Downton Abbey Tea Party & Coconut Scone Recipe

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey?  It is my favorite TV show.  Did you know if you buy the season on iTunes you don’t have to wait until Monday night to watch it… You can watch it Monday afternoon?!

I set up a little Downton tea party so I could watch some episodes of my favorite show!

I made some coconut scones (recipe below).  I have been craving coconut scones since I had when were on the island of Maui in Hawaii last year.  They are just SO GOOD.  I also had some digestives with my scones.  Digestives are basically little cookies.  I don’t know why they call them digestives, they aren’t a health product and don’t help you digest!

coconut scone recipe

Now I didn’t make any clotted cream (honestly I was trying to save a little bit of calories!).  But I did eat them with blackberry and strawberry-guava preserves.  Yummy!

See, this is a Downton Abbey tea party.  I sipped Earl Grey tea in my Diamond Jubilee Tea Cup I picked up when I was in London during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  When I was setting up for my party of one… I realized I only had 1 proper tea cup and it didn’t even have a saucer!  I need to go raid my parents’ house for some teacups…

Make up of a tea party: tea, scones, digestives

Coconut Scone Recipe – adapted from here

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, toasted (toast in the microwave in 30 second increments until lightly browned) then cut into tinier pieces
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp  salt
  • 4 tbsp COLD unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg for egg wash
  • turbinado sugar for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, coconut, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the butter pieces in the bowl and then blend in with your fingers.  You are done when the butter is evenly distributed and no large pieces of butter are seen.
  4. Combine the whipping cream, greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Mix together.  Then add to the dry ingredients.  Mix together with your hands until the dough just comes together.
  5. Knead the dough lightly, then pat out into a disk approx. 1/2 inch thick.  
  6. Cut out circles (I used a glass to get my shape, but a proper biscuit cutter is better!).  
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until scones are golden brown.  Remove and cool on a baking rack.

I love Lady Edith’s tweed outfit this season…

And Lady Mary’s red hat!

This may be one of my favorite quotes from the series:

Have you seen my post about when I visited one of the castles on Downton Abbey?? If not, check it out HERE:

Downton Abbey Castle!
My Visit To A Downton Abbey Castle

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  1. January 27, 2015 / 6:26 am

    Yum! I am hooked on Downton Abbey too! Your tea party looks the part!!

  2. January 27, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Lovely tea party. DA is on Sunday evening here, but I missed it this week. I watched it last night on my computer. PBS has streaming. Love this series!

  3. January 30, 2015 / 1:17 am

    I went back to look at your posting about Inverary Castle. We visited there a couple times and my favorite view was one with the bridge, which you photographed.
    Loved your Downton Abbey tea setting. The scones look delicious and I admired the commemorative mug.

  4. April 23, 2015 / 8:18 am

    Having tea party with friends is really fun. I make cookies myself for every tea party, and my friends love them. But this time I am thinking to take guidance from party planner as my all relatives are also invited in party. Any suggestions for menu?

  5. February 2, 2016 / 3:21 am

    I must try Coconut scones! Thank you for inviting me to visit…and join the link party. I have subscribed too. Sheila

  6. May 10, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    I've never heard of coconut scones! Must try! Your Downton Abbey tea table is adorable, I love the bee cream and sugar set, adorable!

    • May 11, 2016 / 11:52 pm

      I had some in Hawaii and I thought, oh! I Could make those. Then these scones were born. I'm sorry the show is over, 🙁