Monday Downton Tea at the White House with Earl Grey Biscuits

Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It’s been blazing hot in Southern California over the past several weekends making Teas impossible to host. Downton Abbey’s season six started in the UK a week ago Sunday which immediately prompts a reason to host Tea avec ma maman et ma meilleure amie Sarah (as if we really needed a reason to host Tea).

We had Tea on Monday gathered around my quaint dining room table with a combination of my Grandmother’s china and my china. They compliment each other nicely. My grandmother’s has purple violets with silver accents and mine has a simple platinum band.

I made a few simple additional touches: a menu that was printed and placed in a silver frame which dressed up the table nicely, a separate teapot for my mother to enjoy her tea selection of Fortnum and Mason Countess Grey, and a tiered plate stand which gave the table height.

Tiered Plate Stand, Menu in a silver frame, place mats, and cotton napkins
Tiered Plate Stand, Menu in a silver frame, place mats, and cotton napkins

I made simple cucumber tea sandwiches, egg and watercress sandwiches, chocolate chip pumpkin spice bread, earl grey biscuits, and Sarah brought divine freshly baked Downton Abbey scones with currants. Tea was served with various accoutrements such as my fresh Blackberry Earl Grey Curd, clotted cream, Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry jam, and Red Fruit jam.

As you know, I love Earl Grey so I experimented with an Earl Grey Biscuit recipe. I had a friend in England send me some of Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Butter Biscuits which made me decide, I could make that! And I did! My friend Sarah said that mine were, in fact better.  Also, the cost of Fortnum & Mason shipping to the US is a killer! Overall, a win-win! One for you as well, if you’re fond of Earl Grey, too!

You will find the below recipe to be very, very simple to make. It’s important you let this dough sit in the refrigerator to solidify to make it easier to slice for baking. These biscuits are very buttery and as my mum put it “melt in your mouth delicious!” The Earl Grey tea is brightened by the orange peel and they are luxuriously smooth because of the butter. Keep in mind these cookies have caffeine in them, so no late night snacking! I used Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey for this recipe. I enjoyed some yesterday during Downton Abbey Season Six Episode Two. Don’t worry, no spoilers here! You’re safe.

I hope you enjoy these little decadent Earl Grey biscuits as much as I did. Have a wonderful week et bonne journée. If you make this or any other recipes posted here, don’t forget to #aroundtheworldineightygreys.

Earl Grey Biscuit Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

Directions

In a coffee grinder or spice grinder,  pulse together the tea, and orange peel, until the tea is almost a dust/powder.

Finely ground earl grey tea and dried orange peel
Finely ground earl grey tea and dried orange peel

In a stand mixer beat together tea with orange peel blend, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla, and add in flour and salt.  Mix together just until a dough is formed. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap, and roll into a log, about 2 1/2-inches in diameter. Tightly twist each end of wrap, and chill in refrigerator for an hour.

Speckled Earl Grey Dough
Speckled Earl Grey Dough
Mixed well, time to be put into saran wrap or wax paper
Mixed well, time to be put into saran wrap or wax paper
All ready for the fridge! Hurry one hour!
All ready for the fridge! Hurry one hour!
Sliced and ready for baking.
Sliced and ready for baking.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Slice the log into 1/3-inch thick disks. Place on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart (2 probably needed depending on size of sheets). Bake until the edges are just golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks and cool to room temperature.

First tray baked and ready
First tray baked and ready
Cooling
Cooling
Earl Grey Biscuits ready for Tea
Earl Grey Biscuits ready for Tea

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