Everyone loves a fresh, hot, crusty scone right?
But so many people I have spoken to have tried to make them and have failed. EVERYONE asks “How on earth do you get them so light and fluffy?”
If only they knew how EASY it is!! I used to bring these scones into work when I worked at the old Royal Children’s Hospital (in Brisbane – which sadly no longer exists) and the recipe is so easy, that I could make AND bake them before starting work at 8am (that is, BEFORE I had kids). Made me a lot of friends, these scones… with a little jam and whipped cream – just perfect (better than perfect with a morning cuppa).
I plan to use them when having “Mummy morning teas” or baking for school fetes once Gwennie starts school – that’ll trick them all into thinking I am some kind of pro!! Ha ha ha! As if.
3 ingredients – that’s all you need. I often do a double batch for quantity (if taking to work). You can add sultanas, choc chips or make it savoury with cheese, zucchini and bacon – do whatever you want to this basic recipe!
(The way I remember the recipe is “2-2-1”)
2 cups of SR flour
2 tab butter
1 cup of milk
METHOD – preheat oven to 160 degrees
- Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs (if you are overly generous with your butter, you will find the scones to be too crumbly and not hold together once baked)
- Make a well in the centre and pour the milk in
- Use a butter knife to stir until JUST combined. ***DO NOT OVERWORK THE MIXTURE*** (this is crucial or your scones will be as hard as rock)
- Pour out onto a well floured surface (the mixture will look and feel wetter than you expect – don’t worry)
- Shape into scones, place close together on a baking tray (lined with baking paper)
- Bake at 160 degrees for ~10-15 min or until golden brown on top
That is literally it. Serve with strawberry jam and whipped cream (I use the can!) and a hot cuppa
Makes about 8-10 small scones
Give it a go – and let me know how they turn out.
Until next time – happy baking (and eating)!!
xx Dr Megs