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Here is the perfect scone recipe used by afternoon tea specialists The English Cream Tea Company.

Ingredients

3 x cups plain flour
half tsp salt
2 x tsp bicarbonate of soda
quarter cup caster sugar
85 grams cold butter
284ml buttermilk
half cup sultanas

Baking Instructions (makes eight yummy scones)

Preheat oven to 200C / 395F and line a baking tray with non-stick paper.

Sift 3 cups of plain (all purpose) flour into a bowl or mixer along with half teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda and quarter cup of caster sugar.

Rub in 85 grams of cold butter until it resembles rough breadcrumbs, then add half a cup of saltanas. Mix in 284ml of buttermilk to form a dough.

Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and knead/roll the dough until smooth and 3cm high. Stamp out circles with a cutter.

Re-roll trimmings for more scones. Place them all apart on a baking tray and sprinkle flour lightly over the top of the scones for a rustic look.

Bake for about 15 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with cream/butter and The English Cream Tea Company's delicious jams.

Keep leftover scones covered and eat within 24 hours. How could you resist them and not eat them within a day??

   

 

Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. For centuries the Chinese and the Japanese have used tea as a medicinal drink due to its high number of antioxidants.

This makes sense as China is the world’s largest green tea exporter, producing approximately 80 per cent of the world’s green tea. Also Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam are keen green tea farmers.

The leaves are supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed.
Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins.

All types of tea – green, black and oolong – are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea, while the leaves of black tea and oolong involve fermentation.

Green tea has been said to encourage weight loss, healthier skin, reduce cholesterol and combat cardiovascular disease.

Green tea is considered one of healthiest beverage to drink. Natural chemicals called polyphenols in tea are believed to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Green tea is approximately 20-45 percent polyphenols by weight, of which 60-80 percent are catechins. Catechins are antioxidants that are said to help prevent cell damage.

However it is recommended to limit the amount of green tea consumed to up to five cups a day, so we at The Hamper Lounge advises you to please drink responsibly!

 

There is a sneaky kind of joy in treating someone to a little pick-me-up. You brew sinister plots for days, looking at this website and that, going to 007 lengths to conceal your nefarious designs from the intended recipient, just so you can watch them instantly transform into a wide-eyed child on Christmas at the sight of that daintily wrapped box of goodies.

Yes, gifts are all about brewing sinister schemes - and love. Gifts are about love. And so it matters when they are prepared with a genuine passion for making people happy.

With this in mind, we have made sure to select the very best suppliers for our hampers and gifts offering. We are proud to unveil The English Cream Tea Company as one of the suppliers we have chosen to work with.

Started by Jane Malyon in 2011, The English Cream Tea Company aims to deliver the posh hotel afternoon tea experience. Jane and her husband Roger are passionate about proper afternoon tea and want to share that passion with the world. 

One of the reasons we have selected The English Cream Tea Company is the quintessential Englishness of the products they offer - luxury jams, marmalade and of course tea.  

Jane is a genuinely nice person who approaches her work with dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm. It sure helps when you know you're working with good people!

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