Scones with Strawberries & Cream Recipe

Scones with Strawberries and Cream

Time: c.1hr (including time for cooling)

Serves: Makes about 10 scones using a 75mm cutter

Summer calls for a suitably Wimbledon-esque classic recipe - the very traditional, and quintessentially British scone served with strawberries and cream.


Ingredients

  • 675g  Self Raising Flour
  • 18g Baking Powder
  • 75g Butter – in small pieces, softened, but not greasy
  • 50g Vegetable baking fat (such as Trex) in small pieces
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 375ml Milk
  • Strawberry jam
  • Whipped cream


Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170⁰c/150 fan.

2. Put the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.  Add the butter and baking fat. Using your fingertips, rub the flour and fat together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, all at once. Mix lightly and quickly to mix until the mixture just comes together.

4. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and gently bring together to form a dough. The mixture will be sticky to start, with but will soon become a soft dough. Do not over handle or the scones will be tough.

5. Using the palm of your hand, flatten the dough to a depth of about 3cm

6. Dip the cutter into flour and then stamp out the scones, without twisting the cutter.

7. Bring the ‘offcuts’ of dough, back together to form a ball and repeat the process to make the remaining scones.

8. Place on a baking sheet an inch apart and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until just golden (the scones should sound hollow when tap on the base) Allow to cool on a rack.

9. When ready to serve, split in half. Top the base with a spoonful of best strawberry jam, a generous portion of whipped cream and a layer of sliced strawberries. Top with the other half and dust with icing sugar to serve.


Chef's Tip

  • To make fruit scones, mix in a handful of sultanas when adding the sugar.
  • Use clotted cream in place of the whipped cream, if preferred.
  • To enjoy at their best, make the scones a couple of hours before serving.


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