Scones inspired by the Movie Tea With Mussolini #SundaySupper

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Family Life, Recipe, SundaySupper | 59 comments

DSCN1956This week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Movie Inspired Dishes  hosted by the ever talented Heather at Girlichef . My family loves movies, from my husband to my sons we have fans from all the movie genres at my house. Did anyone notice that I left myself out of that last sentence? I did, I have to admit… My name is Shannon and I do not watch movies. Isn’t that awful? I have always been a reader and rarely sit down to watch a movie. The boys can pop on a movie and I can read my book and we are all happy. Date night with my husband? I would rather catch a Detroit Tigers Game, but I do sit through the occasional movie for him. With my lack of Movie knowledge, I was worried about this theme. What would I make, did I even know a movie that would inspire my taste buds?

Then I found Tea with Mussolini. This movie appealed to the History buff that I am. It takes place during World War II Italy.  There is an illegitimate son of an Italian businessman, a group of English women, war, love, action, suspense and based on a true story. It was all there, everything that I needed to be inspired and to sit down to watch a movie.  So for this week’s theme, I am offering up a traditional English Tea staple… the ever simple but always delicious… Scone. I made mine using my homemade vanilla extract that I made with bourbon. Yum. I also served it up with some of my homemade strawberry jam that I had canned last fall. Jam with some fresh whipped butter, it was all just awesome.

English Style Scones

Allergy Egg
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable


  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour (and some extra for working with the dough)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 stick Cold Butter (This needs to be cold for cutting into the dry ingredients)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup Milk (I use whole milk when making these, but a less fat version is ok)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 425F ... Mix dry ingredients together
Step 2
Once dry ingredients have been incorporated, begin to add small chunks of the cold butter. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour.
Step 3
As the dough comes together it will form fine crumbs. Try not to rush the cutting of the butter into the dough. This will make the scones lighter in texture.
Step 4
Once the fine crumbs have formed you can begin to mix in the wet ingredients. Combine the beaten egg, vanilla and milk. MIx well and slowly add into your dry ingredient.
Step 5
Turn your dough out onto a floured surface. Give it a few kneads to bring it all together. I then put the dough back into my bowl and set it inside the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes. This keeps the butter cold and makes the dough easier to work with.
Step 6
After your dough has chilled, return it to the floured work surface and knead 3 or 4 times. Pat it out to about an 3/4 of an inch in thickness and use a round biscuit cutter to cut the dough.
Step 7
Place the circles of dough on a cookie sheet and back at 425F for 10 to 13 minutes. Until they have risen and started to turn golden.
Step 8
These are wonderful served warm or cooled off. I serve mine with fresh whipped butter and homemade strawberry jam.


The scones in America verse the ones in the United Kingdom are different. From the studying I did, American scones are  sweeter and can be filled with lots of treats. British versions are more biscuit like and not as sweet. I hope you give the scones a try. This dough is a simple one, a perfect way to enjoy some fresh butter and jam. To make it more like an American scone, you can dress it up a bit by adding berries or chocolate…shoot, or by adding both to the dough. DSCN2017

Be sure to check out all the great recipes that are being shared, inspired by movies. Your favorite is sure to be on this list.


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  1. 4-14-2013

    I so admire your love of books, Shannon. Reading is a luxury for me, too. But so are movies. You’ve inspired this history buff to rent Tea with Mussolini. And make scones as lovely as the ones in your photographs!

    • 4-14-2013

      You should do it! I really liked the British style of scones and I am already picturing strawberry shortcake with them. lol Yum

  2. 4-14-2013

    What you have there is called a cream tea by the British, if served with a cup of tea, of course. If you travel through England and Scotland, the signs are everywhere for little teashops offering cream tea. Scones with clotted cream and jam. They are one of my favorite things in the whole world and yours are just perfect.

  3. 4-14-2013

    I’m happy that you found a movie to please you so that you could join in this week, Shannon! Your scones look just lovely…and I’ve added this flick to my to-watch list. :)

    • 4-14-2013

      It is such a fun theme! Thanks for hosting. Tea with Mussolini is sure to inspire, next on my list tea sandwiches. lol

  4. 4-14-2013

    Huh, I have never seen this movie, it sounds really interesting, though! These scones look deeeelicious!

  5. 4-14-2013

    I’ve never made scones before, so thanks for the easy recipe. I noticed that “Tea with Mussolini” on TV this morning!

  6. 4-14-2013

    I have never tried making scones… these look amazing. Great inspiration!

  7. 4-14-2013

    I’ve never seen that movie, but I love history so I’ll have to check it out! Love these scones too!

  8. 4-14-2013

    Sounds like another great movie I’ve never heard of! I definitely prefer British-style scones, although I don’t get to eat any type of scone too often. And, by the way, yay baseball! (I’m an O’s fan myself :)

    • 4-14-2013

      Yay baseball!! I have tend to stay away from scones at bakeries because they are more donut or cake like and if I’m going there calorie wise then I want real chocolate cake lol. These were not overly sweet, but definitely high in carbs. :)

  9. 4-14-2013

    I haven´t seen that movie, but heard about it. Scones are always welcome in my house, movie or no movie!

  10. 4-14-2013

    Your scones look delish, love the strawberries on top. I’m like you, I don’t watch many movies or even watch tv, crazy but true!

    • 4-14-2013

      Thank you! I am awful about movies and that makes me awful about keeping up with pop culture. lol

  11. 4-14-2013

    I love that movie too! This is a great scone recipe to keep in my back pocket. Thanks for sharing!

  12. 4-14-2013

    The scones look so pretty with the jam! I have to admit I would rather watch a movie than read any day, but I think it’s great you and your family spend a lot of time together, even if you’re not all doing the same thing. Sometimes just being together creates the strongest bond.

  13. 4-14-2013

    I haven’t had an English type scone in a long, long time. You have reminded me of their simplicity and how they are great with butter and jam. I do love all types of scones and I’ll have to make this version soon.

    • 4-14-2013

      I like them all too. lol But, I can appreciate this simple scone with my jam. It screamed Spring afternoon to me, only we have snow flurries and no fresh strawberries in site at the moment.

  14. 4-14-2013

    Oh yum, your scones look so delicious!

  15. 4-14-2013

    Wonderful scones…especially with butter and strawberry jam! I don’t watch many movies either, so it was tough to figure out what to make this week!

  16. 4-14-2013

    What a lovely recipe and a good reminder that I still haven’t seen that movie! Seriously loving your homemade vanilla with bourbon idea too… yum!

    • 4-14-2013

      That bourbon vanilla is just awesome. Start some now and set it aside for holiday baking. You will not be sorry. It adds such a unique extra ummph to the vanilla.

  17. 4-14-2013

    Those look so very good!! Nice post. Not everyone has to be a movie buff! I miss lots having to have a power nap or two.

  18. 4-14-2013

    I’ve always wanted to see this movie. The scones look great!

  19. 4-14-2013

    Yum! Your scones look great – and I love history-based movies, I’ll have to look for that one!

  20. 4-14-2013

    Your scones look amazing! I’ll have to check this movie out – sounds right up my alley!

  21. 4-14-2013

    Love this recipe Shannon!! I have never made homemade scones but now I want to :)

  22. 4-14-2013

    Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve only ever had a scone once in my life? It was a pumpkin scone from Starbucks when I was traveling! I really want to make some at home now…thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

    • 4-14-2013

      Really? I do like Starbucks petite vanilla ones, but this easy recipe is so quick to make you can try all types of variations.

  23. 4-14-2013

    This sounds heavenly…every part from it being made with your homemade vanilla extract to your homemade strawberry jam!!

    • 4-14-2013

      The vanilla really makes it. How can you go wrong with notes of the bourbon and the vanilla. But, once you make your own, you can’t go back to store bought. It is just not the same. lol

  24. 4-14-2013

    I love that movie too. The scones look great

  25. 4-14-2013

    Now these are scones!

  26. 4-14-2013

    Mmmm your scones look incredible. I’ve never seen that movie but it sounds like a good one!

  27. 4-14-2013

    I do love a good cuppa, and these scones look great! And now I want to see this movie too :-)

  28. 4-15-2013

    I just made Sconces for the first time last month, love these!! Love myself a good Scone and cup of tea!

  29. 4-15-2013

    These scones look delicious – and very English, well done! We often put sultanas in them, but certainly not chocolate! You must come over sometime and I’ll take you for a cream tea, though it looks like you’ve got it down pretty well! :) I love the film as well, such a great cast.

    • 4-16-2013

      Thank you so much! That is one trip that is on my bucket list for sure. The food, tea, and museums. I could wander forever. :)

  30. 4-17-2013

    I haven’t seen this movie, but it’s one to add to my list! Your scones look delightful. Perfect for some jam!


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