Friday, 27 March 2015

Making Hearted Shaped Scones


Hi everyone, this week I decided to try making some scones, I'd never made them before but the recipe I found looked nice and easy, so I gave it a go.  Thankfully they seemed to turn out pretty well and looked and tasted great, I was really happy with them, and they were really easy to do.  So I thought I'd share my recipe with you so you can have a go at making them too :-)


First of all gather up all the ingredients


I've listed everything you need and the amounts on this recipe page, just click on it to see it bigger.


Firstly, add the flour, salt and baking powder in to a food processor or mixing bowl and mix well.


Then cut the butter in to small pieces and blend in with the rest of the ingredients.  If you're doing this in a bowl, it's time to get messy - rub the butter in to the mixture with your fingers.  I found it was easier to mix everything together while the butter was at room temperature and not straight out the fridge.


Next up, gradually add in the caster sugar, mix in well but only until you can't see any more sugar.  The more you mix the ingredients for scones you lose the air in the mixture and they tend to come out tasting a little more dense and heavy, rather than light and fluffy, so I'm told!


Finally, pour in the milk and mix until all the ingredients comes together and you end up with a soft pliable dough.  If you would like to add any currents, raisins, cherries or chocolate chips, now is the time to do it.


Time to get messy again, sprinkle some flour on to a large clean board or work surface, then pour out the dough and sprinkle a little more flour over the dough, this will help it to not stick to everything, including you!  Lightly press the dough in to a circle and gradually flatten it down to approximately 1 ¼ inches (3.5cm).  Again don't press too heavily or you'll squeeze the air out too much and remember to keep adding a little flour to keep it from sticking.


Using a heart shaped cutter, lightly tap the cutter in flour, press it in to the dough and lift the cutter up, then carefully push out the shape on to a baking tray.  Each time you cut a shape, make sure you tap the cutter in flour first to stop the dough sticking in the cutter.  Once you've cut out all the shapes and are left with small pieces of dough, just reshape the pieces and flatten to cut out more shapes.


This recipe makes roughly 16-20 scones, depending on the size of cutter you use, as you can see I wanted to make some nice large ones and some little mini ones too.  To make them brown nicely, brush over the tops of the scones with a dab of milk before putting them in the oven.


Cook on 220º fan oven / 200º gas, for about 10-12 minutes but keep checking them and only cook until they are a nice very light brown.  Finally test them with a fork, if it comes out clean, they're done.


Lay a clean old tea towel on a wire tray. . .


. . . Then lay out all the scones. . .


. . . Then cover them with the other half of the towel, this will help them cool, without them going stale.


Once cooled, cut a scone in half, spread with a little butter, cheese spread or your favourite jam and enjoy with a nice hot cuppa :-)

I hope you enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed doing it and I loved making the scones too.  I can't wait to have another go and this time add in some of the optional extras I mentioned (especially the chocolate chips!)  Let me know if you have a go at making these and tweet me your pics of the finished scones, I'd love to see them :-)
Until Next Time Stay Happy

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