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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Scones

 What's in the cupboard?  Butter, flour, milk - scones for afternoon tea!

All you  need is:

80g room temp. butter
450g (3 cups) self raising flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
250ml (1 cup) milk

Preheat your oven to 220oC (Hot)
 Mix flour and sugar together in a big bowl.
Add the butter cut up in little cubes and rub in with your fingertips till the mix is like fine breadcrumbs.
 Add in all the milk and mix through with a butter knife.
Knead VERY gently (to keep air in the mix and not to activate the gluten too much... or your scones won't rise nicely) until you have a nice big ball of soft dough.
 Roll out on a floured board to about 2cm thick
 Cut circular disks out of the dough.  Haha, I don't have a circular cutter, so use a glass
dipped in flour.
Bake in your hot oven for 10 minutes.
You can tell they are ready as they will be slightly brown on top, or when tapped sound hollow... or insert a skewer and it will come out clean.

Enjoy warm with a dollop of butter, or simple jam and cream (the kids love them with Nutella and cream!)

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