Classic British Fruit Scones: A Teatime Treat

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Scones, those delightfully crumbly and buttery pastries, are a quintessential part of afternoon tea in the UK. They come in a variety of flavors, but fruit scones are a timeless classic. Today, we’ll delve into a simple and delicious recipe for homemade fruit scones, perfect for a satisfying snack or a delightful teatime treat.

Ingredients:

Fruit Scones
Fruit Scones

3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) dried mixed fruit (raisins, currants, cranberries, etc.)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk, plus extra for brushing

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    3. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, work the cold butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can also use a food processor for this step.
    4. Stir in the caster sugar and dried mixed fruit.
    5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry well and gently mix with a fork until just combined. Don’t overmix!
    6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times until it comes together. Pat the dough into a round shape about 2 inches thick.
    7. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 8-10 wedges. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them for rising.
    8. Brush the tops of the scones with a little extra milk.
    9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
    10. Let the scones cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Nutrition Facts (per scone):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 250mg

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on the ingredients used. Actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients and brands used.

    Conclusion

    There you have it! With this simple recipe, you can create a batch of fresh and flavorful fruit scones in no time. They’re perfect for enjoying on their own or with a dollop of clotted cream and your favorite jam. So next time you’re craving a delightful treat, try whipping up a batch of these homemade fruit scones!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use different types of dried fruit? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with your favorite dried fruits like chopped apricots, cherries, or chopped nuts for a unique twist.
    2. What if I don’t have caster sugar? You can substitute regular granulated sugar, but the scones might not have the same fine crumb texture.
    3. Can I make the scones ahead of time? Yes, you can! Simply prepare the scones as instructed, but instead of baking them, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let them come to room temperature before baking.
    4. How can I reheat leftover scones? If you have leftover scones, you can reheat them in a preheated oven at 150°C (300°F) for 5-10 minutes, or until warmed through.