Friday, 2 May 2014

The Best Scone Recipe Ever!

 
Mmm, homemade scones...
 
Scones are so easy to make and bake and such a homely treat.
These are a very economical delight too and if you're not big on baking, (and thinking all that work for something that's gone so fast), then these little kitchen icons are the baking gems you've been waiting for.
This recipe will surprise you not only with its ease and speed (from 10 minutes preparation to baking-ready), but will also net you a whopping batch that will both impress and satisfy.
 
All those high teas I have shared here of late (check out Cristina Re, Chateau Yering and The Langham Hotel Melbourne), have made me hungry for more fancy little delicacies on the home front. Scones are a standard fare in every high tea and I think I deserve this kind of life on a regular basis and probably, so do you!
 
How lovely would it be to wake up to a sweet smelling house this coming Mother's Day and find a plate of hot scones with all the trimmings on your lap? (Hint hint family of mine...)
 
This is a recipe your kids can make. It is very easy to mix by hand but a total dream to prepare in a stand mixer using a dough hook (or with a hand mixer with a dough hook attachment.)
This recipe is my favourite as it doesn't use butter. Cream is the magic ingredient here and it makes mixing this scone dough so much easier, less messy and more pleasant. These taste sensational!
Scones make a great lunchbox treat for kids too. I made this batch with a mini scone cutter for extra kid appeal but really, who needs coaxing to enjoy these!

 
 You will need:

350 grams of self-raising flour
30 grams of caster sugar
1/2 a teaspoon of salt
2 large eggs
300ml of thickened cream

Preheat oven to 240 degrees C.

Line two cookie sheets with baking paper. (Do this first as once you begin handling the dough you will need to wash your hands again, and again...)

Toss all ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer. (I used my KitchenAid with the dough hook attachment).
If mixing by hand, place dry ingredients into a large bowl and pour wet ingredients into the centre to mix.

When the dough comes together, lightly flour a work surface and roll out to a 1.5cm thickness.
Using a scone cutter (or round biscuit cutter), stamp out your scones and place on the cookie sheets with a bit of space between each scone to allow for expansion in the baking phase.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Serve with jam and cream.


I have a little Miss helping me cook theses days. Celeste loves me to make her a makeshift bench from a stool in the kitchen and I offer her some real tools from the baking drawer. She will happily mix and play like this the whole time I am making and baking, keeping her out of mischief and out of harm's way. It's very cute don't you think?
 
Have you got a little kitchen helper too?
What kind of breakfast are you treated to on Mother's Day?
 
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34 comments:

  1. YUM! They look delicious and so easy to make. Have bookmarked your recipe to try over the weekend! (Found you via #FYBF...so pleased I did) Kirsten x

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    1. Aww thanks Kirsten! Nice to meet you here and I hope you enjoy these when you bake them :D

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  2. They look really light and delicious - my own scones are always more rock cakes...

    I always get toast smothered in jam and too milky tea delivered to bed. I sneak downstairs and 'repair the damage', but hey, it's the thought, after all! :)

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    1. Haha! That sounds a little familiar! Mine (breakfast) is usually served hot however the little ones linger around so long and distract me that by the time I come to eat it, it's all cold moosh! You are right though, it is the thought that counts!

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  3. I've bookmarked the recipe!! :) Enjoy your lovely weekend~

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  4. Very cute indeed. I have a little one who likes to help washing up. When she put the dish scrubber in her mouth yesterday though we had to put an end to this activity :) Scones look delish!!

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    1. I am sure my little one and yours would cook up a storm together! I love watching little ones pretend-play grown-up activities. Priceless :D

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  5. I simply love scones so much! especially with a cup of tea.

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    1. Me too Sam, and if it weren't for all those high teas I have reviewed here, I would have forgotten about them altogether. I love them so much but they are a traditional treat that is easy to forget in our busy lives.

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  6. Oh, thank you, I hadn't thought about doing scones in ages. I must try this recipe x

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  7. Last time I attempted making scones they didn't turn out well but I love a warm scone with jam and cream and a cup of tea. I will have to try this recipe and see how I go. .:)

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    1. Bec, you couldn't go wrong with this one. It really is so easy to make. All my recipes are - too many kids with needs to distract me!

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  8. That sounds really easy...do you think it is possible to substitute the flour for wholemeal flour?

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    1. I am sure you could Vanessa. Maybe even substitute half of the flour with wholemeal and give that a try. Do you have an allergy or are you super-healthy? I am sure you could possibly try out many different flours to make these. Good luck with it.

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    2. My husband is semi-ex-diabetic (looong story) so we eat only low GI food 95% of the time. Half and half sounds like a safe bet!

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  9. They look amazing - I found a recipe a while ago that just included flour, cream and lemonade (I know, strange right?) - equal measures of each and they worked really well - this is the only other recipe I've seen that includes cream, think I may need to try it out!

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    1. Yes, I am familiar with the lemonade version too. I love the cream addition as I think it gives a nice lightness to the scone.

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  10. These look so delicious … I haven't made scones for such a long time … maybe I need to do some baking on the weekend!

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  11. Oooh, I must say I think my husband makes the best scones ever. He's even won first prize at the local show for them! He makes them every Sunday morning for the family.

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    1. Oh Jodi, I am moving in! Hubbay makes scones - AND they are award-winning?! I may be ever so jealous! Well done!

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  12. They are perfectly round! Go the cookie cutter, never thought about using one - DIR! I haven't made scones in YEARS - might have to do them to see if I've still got it! x

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  13. I haven't made scones for ages, I like mine with butter and vegemite too. I will have to try out your recipe next time, they look great :)

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  14. I soooo suck at scones. everytime I make them they are warped... that sia you have inspired me to give it at least one more try with your recipe :) They look scrumdiddlyumptious x

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    1. Sonia, warped scones are fine - it's the taste that matters :D

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  15. Love scones, haven't made them for a while. My hubby needs this hint too, would be nice for mother's day :)

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  16. Oooh, I've never thought about putting eggs in scones, I'll have to give it a go! I swear by the lemonade scones recipe, super easy and it hasn't failed me yet.

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    1. Give it a try Emma. My brood loves these so I already know they'll be a hit at your house although, gone in minutes!

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  17. Hmm, just need to figure a substitute for thickened cream. We don't have that in the US. I am thinking a little less heavy cream and see how the batter looks.

    Stopping by from Sunday Brunch.

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    1. Really, no thickened cream? It must be called something else in your parts? Yes, I would try with a little less full cream then. Good luck :D

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  18. I just love scones still warm from the oven and slathered in my Mum's homemade apricot jam. Thanks for sharing this great recipe, and hope to see you back next week x

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