There’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon with scones 🙂
I first tasted scones in a quaint little cottage in Vermont years ago, where my family spent a weekend and the couple that owned it welcomed us with fresh peanut butter scones. Sooooo good!!
The second time was outside of Melbourne in another quaint little cafe on one of those streets you only see in picture postcards. My parents had been waiting to take me for a traditional Devonshire tea, so feeling very British and very fancy, we sat down to hot scones, clotted cream, all kinds of jams and some great coffee. Sigh.
And then I discovered them at Dolce Vita in Palladium, Mumbai, not very long ago. They were just as good as any you’d get abroad! I had to find a way to make them at home.
But scones mean dough. Which means a fiddly mess with tons of rules about how to knead and how to roll and what not. But I promise you, in 10 minutes, you’ll have these in the oven, without having pulled your hair out. Pinky swear.
I used this incredible recipe with just 3 ingredients, no egg and no complicated dough-making instructions. All I had to do was be a bit gentle to avoid getting tough scones. It is a super soft, supple dough that comes together very easily and there’s almost no room for error. If like me, you’re worried about recipes that require kneading, this is the one for you, because you barely need to do anything !
We ate these with some homemade plum jam we got at the lovely Verandah in the Forest hotel at Matheran. And as far as the clotted cream goes, I just used a thick smear of regular Amul cream. Fanciness only goes so far 🙂 You do need toppings for the scones for sure though, because by themselves, they don’t have a lot of flavour.
Dusting the tray with flour, or even the tops of the scones is optional, it didn’t affect mine really. I did it because the recipe said so, but you don’t need to.
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The scones didn’t brown very much so I turned the oven to the broil setting for a bit and that did the trick.
The original recipes is pretty big and calls for self-raising flour. Tip: every time you need to use self-raising flour, since we don’t get it in India easily, just add two teaspoons of baking powder for every 1 cup of flour. Easy peezy!
I cut down the recipe by 1/3rd since this was the first time I was trying scones and there were just two of us to eat them. I got 4 perfect scones and 1 little baby one 🙂 I didn’t have cookie cutters for perfect rounds, so I used the little holder for coffee powder in our coffee pot! Worked like a charm. Get creative and look around your kitchen, don’t let a cookie cutter come in the way of you and these awesome almost homemade bread like treats. And if there’s absolutely nothing round you can use, cut the dough into triangles 🙂
What you’ll need:
1 cup flour
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
30 gms cold butter, cubed
Your favourite jam and preferably some cream because it tastes even better than butter!
What to do:
1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
2. Add the butter and using your fingertips, rub it into the flour till you have a mixture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
3. Make a well in the center and add the milk. Mix till the dough starts to come together. Add a tablespoon more milk if needed.
4. Once you have a loose dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently till it’s smooth. This shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds, so don’t overknead.
5. Pat it out into a rough circle about 2 cm thick and cut out circles with whatever cutter you’re using or neaten the edges and cut out triangles.
6. Place them on a lightly floured/greased tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning to broil for extra browning if needed, in the last few minutes.
7. Let them cool for a few minutes, but not too much, as they taste best warm. Serve with tea/coffee, jam and cream and feel fancy 🙂