February 27, 2012

Oscar Tea Party

Every year at Oscar time Mr. Projectville whips up an amazing tea party for two. Baby sandwiches, scones, tea, cookies, the whole nine yards. Now, before you start questioning my beau's man cred, keep in mind he can also grill a steak to perfection while shooting guns and growing a beard...while camping. Manly!

That being said, my man makes one heck of a scone! Thus, a tradition was born. Each year a very English feast is prepared after we fill out our Oscar ballots.

A new tradition has also been born, Skyping with his sister for the entire affair. From the red carpet, to parting jokes by Mr. Crystal, we chat with her about who's wearing what and who should have won (Ahem...Bridesmaids!).

Here's how this year went and our favorite recipe from the day.

Scones Recipe from Special Teas by M. Dalton King:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons cold water

Preheat oven to 350˚F

Sift the dry ingredients together. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly.

Beat the milk and egg together. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until well blended. 

Prepare a flat surface by flouring it well (the dough will be slightly wet and will absorb the flour quickly). Place the dough on a flat surface. Knead briefly (once or twice) and pat the dough until it is 3/4 inch thick. Cut out the scones with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.

Beat the egg with the cold water. Using a pastry brush, glaze each scone with this mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot or cold, with jam and clotted cream, if desired.

PS: I won the 'Guess who's gonna win the Oscar' game! No big deal.

Tomorrow's post: Oscar Side Swept Hair Tutorial

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