I’ve conceded that no real food blog is complete without a great recipe for scones on it!
Given, this recipe is nothing special and I have just taken it from my own experience. (In saying that if this blog somehow becomes mega-successful over night and another site sees I’ve used the exact same recipe as theirs and get super angry I have not credited them – to them I say relax. This is the most basic scones recipe and could have come from multiple sites).
As I was saying, this recipe is simple. But sometimes simple is the best, right? We all need a bit more simplicity in our lives. Including our scone making. And though it may be simple, it sure does taste fantastic so don’t stop reading yet.
3 cups of sef-raising flour
80g of butter
1 cup of full cream milk (or whatever milk you like)
Thickened cream (as much as you want)
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1 tbsp of sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Pour or sift (your choose) the self-raising flour into a bowl.
3. Rub the butter (softened) into the flour until it becomes crumby.
4. Add the cup of milk to the flour and knead until it becomes a soft dough. *some people say making a little well in the centre of the dough makes them better but I’ve tried both ways and neither is better or worse.
5. Put mixture onto a plain floured surface and knead until smooth – do not over-knead!
6. Use a circular shaped object of your choice in size (i.e. cookie cutter, top of a glass etc depending on how big you want your scones) and cut out as many scones as possible. Re-knead the dough and flatten it out and cut out more scones with remaining mixture.
7. Place on a baking tray at least 1cm a part and dust with plain flour. Bake for 20-25 mins or until lightly golden.
Cream (to do while scones are in the oven)
1. Pour thickened cream into a bowl. Add sugar and vanilla essence
2. Whip cream until light and fluffy with a whisk or electronic beater.
And though they taste nothing like the exquisite scones and tea that cost 13.50p that I bought almost every day for a week in London’s Harrods, they are good enough for me!
They are light and fluffy and are the ultimate way to relax in the afternoon with a cup of tea in hand, imaging you were in fact sitting in Harrod’s tea room eating those scones instead.