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Australia Day Scones 26Jan09

Scottish Scones

So over this Australia Day weekend my friend Em and I decided to make some impromptu scones when one of the boys said “I’ve been craving scones for weeks!” Random, I know, but it ended up being a great snack/dinner since we had a variety of jams to choose from. It also went along with my explanation of “high tea” to one of the boys. It’s always nice to be able to show and tell! I’m not quite sure where we ended up with this recipe but luckily I saved the post-it notes we wrote it down on.

These are more of the English/Scottish type of scone, not so buttery and flaky, more bready but goes well with different types of jam. Hope you like it!

2 3/4 cup of self-raising pastry flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup of milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg

preheat oven to 425°F or 220°C

Step 1: Mix & Whisk
In a big mixing bowl mix together all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar and baking powder. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, milk and vegetable oil. Whisk for about a minute or so until mixture is a little bubbly but not whipped! Slowly fold in the wet ingredients with the dry. Don’t mix too much, just enough to get the ingredients together.

Step 2: Knead & Roll
Put the lightly mixed dough on a floured surface and knead for about a minute, just to get everything mixed together. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough evenly to about 1-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter around 3-4 inches wide, or any funky shape if you want. Make sure whatever shape you choose has enough space in the middle to spread a good amount of jam! Place cut outs on a baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Serve warm with jam and heavy whipped cream!



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