Having said which, there are probably few things more typically English than deprecating Englishness... Except perhaps that most English of ceremonies: afternoon tea - one of the few traditions I do try to uphold.
I love afternoon tea and will seize any excuse to have it. Here is one I had the other week with lovelies Rachael and Marisa (apols for the photo quality - this was before the new camera arrived). If you look closely, you can just make out the toasted English muffins and cucumber sandwiches. Oh, and that other national delicacy: Marmite.
This week, my mum came to stay and we celebrated the ritual again (it being, of course, sacred to mums, grandmas and matriarchs everywhere). Mum made scones, which we ate with strawberry jam while they were still hot:
Click 'read more' for the recipe after the jump.
* by Vir Beatum of Being Manly
6 oz self-raising flour
3 oz butter or margarine
1 1/2 oz sugar
Milk or soya milk
Mix the flour and the butter until the mixture has the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add the sugar. Gradually mix in milk until the mixture forms a dough. Roll out into a 3cm thick slab and cut out rounds using a cutter or a wine glass. Place on a greased baking sheet and cook in a medium oven until light golden in colour (5-6 minutes). Eat while hot!
This is an egg-free version - if you want them to be slightly more springy, add an egg to the mixture instead of the milk.
Update: illustrated version of this recipe available here. It is the same as the topping for the peach cobbler.