Making your own English plain scones is really easy with this recipe. Delicious airy scones that you can serve with clotted cream and a homemade cranberry compote. If you are having a high tea or afternoon tea soon, this recipe is for you! Simple, fast, and super tasty.
1 tablespoonmilkfor glazing the tops of the scones
Put all the ingredients in a large pan.
3½ cups fresh cranberries, ½ cup dry cranberries, 1 lime, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, 6 tablespoons port, 3 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick
Heat the pan on medium heat and bring it to a boil, while stirring.
Lower the heat and simmer for about 12-14 minutes.
Put the mixture in a bowl and let it cool down in the refrigerator.
Remove the anise and cinnamon and warm the compote before serving.
Preheat oven to very hot 465 °F (240 °C) (see tips).
Sift the dry ingredients three times into a large bowl.
1¼ cup plain flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt
Rub the frozen grated butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles very coarse bread crumbs with some pea-sized pieces.
1¼ oz. butter
Add nearly all of the liquid at once into the rubbed-in flour/fat mixture and mix until it just forms a sticky dough (add the remaining liquid if needed). The wetter the dough the lighter the scones (biscuit will be!
½ cup milk
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board, lightly flour the top of the dough.
Knead very gently once (do not press too firm then fold and turn the kneaded dough about 3 or 4 times until the dough has formed a smooth texture. (Use a floured plastic scraper to help you knead and/or fold and turn the dough if you wish.).
Pat or roll out the dough into a 4 x 6 inch (15 x 10 cm) rectangle (1 inch / 2 cm thick)
Using a well-floured 2-3 inch (5-7 cm) cookie cutter, stamp out without twisting six rounds
Gently reform the scraps into another layer and cut two more scones.
Place the rounds spaced about 1 inch /2 cm apart on the baking dish.
Glaze the tops with milk.
1 tablespoon milk
Bake in the preheated very hot oven for about 10 minutes (check at 8 minutes since home ovens at these high temperatures are very unreliable until the scones are well risen and are lightly colored on the tops. The scones are ready when the sides are set.
Immediately place onto a cooling rack to stop the cooking process, serve while still warm.
1. - CranberriesCranberries are very sour on their own. Dried cranberries are usually sweetened with apple juice and the acidity is less strong. The combination ensures that the compote is full of flavor, without becoming too sour. You can vary the ratio, but this ratio produces a delicious sweet and sour compote. 2. - Port Use a sweet wine, such as port wine. Ruby and Tawny are both good choices. If you don't want to use alcohol, replace it with apple juice, grape juice, or berry juice.3. - Cold To get flaky layers (which are what the authentic scones served at high tea or an afternoon tea are known for). You want the dough to be as cold as possible. To do this, freeze the butter for 15 minutes and put the rest of the ingredients in the fridge (at least 1 hour) before making the dough.4. - Folding The real English scones consist of layers of dough, making them very airy and flaky. You get the layers by kneading and folding the dough as little as possible (just fold the dough from top to bottom, or from left to right). Make sure you don't work the dough too much (because then the layers will disappear).5.- Clotted Cream Use store-bought clotted cream. Or prepare it yourself by mixing 5 tablespoons crème fraîche (or sour cream) with 4 tablespoons of Mascarpone. You can double this recipe if you're in need of more.6. - OvenThe oven temperature given is for a conventional oven (465 °F / 240 °C). When using a convection oven decrease the temperature to 430 °F / 220 °C.7. - Storage
Room temperature - The plain Scones can be stored airtight for a day at room temperature in an airtight container.
Refrigerator - The compote can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can keep the scones in the fridge for a week, but the structure will change due to the moist environment.
Frozen - Pack the scones in an airtight container. This way they stay good in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Refresh - Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180°C) and reheat the scones for 5 minutes. You can also halve them and warm them in the toaster.
8. - Nutritional valuesThe nutritional values shown are per scone with ⅙ part of the cranberry compote. The clotted cream is not included. The values are probably too high as more than 6 servings can be scooped out of the cranberry compote.