English scones are flaky and ideal to serve at teatime. They are only lightly sweetened and extremely easy to make. This is a one bowl recipe you can make in under 15 minutes.
Scones were part of my childhood: we had them often when we visited my grandfather, warm off course. We had them for teatime during the weekends and my parents' house: I distinctly remember standing impatiently next to the oven waiting for them to be ready. Obviously, I almost always burnt my mouth because I couldn't wait for them to slightly cool off 😊.
A scone is like an American biscuit, although it is slightly sweetened and served at teatime with butter or clotted cheese and jam. Biscuits are usually served with savoury dishes.
It is originally from de United Kingdom and it is made with flour, butter and uses baking powder as a leavening agent. Traditionally, scones are circular in shape and they are baked on a baking tray in the oven. They are best served warm.
This is simple scone recipe that you can put together rather quickly following these simple instructions:
1- Prepare the scone dough:
2- Shape the scones:
3- Bake the English scones:
The less you work and touch the dough, the crumblier the scones will turn out. So, when you are mixing the dough, as soon as it comes together, stop touching it. It will not be perfect and super smooth as a sable dough would. Its fine. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Yes, you can. Once you have cut them into rounds, place on a tray lined with parchment paper (they should not touch one another), cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until frozen (about 2 hours). Then transfer to a freezer bag or container. They keep for up to 3 months.
To defrost: place the scones on a baking tray lined with parchment paper leaving space between them. Let them sit at room temperature for an hour. Brush with whipping cream and bake for 25 minutes (might be a little longer if they have not completely defrosted).
They should be eaten when freshly baked ideally warm. However, you can keep them one or two days maximum. Warm up before serving!
Traditionally served warm with clotted cheese and jam. You can also serve with butter. And I also enjoy them plain!
If you want to add a glaze, you can find a lemon glaze recipe here Lemon Cake. They go quite well together.
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