English Oven Scones
I haven’t made scones for years but since I’ve been ill with a flu virus for 10 days I just fancied some comfort food. Scones with jam on have been eaten in England probably from the beginning of time. They are still extremely popular today. The modern versions have all sorts of fancy things in them. But the originals are plain, or have dried fruit like currants, sultanas (golden raisins) etc. Some like a cheese scone while others make the afternoon tea scone which has sugar and an egg added to this recipe. This will make them more substantial.They can also be made with wholemeal flour. I like the old fashion recipe I learned to cook some 40 years ago with a pinch of salt.Eating them with jam is enough sweetness for me. I like a fruit scone buttered with a wedge of mature cheddar cheese.
Of course, if you are going to eat them the favourite way in my neck of the woods, Devon & Cornwall, you will probably need to put the egg in because loading them with Clotted Cream and jam is a weighty business, in more ways than one.
8 oz./ 225 g. Self Raising Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1.5 oz./ 40 g. butter, margarine or other solid fat
5 oz/148 g. milk
SIFT together the flour, salt and Baking Powder into a bowl
RUB in the fat until it looks like breadcrumbs
POUR the milk into a well in the centre and bring the dough together with a table knife until a soft dough is formed
Make sure your hands and the surface are well floured
KNEAD very gently a few times with your hand and turn out on a floured surface
The less you handle it the better. This is the key to light scones
ROLL the dough out or press with your floured hands to about 1 inch or 3 cm. thickness
Don’t be tempted to roll thinner to make more scones, the height is needed to make them rise
CUT with round cutter or cut into triangles with a knife & put on a baking sheet
When using a cutter, cut straight down, do not twist
DUST with flour to prevent tops browning
BAKE at 220C fan oven for 10 minutes. If large ones 12-15 minutes
INGREDIENTS FOR AFTERNOON TEA SCONE
8 oz./225g Self Raising four
1.5 Tablespoons castor sugar
4 -5 oz./110 ml. milk
1.5 oz./40g. butter or other fat
1 egg mixed in with the milk
Recipe as above
If you want fruit scones add 50g. dried sultanas or raisins
If you want cheese scones add 50g.grated cheese and a large pinch of powdered mustard
I love cheese scones as well, I always roll the dough out too thin to get more scones out, don’t! As you end up with stingy flat scones instead of thick fluffy ones, not worth being stingy!
Ha ha Linda, that’s why I said don’t be tempted. So easy done isn’t it. I should remember to just double the recipe.Lets have your cheese scone recipe on here.
Ooh this looks very do able!!!!! Will try it out
Let me know how you get on Claire. All the best. x