Racking your brain for a theme for your Mother’s Day Celebration… well, I’ll let you in on a little secret your mom loves Downton Abbey and everything old England that goes with it.
Everyone is openly or secretly enjoying the goings on of this certain show so wouldn’t it be fun to have a Downton Abbey themed party for Mother’s Day; complete with tea and scones?
Don’t skimp on the quality of anything including the vanilla you use. Get Nielsen-Massey Vanillas they have been around for more than a 100 years and their reputation is of one of finest manufacturers of extracts in the world. The real people from Downton Abbey’s time may have munched on scones made with these amazing extracts.
I’ve had vanilla scones before, but I never REALLY noticed the vanilla flavor until I ate the ones we made with Neilsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and their Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean. Everyone in my family noticed the outstanding vanilla flavor, even my teenage son who usually doesn’t notice much of anything lately.
Years ago I co-hosted a Victorian Party with a friend who’s house was built in the 1700’s… it was a perfect setting. We all dressed up in Victorian clothes. I actually wore a dress that had belonged to my great-grandmother. It had a bone corset, can you image?
We looked up Victorian recipes and of course made tea and scones along with other yummy rich desserts and pies.
For entertainment we played parlor games… Pin the earring on Queen Victoria’s ear, and musical chairs. Yes, back in Downton Abbey times adults, not kids played these games… but of course if you have kids attending your party they will enjoy the fun of having adults playing along with them.
You and your mum will have so much fun with this party idea. You never know who might turn up at the party. We had a surprise visit from Jack the Ripper and a Lady Friend.
Nielsen was kind enough to give us permission to share their amazing scone recipe with you along with their tips for flavoring cream and tea! Check their website for more great recipes using Nielsen’s Extracts.
Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract (or Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1 cup (or less) whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract to a pot of black tea along with cream or milk for the perfect vanilla-flavored centerpiece to your afternoon.
- While Devonshire or clotted cream is a traditional accompaniment to scones, if you prefer a lighter whipped cream, try adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste to the cream, along with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, before whipping for a sweet, full flavor.
- For a lighter dish, pair a teaspoon of fruity and floral Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract with fruit salad for an additional depth of flavor.