Sunday, 20 June 2010

Buttermilk Scones

I love June because .......

Simply summer is here.

English summer afternoon should be enjoyed with tea and scones or better known as cream tea. As my English friend puts it, "The proper cream tea set should consist of 2 scones, served with strawberry jam, Cornish/Devon clotted cream and a pot of tea". And yes I totally agrees with him. Of course if you visit any tea room here in Cambridge, you're normally given only one tiny scone, a small jar of jam and whipped cream plus a pot of tea. Having one scone with whipped cream is not authentic enough, it got to be Cornish/Devon clotted cream. Moreover, I prefer to have freshly baked scones right from the oven with homemade strawberry jam [quote: strawberry home grown too] and a dollop of pure authentic Cornish/Devon clotted cream. So I decided to enjoy one summer afternoon tea with homemade scones. Summer afternoon indulgence at the luxury expense of waistline..... hehehehehehehe.

Here's my recipes for buttermilk scones.... and yes it's so easy to make.

Buttermilk scones (make 8 scones)

  • 280 gm self raising flour+ some for dusting
  • 90 gm butter
  • 4 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 40 gm caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Use rubbing method to mix butter and flour till it resembles breadcrumb. Then add in sugar and salt mix well. Slowly pour in buttermilk and mix using a knife. Don't overwork the dough. If it's too dry, add the milk.
  3. Then pour the dough onto a dusted floor work surface. Pat lightly to form about an inch thick dough. Use a 2inch cookie cutter to cut the dough. If you wanted your scone to have the rise edges, the secret is: when you cut the dough with the cookie cutter, make sure use some muscle power. Plunge the cookie cutter fast and strong onto the dough and make a clean cut, never twist your cutter while in the dough. Continue until you're done with the dough.
  4. Place the scones on a baking paper and bake for 10-12mins. You can glazed the scones with buttermilk or egg yolk.
  5. Served with jam, clotted cream and tea.
Enjoy the afternoon..........................

Gardener hard at work and yearning for a cuppa

My strawberry showing sign of ripening

My favorite Princess of Wales rose. Another reason why I love June......month of the roses

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