I like to look for tea shops on my travels. When returning from London my suitcase was filled with tea from Fortnum & Mason! But what I hadn’t realized is that we have some quite wonderful tea shops right here in Helsinki.
The Ounce has two shops/cafés in the city center. One near Kamppi on Fredrikinkatu and the other on Iso-Roobertinkatu. You will recognize the shop by Sir Edward in the window sipping his tea.
Inside, you will find many different flavors to choose from – anything from white tea to oolong. I am quite obsessed with black tea, so I had no eyes for any other sorts of tea.
The service was nice and friendly, so do have a chat while choosing your tea. Upholding British traditions, the shop uses ounces to measure the tea. The decor reminds you of 1800’s England.
It’s very cosy inside and you can stay for a pot of tea.
I was in a rush to go meet friends for dinner, so I bought three different black teas to taste at home. Interesting fact – The Ounce has a shop in St. Petersburg too!
What better way to enjoy my new tea than make some scones? Aren’t these little paper bags cute?
My scones recipe:
2,5 cups of white flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
0,5 teaspoon of salt
8 tablespoons of butter
0,25 cups of granulated sugar
0,75 cups of milk
Heat oven to 220°C. Stir flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl. Add butter which has been cut up into small pieces and rub it in with your fingers. Add sugar. Add milk gradually whilst stirring until you have a firm dough. Now roll the dough into a kind of stick. Then proceed to cut the stick into 10-12 pieces. Put the pieces onto the cookie sheet circle side up, so that when the dough rises in the oven, it will become a round scone. Bake for around 12 minutes.
Enjoy with jam and cream. No clotted cream for me thanks!
Do you prefer tea or coffee? What kind of tea do you like? What are your favourite scone toppings?