Scones are always my favourite treat in the summer, and when I go out for afternoon tea and cream tea. SO delicious and tasty. And I don’t know who I am trying to kid, I love them all year round and at any time I bake them.
The wonderful thing about such a thing as this is that you can create so many different flavours – whether they are savoury or sweet! Therefore I decided to start off with a basic and buttery simple sweet scone so you can try to adapt it yourself, or you know you can follow this recipe to have a full proof scone!
This recipe makes eight 5cm scones
This recipe is based on the BBC Good Food recipe with a few changes!
– 90g cold butter, cut into small cubes
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 350g self raising flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
– 50g caster sugar
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 175ml milk (I use semi-skimmed)
– 1 tsp vanilla essence
– 1 egg, beaten – to glaze
1) Heat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/430F and place a lined baking tray in the oven to preheat
2) Tip the flour, salt, baking powder and butter into a food processor and pulse until it resembles bread crumbs – Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Add the lemon juice to the dry mixture
3) Heat the milk in the microwave or on the hob so its warm but not hot – microwave will take about 30 seconds
4) Add the vanilla to the milk and mix
5) Make a well in the dry mixture and add the liquid – stir with a spatula as it will be very wet – it will form a relatively wet dough when it is all combined
6) Dust the work surface with some flour and tip the dough onto it – fold the dough over a few times so it is smooth but do not over work it!
7) Roll the dough out till it is about 4cm thick
8) Dip a 5cm round cutter into the spare flour and cut out the scones – you will probably get four out of the first go
9) Repeat step 7 and 8 so you get four more scones.
10) Take the tray out of the oven carefully and place the scones onto it – brush the tops with the beaten egg so its glazed and bake in the oven for 10 minutes – leave to cool slightly when baked
11) Serve with clotted cream and jam for the stereotypical delicious scone!
Tips and Ideas
You could easily make this mix and use a smaller cutter so that the scones are more delicate which I often do – I then usually get 12 out of the mix.
I often find these are delicious when still warm as it makes them lighter and fluffier!
P.s. Jam then Cream? Or cream then Jam? Oh the eternal debate…