Friday, November 5, 2010

Fruit Scones Recipe

Home made fruit scones for afternoon tea, sweet or savory are made quickly and easily as in this fruit scones recipe. They are delicious hot or cold and Irish scones are a major part in any afternoon tea.
If you want to ensure your scones are light, fluffy and well risen have a look at these simple tips.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 scones


1/2 stick/50g butter
2 cups /225g all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 oz/ 30g fine/caster sugar
1/4 cup/ 50g sultanas or chopped dates
1/4 pint / 150 ml milk
1 egg beaten with a little milk

Heat the oven to 400F/205C/Gas 6
Grease and flour a baking sheet.
Sieve the flour into a roomy baking bowl then add the butter, baking powder and salt. Quickly rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and sultanas and stir.
Make a well in the center and using a dinner knife, stir in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough.
Turn the mixture on to a floured board and knead very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 2cm / 3/4" thick.
Cut rounds with a 7.5cm /2" cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife.
Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture. Bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen.
Cool on a wire rack before eating.
Serve with butter, or lashings of jam and cream.


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