Bakery Review: Harney & Sons Fine Tea Bar


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I ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY LOVED this tea bar! Harney and Sons not only has a factory in Millerton, NY but they also opened up a tea bar. The tea bar is divided into 3 rooms- one room for tasting tea, the next to shop, and the third is the restaurant portion. The employees are extremely cordial and friendly. I visited the tea bar with two of my friends, Monica and Abby.

My friends and I were absolutely starving by the time we got to the tea bar that we just sat down at one of the tables in the restaurant portion of the shop. Fortunately, when we explained to the woman who came to take our order that it was our first time visiting Harney and Sons she informed us of how the store was set up; furthermore, after she took our order she told us to feel free to go into the tasting room and try some teas and that she would come and get us once our food was ready.

In the tasting room they have 4 “Teas of the Moment” which are all free to taste. Then each person gets to pick one tea from the wall that they would like to try as well- sounds simple right? Well you should see this wall of teas!!! They have everything from black teas to white teas to green teas- I was completely overwhelmed. I ended up sticking to my safe zone and choose a black tea, English Breakfast. It was wonderful doing the tea tasting with friends because we all had the opportunity to try each others.

Their menu is simple yet intriguing. I ordered a proscuitto and brie baguette, but honestly the way they described their peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounded amazing I was so close to ordering that  instead! For dessert my friends and I went all out: We ordered two pots of tea, fruits d’alsace and hot cinnamon spice, then we ordered the scones, carrot cake, and rice pudding. I found the hot cinnamon spice tea to be a little too sweet with all of the desserts; the fruits d’alsace tea was delightful though. 

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The scones were my favorite pick out of all the desserts. They were crumbly and light and served with delicious clotted cream and jam. 

The prices were all worth it. I spent about $25 on my meal but then again the average person doesn’t share three desserts at brunch, so yours could probably be a little less. 

Definitely cannot wait to return to Harney & Sons!

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Late Autumn Scones

In the Baking Fundies class I was talking about a couple posts back we made scones. Our chef told us we were free to spruce up the recipe anyway we wanted so I decided to make a Cinnamon scone with a maple & pecan glaze. At the expense of sounding obnoxious, they were absolutely delicious. One girl in my class told me that my scones were the first ones she tasted in the class that she would actually buy! That comment made me so incredibly ecstatic! So now I am sharing with you this awesome recipe.

Cinnamon Scones:

Makes about 12.

Ingredients:

13 oz pastry flour

1 t. salt

1/2 oz. baking bowder

1 1/2 oz. sugar

6 oz. butter

1/2 egg

1 egg yolk

7 1/2 oz heavy cream

2 T. Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Combine all the dry ingredients (including the cinnamon)

2. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it is in walnut sized pieces.

3. Combine eggs, yolks, and heavy cream.

4. Add liquids to the butter and dry ingredients and mix with dough hook just until it wraps up the hook.

5. Let rest in fridge for at least 15 mins.

6. Roll to approx. 1 in thick

7. Cut dough into desired shape (either circles, triangles, etc.)

8. Egg wash and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

9. Bake in a 375 F oven.

Maple & Pecan Glaze:

Ingredients:

2 C powdered sugar

1 C maple syrup

Whisk together the sugar and maple syrup by eye until proper thickness, you may need to add more of the sugar if the glaze needs to be thicker.

Keep in mind if the glaze is too thin it will just be absorbed by the scones.

Image“Let things taste of what they are.” -Alice Waters