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English Scones


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Ingredients

  • 8 oz self-rising flour – weigh it! (approx. 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 2 oz butter (approx. 4 Tbs)
  • 1 oz – extra fine sugar (caster) – weigh it (approx. 2 Tbs)
  • 1 egg
  • milk

Instructions

  1. This is one of those recipes that is super easy after the first time you make it. I will be writing it in the order of what I did to prep. some ingredients then how I put it together.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 Fahrenheit
  3. Lightly grease cookie sheet (or use Silpat liner)
  4. Lightly beat egg in a measuring cup. Add milk to bring the level up to 1/2 cup. I found the recipe worked better if this mixture warmed a little (close to room temperature) on the counter.
  5. Weigh the self rising flower and mix in baking powder in a bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour. Yes, you rub the butter into the flour until it looks like small crumbs (think breadcrumbs).
  6. Add in sugar.
  7. Add milk & egg mixture (reserving aprox. 2 Tbsp) to your dry mixture.
  8. Lightly knead this mixture (yes, with your hands!). Knead only until the dough comes together. Over kneading affects the finished texture. This is a sticky dough. But, if it is still super sticky, add just a little more flour.
  9. On a floured counter, roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. This is much thicker than what we are used to when we make cookies or pie crust. Seriously, I used a ruler to check. I also didn’t use a roller. This isn’t a ton of dough so I just gently formed it with my hands. I did sprinkle just a little flour on the top so it didn’t stick as much. Go as easy on the flour as you can, you want this dough to be just workable.
  10. Cut into 8 – 10 round scones. Use a round cutter, approx. 2 1/2 inches wide (if you don’t have that size, go a little smaller, rather than larger).
  11. Place on the baking sheet, well spaced.
  12. Use the reserved milk mixture to brush the tops of your scones.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch closely the last couple of minutes. The tops should be a pale golden brown. If you overbake, they are dry. And, not awesome : (. You want these to be awesome!

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