Simply scrumptious scones

I absolutely love afternoon tea (as anyone who follows this blog will know). And what is no afternoon tea complete without? Scones!

Now, I feel that scones are one of those foods that everyone has their own recipe for- however there seems to be a huge amount of variations online. Therefore, you need to try a few to find the perfect one.

I tried out Mary Berry’s afternoon tea recipe for VE Day. These scones were the perfect way to celebrate the occasion and required a smaller amount of each ingredient- ideal if you’re having trouble getting flour.

Ingredients

  • 250g/9oz self-raising flour
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 40g/1½oz softened butter
  • 25g/1oz caster sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • About 100ml/3½fl oz milk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7 (200C Fan).
  2. Put the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Beat the egg in a measuring jug. Make up to 100ml/3½fl oz with the milk, then set aside a tablespoon for glazing the scones later.
  4. Gradually add the egg and milk to the dry ingredients, stirring it in until you have a soft slightly sticky dough
  5. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and pat out until it is about 2cm/¾in thick. Use a 4cm/1½in fluted cutter to stamp out the scones. Make sure you don’t twist the cutter or the scones will not rise evenly.
  6. Gently gather the trimmings together and pat out again to cut more scones
  7. Arrange the scones on the greased baking trays and brush the tops with the remaining milk.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until well risen and golden-brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  9. To serve, cut each scone in half and top with strawberry jam and clotted or whipped cream.
I found it was best to leave the scones for a few minutes before I put them in the oven, to let them rise properly.

These turned out beautifully- light and creamy. A perfect bank holiday treat!

Do you have a favourite recipe for scones? I think I might try out a few over the next few weeks.

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