Summer Tea Party: How to Make Cherry Scones

As you may know by now, here at GAIN we’re keen to encourage as many of you as possible to host a tea party over the summer months and use the opportunity to raise awareness of Guillain-Barré syndrome, CIDP and the associated inflammatory neuropathies. Our message is simple: to spread the word as well as the jam.

To help you with food ideas for your tea party we’re publishing some recipes you might want to try out. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for cherry scones.


450g self-raising flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

100g diced cold butter

2 tbsp caster sugar

284ml carton of buttermilk

2 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla essence

100g chopped glace cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C (200 C fan)/gas mark 7. Combine the flour, a pinch of salt, the bicarbonate of soda and butter in a bowl and rub together with your fingers until it’s the texture of breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix it in.
  2. Add in the buttermilk, milk, vanilla essence and cherries and work it together to form a dough. Lightly flour a surface and press out the dough to a thickness of about 3cm. Use a 5cm cutter to cut out your scones.
  3. Transfer to a baking sheet lightly dusted with flour and brush with milk. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown and well risen.

Serve with clotted cream and jam – or should that be jam and clotted cream?

More fun(d) raising ideas

While you’re baking scones and planning your tea party, think about some fun activities you can run to entertain your guests and raise money for GAIN. Here are a couple more ideas from us.

Guess the weight of the cake – For a nominal donation, invite your guests to pick up and assess how much one of your cakes weighs. The person whose guess is the closest wins the cake to take home with them.

Have a bring and buy cake sale – Ask your guests to bring their own homemade cake along for a cake sale. This way, as well as enjoying the cakes that you’ve baked for the tea party, they can also buy cakes to take home with them.

Check out our chocolate fairy cake recipe for more fund raising tips (and the recipe of course).

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