A scone is a small quickbread made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, usually withbaking powder as a leavening agent. English scones are often lightly sweetened, but may also be savoury. In the U.S., scones are drier and larger, and typically sweet.It is basically a small round teacake made from a soft dough and cooked in a hot oven. Sugar, fruit and spices are often added to sweet scones and they’re often served with clotted cream and jam.(wiki/bbc)
Scones have formed a part of English afternoon teas since the twentieth century. They are simple to make and served warm and fresh from the oven are really a delight.
The kids, especially Rengoni have been pestering me for quite a while to bake some scones. They simply adore it and can’t have enough.These plain scones served warm(preferably) or cold from the oven with a topping of jam and cream are greedily devoured by all four of us. So, I finally got down to making a batch, which I haven’t for quite some time now. They came out quite well…nice crust and soft insides. Really great with a cuppa!!!( of course not for me, as I don’t drink tea!) The recipe now follows…
2C plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tblsp of butter(chilled)
1 egg, beaten
slightly more than 1/2 C of milk
Jam, preferably strawberry
Clotted cream, or whipping cream beaten with sugar till stiff.
Pre heat the oven at 220 deg cel.
Grease a baking tray.
Mix the dry ingredients. Rub in the butter till the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in the egg and mix.
add milk and mix till a thick dough is formed, taking care not to over handle. The mixture just has to come together. It might be slightly sticky.
Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead lightly…I mean really lightly. Pat or roll dough till 2 cms thick.
Cut into rounds with a 2″ cookie cutter.
Gather the trimmings, lightly knead and pat or roll as before. Repeat the process until the entire dough has been used up.
Break each scone horizontally apart or slice into half. Spread with a layer of cream or butter and top with a tspn full of preferably strawberry jam. In fact, if you find this too rich, then, go on and have it in its plain form. They still taste great.
The kids literally had seconds and thirds of the topped version…hubby just had them plain with his cuppa and as for myself, give me anyway… That batch of scones have long since disappeared and the pestering has started anew…so much for scone lovers!!!