This weekend the summery weather in the UK turned wet, dark and dreary, prompting everyone to run back indoors and seriously debate switching on their heating. This, however, gave me the perfect excuse to spend my first weekend at home in ages and do a bit of baking. Oh how I’ve missed baking recently!
I opted for a batch of freshly baked scones. They are so simple to make and yet as you smother on the clotted cream and jam you feel like a contender for the title of The Great British Bake Off! Pop up some bunting and you can pretend you’re right there in the bake off tent as a monsoon rages outside. (I may be exaggerating slightly, but on a side note I can’t WAIT for the new series of Great British Bake Off!
Basic Scone Recipe
450g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
30g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 220 degrees celcius and line a tray with baking paper.
- Mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and use your fingers rub in the butter until your mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Next add in the caster sugar and mix together with a spoon.
- Pour in the milk and stir it through the mix. Once combined, use your fingers to ball it into a soft dough.
- Gently roll out your dough until you can cut out 9 scones. (Note that scones rise a little bit, but not that much so don’t roll the dough too thin!)
- Combine the leftovers to make 1 more scone!
- Transfer the scones onto the baking tray and lightly brush the tops with milk.
- Bake the scones for 10 to 12 minutes until golden.
- Leave them to cool down for a bit, then slice in half and spread on some clotted cream and jam (whether you put the cream or jam on first is up to you – decisions decisions!).
Chocolate Orange variation
…if you want a slightly sweeter variation, I did a bit of experimenting and came up with this little twist – chocolate orange scones. Think pain au chocolat and you’re on the right lines!
100g plain chocolate (chopped) / chocolate chips
Zest of 1 & 1/2 oranges
4 tbsps Chocolate Spread
- Make up your basic dough, but before cutting it out add the chocolate and the zest of an orange (leave the zest out if you want to tone down the orange flavour, as you’ll be adding some more later!)
- Bake the scones and leave them to cool.
N.B. I took the pictures for this recipe at this point, but at the all important taste test I found them a little bit dry. I decided that they were missing a vital ingredient – chocolate spread! I therefore thoroughly recommend the next step to take them from 7 to heaven!
- Mix the remaining orange zest into the Nutella and spread it on the scones: simples!
Of course to complete the Afternoon Tea theme, it would be rude not to crack open something sparkly and add some strawberries now wouldn’t it?
Thanks go to my mum who has got quite handy with a sewing machine recently and made me some rather cute bunting, which helped make my little afternoon tea even more cheery!
I’ll leave you with the all important question: Jam first… or cream?! 😉