5.26.2014

PROPER BRITISH SCONES


We discovered a delicious little spot in Parkdale a few weekends ago, warm scones, perfectly steeped tea and truly unique and delicious confiture. The scone, jam and clotted cream combo brought me right back to England. I woke up this past weekend totally craving a proper british scone (as opposed to typical American scones). A good friend recently bought us a subscription to Cook's Illustrated, and the first issue we received just happened to describe the perfect way to make British scones. This seemed like a great place to start. Dangerously delicious and more simple then you would think - these little guys are perfect for leisure weekend mornings, summertime park picnics, or afternoon tea.


PROPER BRITISH SCONES // makes 9

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated March/April 2014

Preheat oven to 500.

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 T baking powder
pinch of salt
1 stick (8 T) unsalted butter, cut into cubes and softened*
1 cup milk (recipe called for whole milk, I used soy and it worked flawlessly)
2 large eggs

to serve...
english clotted cream (readily available at your local grocery store)
jam

*note: if you forget to take the butter out early to soften, simply cut into cubes and pop in the microwave for 20 seconds.

What to do:

In a food processor fitted with the s-blade, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pulse until combined - about 5 pulses.

Add the butter and pulse until fully incorporated and mixture looks like very fine crumbs, about 20 pulses. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk the milk and eggs. Set aside 2 T of the milk mixture for later and pour the remainder into the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold everything together until fully combined.

Transfer the dough to a well floured countertop and knead 25 to 30 times, until smooth and free of cracks. Keep your hands floured to avoid sticking. Press the dough down a bit to flatten, and use a rolling pin to roll flat, about 1" thick.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 2-1/2" round cutter, cut as many rounds out as you can and gently transfer to the baking sheet. Keeping your counter floured, re-knead the dough, roll to 1" thick and cut out the additional rounds.

Brush the tops with the milk/egg mixture. Lower the oven temperature to 425 and bake scones for 10-12 minutes, rotating the sheet at 5 minutes. You'll know they are ready when they have risen and are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Best served warm, with clotted cream and jam.

4 comments:

  1. Are you talking about the Kitten and the Bear? If so, best place for cream tea in Toronto!

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    1. I sure am! Seriously delicious spot. Their ginger pear confiture blew my mind!

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  2. Have you tried their banana jam? It sounds so weird but it is the best thing ever!

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    1. sounds totally bizarre, but I'll have to go check it out!

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