After my brother and I had tea at the Ritz, he’s been begging me to make scones! So I found an amazingly quick and delicious recipe that’ll have your family mmming and aaaahhing over!!!
Recipe makes: 10 scones (enough for 2 scone lovers like me and my brother)
Preparation time: 10 mins
Baking time: 10-12 mins
• 225g or 1 and 2/3 cups of self raising flour and a little extra for dusting
• 75g or 5 tablespoons of room temp butter (just bung it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
• A pinch of salt
• 40g or just under 3 tablespoons of caster sugar (I used brown because I’m healthy.. YEAH RIGHT.. It’s all I had)
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and a little extra for brushing over scones at the end
• Cranberries, raisins or any dry fruit you like
• The normal condiments to scones such as clotted cream and jam etc
Always start by preparing your ingredients and preheating your oven! The hotter the oven, the quicker and evenly your treats bake! We need the oven at Gas mark 7 or 425c
And I like to prepare my baking trays as well so just line with baking paper and pop to the side ready for later
Grab your mixing bowl and sift in your flour
Then pop in your room temp butter
And mix them together to make a breadcrumb consistency (use your fingertips to do this.. Like a fairy)
It should look like this
Add in your pinch of salt
Then your sugar
And mix with a small wooden spoon
In a separate bowl (I just used the bowl I warmed my butter in to save washing up), get your buttermilk
And get your egg
Crack that baby in
Then whisk together so it looks like this
Then just pop the wet mixture into the dry
And mix together
And it will all come together and end up looking like this
At this point, when it’s this consistency, get your hands involved
I find it best to move one edge of the dough
To the opposite side and repeat this quickly
The dough will form a ball
And smack that ball onto a floured surface
Flatten the ball with your hand
And you can use a rolling pin to spread out
The dough should be no smaller than inch thick
At this point, grab your cookie cutter or whatever you have that is between 2-3 inches wide
In a swift motion, press down and cut
You’ll have a lovely round shape
And just pop this out
Of course.. I forgot to add the dried fruit so I chose cranberries and just mixed them into the dough and repeated the cutting process
And it looked like this
So then just pop them onto your baking tray, gathering the dough each time and cutting again
Cut off any excess baker paper from the edges
With a tissue or a brush if you have one, brush a little buttermilk on the top of the scones
Then dust with flour
And you can pop them in the oven!
Don’t forget to make a note of the time!
And then you need to take care of the mess you made.. ARGH!
Leave them in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they’re golden brown..
Then just pop them on a cooling rack
And they’ll look lovely like this!
Try with Nutella and enjoy with tea!