Sunday, 13 January 2013

Buttermilk scones

So I have buttermilk left over, as I bought them especially to make the red velvet cupcakes the other day. The expiry for the buttermilk is tomorrow, so I wanted to use it up so it doesn't go to waste...and buttermilk scones caught my attention:

  • Skill level: Easy/medium
  • Makes: 10 scones
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Baking time: 10-15mins
What you will need:

450g self-raising flour (+ extra for dusting)
1/4 tsp salt
100g cold butter, diced
85g caster sugar (recipe called for golden caster sugar, which I don't have)
285ml buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
milk to brush onto surface
Optional: Jam, chocolate spread, butter etc for the filling

How to make:

1) If you have a food processor, pulse together the flour, salt and butter until there are no longer any lumps of butter. Otherwise, like I did, rub the butter with your fingers. Once this is done, pulse/rub in the sugar

2) Gently warm the buttermilk and vanilla in the microwave. Then get a large bowl and quickly tip in some of the flour mix, followed by some of the buttermilk mix, until everything is in the bowl. Using a knife quickly mix together to form a dough (but be careful not to over mix)

3) Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and gently bring together a couple of times with your hands. Press out gently to form about 4cm thickness and using a 6cm or 7cm cutter (I used a mug) stamp out rounds. Keep bringing back the excess and using it until all the dough gets used

4) Place onto a lightly floured baking sheet, and glaze the top of each scone with the milk. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 10-15 minutes, or until golden in colour and well risen

Shape needs improvement

These are best served warm, possibly with a cup of tea...just lovely! Enjoy :)

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