Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Perfect Scones...

Ahh.. Scones! The teatime treat, ideal for guests, or even yourself for breakfast or an afternoon treat! These little numbers are lovely, light and very moreish

Scones, pronounced 'sc-ownes' (or 'sc-onns' by fancy people) are ideal for every time of the day! They can be made sweet or savoury with so many variations (Some of which are included at the bottom of this post) Never-the-less these are fantastic with a cup of tea or coffee, so here it is, the famous traditional Scones!

Ingredients:

350g Self-Raising flour
1/4 tsp Salt
4 tbls Caster Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
80g Butter
1 Egg
175ml Milk

Method:

1. First, preheat the oven to 200C/375F. In a bowl, sift in the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.


2. Then rub in the butter, using the rubbing-in method until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.


3. Mix the egg and milk together wth a fork. Then add enough milk to bring the dough together. Use a knife to combine and only add the milk little by little, to avoid the mixture becoming too wet.


4. Tip the mix out onto a floured surface. Gently combine the whole dough in one piece and flatten out (with your hands) to about 3/4 inch in thickness.



5. Using your desired cutter (traditionally circle) cut the dough into about 10 pieces. Gather the scraps of dough together and gently mix (but do not over mix) then cut again.



6 Then place on a floured/greased flat tray and place in the oven for about 15-20 Min's.

Finally, remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!


Variations:

  • For fruit scones, add a handful of sultanas at number two and continue as normal.
  • For cherry scones, add come chopped glacé cherries at number two. These will add great texture and unique flavour to the scones.
  • For savoury scones, why not add some chopped fresh/dried chives and grated cheese at number two. Then add a few pieces a cheese on top of the raw, cut mixture just before the oven. These savoury scones are totally different and ideal for guests. They are unique and different and will be talked about for all the right reasons.
How to ensure you make the perfect scones:

There are several ways to ensure you make the highest quality scones. Even I have experiences making flat, dense and of course over done scones. However following these steps will help you ensure you create the perfect scones each time!

  • Sifting the flour. It is essential to use a sift and sift the flour. This adds air to the mix which will result in light scones and not dense rock-like ones.
  • Weigh accurately. It is very important that all ingredients are weighed accurately. Inaccurate measurements will result in funky tasting scones or even flat dense scones.
  • Water. The addition of the water is key to the success of perfect scones. Too little and the scones will fall apart. Too much and the scones will turn out like weird biscuits! The perfect consistency must be achieved. This means that enough water should be added to create one big piece of dough (with a knife) and several smaller clumps. They can then be pushed together on the surface to form one piece.
  • Do not overwork the dough. Over kneading and mixing of the dough will result in dense scones. They will not be light and tasty. Mixing is kept to a minimum and only until it is just combined. Do not knead. Only mix it enough the form one big piece of dough.

Good luck! When following these steps you are guaranteed to create the perfect scones! Enjoy your tasty treats! Let me know how you got on and please ask any questions you may have. I would love to hear your suggestions of what you would like to see here next! Happy Baking!


Siobhán
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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for checking out my blog! I also made a video blog on scones!

    http://bakeblogging.blogspot.com/2013/06/vlog-strawberry-shortcakes.html

    I think it's great that you're blogging, and updating daily! :)

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    1. Thats great, ill be sure to check yours out! Thanks for checking out my blog :)

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