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I do not know if you are aware that tea drinking is drunk much
more often in NZ than coffee. A brewed pot of tea is the normal.
For myself I have been drinking coffee as my preferred beverage
for 20 years. So I am right at home here in America drinking coffee,
and love freshly brewed coffee more than instant coffee that I use to
drink back in New Zealand
Devonshire Teas are quite a popular afternoon tea menu (yes NZ does
follow the tradition from England and has morning and afternoon tea breaks
Devonshire Tea is either scones (America call them biscuits) or pikelets
(America call them dollar pancakes) with real butter, rasberry jam (or any
preferred jam) and a dollap of whipped cream on top.
Biscuits and gravy as the Americans eat them are unheard of in NZ and never
eaten this way. The closest to biscuits and gravy I can think of would be dumplings
with beef stew - but that is another story! *grin*
Anyway sit back and let me wait on you and we will enjoy a nice afternoon tea
and chat together.



WALNUT LOAF (BREAD)

2 oz butter
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts
3/4 cup dates, or sultanas, or currants, or raisins
1 cup hot water
11/2 cups flour
1 tsp Baking Soda

Method
Beat egg in large bowl, add sugar, water, butter and stir,
till butter melted. Add the walnuts and fruit then the flour
and Baking Soda. (mixture is quite wet) pour into loaf tin
and cook until knife comes away clean when poked into loaf.



SCONES (BISCUITS)

4 cups Flour
2 oz butter (yep real butter)
4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup liquid which comprises of (1/2 milk and 1/2 water to mix)

Method
Flour into the bowl first, add the baking powder, melt the butter
and add butter to milk and water. Make a well into the center and
add the liquid, (not too sloppy so do not add all the liquid at once)
mix in with a knife, turn mixture out onto floured suface, sprinkle
flour over the top and pat mixture to about an inch thickness.
Cut into squares or use a cookie cutter.
Place onto oven tray and cook in hot oven (400oF) 10 - 15 minutes.

Variation Combinations.
Try grated Cheese or Dates or Raisins.
Three flavours together of Cheese, Bacon and onion.
Two flavour combinations of Cheese and Onion.

Footnote:
The combination of milk and water makes for a much lighter texture
to the scones, I learned this secret over time, that milk on its own
is heavy so I use this combination for omelets and scrambled eggs too,
or you can use a little full cream (whipping cream) much lighter and
not rubbery using this method



PIKELETS (DOLLAR PANCAKES)

1 oz butter
1 egg
1 dessertspoon sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup (optional)
1 tsp BP
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup milk (approx)

Method
Melt butter and golden syrup together, beat egg and add in.
Add the flour, Baking Powder. Add the milk until you have a fairly
sloppy mixture. Spoon mixture out onto medium/hot greased frying
pan. (Skillet) Turn over when the mixture forms bubbles, holes then
dries. Eaten with butter. - Butter and jam.- Butter, jam and whipped cream.




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Amanda Martin-Shaver