Scones are ones of those treats that I only discovered once I moved overseas. For some reason, we don’t really know about them in France which kind of baffles me since they’re surely one of the best things to have ever come out of England (apart from Prince George – who is deliciously adorable).
Scones can be a bit tricky to get just right though so I was pretty excited when I heard of a foolproof method that skipped all that ‘rubbing in flour and butter’ business and used lemonade and cream instead.
These may not be the most traditional scones (or the healthiest for that matter) but they are definitely scrumptious. They have a lovely light and fluffy consistency with just the right amount of sweetness. And the best thing is that you can whip them up from scratch in less than 30 min! That should leave you plenty of time to smother them in jam and whipped cream…
Ingredients (makes 12 scones)
3 cups of self raising flour + a little more for dusting
1 cup pure cream
3/4 cup lemonade (I used Sprite)
2 tbs milk, for brushing
NB: You can replace the lemonade with Soda Water for a ‘lighter’ version.
♥ Preheat your oven to 200 c.
♥ Sift the flour into a large bowl. Create a well in the center and pour in the cream followed by the lemonade.
♥ Using a butter knife, gently work the ingredients together until just combined. Do not over-mix the dough as this will result in flat scones. When it comes to making scones, the less handling the better!
♥ Tip the sticky dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently press it until it is approximately 2.5 cm thick.
♥ Use a cookie or scone cutter to cut out 12 rounds. Place them closely together on a greased baking tray and brush them with a little milk.
♥ Bake for approx 15 min or until lightly golden.
These scones are even more delicious served with whipped cream and jam.
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com