Another Great British Tradition- Elevenses!

I must admit, it was a new one on me!  Elevenses  I knew about tea time.  I've had lunch, brunch, dinner and supper but Elevenses was news to me. Then Andy explained it to me.  It's when you stop for a nice cup of tea or coffee and a little something to nibble late in the morning.   OH... it's like a coffee break.. but later... with cake!  I'm all for that! 

Now that I understand Elevenses, it would be rude not to take part.  So here is a little recipe perfect for the occasion.  Cinnamon Oatmeal Scones.   These gently spiced scones are just as good with a cup of coffee as they are with a pot of tea. 

To make six scones you will need the following:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
1 egg
6 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl mix together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder
and salt.  Rub in the butter using your fingertips or cut it into the dry ingredients using two knives, until the mixture looks like coarse bread crumbs.

In a small bowl or jug, mix together the milk, egg, and vanilla.  Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. 

In a very small bowl,  mix together 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon.   Sprinkle over the dough and gently stir just enough to swirl the cinnamon-sugar through ... do not mix it in. 

Line a baking sheet with baking paper, drop
the scone mix by 1/4 cup measures on to the baking paper,  Leave about 2 inches between each scone.  An ice cream scoop is perfect for this job.   Bake for about 15 minutes or until the scones are lightly browned.  Allow the scones to cool for a few minutes then glaze with 1/2 cup icing sugar mixed with a Tablespoon of milk.  You may have to add a drop or two more milk to make the icing spreadable.

 Serve warm with your favourite hot drink.  Happy Elevenses!


  1. Glad you've discovered elevenses - they are easily the best thing about mornings!


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