Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Where have they all scone?
Half term! Ok its not quite a week off as i am a teacher and not a child but it does give me time to catch up on paperwork and... bake. I have been meaning to try making scones for a while now. I used to have a lady that brought the most delicious homemade scones into work with thick fresh cream and sweet strawberry jam and I have been wanting to try them ever since. I don't tend to eat a lot of scones, other than when in Devon / Cornwall - it just has to be done. However, they are a good sweet indulgence for a lunch. Following my theme, the recipe I found was in the British bake Off book and so simple to make.
250g self raising flour
good pinch of salt
50g catser sugar
50g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
100ml milk (the recipe said buttermilk but that just isn't an item I have in my fridge everyday)
jam to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Sift the flour, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl. rub in the butter with your fimers until you make crumbs.
2. beat the egg into the milk until combined. Stir into the crumbs using a palette knife. The dough should be rough looking and not too wet. Mix it in gently and not too much.
3. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and and knead for a few seconds to make it whole. Press it out with your fingers to 3cm thick. I did mine thinner as I wanted delicate scones. Cut out rounds with a cutter.
4. Put the rounds onto a baking sheet on a tray. Dust lightly with flour then bake for 12minutes.
5. Put some on a wire rack to cool. Cut them in half and spread jam inside. Eat some warm from the oven - by far the best!
A lovely treat.