry slowly.
- In about ten minutes they’re ready to turn. Fry for another minute.
- Serve warm with butter and jam.
English scones are similar to American biscuits.
2 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
2 T. sugar
½ t. salt
3 T. butter
1 beaten egg
¾ c. milk
- Mix the dry ingredients and cut in the butter.
- Add egg and milk and stir.
- Briefly knead dough on a floured surface then cut out with a biscuit cutter or upside down glass.
- Bake at 450° F for 15 min until golden.
- Serve with butter and jam.
- If you want to gross your kids out tell them you’re serving blood pudding, and spotted dick for dinner and have them look it up. (sorry, but yuck!)
- A fancy afternoon tea is a relatively new tradition among the English and has already died out for the most part. During the Victorian era bored upper middle class and aristocratic women would get together in the afternoon to socialize and drink tea. People being what they are, they were soon competing with each other in serving the daintiest and tastiest snacks to go along with it and tea became a light meal in the late afternoon or evening.
- The English eat food from all over the world now, just like Americans do.
- The crumpets are yeast based and the scones are raised with baking powder. The first is a living organism that gives off gases to make your bread light and fluffy and the second is a chemical reaction that gives off the same gases. Find out how these work.
- Learn more about British meal time customs.