15 March 2011

Scones


I feel that I need to redeem myself after my Pinwheel Scone post last year where I raved about the awesomeness of scone mix after my many failed attempts at making scones.  I still have to admit that scone mix is great - but I also felt that I had to face my scone making fears and conquer them once and for all.

Both my mother, mother-in-law and grandmother are amazing scone makers.  Surly, somewhere tucked away there are scone making genes in my body?  So a few days ago I decided to face my monster called 'SCONES' and battle it out.

And guess what?  I won (well, I think I did anyway).

Here is the wonderful recipe I used, taken from Alison Holst's "Dollars and Sense Cookbook".  These scones are quick and easy to make.  I love using cookie cutters to make cute scone shapes, but don't forget that you can make pinwheel scones, savoury scones and many others using this mix as your base.

Ingredients
2 cups self-raising flour
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp sugar, optional
25 g butter, melted
½ cup milk 
¼-½ cup water

Method
Sift the flour, salt, and sugar into a mixing bowl.  Heat the butter until it melts, and tip all the milk and the smaller amount of water all at once into the flour.

Mix with a knife or spatula until blended, adding extra water to make a soft dough, then, without over mixing, turn it out onto a flour bench, and roll out lightly, about 22cm square.  Cut into 9 rough squares, place about 1 cm apart on an oven tray, and bake at 220°C, in the middle of the oven, for about 10 minutes until the tops and bottoms of the scones are lightly browned.

Serve hot or warm, with your favourite spreads. 

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12 comments:

  1. wtg yum
    Alison Holst's recipes always help out I reckon

    right now Im coming to morning tea ;)

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  2. Mmm,we love scones in our house!
    Just yesterday I made Cranberry Scones, which I served with Orange Marmalade.
    So yummy!

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  3. These scones look amazing! I will have to try them out soon...to have with some yummy homemade raspberry jam! x

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  4. This made me laugh! My mother was a champion baker and could whip up a batch of scones (pancakes, cakes, biscuits, you name it) before we'd even realized she'd left the room, until she was diagnosed Coeliac and had to stop. I have tried her recipes, Delia Smith's recipes and numerous others and still fail every time! One of these pre-school days I will just bake scones all day until I crack it! Well done with yours!

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  5. Oh well done!!! I understand this battle completely. I'll never forget the first time my scones actually turned out edible. I vaguely remember doing a little dance and using a very pretty plate to present them to the family.

    Oh and I am soooooo happy to be back here able to comment on your blog again :-) xxx

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  6. Ellymay1:31 pm

    Belated happy birthday to Poppa. Scones look pretty good Paisley Jade, took me years to perfect the art of making a good scone, you are doing amazingly well. x x

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  7. looks so good and yummy!

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  8. Scones are one of our favorite Saturday breakfasts! Nothing beats (pun kinda intended...) real whipped cream melting down a warm split scone. (I'm so boring, though -- I always just cut mine in wedges. I guess boys don't care so much about cute shapes, huh?)

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  9. YUM!!!!
    gonna have to give these a try

    love and light

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  10. Oh YUM! I didn't know you could ever go wrong with scones. I'm coming over to try one:))

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  11. Your scones are so golden and beautiful. I haven't made scones yet, but I need to change that SOON!

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  12. Your scones look so yummy....I am just about to make some lemonade scones to take to my cell group tonight.can't go wrong with scones and jam.

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