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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Perfect picnic scones

Now the weather has turned into something a little more pleasant it seems only a matter of time before everything can be eaten outside sat in the sun. That is the way it seemed when I began making these beautiful scones...but of course it began to rain haha.

For those of you who have been blessed with the sunnier weather, I'm sure you will love this recipe. It's my mum's and it's just the best. We usually have massive scones but in the name of public decency I decided to cut mine down a little and switch out the clotted cream for creme fraiche. So delicious!

To make 6 beautiful scones you need:
250 grams plain flour
salt
milk (Leave out a small cup but you wont need the lot)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
50 grams butter (chopped into little cubes)
25 grams of sugar
50 grams of sultanas

A preheated oven at 250 degrees Celsius.

If you follow this blog you know I hate more than anything to weigh things out - I just cannot be bothered, but, since this is my mum's recipe I made a proper effort to get the proportions right.

The first step is to sieve your dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and then rub in the butter until you get a breadcrumb like mix.


It should look like this when you're done.


Then spoon in your milk (tbsp) until the mixture is just wet enough to bring itself together. Add the sultanas at this point.


Once mixed you should end up with this:


Now it's time to roll it out. You want to have them at least an inch thick- they will roughly double in size. I used a round sharp cutter to get mine roughly even because I thought it might look a bit more presentable haha, usually I just cut them up into roughly sized triangles instead.


Brush the tops with a the remaining milk and then place them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.


Yum!

I love the smell of warm baked goods. Has to be one of the top smells in life!
Let the scones cool slightly before slathering on your toppings. I went for strawberry jam and cream fraiche but clotted cream would be amazing.

Since most of my readers are from the US and Asia I'll just quickly point out that depending on where you are from in England you put the jam and cream on in a particular order. I don't actually know why people are so strange about it haha but people from Devon usually put cream first and Cornish people put jam first. People argue over it as well as over the correct way to say scone. It can be pronounced as 'Scon' or 's-cone'; I say Scon. Again, no idea why we are all so weird over here. Maybe just being stuck on an island haha?

I'm from neither Devon nor Cornwall so I put jam on my scones and then cream which I think is easier to spread. It's also how the Queen takes her afternoon tea so I guess it must be the more traditional haha. In the interests of keeping the peace I've put them on differently for each side of the scone here and either way they are delicious.




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