Scones anyone? I made scones today. I can never say no to a scone that is made right. Last week I bought a couple of scones from a cafe nearby and was severely disappointed with the taste and the texture. It was dry and crumbly and tasted really bland. I’m pretty sure there was no butter in it which was disappointing as I love my scones to be ultra buttery and flaky. None of this bland, dry ones for me ever again.
So to appease my cravings, I decided to make scones my way! Yes, with all the buttery goodness that I crave. The kind that will make you wanna stay indoors with your sweatpants on for the next few days. Okay I’m clearly exaggerating but seriously would that be such a bad thing? I think I may be okay with that. After all I live for butter 🙂
I made these scones today using buttermilk which gives it a nice bread like texture. And because I was in the mood for something fancy, I decided to add in white chocolate chips and chopped dried apricots. I did not use egg in this recipe as I feel the scones are always lighter without the addition of an egg.
Now for the important bit. There are a few rules to making a good scone. Firstly the butter should be very cold. I usually measure out my dry ingredients ( the flour, raising agents and salt ) and butter into a bowl and pop it into the freezer for 10 – 15 minutes before working the butter into the flour mixture. I do this because the cold butter makes the scones rise higher.
Secondly when pouring the buttermilk, always pour half first and if needed the remaining half. You should add just enough liquid to make the dough stick together. Any left over buttermilk can always be used to brush the tops of the scones before baking.
Lastly and most importantly never overwork the dough. Too much mixing will render a tough scone and ultimately spoil its texture. And trust me no one likes a tough scone! Also, remember to make sure the scones are kept as cold as possible before baking them in a hot oven. This will make them rise better.
I hope these tips help you on your scone journey. These scones were just too darn good and comes together fairly quickly. Buttery, flaky and with crumbs so tender, I couldn’t be more satisfied. Bring on the clotted cream and jam – it’s time for round 2 🙂