* Visit "Clarinda's Tearoom" in Edinburg, Scotland
Exactly a year ago I was flying into the British Isles and I am full aware that my procrastinating self has yet to properly blog about that, but for real it's coming. I just wanted to make sure I detail all that I can. In the meantime I wanted to share an easy way to bring tea time to your home. One thing I wanted to stuff my face with on this trip, as I had fasted carbs pre travel, was SCONES! I wanted all the scones, all the tea, all the clotted cream and jam. Life truly is magical with bread, so don't think for a second that I don't enjoy my pastries while I've been doing "80 Day Obsession". I'm on day 71 so I think I may reward myself with some easy fresh out of the oven scones next Sunday and you should too! After all most of you joined me along the ride these passed eighty days!
EASY BAKE SCONES
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of sugar
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of butter
1 egg beaten
1 cup of milk (I used heavy cream instead)
optional: cinnamon & nutmeg (will work on a fall P.S. version next month)
After Baking Add:
Clotted Cream (you can make from scratch or visit Whole Foods, Milams, or Fresh Market cheese section (even though it's a form of cream) and find it in the tiniest of jars. I'll eventually blog how to make it from scratch but it is tedious process. If you cant find clotted cream- BUTTER IS JUST AS TASTY!!!
Raspberry Jam (or jam of your choice, raspberry is the most traditional).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200C).
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
Cube butter or get it to room temperature and pour it in.
In a separate container beat the egg and then add milk (optional tsp. vanilla extract)
Slowly begin to pour wet ingredients and mix with spoon or dough hook.
Dough will soon begin to form.
The dough isn't very sticky and doesn't need much grease or flower when rolling out, so just a lite dusting. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and use a round cookie cutter or create a similar thickness by hand for a more rustic look. The choice is yours!
Grease your pan or place a silicone cooking sheet on your pan.
Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until a nice golden color appears. (every oven is different so start looking around 10 minutes).You can see the comparison below. I could have gone even more golden but I really want that soft cake like center.
The running joke from the locals was "the proper way to prep the scone" and there are only two ways. You cut it in half and you either put the cream on first and then the jam on top to each side or the other way around. Every corner of life had a different opinion, even the Irish had a say of which way was proper! If you want to be a little extra, put some butter while they are still warm and then the clotted cream and jam!
Hope you enjoyed this easy AF recipe. Prep the dough the night before and chill in the fridge. That way come morning you get the freshly baked taste every time!
P.S. Who wants more baking recipe's on the blog? You know we love the holidays and we have a few easy but crowd pleasing recipes to come, stay tuned!