Are the simplest things in life not just the best? I think so, and once you try this incredibly easy scone recipe UK, you will agree. Made easily in half an hour they are perfect for when that unexpected visitor drops by.
Scones are something I’ve never been able to master until recently. The truth is, like with most things in life… less is more! Basic ingredients, less mixing, fast baking! They all contribute to an unbelievably successful scone recipe every time.
So let’s take a closer look at some of the steps required to achieve that perfect tea time scone:
The Butter must be as cold as possible for this easy scone recipe.
Straight out the fridge is best then cut with a cold knife or scissors to avoid any necessary heating – it sounds extreme but just trust me here, it makes all the difference.
When combining the butter with flour and sugar, you need to ensure the lumps of butter and as small as possible
The mixture should look almost like flour again, or breadcrumbs at a push.
The problem here is when touching the mixture to achieve this breadcrumb-like consistency your toasty warm hands can be problematic. Simply dip them in some cold water for 20-30 seconds before you begin touching that stuff up!
For the best lift in your scones add the baking powder after you have mixed together the flour and sugar.
Baking powder does not perform well if it has been worked too much so for this easy scone recipe and any other recipe for that matter. Always add the baking powder as late as possible.
Combine the vanilla with the milk before adding to the scones so it can be distributed evenly, it adds another dimension of flavour which is quite… well, vanilla 😉
When you are ready to add the milk to the mixture, please, please, please do not over mix!
The most important part of all! Please under no circumstances whatsoever miss this crucial step when making this easy scone recipe.
It’s been a mistake I must admit I’ve been making for most of my adult life, and I urge you to learn from my mistake. I literally use a metal spoon and mix 5 times then tip the mixture onto a floured surface and form straight away. Over mixing at this stage will leave you with rock buns.
Do Not Over Mix This Easy Scone Recipe!!!
Cutting the scones should not take up much time either.
I was always put off by the time it would take to use cookie cutters to make perfectly round scones with a beautiful crinkled edge. Not to mention the overhandling would often result in a hard scone.
Simply shape the dough into a circle about 2 inches deep then use a sharp knife to cut into 6-8 triangles. a more rustic look, but it makes for a better easy scone recipe.
Always brush with egg before baking.
This is what gives the scones a deliciously golden colour as well as a harder finish on top… the last thing we want is anaemic scones for tea.
Cool well after baking.
When the scones leave the oven they will be soft and crumbly. I know you want to dunk them straight in the butter tub but please refrain. They need at least 15 minutes to stop the cooking process and form a nice crisp outer layer. Okay, now you can dunk them in butter (just me???).
So now you have an easy scone recipe, you never need to buy those doughy store bough weird things every again.
Top them with lashings of butter, jam, or whatever your topping your heart desires, I wont judge!
I hope you will share your results on the Facebook Page, I look forward to seeing them 🙂
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- 350 grams self raising flour
- 50 grams sugar
- 100 grams butter
- 1 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 120 millilitres whole / full fat milk
- 1 egg
- Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees celcius and add your baking tray to the oven to heat up whilst you prepare the scones
- Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl (you can use a food processor)
- Cut butter with a cold knife into small chunks then rub with the flour mixture until a breadcrumb like consistancy is reached
- Add the baking powder and mix quickly to combine
- Combine the milk and vanilla essance together thoroughly
- Pour the milk into the dry mixture and combine using a metal spoon no more than 5 times around the bowl (overmixing will distroy your scones) if using a food processor a few seconds will be fine
- Tip the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and push together until a dough if formed
- Shape the dough into a circle without handling too much
- Cut into 8 triangular or rectangular sections with a sharp knife from the centre outwards
- Grease a baking tray with some butter then transfer the scones onto the tray
- Beat the egg and brush the tops of the scones with the mixture then bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 12 minutes
- When lovely and golden on top, remove and allow to cool for 15 minutes