In winter I love the smell of buttery, light scones baking in the oven. It makes me want to put on a cup of tea just thinking about them. The best thing is getting them straight out of the oven, breaking them open and smelling the delicious aroma. I love to then smear as much butter and jam over as possible!
But what is the secret to making perfect scones everytime?
Tips for Making Perfect Scones
- Cold is their friend.
- Use cold butter straight from the fridge
- Winter is a great time to cook scones because the house is cold
- Use ice cold water out of the fridge or cooler in the scone mixture
- They don’t like to be touched by hands.
- If possible use a food processor to combine the butter and flour.
- Our hands are warm and will melt the butter causing it to be absorbed by the flour instead of coating the flour. If you can’t use a food processor have cold hands and work very quickly.
- Don’t knead the mixture ever! Once the water is added process until just barely combined.
- Scones like to cosy up to one another in the baking tray. This helps them to rise evenly in the cooking process. When placing the scones in the baking tray they need to be touching.
What I love about making scones using this technique is the less involved I am with the dough the better the scones.
I will literally, food process the ingredients as described in the recipe. Then I dump the dough on a lightly floured bench. I usually then just lightly form the mixture into an inch thick block and either cut the whole thing into squares or use a round cookie cutter (if I want round scones). I use an egg flip to move the scones into a floured baking tray.
- 2 1/2 cups SR Flour (375gm)
- 30gm cold butter chopped into cubes
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (310mls)
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
- Line a baking tray with paper or flour it.
- Add the flour and butter to a food processor and process until the mixture looks like sand.
- Add the sugar and pulse until combined.
- Add the milk and process until the mixture balls.
- Tip the dough onto a floured bench and push gently into a square shape about an inch thick.
- Cut into squares with a knife or circles with a cookie cutter.
- Place the scones into prepared tray. The scones need to be touching. They will rise into each other but still be able to be torn apart when cooked.
- Cook for 25 minutes or until golden.
Well I hope you enjoy success with my recipe and tips. So tell me, what warming comfort foods do you enjoy in the winter time?