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Devon Scones

by Sandra Lawson (follow)
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Making scones is not rocket science, but there are so many inferior offerings in shops and cafés that I often wonder how they get away with it. Follow this recipe (pinched from the amazing Mary Berry) and you'll have something to serve with a cup of tea in about 30 minutes.

Devon Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes at 220°C
Makes: 20 scones

450g self-raising flour
2 rounded tsp baking powder
75g butter at room temperature
50g caster sugar
2 eggs
Approx 225ml milk


Pre-heat the oven and lightly grease two baking trays.

Weigh the flour and baking powder into a bowl.

Devon Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream

Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Beat the eggs lightly.

Devon Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream

Put into a measuring jug and make up to 300ml with the milk. Set aside a couple of tablespoons for glazing the scones.

Devon Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gradually mix until you have a soft dough. It should remain a little sticky; you're not aiming for a bread dough consistency.

Add wet ingredients to the dry

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and flatten a little with your hands to a thickness of about 1 - 2 cm.

Add wet ingredients to the dry

Using a 5cm fluted cutter, stamp out rounds of dough without twisting. If the dough sticks to the inside of the cutter, just give a gentle push onto the baking sheets.

Add wet ingredients to the dry

Push any leftover dough back together, give a quick knead and then follow the same process again until all the dough is used up.

Brush the tops of the uncooked scones with the reserved egg and milk mixture and bake for 10 - 15 minutes until they are well risen and golden.

Cool on a wire rack and serve as soon as possible, whilst still warm.

Add wet ingredients to the dry

Purists would advise clotted cream, topped with jam, but you can compromise with jam topped with cream, clotted or whipped.

Serve with jam and clotted cream

Leftover scones should be frozen once cool, thawed, and warmed through at 180°C for about 10 minutes.

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Hi Sandra,
'rounded tsp'?
I've got rectangular mz spoons!
Frozen left-over scones are also lovely popped on top of a simmering stew until they are thawed (about 7-10 minutes). Great dumpling substitutes.
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