With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to treat Dad to something a little bit different. The Milestone Hotel’s creatively inspired Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea is a playful take on the traditional afternoon tea, swapping out delicate cucumber sandwiches for more macho morsels, such as tantalising miniature Beef Wellingtons, moreish Scotch eggs, the not-so-humble pork pie, melt-in-your-mouth Cornish pasties and, of course, our very own, and very unique, maple-cured bacon scones, all accompanied by unlimited tea. But if tea is not your Dad’s thing, then – for the ultimate Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea experience – he can opt for a flight of either craft ale or whisky instead. And for those with a sweet tooth, we also offer a delicious and colourful selection of cakes and pastries.
Our Gentlemanly Afternoon Tea is served three times a day (1pm, 3pm, and 5pm), with the price of the Tea starting at £42 per person.
All sound far too tempting to wait for? Never fear – Milestone chef Alexandros Diamantis has shared his recipe for delicious Maple-Cured Bacon Scones, which are simple to make at home:
Maple-Cured Bacon Scones
400g strong flour
100g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter
21g (or roughly 4 tsp) baking powder
150ml semi-skimmed milk
50g smoked back bacon (around 2 rashers)
10g maple syrup
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (flour, sugar, and baking powder).
Make sure the butter is soft and then add it to the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl. Stir together and then slowly add the milk to the mixture.
You don’t want to overmix the batter so stir for about five minutes, and then leave the mixture to rest in the bowl.
Meanwhile, get started on the bacon. Part-cook the bacon (either in a frying pan or in the oven) so that it has started to change colour, but it’s not yet crisp, and then set aside. Blot any excess fat from the bacon and leave to cool.
Once the bacon is cold, dice it up into small pieces and add to your scone mixture.
Take your dough out of the bowl and transfer to a clean, floured surface. Roll the dough out into a sheet that’s approximately 1.5 inches deep, and then place on a floured baking tray and leave to chill in the fridge.
When you’re ready to make the scones, heat the oven to 150°C, cut out your scones using a round cutter and bake for 15 minutes.
As the wonderful aroma of baking scones wafts through your kitchen, you might find that you don’t want to share them after all – even with Dad!
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