Sunday, 12 July 2009

Heather's Scones

A dear forum friend Heather made these fabulous scones. She doesn't have her own blog but I thought these were so lovely I'd pop them on here. The recipe comes from Rachel Allen's 'Bake'. I have not made this recipe but I assure you I will soon. Don't they look wonderful with the jam and cream oozing out? What could be nicer with a cup of tea.

  • 500g (1lb 2oz) light Italian or plain flour
  • 1 rounded tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 rounded tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 125g (4 ½ oz) unsalted cold butter, cubed (if you are using salted butter, decrease the salt to ½ tsp)
  • 25g (1oz) caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 275ml (9fl oz) buttermilk or milk, plus extra for the egg wash
  • 50g (2oz) caster or granulated sugar (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F), Gas mark 7.
  • Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and salt into a large bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Set aside about a third of the beaten egg and combine the rest with the buttermilk, then add to the flour mixture and mix briefly to combine into a moist dough. Place on a lightly floured work surface and knead ever so slightly to bring together, then press or roll out to a thickness of 2cm (3/4in).
  • Using the cutter (6cm (2 ½ in) cutter), cut out approximately 12 scones and place on a floury baking tray. Add about a teaspoon or so of buttermilk to the remainder of the beaten egg to make an egg wash.
  • Brush the scones with the egg wash (and dip the tops in sugar if you wish) and bake in the oven for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown on top. Eat as soon as possible!

Cinnamon: Add 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the flour.
Orange: Add the finely grated zest of 1 orange to the flour.
Chocolate chip: Add 100g (31/2oz) of dark or milk chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) to the dry ingredients before you add the liquid.
Sultana or raisin: Add 100g (31/2oz) of sultanas or raisins to the dry ingredients before you add the liquid. I also sometimes add 100g (31/2oz) dried cranberries or dried blueberries instead of the sultanas.

Thank you Heather


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those scones are beautiful! Mmmhh, with jam and clotted cream...



Grannymar said...

They look yummy! I will take mine without the cream thanks.

The variations are cool too.

Mar said...

So delicious, when I will translate the recipe in spanish I will copy...
A kiss

Hevz said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww thank you....I feel very proud to have my scone pic on your blog :-)

I'm gonna try your scones next time xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Vicki said...

These scones are like little pieces of heaven!!!

They were yummy fresh from the oven!!

Kelly-Jane said...

Lovely scones from Heather :)

Gloria said...

Brenda,Brenda, wow your scones tempting me!! are really beauty I could eat one right now!! Im hungry!! xxoxoxoxoxoxo; Gloria

Cynthia said...

How delightfully tasty!

Indigo said...

Honestly I could just eat scones all day (could I get much more British?), and these look incredible. Sadly our Aga is running cold today so my scone craving will have to wait... is this the saddest story you've ever heard, or what?

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those scones look absolutely incredible! I do love a good scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Great recipe Hevz and thanks Granny for sharing this with us too ;0)

Nickki said...

I agree Granny and Heather these scones are gorgeous! What a stunning picture x

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Kerry said...

The scones look amazing. Love the variations

George said...

How lovely that Hevz scones are on your blog. They look fabulous.

Mary said...

Hi , how are you these days with all this ? I love your scones ....when you have time i have some awards for you!

George said...

You have an award waiting on my blog Brenda xx

Hevz said...

Ohhhhhhh I don't think I've made scones since then. I just "forget" about things until I stumble across them again. Thanks for posting about my scones after you "forced" me to try and make some as I'd never made scones before hahahaha xxx