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The Perfect Scone

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by beanzontoast, 10 Sep 2007.

  1. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Anyone know a recipe for the perfect scone - i.e. one which is quite hard on the outside, very dry and crumbly on the inside? Plain or with fruit is fine. It's our fave bikeride treat and we've found several cafe's on different routes that home-make the above melt-in-the-mouth varieties, but the recipes are kept secret!

    I'm getting fed up of the doughy supermarket ones and even the Bero cookbook hasn't delivered the goods!

    Yours in anticipation... :blush:

    :ohmy:
     
  2. jonathan ellis

    jonathan ellis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London
    no idea
    but it is the fastest cake in the world
     
  3. longers

    longers Veteran

    I've got a recipe which I will look out for you later. Never used it but you could be the guinea pig :blush:.

    I have heard that milk that's on the turn is good for making scones with.
     
  4. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    For 8 Scones:-
    INGREDIENTS

    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 cup white sugar
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    5 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
    1/2 cup milk
    1/4 cup sour cream
    1 egg
    1 tablespoon milk

    DIRECTIONS

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or rubbing between your fingers until it is in pea sized lumps. Stir in the currants. Mix together 1/2 cup milk and sour cream in a measuring cup. Pour all at once into the dry ingredients, and stir gently until well blended. Overworking the dough results in terrible scones!

    With floured hands, pat scone dough into balls 2 to 3 inches across, depending on what size you want. Place onto a greased baking sheet, and flatten lightly. Let the scones barely touch each other. Whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon of milk. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash. Let them rest for about 10 minutes.
    Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are golden brown, not deep brown. Break each scone apart, or slice in half. Serve with butter or clotted cream and a selection of jams - or even plain.

    Tip

    Scones can be reheated if not eaten promptly by wrapping in aluminum foil and heating in oven until heated through or split in half and toasted.
     
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    Elmer beat me to it.
    Do I need to bother? My recipe is for cheese scones (could be made without the cheese if preferred presumably).
     
  6. OP
    OP
    beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Don't worry, longers! And thanks Elmer - I'll give that one a try first and let you all know what happens...

    :blush:
     
  7. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    It is allegedly poached from the Savoy Hotel, Not that means too much to me as I would rather have a greasy spoon cafe B n E sarnie than a Savoy one !
     
  8. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    How do you make a cheese scone without cheese?
    That is patently absurd!:blush:
     
  9. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    A mate of mine used to meet us at work on a friday and always refer to my then boss (I was only 18yrs) as scone head...

    Never failed to get a laugh :blush:
     
  10. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Ah, but does it rhyme with "gone" or with "stone"? When I were a lad, the former was what we said, the latter was for posh folk....
     
  11. got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Location:
    Yarm, Cleveland
    ......errrrrrmmmmm then they would not be cheese scones...!
    Pedants of the world unite!!
     
  12. longers

    longers Veteran

    A friend told me about a pub in Swindon that does a very nice ham, egg and chips. A vegetarian girl went in with them one day and asked for egg and chips to be told "sorry, we don't sell that love".:ohmy:

    She had to go back and order ham, egg and chips but no ham please. This was ok and the barman didn't think it odd at all. :blush:
     
  13. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Poached scones? :blush:
     
  14. OP
    OP
    beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Scone update...

    Well, Elmer's recipe turned out fine. I may have flattened them a bit too much though - they came out of the oven about 4 inches across!

    :ohmy:

    :smile:

    :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  15. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Aunt Bessie's make frozen scones.

    And unfortunately, several of the lazier cream tea outlets of the West Country have recently discovered this fact, as we were disappointed to find this year.