Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.
Scones for Afternoon Teatime or Snack
The other day, I asked my husband if he wanted anything for a snack after work, and without hesitation he said scones. Actually, I was surprised because just the day before I had been thinking about making scones for the afternoon tea. Apparently, we both had scones on our minds, and I was super excited to try making them. I love scones—especially with butter or fruit jam—but I had never tried baking them from scratch.
British Scones vs. American Biscuits
British scones and American biscuits are very similar. However, there are important differences between them, starting with the ingredients. For example, scones usually contain eggs, whereas biscuits do not. Scones call for sugar and are usually sweeter than biscuits. In terms of the texture, scones are heavier and thicker than biscuits, which are lighter and fluffier. Another difference is that relatives to biscuits, the scone batter has more liquid. Finally, in America, the biscuit is commonly served with gravy, whereas scones are usually served with butter or clotted cream and jam.
Despite their differences, scones and biscuits are equally delicious in my view.
Now, let's discuss how to make delicious scones at home. First of all, I guarantee you have all the ingredients you need to make them: flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, milk, butter, and salt. Pretty obvious right?
I don't have a food processor, so I used my hands to incorporate the ingredients together. When it comes to making the dough, I like seeing my hands get messy because I love kneading dough. By the way, I used cold butter straight from the fridge, so don't worry about taking it out earlier to let it come to room temperature. Cold butter is perfect for making scones because we aim for a sandy texture in the mixture. In fact, the secret to a scone's flaky layers and pockets begins with cold ingredients—cold butter, cold eggs, and cold cream or milk.
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I won't say that my scones came out perfectly, but for my first attempt I was happy with the result. One thing is for sure: I will make them again so that I can improve the result.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes (including baking time)
Serves: 11-12 scones
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons baking powder
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Egg wash (milk and egg mixture)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the butter and use your hands to combine the butter with the flour mixture. Make sure there aren't any chunks of butter; the mixture should have a sandy texture to it (refer to the photo below).
- In a pitcher, combine the milk and egg. Lightly beat together. Slowly pour the mixture into the mixing bowl.
- Stir to combine with a whisk or spatula.
- Transfer the mixture onto a baking mat or floured surface. Knead until the dough comes together into a smooth ball. If the dough is very sticky, add a tablespoon of flour, one at a time.
- Roll the dough about 1 inch thick and use a round cutter (I used a mason jar lid) to cut about 7 circles. Gather the scraps and re-roll to cut another 4 or 5 circles.
- Place the scones onto parchment paper or baking sheet.
- Brush the tops with the egg wash.
- Bake the scones for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
- Enjoy the scones with butter or jam.
Photo Tutorial: Mixing, Kneading, Shaping, Baking & Cooling
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