When I worked at my old job, at home in Ireland, we had a little morning ritual of going to the canteen for morning tea and scones. It wasn’t a very healthy ritual, which I only discovered when I went to WeightWatchers and realized just how many calories etc were in the huge scones I was eating every morning. I quit the daily scones when I started WW saving them to have just occasionally instead and then of course when I came to America I quit them entirely because the American scones I’ve seen in pastry shops look nothing at all like the ones I remember from home.
Weeks of following the Great British Bake Off have left me with the desire to bake everything! I don’t think they’ve even made scones on the show this season and yet after watching it I couldn’t stop thinking about making (and let’s be honest eating) scones. I found this recipe online and changed it only a tiny bit based on the ingredients I had to hand and they turned out perfectly.
3 cups of self-raising flour
3 tbsp of sugar
¼ tsp of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of baking powder
¾ cup of warm milk
1/3 cup of butter (Note to self 75g)
1 egg beaten
Preheat the oven to 400F and place a baking tray in the oven to heat. Add the flour, salt and baking powder to a mixing bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar (and any dried fruit you wish to add at this point). Pour in the milk and vanilla extract and combine to make a dough. Scoop out dough and press out gently on a floured surface to make a 1 inch thick rectangle. Use a pastry cutter/cookie cutter (or in my case a wine glass) dusted in flour to cut out 4 scones. Re-pat the remaining dough and cut out another 4 scones. Dust the hot baking tray with flour and place scones onto tray. Brush tops of scones with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes until tops are golden brown.
In England these scones are traditionally eaten with jam and clotted cream, in Ireland we ate them with butter and jam and here in South Carolina they were enjoyed with a liberal smear of butter and the absolute dregs of the very last jar of home-made jam. I wasn’t expecting these to taste as good as they did – they were fantastic!
So fantastic that I ate 3 of them yesterday…..they’ll have to a “only make occasionally” bake!