TRADITIONAL IRISH SCONES

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Hands down the best scones I have ever made. Better than my culinary school recipes. I reduced the b.p. by 1 tsp. The trick to scones is not to over mix the dough. After you "rub" the butter into the dry ingredients , place the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes to re-solidify the butter. Add the wet to the dry and mix just until combined.

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups (16oz/497g) all purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoon baking powder, leveled
  • 1 generous pinch Of salt
  • ¼ cup (2 oz/60g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (2 ½ oz/71g) salted butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) double cream
  • 3/4 cup (6floz/170ml) whole milk
  • milk to glaze

Instructions

  • In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together
  • Rub in the cold butter with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • If adding dried fruit eg. Raisins, berries, citrus rind, chocolate chips add them now before you add liquid
  • Mix your egg with the milk and cream and pour into your flour mix (if you don’t have cream you can use only milk)
  • With an open hand mix loosely your scone mix until your dough forms. The bowl should be clean from the dough
  • Turn your dough onto a floured work surface
  • Knead lightly to give your dough a smooth surface
  • Pat your dough down with your hand until around 1 inches thick
  • With a scone cutter cut out your lovely little scones. You will have around 12
  • Put on a baking tray, glaze the tops of your scones with some milk to give them a golden top when baked
  • Bake at 350oF (18OoC) for 35 minutes.
  • Enjoy with Irish butter, jam and freshly whipped cream. Scones are best eaten the day they are baked but the next day you can pop them back in the oven to freshen them up again.
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