“Yes. go back to sleep,” King Stephen mumbled, pressing his face into his pillow.
“Mmmph,” was all Queen Sharon managed.
Princess Shari pulled at her mother’s shoulder. “But muuuuuummmm! You said you were going to teach me how to bake strawberry scones today!”
“Mmmmmmmmph,” Queen Sharon tried again.
“Not at five in the morning, dear,” King Stephen interpreted, grabbing hold of the seven-year-old’s hand and pulling her to lie down. “Give us another two hours.”
Princess Shari wiggled under the blankets and said, “Okay,” before promptly falling asleep again.
Three hours later, Princess Shari was down in the kitchens, excitedly tying on an apron with the Cook’s help. Queen Sharon leaned against the doorway, rubbing her eyes.
“We have everything here on the table ready for you, luv,” Cook said.
Shari stared at it. There was flour and eggs and cream and butter and… other flour? She didn’t know what it was. She identified sugar and something that looked like salt, but she wasn’t sure why scones needed salt. Something was missing. “Where are the strawberries?”
“The strawberries…” Queen Sharon looked guilty.
“Oh, we must have forgotten them. I’ll go look in the fridge. Don’t you worry, luv,” Cook said breezily.
“I’m sorry I ate them,” the queen whispered as the cook passed by.
“We’ll find some, no worries,” Cook whispered back.
Queen Sharon walked up to the table. “Come on, Shari, let’s start while Cook is looking for the strawberries.”
“What do we do?”
The queen lifted her to stand on a stool before handing her a bowl. “First, we mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.”
Princess Shari looked at the assorted items laid on the table. “Okay, this I know is flour, and sugar… and salt… what’s a baking powder?”
Queen Sharon handed her the previously unidentified ‘other flour’. Then they added in the butter as they stirred, followed by the eggs and cream. By the time they were done with that, Princess Shari’s arms were tired and Cook had returned with strawberries.
“Ah, just in time!” Queen Sharon exclaimed.
They added in the strawberries and another tablespoon of flour.
“I’m tired, mum,” Princess Shari complained.
“Nuh-uh. You dragged me out of bed to make this so you’re going to finish it!” Queen Sharon wagged a finger in her face.
“Anyway, the fun part’s coming, luv,” Cook said with a twinkle in her eye. “We need to flour this table.” Cook threw a handful of flour on the table. It fluffed up in Princess Shari’s face, catching her by surprise.
“Flour fight!” Princess Shari declared, throwing a handful of flour back.
Soon, the table, the kitchen, and the three women were covered with flour.
Queen Sharon cleared her throat two minutes later. “I think… the table is floured enough.”
Cook gave the dough in the bowl a final stir to make sure that everything was well mixed before dumping it out on the table. “This one’s my job, luv. You don’t have the strength yet,” she said as she rolled the dough with her rolling pin. Once she was satisfied, Princess Shari and Queen Sharon cut the pieces of dough into small triangles and place them on the baking tray.
“Alright, we’re almost done here,” Queen Sharon said, handing a little brush to her daughter.
“We need to paint the scones with egg wash before we put it in to bake.”
Princess Shari brushed each scone carefully and sprinkled sugar liberally at Cook’s instruction.
“And we’re all done!” Queen Sharon said.
“But it’s not ready…”
“Now, I put it in the oven, luv, and you can come back in twenty minutes when they’re done.” Cook took hold of the tray and put it into the hot oven.
“Can’t I stay here and watch?” Princess Shari asked.
“Nope. You’ll get bored staring at the oven and besides, you need a bath. You’re covered in flour!” her mother replied.
“So are you,” Princess Shari retorted.
“Yes. So we are going to take a bath and when we're done, we’ll sit done for scones and tea. How does that sound?”
Princess Shari slathered her strawberry scone with lemon curd and cream. She shivered with delight as she bit into the warm scone. It was the best scone she had ever eaten.
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