CELEBRATE AFTERNOON TEA WEEK WITH THE PERFECT HOMEMADE SCONE

We all love Afternoon Tea, right?  With many of us working from home, there’s never been a better time to pop a treat in to bake in-between Zoom meetings! To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, and in anticipation of The Great British Bake Off, which is filming now, here are two recipes for the perfect scones: sweet and savoury for the star baker!

Home Baked Fruit Scones

Ingredients – Makes 12

300g self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
75g butter
75g caster sugar
75g sultanas (or any dried fruit of choice)
2 tbsps natural yoghurt
Milk to mix (around 300ml)

Method
  1. Preheat an oven on the fan function at 180°C. Place the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and stir together. Rub in the butter.
  2. Add the sugar, sultanas and yoghurt and then enough milk to bind the mixture into a light, sticky dough. Handle the mixture as little as possible but bring the dough together and transfer on to a lightly floured work surface.
  3. Gently pat out the dough to approximately 2.5cm thick. Cut out the scones using a 5cm diameter cutter and place on a lightly floured baking tray.
  4. Place the scones in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until well risen and lightly golden. Once baked, transfer to a wire rack.
  5. Serve the scones while still slightly warm with jam and butter, or cream.

 

Home Baked Cheese Scones

Ingredients – Makes 12

600g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
Large pinch of smoked paprika
150g butter
150g grated cheese of your choice
4 tbsp natural yoghurt
Milk to mix (approx. 300ml)
1 egg
50g grated parmesan

Method
  1. Preheat an oven with the fan function at 180°C. Place the flour, salt, paprika, grated cheese and baking powder into a bowl and stir together. Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the yoghurt and then enough milk to bind the mixture into a light, rather sticky dough. Bring the dough together and transfer on to a lightly floured work surface. Knead lightly to form a soft dough.
  3. Gently pat out the dough to approximately 2.5cm thick. Cut out the scones using a 5cm diameter cutter and place on a lightly floured baking tray.
  4. Glaze with an egg by brushing over the top surface of the scones and then sprinkle with the grated parmesan.
  5. Place the scones in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until well risen and lightly golden. Once baked, transfer to a wire rack.
  6. Serve the scones while still slightly warm with plenty of butter.

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