Pastry Chef Lisa Marley is working in partnership with Britannia Living to develop exciting recipes for every month of 2016.
Scones are a quintessential British classic and the ultimate accompaniment to a leisurely al fresco tea in the lazy Sunday afternoon sunshine. Light, crumbly and subtly sweet – scones are a wonderfully simple delight and aren’t particularly time-consuming to make so you can get to devouring them in no time!
Firstly, rub some cold cubed butter into the flour and raising agent to form a breadcrumb consistency. Once this is done, it’s time to add in the mixed fruit in this case, but you could also add cheese to create a delightful savoury scone. Add your milk and bring it together to form a dough before flouring your work surface and gently tapping down the dough.
Cut your scone shapes, place on to a baking tray and bake for around 12 to 15 minutes or until they’re golden. Finally, serve with a generous dollop of clotted cream and jam – heavenly!
250g self-raising flour
¼ tbsp. baking powder
25g butter, diced
25g caster sugar
227g clotted cream
85g dried mixed fruit
Jam and more berries to serve (optional)
Heat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C, fan 180°C
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar together in a large bowl
Then rub the butter in with your fingertips
When the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs add in the dried fruit
Add the milk a little at a time, until you have firm dough
If you need to, add a splash a more milk
The dough should come together easily and not need to be squeezed
Handle it as little as possible so it stays squashy
Turn out the dough onto a floured a work surface and pat it into a circle about 15cm (¾in) thick
Cut out the scones using a 5cm (2in) straight-edged cutter
For the cleanest edge, press the cutter firmly through the dough and twist slightly as you pull it back out
Put the scones onto a non-stick baking sheet and brush the tops with beaten egg
Bake for 12-15 mins or until golden
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for a few mins
Serve with butter, jam or strawberries and cream