Scones…

by Sunita on July 2, 2007

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…

What’s needed-

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

To serve-(optional)

Jam, preferably strawberry
Clotted cream, or whipping cream beaten with sugar till stiff.

How to-

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.

Place them a little apart on the greased tray, brush each one with a little milk and bake till the top has browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
To serve-

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!!!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cynthia July 2, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Scones are an all time favourite of mine. I particularly like any fruit scone. Yours looks perfect.

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2 sunita July 2, 2007 at 8:22 pm

Cynthia, in our family, we usually adore the plain ones…well, actually,I personally love all sorts…but then it’s hard to bake for just one…

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3 Richa July 3, 2007 at 2:19 am

hey, those look so light & yummy! reminds me of biscuits served with butter & honey out here.
yup, here scones are definitely sweeter.

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4 Roopa July 3, 2007 at 2:34 am

sunitha thye look inviting, the topping looks delicious.

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5 Elle July 3, 2007 at 3:30 am

Lovely recipe for scones. I make scones every Christmas for an afternoon tea party. My recipe is very similar, but I add a little lemon zest. Your boys are lucky to have you.
Welcome to the Daring Bakers, too.

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6 Sukanya Ramkumar July 3, 2007 at 4:38 am

Scones are my fav….Love them… Nice

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7 Jyothsna July 3, 2007 at 6:45 am

Always read about scones in Enid Blyton books and wondered what they were! Your scones look pretty!

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8 Vcuisine July 3, 2007 at 7:57 am

A perfect scone recipe Sunita. You presented it well. Viji

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9 WokandSpoon July 3, 2007 at 8:44 am

I love plain scones with strawberry jam and cream! So more-ish. I could eat tons of them!

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10 sunita July 3, 2007 at 9:15 am

Richa, these scones do feel light, of course if you don’t thin k about the toping too much…but on their own, definitely…

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11 sunita July 3, 2007 at 9:18 am

Elle, welcome to my world…well, I did try the lemon zest once, but nobody seemed to favour it, so dropped the idea since then…as for the daring bakers, yes, I am excited…
btw,its a girl(Rengoni) and a boy(Agastya):)

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12 sunita July 3, 2007 at 9:21 am

Jyothsna,thanks… Oh yes! the Enid Blyton books…who can forget them…You know I was so much into them during my school days that my ma once threatened to stop allowing me to buy any more as I would be lost in them all the time…

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13 sunita July 3, 2007 at 9:22 am

Viji, thank you so much…nice to have you over…

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14 sunita July 3, 2007 at 9:23 am

wokandspoon, we love them too…nice to see you here…

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15 Vini K July 3, 2007 at 2:37 pm

These scones look perfect Sunita.I don’t make them as often but I think this week I am going to because all this rain is making me crave something warm,soft, and sweet!:)

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16 sunita July 3, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Vini, thanks…do give it a try…and it has been raining quite a lot the last few days, hasn’t it…nice to see you here…

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17 Suganya July 3, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Most of the scones I have seen are triangular in shape. Love the look… Can flavour it with any jelly!

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18 sunita July 3, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Suganya,thanks and btw, most of the scones I’ve seen are of this shape ;)

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