Take a tea break with raspberry and pecan scones

July 21, 2015

Taking afternoon tea is a very British tradition. In the 1880’s it became fashionable to have afternoon served in the drawing room around four o’clock. As well as tea a range of dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes were served. It was a formal affair, ladies would change into long gowns, gloves and hats and enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea served in delicate china cups. In our family we grew up having a cup of tea and a biscuit in the afternoon. It was nice for the family to sit down together at the table and chat. At weekends our grandparents joined us and tea became a more formal affair, often with home make cakes and scones. A cup of tea in the afternoon is a great way to pick you up in the afternoon. Even better if it can be enjoyed with home made cakes or scones, like these raspberry and pecan scones I made from the crop of raspberries that are now appearing in my garden. Only a few are ripe at the moment but I think I am going to have a bumper crop this year.

raspberry-pecan-scones-10These scones were perfect with a cup of tea. While it is easy to have a cup of tea in the afternoon when you are at home, it is not so easy to have a tea break if you work in a busy office. With a large work load and meetings going on often you can feel guilty  if you step away from the computer to have a tea break. Tetley tea surveyed 2000 British workers and found that 44% felt they were too busy at work to take a tea break. A tea break was seen as unproductive and a waste of time. In reality a tea break can increase your productivity and allow you to catch up with your colleagues over a cuppa.  The study showed 44% of workers feel re-energised after a tea break and 33% feel more productive. Tetley is calling on 500 businesses to bring back the tea break and give workers a chance to feel less stressed during the day.

Raspberry and pecan sconesHaving a cup of tea at your desk whilst working does not count as a tea break. Take time away from your desk and take a break from your work. That way you will feel rejuvenated after your cuppa. Why not take some home made cakes or scones to share with your colleagues? Maybe set up a system where a different person brings in treats every Friday so you have something to look forward to.  Mix up your tea break by serving different types of teas. Tetley have a range of tea from original to fruit teas which can be used to make cups of tea or glasses of iced tea for a hot day.

Raspberry pecan sconesThese raspberry pecan scones make the ideal treat for a tea break. The fruity taste of the raspberries mingles well with the nutty pecans making a perfect summer scone. Serve with butter and jam, and if you are feeling indulgent add a blob of cream on top. Pour your tea into a cup with a saucer and serve at a table with family and friends. The simple act of spreading butter onto a scone will make for a leisurely tea break and encourage conversation.

Raspberry and pecan sconesRaspberry and pecan scones recipe

Raspberry and pecan scones



  • 55 g/2oz butter
  • A teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150 ml/5fl oz milk
  • 25 g/8oz self raising flour
  • 100 g pecans
  • 100 g raspberries


  • Grease a baking tray and heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7
  • Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together and rub in the butter
  • Chop the pecans and raspberries into small pieces and add to the mixture
  • Stir in the milk a little at a time and make into a dough. Make sure it is not too sticky
  • Roll out and cut into circles with a cutter. Knead the dough that is left together and roll again until you can make no more circles
  • Place on baking tray and bake for 10 -15 minutes until golden
If you need other ideas for a tea break why not try these strawberry daiquiri cupcakes

Strawberry Daiquiri cupcakesA lovely regional recipe that is great for afternoon tea are sly cakes which also go by other names.

Sly Cakes

Linking up with the kitchen clearout linky on Madhouse Family reviews as I finally managed to use up that half bag of pecnan nuts that has been lurking in my cupboard for ages.
kitchen clearout

Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.comI was sent some Tetley tea in order to have a tea break, the scones were an added bonus

14 responses to “Take a tea break with raspberry and pecan scones”

  1. Yum! A classic afternoon tea. I had my first scone in years the other day actually.

  2. Ooh they look lovely. We’re a bit ahead of you – we’ve been enjoying raspberries for the past few weeks but they’ve all gone now !

  3. I LOVE scones – they’re honestly my fave thing ever to have with coffee (my preference over tea). And ummm…those cupcakes with daiquiri…yes please!

    PS agreed a break needs to be AWAY from your desk.



  4. These look so delicious! Even though we don’t have afternoon tea over here in the states, I do enjoy a cup of coffee in the afternoon. These would be the perfect addition!

  5. Mel says:

    Oh i like this very much, Alison. The addition of pecans must make the scones delicious! You are so right about tea breaks. I rarely take my breaks away from my desk but I should! I am sure you work more efficiently when you have a real break. #TastyTuesdays

  6. Sarah James says:

    I love a tea break in the afternoon & your scones look a perfect treat to have, I love the idea of raspberries & pecans.

  7. HonestMum says:

    The perfect afternoon tea! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  8. Galina V says:

    Love tea and scones, and your recipe sounds delightful. I really want some scones now.

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