Weekend scones

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It’s been an excellent weekend – just the right blend of socialising, eating, gaming*, baking, working and exercising. Now I feel both relaxed an accomplished.

I had a sudden urge to make scones, so invited some friends around and we had a little picnic in the backyard of our apartment block. Scones, jam, fancy sandwiches and tea – the best way to end the week! I’d heard that scones can be tricky to make, but these suffered me adding extra flour at the last minute when I realised that I’d forgotten to double it, and using a port glass to cut out the circles since I’m lacking a round cookie cutter.

Scones (via The Cooking Book with some minor changes)

Makes ~8 big scones or 16 little ones.

  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 60g butter, cubed (make sure it’s room temperature)
  • 15g sugar (halved the original amount, as we ate them with jam – add more if you like it sweet)
  • 150ml milk
  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees celsius.
  2. Sift flour, sugar and salt together into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Rub in butter with fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  4. Make a well in the center, pour in milk and stir together.
  5. Turn the soft, sticky dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth. Don’t over work it, or your scones will be rock cakes!
  6. Roughly smooth out in a circle until it’s ~1 inch thick.
  7. Cut out circles with a cutter (or glass), reforming the scraps until all the dough is used up.
  8. Put scones onto a baking tray, brush with a little whisked egg if you like, and bake for ~15 minutes or until golden.
  9. Once baked, pop them on a baking tray to cool a little and serve warm, with jam and cream!

We had the scones with my homemade strawberry jam and another jam that a friend gave me yesterday, as well as whipped cream. Perfect little afternoon tea!

* I’m pondering jumping on the Diablo III bandwagon, and am playing on a guest pass with The Boy at the moment. At this point I’m not completely convinced – I’m just not really a gamer anymore!

4 notes

  1. Yum! I’ve been meaning to make scones for a while. Do you want to join my monthly cooking club? It’s relaxed with no pressure. Pity it doesn’t allow me to sample your fare through the internet!

  2. I’m surprised at how easy scones were to make actually – I think I might have to make them more often!

    Lucent – Yes, that sounds awesome!

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