Wonderful Scones That Are Not Dry, Every Single Time
Moist English Scones
These wonderful homemade scones are easy to make and will turn out soft and perfect every time.
Unlike some scones, this recipe will ensure that they are not dry and crumbly, but slightly light and fluffy and not very dense in texture. They have a beautiful flavour and can be eaten with a number of fillings, really perfect for high tea or anytime really.
Variations can be made to the dough mixture. For example, if you want to make savoury scones, instead of the sugar add 50 g / 2 oz of grated cheese can be added.
Alternatively, dried fruits can be added to the dough for a fruitier finish.
Afternoon tea has come back into fashion in a huge way. Hotels and guest houses, and even people at home are now serving delightful savoury bread and sandwiches, cakes and snacks, and of course, no English afternoon tea would be complete without some perfect scones.
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- 225 g / 8 oz self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 25 g / 1 oz caster sugar
- 50 g / 2 oz unsalted butter
- 150 ml milk
- 1 egg
- Sift the self-raising flour into a large bowl
- Add the baking powder and salt and mix in
- Make sure the butter is slightly softened
- Stir in the caster sugar
- Now using your fingertips rub in the softened butter. It will start to form a breadcrumb consistency. Continue this action until all the mixture is at a fine breadcrumb stage
- Now start to add the milk little by little, kneading as you do. This will form a smooth dough
- Leave the dough to rest for 15 minutes and lightly flour a clean smooth surface
- Roll out the dough until it is even and about 2 cm deep, so don't apply too much pressure
- Use a pastry cutter to cut out individual scones
- Preheat the oven to 220 C / 425 F
- Cover a baking tray with baking parchment and place the rolls slightly apart onto it
- Beat an egg and using a pastry brush paint the top of the scones for a shiny glaze
- Place in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown
- Serve the scones warm or cold
- As you can see in the picture, I made these last ones with fresh strawberries and cream
English afternoon tea
Have you ever had English afternoon tea?
The cakes are ready for afternoon tea
Are scones used in afternoon and high tea?
Scones are one of the most traditional dishes that are presented in afternoon tea, which is also known as high tea.
If you have never heard of this, it is an old English tradition that has recently come back into fashion in England. Served in the afternoon are delicious morsels of sweet and savoury snacks, and of course, served with lots of tea and coffee.
There really are no rules, but popularly served plates include things such as cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon savouries and other cold fish and meats. Pastries that are savoury or sweet and a selection of cakes and tarts, and of course scones.
Remember you can also make a delicious savoury version of these scones by leaving and the sugar and adding the cheese that you wish.
If you decide to make afternoon tea for your friends or family, if everything else goes wrong I promise it will be worth it for my moist homemade scones.
Make sure you have some beautiful fresh strawberries and some double whipped cream to serve them and everybody will taste a little piece of heaven.
Some of the cakes that I have prepared above for it, and now have to cut into easy to eat slices and pieces are my:
Guinness and chocolate cake
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Hummingbird Cake (A carrot cake with some extras added like pineapple)
Tea Loaf made with fresh fruit.
I really hope that you have enjoyed looking at my recipe and will enjoy cooking and eating it even more.
© 2014 Peter Badham