Classic English Scones: A Tea Time Delight

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Scones are a delightful tea time treat, offering a fluffy and buttery experience that pairs perfectly with a warm beverage. They’re surprisingly simple to make, requiring minimal ingredients and effort. This recipe will guide you through the process of creating delicious homemade scones, taking you from gathering basic pantry staples to enjoying a warm, golden treat.

Ingredients:

How to Make Perfect Scones
How to Make Perfect Scones

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup buttermilk (or ½ cup regular milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice added, let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and jam for serving (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Aim for some pea-sized butter chunks for flakiness.

    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.

    4. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to tough scones.

    5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently pat it into a ½-inch thick circle. Use a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass to cut out scones.

    6. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each one. Brush the tops with a little bit of milk or cream for a golden brown finish (optional).

    7. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

    8. Let the scones cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    9. Serve warm with whipped cream and your favorite jam, or enjoy them plain!

    Nutrition Facts (per scone):

    Calories: 340

  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 5g

  • These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion:

    Freshly baked scones are a delightful way to treat yourself or your loved ones. This recipe provides a simple foundation for creating delicious and versatile scones. Feel free to get creative! You can add ingredients like dried fruit, chocolate chips, or even cheese to customize your scones to your taste preferences.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk?

    Yes, you can! Simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to ½ cup of regular milk and let it sit for 5 minutes before using it in the recipe. This creates a similar acidity to buttermilk.

    2. What if I don’t have a cookie cutter?

    No problem! You can use a drinking glass or even a sharp knife to cut out the scones. Just try to get them as close to a circular shape as possible for even baking.

    3. My scones turned out dry. What went wrong?

    There are a couple of possibilities. One reason could be overmixing the dough. The other might be that your oven temperature was too low. Try mixing the dough just until combined and ensure your oven is preheated to the correct temperature before baking.

    4. Can I freeze scones?

    Absolutely! Scones freeze very well. Once they have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before serving.

    5. How can I reheat scones?