I was watching an episode of the Barefoot Contessa last week… she was going away for the weekend and prepared food for her husband to have in her absence. She made scones for his breakfast, which hubby thought was sweet and wished that I would spoil him too.
So this morning, I told him not to enter the kitchen until I had made his ‘surpise’. I found a simple recipe on BBC online. Recipe makes about 8 scones, so there’ll be plenty leftover for afternoon tea!
Here is the recipe for ease of reference.
- 225g self raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 50g unsalted butter, softened
- 130ml milk
- a pinch of salt
- 25g caster sugar
- Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl
- Add in the sugar
- Rub the butter into the flour mix until it forms breadcrumbs
- Add in the milk gradually
- Work the dough gently and leave to rest for 10 minutes
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
- Flour the kitchen surface and place the dough on it
- Roll the dough until it is about 2cm thick
- Use a round pastry cutter to cut the dough (good tip here, recipe says not to twist the dough as it will prevent the scone from rising). I didn’t have a pasty cutter, so I used the mouth of a wine glass!
- Place the cut scones on a greased baking tray
- Brush the top of each scone with milk
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes
- Serve with butter, jam or clotted cream (for afternoon tea)